More than 100 spectators came out to cheer on the 38 competitors in the inaugural First State Duathlon, which consisted of a trail run (5K), trail bike (approximately 7 miles), and a trail sprint (approximately 7/8 mile) (total distance about 11 miles).The winner of the Men's Individual Duathlon was Blake Bennett (Hockessin, DE) who completed the circuit in a time of 56:36. The winner of the Women's Individual Duathlon was Laura Wilburn (Wilmington, DE), with a time of 58:55. In the men's relay team division, Team Run Bike Pray, Chris Knight (Newark, DE) and Andrew Weber (Newark, DE), won with a time of 55:22. In the co-ed relay team division, Team Happy Anniversary Dear, Beth and Craig Vettori (Shelburne Falls, MA), won with a time of 56:48. In the 3-person women's relay team division, Team Thunder, Kim Hicks (Philadelphia, PA), Vernelle Dowtin (New Castle, DE), and Portia Yarborough (Montchanin, DE) won with a time of 1:49:30. These winners and all participants received a First State Duathlon duffle bag, a First State Duathlon fusion water bottle, and a Delaware Charity Challenge t-shirt for competing. Full results and pictures from the competition are available on the First State Duathlon website.
The First State Duathlon will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. The 2017 race will be capped at 200 competitors. Teams and individuals can raise money for their favorite nonprofit as part of the Delaware Charity Challenge Race to Raise fundraising competition. We will be posting more information online throughout the spring and summer leading up to the race.