Aaron Shafer Memorial Bike Race
By Kim Swindell Wood | May 3, 2018 6:40 am
The Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundation was started in 2010 to promote what Aaron was committed to and passionate about: making Sparta – his town – a better place. As a member of the Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, he put his efforts into bringing people to Sparta.
On the advice of some friends, he and others started planning the first bike race ever held in White County. He believed if people would come to Sparta to ride, they would bring their families, eat, shop, and discover the beauty of Sparta and White County – and come back to hike, bike, and spend time in Sparta. Unfortunately, two months before the first race, in 2010, Aaron was killed in an automobile accident. His mother, Jeannie, is the spark that keeps Aaron’s memory and the bike race alive and growing.
The goals set by the Foundation Board of Directors are to promote healthy living and bring others to White County to see the natural beauty it offers. Profits from the race have gone to scholarships, the Rescue Squad, nursing homes, and local school clubs, projects, and Boys and Girls State.
“I want to thank the community for their support,” said Jeannie. “One of our most received comments is that the racers always feel safe coming to our event because of the support we receive from our community.”
More than 180 racers participated in this year’s event, which was April 21, 2018. Racers come from more than 10 states.
For more information about the annual event, call Jeannie at (931) 265-8004.