App State economics students measure the impact of popular regional bike race

Students from Appalachian State University's student chapter of the National Association for Business Economics and faculty in the Department of Economics in the Walker College of Business have recently conducted an economic analysis of Blood Sweat and Gears (BSG), a popular, long distance road bike ride held in the High Country of North Carolina.

The App State students -- Sitara Brent, Lianna Palko-DiStefano, and Benjamin Peña -- measured the impact of last year's race.

They estimated the economic impact of the event on the region to be $616,000.

Considering [participants] traveled from their homes and spent the night in the area, average total spending was $690 during their stay. The top two categories for expenditures were lodging and food/supplies. Average lodging expenditures were $373. Average expenditures at restaurants were $135, and $58 was spent on groceries.

Read the full report: Economic Impact of the 2022 Blood Sweat and Gears

BSG will be held on June 24, 2023, and proceeds from the ride are donated to a number of local charities. Learn more about, or register for, the next BSG on the Blood Sweat and Gears website.

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App State economics students measure the impact of popular regional bike race
Published: Apr 25, 2023 11:41am