Sandy Springs Announced as Host for Third Annual 24 Hours of Booty of Atlanta

A new date and a new home have been approved for the third annual of Atlanta this year.  24 Hours of Booty, Inc. which runs the Official 24-Hour Cycling Event of LIVESTRONG and the premier national 24-hour road cycling charity event in the country, announced today that the event will be held October 13-14, 2012 in Sandy Springs, Ga. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School and Mount Vernon Woods Community will host the new 2.5-mile course.

The event raises funds for research and programs with LIVESTRONG and Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the local beneficiary.  In the 10-year history of , which began in , N.C., more than 10,000 recreational cyclists have raised more than $7 million to help fight .  Last year at the Atlanta event, 400 participants raised $236,000 to support LIVESTRONG and the Aflac Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“We are so delighted to host the in Sandy Springs. This event brings together the bicycle brigade from all across Georgia and raises money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, specifically prevention and cures. We look forward to the event in October,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos.

The official camping and activities area of the event, known as Bootyville, will be staged on the grounds of Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Established in 1972, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School serves students in preschool through grade 12, and is located in the heart of Sandy Springs within the metropolitan Atlanta area on a 37-acre campus. Cyclists will use a controlled course through Mount Vernon Woods Community for the full 24 hours.  For the past two years the event was held at Stone Mountain Park in early October.

“We are honored to be the host site for this growing cycling event for families, and we are thrilled to support both and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” Mount Vernon Head of School, Dr. Brett Jacobsen.

The annual charity cycling event is open to participants of all ages and skill levels.  Advance registration is open for both individuals and teams.  One of the largest teams in the country, Team Pirate Treasure, is based in Sandy Springs. This team had 110 members last year and raised a record $ 73,000.   The next recruiting event for people to learn more about participating as an individual, joining an existing team or forming a new team, will be held at Wrecking Ball Brew Pub on April 26.

“We are very excited about the new course in Sandy Springs. The course will help the ride grow and greatly increase the grants we are able to provide LIVESTRONG and the Aflac Center. The support that has been shown already from Sandy Springs and our community partners has been fantastic,” said Basil Lyberg, executive director of 24 Hours of Booty.

began in , N.C. 11 years ago.  It expanded to , Md. in 2009, to Atlanta in 2010 and to in 2012.  For more information and to register for the event, visit www.24hoursofbooty.org.

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