Posted by Laura Sinacori - email
CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - The first annual Tri-4-Rye race took place in Carolina Beach Saturday. The race took one of the more popular combinations of racing and added it's own island flair.
Instead of serious cycling, contestants raced two miles on a fixed gear beach cruiser. Then, they ran a mile on the beach, built a sand castle, and then run a mile back to the finish.
The race is held in honor of Ryan McKee, a Pleasure Island native killed in a car wreck last year.
"Ryan is remembered on the island as a fun loving guy," said Jason Morgan who participated in the triathlon. "We wanted to highlight some of the things that you can do on the island in a family atmosphere, fun atmosphere, still being competitive by taking some of that competitiveness out of it."
The money raised during Tri-4-Rye Triathlon will be given to Carolina Beach Elementary School.
Sunday there will be another 5k. This one has been organized to benefit the planet. For more information on the "Seahorse Sprint," click here.
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