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Kiwanis fundraiser overcomes weather
Cyclists support youth programs
A group of cyclists ride through the rain Saturday during the annual Sawnee-Burnt Mountain Century Challenge. - photo by Jennifer Sami

The song “It’s a Beautiful Morning” may have been blaring over the loud speakers, but that couldn’t change the dreary conditions Saturday as cyclists gathered for the annual Cumming Kiwanis Club bike ride.

“The weather has affected us big time,” said Frank Felker, chairman of the eighth annual Sawnee-Burnt Mountain Century Challenge.

The popular fundraiser has had as many as 100 riders in years past, but there were about 30 with the steady rain Saturday morning.

“All in all, it was a successful event, it just wasn’t as big as usual,” said Wes Dorsey, club president. “But we’ll come back at it next year and hopefully there won’t be rain.”

Eight riders opted for either the 75-mile or 100-mile course, with most choosing the 25-mile or 46-mile courses.

“A lot of them rode the much shorter routes because of the weather,” Dorsey said.

A truck wreck on Kelly Bridge Road also cut short those hoping to tackle the full 100 miles, Dorsey said.

“We had to reroute them. Most of them got about 80 miles,” Dorsey said. “There were a couple of them who rode around town and got their full 100 miles.”

But the event still accomplished its goal — raising money for the club’s sponsorship of youth programs and service clubs.

With sponsorships, Dorsey said the club was able to keep pace with recent years.

Mike Burns, vice president of the club, said the weather was “really a shame, but it’s rain or shine, so the diehards are here.”