Harlan County will be one of the destinations of the Tour de Fox, an event inspired by the legendary 2500-kilometer bike race across France.
The Tour de Fox is a 14,000-mile biking and hiking adventure across the United States into British Columbia, Canada.
At a meeting of the Tri-Cities Trail Town Committee on Wednesday, member Jeremy Williams announced the Tour de Fox will be making a stop in Harlan County on Black Mountain on June 22.
“We know there are a lot of you out there who hike, walk and run. Therefore, we want to make you aware of this great event which will take place right here in our very own Harlan County, Ky.,” said Williams. “Out of all 120 counties across our great Commonwealth, the Tour de Fox will be making a stop on Black Mountain. Team Fox’s plans are to hike from KY 160, near the Virginia state line, and hike out to the highest point marker and return. That’s a total of three miles.”
Williams said this is a great opportunity for our community to get behind this national event and also support a great cause.
According to their website, Team Fox is the grassroots community fundraising program at The Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each year more than 1,800 Team Fox members worldwide turn their passions and interests into unique fundraising events and athletic feats. All funds will go towards Parkinson’s research.
To date, Team Fox has raised over $35 million for the cause.
The Tour de Fox event will have 52 official excursions. The Tour will visit some of the most scenic parts of the United States including the Adirondacks on the East Coast and, in the West, Yellowstone National Park, the Rockies and Napa wine country.
“This is a great opportunity for our county to be a part of something nationwide,” said Williams. “If you plan to participate, register under the “Team Black Mountain” group. We are excited to be helping with this cause and we hope to see you on Black Mountain at 8 a.m. on June 22. We’re sure to have a great time.”
Find a full Tour schedule, registration forms and fundraising tools at www.tourdefox.org.
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