SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – More than 800 cyclists will gather in downtown Spartanburg to begin the hundred-plus-mile assaults on Mount Marion and Mount Mitchell on Monday.
Runners start at 6:30 a.m. at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium and follow a 102.7-mile ride to Marion, then climb Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.
The ride is presented by the Spartanburg Regional Health System and the Freewheelers Cycling Association.
Proceeds from the assaults are used by the Freewheelers Cycling Association to enhance charitable giving. They started a 501(c)(3) sister organization and donated to groups like the Finish-Strong Cycling Team, Partners for Active Living, Challenge to Conquer Cancer, Humane Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis, Mt. Mitchell State Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Palmetto Cycling Coalition and others.
Organizers stressed the importance of following rules at Blue Ridge Parkway and Mt. Mitchell State Parks, asking spectators to stay in specified areas along the course.
To learn more about The Freewheel Cycling Association and how to donate, visit their website at freewheelersassociation.org.