The event, which will begin and end at the Murray County Recreation Center in Chatsworth, will include several bike routes throughout the area, including one 74-mile course that features the challenging climb up Fort Mountain.
“We will have four rides to accommodate riders of differing abilities, plus a family-friendly kids' ride,” according to Brittany Pittman, Murray County Commissioner who also serves on the NGHP Board of Directors.
“We truly have a beautiful natural landscape in Murray County, and this event is a great way to showcase that landscape as well as encourage people to get out and exercise, which is very
important in the management of diseases such as diabetes.”
The event includes 10-mile, 22-mile, 50-mile, and 74-mile biking courses throughout the area.
Registration begins at 7:00 am, and the start times will be staggered beginning at 8:00 am, with the kids' ride beginning at 9:00 am. The cost for the shorter rides is $35, and the cost for the longer ride is $45. The kids' bike ride will be free of charge.
“Those who participate in the 74-mile ride will receive a prize – a carry bag – for taking on the
mountain,” said Pittman. The first male and female rider to reach the top of Ft. Mountain will be recognized as King and Queen of the Mountain.
Registration can be done online, sais Pittman, at bikemurray.org, and participants can view the course routes on that site as well.
“We are excited about this first ever Bike Around Murray event for many reasons,” says Greg Dent, Executive Director of the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership.
“This is a great opportunity to use the 'Together on Diabetes' grant funding that we were awarded last year to help prevent and control diabetes in Murray County, and we're delighted to have come up with a fun way to promote physical activity that all area residents – young and old – can participate in. It should be a great day.”
The NGHP's “Together on Diabetes” grant is supported by the Centers for Disease Control, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Bristol‐Myers Squibb Foundation with the goal of preventing and controlling diabetes in Murray County, Georgia, which has an incidence rate of diabetes higher than the national average.
Diabetes is a serious disease in which the body cannot properly control the amount of sugar in
the bloodstream due to a lack of or improperly regulated insulin. Left untreated, diabetes can cause such conditions as blindness and circulatory disease and can even result in early death.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 26 million Americans suffer from the disease and another 79 million have pre‐diabetes. The rate of diabetes in Murray County is approximately 10 percent, which is two percent higher than the U.S. Average.
While Type I, or Juvenile Diabetes, typically begins in childhood, Type II, often called Adult
Onset Diabetes, is more directly linked to lifestyle choices, including a poor diet, obesity, and lack of exercise.
To register or learn more about BAM, go to bikemurray.org or call 706-272-6663.