• Canty Worley of Highlands leads the pack of runners down Frank Allen Road as the first-ever Tour de Cashiers 5K gets under way Saturday morning. Right behind him is Gustavo Perez of Franklin. Worley went on to win the race and Perez came in second. (Photo by Don Richeson.)
    Canty Worley of Highlands leads the pack of runners down Frank Allen Road as the first-ever Tour de Cashiers 5K gets under way Saturday morning. Right behind him is Gustavo Perez of Franklin. Worley went on to win the race and Perez came in second. (Photo by Don Richeson.)

Canty Worley wins inaugural Tour de Cashiers 5K

Annual bicycling, running event goes on, despite advancing storm

By Don Richeson / Staff

CASHIERS -- While Tropical Storm Florence lashed eastern North Carolina, the skies remained mostly blue in Cashiers early Saturday morning as participants in the 26th annual Tour de Cashiers pedaled onward. This year’s event was dedicated to founder Clark Moore of Cashiers, who passed away earlier this year at 99.

It was the first-ever Tour De Cashiers -- a series of untimed group bicycle rides -- offered in September. Traditionally the event has been in May.

It was also the first-ever Tour de Cashiers to feature a 5K foot race. Canty Worley of Highlands won first place in the 3.1 mile road race through Cashiers with a time of 19 minutes and 43 seconds. Lindsay Lane of Greenville, S.C. was the top female finisher, with a time of 22 minutes, 46 seconds.

“I’m very excited with our inaugural Tour de Cashiers in September and our inaugural 5K,” Stephanie Edwards, executive director of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, told the Crossroads Chronicle. The event is a chamber fundraiser. Edwards also noted that this year the Tour de Cashiers is partnering with the Baldaroo festival in Sapphire, which is also Saturday and is also going on -- rain or shine. It features bands and fireworks and is a Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau fundraiser.

Organizers did not immediately have available a number on how many participated in this year’s Tour de Cashiers, but it appeared to be about 200 people.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the Sept. 19 print edition of the Crossroads Chronicle, southern Jackson County's No. 1 news source, for a big photo-story package on the event.

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