Competitors Race for Charity at First State Duathlon

Organizers of the Delaware Charity Challenge launched a new competitive trail run, bike, and sprint competition on Saturday, giving teams yet another exhausting opportunity to raise money for needy charities.

The inaugural First State Duathlon took place on July 15th at Bellevue State Park, where more than 100 spectators cheered on dozens of determined competitors as they took part in a 5K trail run, a 7-mile trail bike, and a 7/8 mile trail sprint – a total distance of about 11 miles.

Congratulations to the winners!  
• Men’s Individual Duathlon – Blake Bennett of Hockessin, circuit time of 56:36.
• Women’s Individual Duathlon – Laura Wilburn of Wilmington, 58:55.
• Men’s relay team division: Team Run Bike Pray ~ Chris Knight and Andrew Weber both of Newark, 55:22.
• Co-ed relay team division: Team Happy Anniversary Dear ~ Beth and Craig Vettori of Shelburne Falls, MA, 56:48.
• 3-person women’s relay team division: Team Thunder ~ Kim Hicks of Philadelphia, Vernelle Dowtin of New Castle, and Portia Yarborough of Montchanin, 1:49:30.

The First State Duathlon is also the official summer fundraising competition for the Delaware Charity Challenge – a unique series of fundraising and athletic competitions designed to give organizations, families, and individuals a fun way to raise money and awareness for their favorite causes.

Four different nonprofits were represented by different teams in this year’s race: Combined Campaign for Justice, Mike Clark Legacy Foundation, Urban Bike Project and Waterfowlers for Warriors. 

“There are some folks who will do just about anything to support their favorite charity,” said Charlie Vincent, president of Innovincent LLC, the company behind the First State Duathlon and the Delaware Charity Challenge. “Our Delaware Charity Challenge events – with obstacle courses, tough terrains and unique athletic challenges – are spirited competitions that we think are special in this community. And we are so glad the extensive planning and preparation for each event ultimately benefits  some very worthy non-profits here in Delaware.” 

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