Surviving the Snake offers scenic bicycle rides for a good cause


The Surviving the Snake 100K
Bicycle Ride takes riders through scenic,
rugged Johnson County and along part of the winding,
mountainous route known as "The Snake." The event benefits the Johnson
County Community Hospital Foundation in its efforts to enhance
the mammography exam and waiting area at the hospital.

MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. – The third annual Surviving the Snake 100K and 50K Bicycle Rides on Sept. 14 will take riders through rugged, scenic Johnson County and along part of the legendary route known as “The Snake” on U.S. 421.

It will also provide valuable support for the Johnson County Community Hospital (JCCH) Foundation, as proceeds will be used for enhancing the hospital’s mammography exam and waiting rooms, providing more privacy for patients getting treatment.

“This is a gorgeous ride that benefits a great cause,” said Karen Clark of the Mountain States Foundation. “Riders can have the full ‘metric century’ experience or do the 50K that doesn’t include the mountain ascent.

“It’s challenging, but it’s a fun, friendly event and the people who’ve done the ride the last two years have really enjoyed it.”

Both rides start and finish at Ralph Stout Park near downtown Mountain City, located at 465 N. Shady St. on U.S. 421. Registration is $50, including on the morning of the ride.

The 100K course features a stretch of the “The Snake” – the winding, switchback-filled route along U.S. 421 – that runs between Mountain City and the picturesque crossroads community of Shady Valley. Riders will pass by Watauga Lake, ride “The Snake” to Shady Valley, cross under Backbone Rock and roll through Damascus, Va., known as “Trail Town USA,” before returning to Mountain City.

The 50-kilometer course (31 miles) covers the first half of the 100K course and doesn’t include the mountain ascent on “The Snake” that descends into Shady Valley.

Surviving the Snake is a ride rather than a race and will be held on an open course. Aid stations will be provided. Registration will be held on event day from 6:30-8 a.m. with the ride starting at 8.

Last year’s event raised nearly $15,000 to enhance the mammography exam and waiting area at the hospital, offering much-need privacy to women who arrive for breast cancer screenings. This year’s event will help raise the remaining money needed to complete the project.

“We have dedicated committee members who have worked hard this year to improve and promote the event,” Clark said. “This event would not be possible without their support.”

For more information, visit or contact race director Kristy Herman at 423-341-3472 or

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