Beaufort News

Hunting Island hosts Adventure Biathlon on Saturday

Pete Greene is still the man to beat.

The Beaufort resident returns Saturday to Hunting Island State Park, where he has won the past five Hunting Island Adventure Biathlons.

The seventh annual race begins at noon Saturday. And Greene will again be the favorite.

"He always brings his 'A' game," race organizer Jack Cunningham said.

Cunningham is hoping for close to 200 participants Saturday. As of Thursday, 95 participants were registered. The highest number of racers was 175 in 2009.

Competitors will be coming from throughout the Southeast, including Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland. Greene's closest competition might be another South Carolina resident, Chuck Heirs.

"I think we're going to have a pretty darn good race this year," Cunningham said. "You never know who's going to show."

The event, sponsored by the Sea Island Rotary Club, begins with a kayak of about 6 miles, followed by a trail run of about 4 1/2 miles. Participants can complete the race solo, in tandem (using a two-person kayak with both participants completing the trail run) or in a relay (one person paddles, and the other runs).

A twist this year will be the allowance of stand-up paddleboards. Cunningham said if there was enough participation, the SUPs could form a separate category in future races.

A portion of proceeds from the race will go to local children's charities and to raise awareness of health and wellness in the community.

What: Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon

Where: Hunting Island State Park

When: Noon, Saturday

Cost: $50 individual, $65 relay teams

Notes: Online registration is closed. Participants who wish to register the day of are encouraged to arrive early. ... Racers are grouped based on age and sex and will race either as individuals or part of a relay. Awards will be given in each category for the top males and females, as well as the top mixed tandem and relay teams. ... Post-race party with food and beverages.

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