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Blood, Sweat & Gears nets $70,000

Article Published: Jul. 7, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Blood, Sweat & Gears nets $70,000

Organizers estimate that 2011's Blood, Sweat & Gears event raised more than $70,000 for the American Red Cross.
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Cyclists brought more than just finesse as Blood, Sweat and Gears pedaled its way through the High Country June 25.

"Preliminary estimates are pointing to the fact that we're going to clear a little over $70,000, which is fantastic," Watauga Red Cross director Katy Sulfridge said.

It was Sulfridge's first High Country Blood, Sweat and Gears, and she dubbed it a "success."BSG is an event that draws 1,250 cyclists to the area for a 100-mile ride and a 50-mile ride.

Money raised goes to help local disaster victims. This year's fundraising efforts are on par with years past and could beat the $70,000 record once final tabulations are made. Safety, always a concern, was not an issue Saturday.

"We had no accidents that required transportation to the hospital, nothing more than a little first aid at the station," she said.

One hundred and seventy volunteers arrived at Valle Crucis Elementary School before dawn Saturday to assist with the event.

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