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Pedsters and peddlers hit the trails at Bellevue State Park on Saturday for the second annual First State Duathlon trail run and bike competition. Thankfully, the rain held off for the more than 100 spectators who came out to cheer on the 62 competitors, who raised funds for their favorite charities.

The trail-race duathlon consisted of three legs: a trail run (3.1 mi), trail bike (7 mi), and a trail sprint (7/8 mi), with a total distance of 11 miles. The race was organized by Spur Impact Association, a nonprofit focused on connecting young professionals and inspiring them to get involved and make an impact in their careers and communities.

Congratulations to the 2018 the winners:

  • Men’s Individual Duathlon: Ryan Stahnke (Newark, DE) 47:03
  • Women’s Individual Duathlon: Randy Wintermantel (Newark, DE) 57:56
  • 2-Person Men’s Relay: Team CF, Arthur Eng (Wilmington, DE)and Matt Holloway (Wilmington, DE) 48:48
  • 2-Person Co-Ed Relay: Team Lord Hounderton, Maggie Guterl (Chadds Ford, PA) and Ryan Schannauer (Chadds Ford, PA) 56:21
  • 2-Person Women’s Relay: Team Double Trouble, Suzanna Stettenius (Coatesville, PA) and Diana Gillam (Coatesville, PA) 1:00:19
  • 3-Person Co-Ed Relay: Team SYMAJI, The Chen Family (Newtown Square, PA) 1:11:50
  • 3-Person Women’s Relay: Team We Thought They Said Rum, Emily Falcon (Wilmington, DE), Erin Hanlon (Newark, DE), Kelly Green (Newark, DE) 1:32:50

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

Five different nonprofits were represented by different teams in this year’s race:

Combined Campaign for Justice
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
Mike Clark Legacy Foundation
Team Sanfilippo Foundation
Urban Bike Project of Wilmington

Stahnke, Wintermantel, Lord Hounderton, and ‘Team CF’ donated their prize money to Urban Bike Project. Team ‘We Thought They Said Rum’ split their prize money between Combined Campaign for Justice and Urban Bike Project. Team ‘Double Trouble’ donated their prize money to Mike Clark Legacy Foundation. Team ‘SYMAJI’ donated their prize money to Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Since 2015, participants in the different Delaware Charity Challenge competitions have collectively raised more than $150,000 for different area nonprofits.

“The First State Duathlon (and the Delaware Charity Challenge in general) is a fun way to keep active and to support great nonprofit organizations,” said Spur Impact’s Adam Morgan. “It is a family-friendly event that encourages fun, fitness, and community service.”

About Spur Impact Association

Spur Impact Association is a Delaware-based nonprofit whose mission is to be the premier hub developing, engaging, and inspiring tomorrow’s leaders by fostering connections with people, nonprofits, and businesses to promote growth personally, professionally, and philanthropically. The First State Duathlon and the Delaware Charity Challenge are both initiatives of the Spur Impact.

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