Weekend Picks: Dig the Du “Dirty Duathalon” in Hendersonville

Get ready to get messy! The 4th annual Dig the Du “Dirty Duathalon” in Hendersonville, North Carolina winds through grassy fields and thick forests in this off-road race on Sunday, October 12.dig-the-du2

The combination biking and running race begins at 10:30 a.m. on private land at the Sky Valley Farm. The day begins with a 2.5 mile run through the farm’s fields and service roads, continues as competitors hop on their wheels for a 12 mile mountain bike ride, and concludes in a final 2.5 trail run back to the farm. The Dig the Du race is the perfect opportunity for anyone interest in multi-sport and off-road courses, or more highly trained athletes looking to get off the streets.dig-the-du-map

On the same afternoon, kids can have their own duathalon experience! After the main race, all youngins ages 6 to 13 are invited to participate in the Kids Du Too, a mini-version of the full Dig the Du. Kids will get their little hearts pumping in a 1 mile run followed by a 3 mile bike and a final 1 mile run. Watch your kids get outdoors and try something new.

Racers will walk away with special race t-shirts and awards, as well as a belly full of food and Sierra Nevada beer.

The Dig the Du and Kids Du Too Diathalons will benefit the OpenDoors’ Llewellyn Perry Scholarship Fund, named for the late grandmother of the Perry family who own Sky Valley Farm and generously open their land for the event. Funds will help raise tuition and tutoring money for underpriviledged children in the area.

Hurry to join the Dig the Du Duathalon or the Kids Du Too! Registration closes on October 8th, and the race is capped at 350 participants. Competitors can register either individually or as part of a 2 to 3 person relay team. Run, bike, and run your way to plenty of outdoor fun.

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