The Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League (Georgia League) raised funds to get #morekidsonbikes in Georgia at theCrankin’ For The Kids 3/6 Hr Endurance MTB race fundraiser held Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Heritage Park in Watkinsville, GA. Over $5,500 was raised for the Georgia League Scholarship Fund to ensure that every middle and high school student-athlete and coach has the opportunity to participate in all Georgia League events, regardless of their financial situation. Over 400 cyclists, volunteers and spectators came out to support the Georgia League in their fundraising efforts.
League Director, Kenny Griffin, was grateful to those that came out to support the league, “A huge thanks to everyone who came out to support the first annual Crankin’ for the Kids fundraiser event. The amount of support that we received towards this event was moving to say the least! Thank you for your support and contributions, I truly appreciate it.”
Future Georgia League cyclists and a few parents kicked off the day with the elementary school Kid’s Race. Three year old, Kristen, wearing her best Barbie biking gloves, gave the boys in the race a run for their money on the kid-friendly trail! After the Kid’s Race medal ceremony, over 100 cyclists hit the single-track for the 3/ 6 hour endurance races. Rusty Wallace, Head Coach of the Athens Composite team took 1st place in the 3 Hour solo single speed category, and SCAD Atlanta cyclists, Artur Sagat and David Vargas took 1st in the 6 Hour 2 person expert division. Several Georgia League Board Members came out to support the league and have a little fun including – Dan Brooks, Dan Thornton, and Eddie Odea who completed 12 laps in the 6 Hour 3 person category. See the full Race Results below.
The event also featured a silent auction including tickets to some of Atlanta’s most entertaining family attractions and best restaurants, to cycling gear, kits, sporting items and more. Overall the first annual Crankin’ For The Kids was a great success in helping the League provide youth development programs to Georgia’s youth, and the opportunity to learn about and participate in healthy and active lifestyles.
Check out more photos from the day HERE!