Honoring the legacy of Aaron Shafer
By Kim Swindell Wood | August 12, 2019 12:55 pm
Last Updated: August 12, 2019 at 12:56 pm
City of Sparta recently named an access road in honor of a man who had dedicated himself to the betterment of the community before he lost his life in a car crash, in 2010, at the age of 36. Before his death, Aaron Shafer had been brainstorming many projects that would help enhance Sparta, one of which was a bike race. The plans for the bike race were in progress before his death, and his parents, Jeannie and Ray Shafer, along with friends and numerous volunteers, took Aaron’s dream and made it a reality. The Aaron Shafer Memorial Road Race has become an annual event that draws hundreds of bike enthusiasts. Money garnered from the race benefits the Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundation, which provides funds to numerous local non-profit organizations. Aaron Shafer Circle is an access road, on Rhea Street, that circles behind the old law office of Jim Camp and the back entrance to Fragrant Mushroom.