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Gearing Up for The Grizzly PDF Print
Written by Hollie Storie   
Thursday, 24 June 2010 12:54

Western Youth Network is preparing for the 4th Annual Grizzly Ride, a 65 mile bike race that attracts cyclists from all over the state and beyond for what has been named one of the most challenging routes in the area.

The Grizzly Metric Century boasts a beautiful route through North Carolina’s High Country, beginning in Linville and ending on the track at Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows. The Grizzly Ride includes impressive scenery with climbs up the back side of Beech Mountain and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Grizzly is endorsed by the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the area’s premier Scottish Games and gathering of Scottish Clans. This year’s event will take place on Friday, July 9th between two popular running events- The Bear Road Race on Thursday, July 8, 2010 & The Grandfather Mountain Marathon, Saturday, July 10, 2010.

This year, for the first time, the Grizzly is introducing a shorter ride, The Grizzly 30 Miler. The 30 Miler will begin at the same time as the Grizzly ride in Linville and also end on the track at Grandfather Mountain. The 30 mile ride is a shorter version of the Grizzly without the Beech Mountain Climb but still a beautiful and challenging route with the inclusion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. According to Ride Director, Jim Deni, the 30 Miler is a chance for cycling enthusiasts to participate in The Grizzly without the strenuous climbs up the back side of Beech Mountain.

“The Grizzly 30 Miler will give less experienced riders the chance to be involved in the Grizzly. It’s a great event and many people have requested a shorter version. We are happy to be able to provide that this year,” Deni said.

Deni, who is also a Board Member for Western Youth Network, says the addition of the 30 Miler will also seek to increase the amount of money raised during this year’s event. The Grizzly Ride, along with its new counterpart, the Grizzly 30 Miler acts as a fundraiser solely for Western Youth Network and supports the mentoring, after school, and prevention programs.

Western Youth Network also needs lots of volunteers in order to put on a successful event. Volunteers are needed for everything from set-up, registration, course turn directors, finish line timers, photography, manning the marathon tent and more.

WYN Executive Director Jennifer Grubb says, “It takes some man power to make an event like this happen but it’s well worth it when we see the outcome. The Grizzly is one of our biggest fundraisers.”

If you would like to volunteer for this event please contact Western Youth Network directly.

Those interested in participating in The Grizzly or The Grizzly 30 Miler can register online at Both the rider and their bikes should be in great shape to complete either ride.

For more information about The Grizzly Metric Century or 30 Miler please visit or contact Ride Director, Jim Deni at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Western Youth Network is a High Country United Way agency. For more information, please go to or call (828) 264-5174.

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