Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler will give the “ready, set, go” for the inaugural Tour de Ford 10-Miler at 8 a.m. Aug. 13 at The Ford Plantation.
“The race, set to benefit the Richmond Hill Historical Society, celebrates the historical impact of Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, and is sure to be ‘game changing’ in many ways,” race director Sandra Elliott said.
James Magness, a Richmond Hill resident and chief financial adviser of the United Community Bank Advisory Services branch, said he jumped at the opportunity to be the race’s title sponsor. Magness, along with Optim Orthopedics, Richmond Hill Reflections Magazine, Plantation Hardware, and some Ford Plantation residents are among the top sponsors of the Tour de Ford.
Ameris Bank, ReMax Realty, Newton Running, Coastal Endodontics, Radiant Skin Care, Coastal Cathedral, The Thunderbird Inn of Savannah and the Leahy Art Gallery are among other sponsors. The top male and female runners, as well as Masters top finishers, will receive free shoes from Newton Running.
“Expect there to be some wonderful surprises, both on the course during the run, as well as some amazing raffle prizes, following the race, thanks to our fabulous sponsors,” Elliott said.
All runners will be treated to food prepared by Ford Plantation chefs and an antique car display along the course. Finishers will receive specially designed commemorative medals.
“This will be the first of many future road races that Mayor Fowler will be a part of in Richmond Hill,” said Ron Elliott, co-owner of Georgia Game Changers Running Co. “We would like more of our community members to be a part of all of the fitness events in our city, and Mayor Fowler will be leading the way, setting a great example.”
Packet pick-up will be at Georgia Game Changers Running Co. from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 12.