Participants came from a wide age range and the race included several different categories for placements. While the course itself was relatively flat, many riders found some twists and turns difficult.

In addition to snacks and drinks, riders could also choose from a collection of merchandise as part of Five Star’s on-site store.

There were several local sponsors for the event, including Atlanta Rehabilitation and Performance, a group of 15 clinics that has a location in Dawsonville. This location works closely with the Dawson County High School Athletic Department to provide post-game recovery services.

“This [event] is a great way to have more involvement in the community and not just be Monday to Friday at the clinic,” said AR physiotherapist David Stanley. “We’re trying to get more involved in the community with health, wellness and fitness.”

By the end of the race, many riders were ready for the awards, which included several youth and senior categories.

Although this is one of the first major events for UWD since the pandemic began, the organization looks forward to continuing its community initiatives, according to Bohannon.