Students at the Haslam College of Business are hosting the Tour de Knox bike rally on Sunday, April 24, from 2-4:15 p.m. at the corner of Phillip Fulmer Way and Peyton Manning Pass. Participation in the rally, which costs $15 for adults, $10 for students, and is free for children under 12 years of age, benefits Knoxville’s Legacy Parks Foundation.
Billed as a “scavenger hunt on wheels,” participants receive a map of locations where they can receive tickets to win prizes supplied by local businesses and organizations. Those locations are scattered about campus and along nearby greenways, and range as far away as Bearden and Cherokee Farm. The farther the location is from the rally’s starting point the more tickets a participant can receive, according to Ernie Cadotte, professor of learning innovation.
“People really get caught up in this event,” Cadotte said. “It’s mostly a family and friends event, so people study the map in groups to figure out how best to get the most tickets. Then they fan out in all different directions.”
Prizes will include bicycles, helmets, pumps, bike computers and clothing. Partners this year include Echelon Bicycles in Farragut, REI and Kickstand, a local bike collective.
“Free bikes and helmets will be provided by the University of Tennessee Outdoor Program, Legacy Parks and Kickstand,” Cadotte said. “You don’t even need a bike to join the rally.”
Senior Evan Grisham, a supply chain management major with a concentration in business analytics, has been helping to plan the event.
“Going out to find sponsors for an event is something new to me,” Grisham said. “Promoting, advertising and marketing the event using Facebook and the website and handling registration, have been great experiences.”
Paige Hoffman, a senior majoring in recreation and sports management with a business minor, also is on the organizing team.
“I’m excited and ready to see it all come together,” Hoffman said. “It’s going to be great when we see everybody having a fun time.”
Hoffman added that the students helping to organize Tour de Knox biked the trail themselves.
“It really showed me that biking in Knoxville is feasible, safe and fun,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to give a big check to Legacy Parks.”
The Legacy Parks Foundation works to expand parks, create trails and increase access to rivers in East Tennessee.