TFS Athletics – Dedicated cyclists from across the region showed up for the fifth annual Twin Rivers Challenge, a fundraiser for student scholarships at Tallulah Falls School.
Held on Oct. 26, the event proved once again to be a highlight for local and visiting riders, adding more than $80,000 to the school’s scholarship fund.
The growing reputation of the event attracted more than 130 sponsors, eager to support the college-preparatory school’s motivated students.
Rider feedback echoed from previous years with many of the cyclists returning again and again.
Clint Williams with Ethicon, Inc. is a five-year participant in the Twin Rivers Challenge.
“This year the weather did not grant us what we wanted but that did not stop the effort or enthusiasm of the ride!” Williams said. “I do many events similar to the Twin Rivers Challenge in the Southeast and this event continues to impress. The ride is one of the best supported, best organized, most scenic rides in the South. And the after-party music and food are second to none!”
“We are delighted to hear that our guests continue to have an outstanding experience,” said President and Head of School Larry Peevy. “We appreciate the riders who joined us to savor the scenic beauty along the route.”
Ron Cantrell Construction, Inc. covered all expenses, returning as the presenting sponsor, and Springer Mountain Farms sponsored the post-ride meal.
“Having these corporate partners allows all other sponsorships and rider registration fees to directly benefit our students,” Peevy said. “Our volunteer scholarship committee shared the TFS story with the community – these passionate ambassadors coordinated the fundraising effort. This makes possible a top-quality, college-preparatory education for area students.”
The school’s security department works closely with state and local public safety officials to keep riders safe along the routes, including the Georgia State Patrol, Rabun County Sheriff’s office, Habersham County Sheriff’s office and the police chief and staff of the Town of Tallulah Falls.
Community co-chairs for the event, Judy Forbes and Joey Brown provide expertise in key areas. Forbes, a TFS board member, coordinates fundraising efforts on behalf of the board and cultivates community relations on behalf of the school.
“Despite the rain, this year’s ride was a complete success – especially for our students and the broadened opportunity for scholarships. We talked to riders who had traveled near and far and some who had overcome obstacles as they traveled,” Forbes said. “All of them experienced the beautiful TFS campus and our remarkable students. I am already excited about what next year’s ride may bring.”
Brown said he continues to hear compliments about the experience from the cycling community.
“Mission accomplished!” Brown said. “I’ve heard so many positive comments from riders.”
For more information, visit tallulahfalls.org/TRC.
FEATURE PHOTO: Karen Clark/North Georgia Technical College © 201979 Tallulah Falls School Athletic Director Scott Neal, left, and Mark Holloway of Tiger enjoy a snack at SAG Stop No. 2 during the 2019 Twin Rivers Challenge, a fundraiser for student scholarships at Tallulah Falls School. Held on Oct. 26, the event proved once again to be a highlight for local and visiting riders, adding more than $80,000 to the school’s scholarship fund.