Also known as, “WNC’s dirty duathlon” because it takes place on private, undisturbed land, Dig the Du is not only a good introduction to off-road, multi-sport events, it is also a great venue for seasoned athletes. Participants can register as an individual or as part of a two or three person relay team. The race consists of a 2.5-mile run through grassy fields and forest service roads, a 12-mile off-road bike course, followed by another 2.5-mile trail run.
When athletes participate in this race, they are not only competing for handcrafted awards and special ‘sprint’ prizes, they are also contributing to OpenDoors’ Llewellyn Perry Scholarship Fund. Bo, Carol, Lane and Jim Perry donate the use of Sky Valley Farms for Dig the Du, and are long-time supporters of local youth organizations. The scholarship fund, named for the Perrys’ late grandmother “Lew”, helps pay tuition and tutoring expenses for underprivileged children in the OpenDoors program.
The Kids Du 2 will also be returning this year! Now younger ones can experience multi sport racing without the danger of adult sized athletes on the course, while learning to enjoy competing in our beautiful mountains! For kids, aged 6 – 13, there will be fun takeaways and food for racers! Kids will be categorized according to skill level: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Course distances will be appropriate for each level.
As always, we cannot host such great events without the commitment and support of our team of volunteers. Please sign-up if you are available to help on or before the race.