Story & Photography by Tony Centonze
Clarksville Rotary Club recently hosted its 26th Annual CRAM (Clarksville Rotary Annual Metric), a bicycle ride for most skill levels, with distances of 20, 33, 62, and 100 miles.
This year's event drew about 450 riders. Event Director Ron Struble commented, “This was a highly successful day, and a lot of people played some really important parts. We hope that everybody had fun and stayed safe.”
“This 26-year-old event is one of our big events of the year,” Rotary Club President, Jim Jay said. “We have some great sponsors like Publix, who always step up for us, and lots of volunteers. So, thanks to all of the Rotarians and others who helped us with this. There are lots of moving parts and we couldn't do it without everyone's support.”
The event is not timed. There are rest stops along the route in Guthrie, Trenton, Elkton and Allentown, and one on Webb Road in Port Royal. The course is marked with color-coded arrows that are freshened for each year's ride.
Money raised throughout the year goes back to the community. “We participate in a wide variety of projects,” Jay said. “This year, all three local Rotary Clubs teamed up to give $10,000 to Dolly Parton's Literacy Campaign. We do many other things as well, like our projects for the Field of Dreams, an all-abilities ball park. All our projects are for the community, especially for the kids.”