What Happened to the Blog?

September 9, 2010

Hey everyone.  If you’ve visited the blog lately you might notice that it hasn’t been updated in awhile.

But don’t think the blog has been forgotten.  We are currently working on a massive re-design of the blog, and we want you to contribute!  We are expanding the functionality and user base of the blog to create a hub for the Georgia transplant community.

What does this mean?

1) We will be expanding the contributor base to include not only staff members, leaders in the transplant community and health care professionals, but also open it up to individuals as a way to share their story and get connected on a local level with other members of the community.  Whether you are a donor, a recipient, a family member, or have had your life affected by transplantation, we invite you to participate!

2) We want to allow people to use our blog as a platform to promote their own individual fundraising efforts as well as encourage each other along their journey through transplantation.

3) We are going to  make easily-available healthcare and GTF program information to allow people to know what resources are out there.

Regardless of what aesthetically-pleasing face lifts we give to the blog, it’s ultimate success as a community experience depends on the community!   We want to foster a sense of transplant community and individual connectivity that is at the heart of GTF’s mission.

If you’d like to participate in the new GTF blog, just e-mail Jake Warren at jwarren@gatransplant.org

Thanks everyone and keep your eyes open for the new blog!


Hospitality Highway photos now available!

July 22, 2010

Hey guys, there are photos available for the 2010 Hospitality Highway Century!

Kent Ruby has a hug collection available at his website.  Here are a few samples below:

Triumph on New Providence Rd.

A group of cyclists battle up the asphalt jungle

Click here to visit the Hospitality Highway page on Kent’s website!

More general photos will be available soon!

Special Hotel Rates for the Hospitality Highway Century!

July 9, 2010

Any riders still looking for a place to stay as they conquer GA-400 this weekend?  There have been a number of hotels who have partnered with the Georgia Transplant Foundation for the 2nd Annual Hospitality Highway Century, and are offering discounted rooms  to riders and friends.  Here’s a list of partnering hotels and below’ gove them a call to find out the special rates they are offering!

Comfort Inn – Buckhead North
5793 Roswell Road 404-252-6400
Comfort Suites Hotel
6110 Peachtree Dunwoody Road 770-828-0330
Courtyard by Marriott – Perimeter Center
6250 Peachtree Dunwoody Road 770-393-1000
Courtyard by Marriott – Glenridge Perimeter Center
5601 Peachtree Dunwoody Road 404-843-2300
Crowne Plaza Hotel
6345 Powers Ferry Road 770-955-1700
Extended Stay America
905 Crestline Parkway 770-396-5600
Extended Stay Deluxe – Atlanta Perimeter
6330 Peachtree Dunwoody Road 770-379-0111
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Perimeter Center
1145 Hammond Drive 770-350-0000
Hampton Inn – Perimeter
769 Hammond Drive 404-303-0014
Hilton Suites
6120 Peachtree Dunwoody Road 770-668-0808
Holiday Inn Express
765 Hammond Drive 404-250-4450
Homestead Studio Suites
1050 Hammond Drive 770-522-0025
Hyatt Place
1005 Crestline Parkway 770-730-9300
Intown Suites Sandy Springs
355 Hammond Drive 404-531-0067
La Quinta Inn & Suites
6260 Peachtree Dunwoody Road 770-350-6177
Microtel Inn & Suites
6280 Peachtree Dunwoody Road 678-781-4000
Residence Inn by Marriott
6096 Barfield Road 404-252-5066
Sheraton Atlanta Perimeter North
800 Hammond Drive 404-564-3000
Staybridge Suites
760 Mount Vernon Highway 404-250-0110
Westin Atlanta North
7 Concourse Parkway 770-395-3900

2nd Annual Hospitality Highway Century this Sunday!

July 6, 2010

The 2nd Annual Hospitality Highway Century is only days away!

Last year, over 1,500 riders shut down GA-400, and this year we hope to make it even bigger!

The ride starts at exit 7 of Georgia Route 400, and will wind through Sandy Springs, Milton, Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, and other scenic areas of North Fulton.

There are 8-mile, 25-mile, 63-mile, and 100-mile options. Registration is $45 and includes a t-shirt, food, water and full mechanical support along the route. The ride is open to anyone 14-years of age or older.

Click here to register for the event, or visit 400century.com for race info. and route maps.

Here is an except of an article on the Century that appeared in the June edition of Florida Racing Magazine!

“As any biker will tell you, one rule of cycling is to avoid major highways at all costs.  The highway system might be the best route for motorists, but most people would be understandably hesitant to to join the high-speed traffic while sitting on a bike.

On July 11, however, riders from across Georgia are converging north of Atlanta to temporarily shut down Georgia State Route 44 (or just “400,” as it is know locally) for the 2nd Annual Hospitality Highway Century to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation.”

Click on the image below to check out the rest of the article at the Florida Racing Magazine website (the article begins on page 48 of the June 2nd issue).

Click here for photos from last year’s event!

Hospitality Highway Century 2010 routes are now available!

June 16, 2010

Hey everyone!  The routes for the 2010 Hospitality Highway Century are now available!  Be sure to check out the Hospitality Highway Century’s official website at http://www.400century.com/ for more information and to register!

Follow the links below to download a PDF of the route and to see the route at MapMyRide.com

8-mile “I Did It” ride:

2010 Hospitality Hwy GA400 8 Mile


25-mile ride

2010 Hospitality Hwy GA400 25 Mile


Now for the tougher routes…

63-mile route

2010 Hospitality Hwy GA400 63 Mile


100-Mile Century

2010 Hospitality Hwy GA400 Century overview


Hospitality Highway Century Event Made History!

August 13, 2009

More than 1,500 cyclists came out for the inaugural Hospitality Highway Century on July 12, which raised more than $55,000 to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation (GTF). Riders came together from all over Georgia, neighboring states, and even as far as Texas for the chance to say “I shut down 400!”

Bicyclists pedaled their way from the start at the former Home Depot in Roswell, down to Ga. 400 where they rode southbound from exit 7 to 6, and continued through the cities of Sandy Springs, Milton, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, as well as other scenic areas of North Fulton County and Cherokee Counties. Routes included the 9-mile “I Did It” ride or the 31-mile, 61-mile, or 100-mile options.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support GTF and for helping make this inaugural event such a huge success! Photos from the event will be posted in the next couple of weeks, so visit www.gatransplant.org to keep up with the latest news.