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Pastors race trikes for CARES Food Pantry; having fun raising funds

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Max Caylor / Photo

Jasper First Baptist’s Rev. Preston Jones is all smiles as he maintains a lead over Jasper Methodist’s Rev. Greg Meadows. The two churches pledged funds to assist CARES in providing food and emergency services for the community.


By Max Caylor

Progress contributor


Rev. Preston “Pedaling”  Jones of Jasper First Baptist and Rev. Greg “Gliding” Meadows from Jasper United Methodist dueled it out on  Monday Night’s Sports Spectacular Tricycle and Obstacle Course Race at Rotary Park in Roper Park.

The “Spectacular” race was staged by CARES Food Pantry Executive Director Chris Rumble to raise funds to support their food and emergency services program.  

“We are here to have fun and raise money,” Rumble said. 

The race featured a short obstacle course of cones and each rider had to stop and play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in the music park and then again to preach at the Peace Pole.  

The “Who Cares Marching Band” pepped up the small crowd as they cheered for the racers. A $1,000 matching  grant was announced for the race and attendees were invited to donate. General donations can be made at and the entire race can be experienced on Facebook caresforpickens.