The 4th Annual Dig the Du presented by Hunter Subaru is this coming Sunday!

DTD for press releaseThis race is WNC’s best off­-road duathlon and a fun and exciting multi­-sport competition including races for both adults and youth ages 6-13, raising money for OpenDoors’ Llewellyn Perry Scholarship Fund.

Race start time is 10:30 am at Sky Valley Farms near Dupont State Forest in Hendersonville, NC.

This very challenging but fun, family ­friendly race event is presented by Hunter Subaru.  Dig the Du is not only a great introduction to off­-road, multi­-sport events but it provides a thrilling venue for seasoned athletes as well.  The entire course is situated on private, undisturbed land exclusively open for Dig the Du. Racers will blast off with a 2.5 mile trail run, transition into a chain­ rattling, off­-road 12 mile cycle, and finally run against the same 2.5 mile trail, from the opposite direction. After logging 14.5 miles they are exquisitely challenged by a final stretch that is 10 feet taller and really tests their grit and skill. Finally racers cross the finish line where they are treated to scrumptious post-­race culinary fuel by 12 Bones and many more, with ice­ cold Sierra Nevada beer.

During the after-race festivities racers and spectators will again have the opportunity to buy tickets for a chance to win a pair of Industry Nine hubs amongst other exciting offerings including a therapeutic massage and an Eno hammock.

More than 200 racers participated in Dig the Du last year, affectionately dubbing it “WNC’s Dirty Duathlon.” Even more are expected to turn out for this year’s event, which is an ideal race for multi-­sport athletes, trail runners, and mountain bikers alike. As one racer said, “The race was very organized in a beautiful location with the best post­race ever.”  Plus, this year “Kids du 2” returns for racers aged 6­ to 13. This duathlon formatted race is customized for beginner, intermediate and advanced youth and is also the fifth race in the Carolina Kid’s Multi-Sport Series. Now younger ones can experience multi-sport racing in the beautiful mountains without the danger of adult ­sized athletes on the off­-road but non­-technical course. The bike course has also been revamped and made more spectator­ friendly for the 2014 Kids du 2 race. There will be unique take­-home awards and healthy yummy foods, too, to fuel youngsters’ enthusiasm.All athletes will compete for handcrafted awards and special “sprint”prizes donated by Foot Rx of Asheville and Sycamore Cycles, but the biggest reward of all is knowing that their participation contributes to OpenDoors of Asheville and the vitally important Llewellyn Perry Scholarship Fund. The educational fund helps to pay for tutoring, financial aid, and tuition expenses for underserved children, and is a major component of the OpenDoors of Asheville mission to eliminate multi­-generational child poverty.

For additional information or to register to race, please visit the OpenDoors of Asheville website, or the Dig the Du website. To volunteer please register on Volunteerspot.  Thank you for your support of OpenDoors of Asheville!