For the first-ever event of its kind, the Sk8 Challenge tested around 20 riders’ endurance as it stretched along the entire Silver Comet Trail in Georgia and Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama for a three-day trip totaling 188 miles.
Karr was instrumental in organizing the race and was ecstatic by both the contestants and the response the race received in Rockmart.
“Everybody has been great and it couldn’t have gone better today,” Karr said at Friday evening’s dinner provided by Redmond EMS. “We want to thank all of the volunteers and people here who have shown us so much hospitality.”
As the first stop on the course, the City of Rockmart allowed riders to camp out Friday night on Hilburn Field and use the showers and facilities that are part of the Rockmart Municipal Complex.
The Rockmart Business Alliance hosted a reception at The Depot at Richardson Field for the contestants after they completed the first 37.68 miles of the race and local business owner Jeri Purdy, of Sew Purdy Embroidery and Printing, made T-shirts for all participants.