OpenDoors of Asheville, a nonprofit connecting local children living in poverty with an active, individualized network of support, opens early registration for their highly-anticipated yearly duathlon Dig the Du. Though popular with teens in the past, the unique, off-road race introduces a special course this year; designed especially for athletes between the ages of 6 13 - Kids Du 2. This years race, once again at Sky Valley Farms, is October 13, 2013 at 10:30am. Dig the Du is presented by Harmony Motors.
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.
Also known as, WNCs 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.