Seaside Shuffle 5k Funding College Scholarships for High School Runners

By / Running News / Wednesday, 05 November 2014 05:00

Earlier this year, the Wilmington Road Runners Club (WRRC) inaugurated a new scholarship program for high school seniors in the Cape Fear Region. On Sunday, November 23rd, the club will host the 32th annual Seaside Shuffle at Wrightsville Beach. All profits from the event will help fund future scholarships.
With a new race director, logo, sponsors and awards, the event hopes to attract 500 or more participants.  Tracy Christian, WRRC vice president, emphasized that this is not a race for elite runners. “Sure we get some top local runners but the majority are middle of the pack and walkers. We always keep the entry fee very affordable to encourage participation.  We hope all high school runners and their families will come out to enjoy this event,” said Christian. For those serious runners gunning for a personal best, the course is certified and fast. “This race is one of the few at Wrightsville that is not on the “loop” or beach.  It is flat with only two turns and the wind, if any, is blocked by the beach homes,” said race director Michael Bright.
The event features separate races for women and men. The women start at 1:00 pm followed by the men at 1:45 pm. By foregoing the typical early morning starts of local races, the club hopes to attract the college crowd, many of whom live on Wrightsville Beach.
For parents looking to introduce toddlers and babies to the sport, strollers are welcome. But please start at the back of the pack. The event begins and ends at the Blockade Runner Hotel.  Participants can enjoy free parking now that the Wrightsville Beach official “off season” has begun. To register for the race go to the club’s website at wilmingtonroadrunners.org
Based on the event’s success, the club hopes to expand the amount and number of scholarships awarded in 2015. High school track and cross country runners from New Hanover, Pender and New Brunswick Counties are eligible for the $1,000 scholarships.
The 2014 winners were Justin Lehn from Coastal Christian High School and Kerry Leonard from E.A. Laney High School.  Lehn is competing for the University of Missouri and Leonard is running for Appalachia State.
Michael Bryrd, WRRC President, noted that the scholarship program underscores the club’s purpose. “Among our long list of endeavors, the scholarship awards are especially gratifying. Our mission is to promote and reward running at all ages and levels in the Lower Cape Fear Region. Our scholarship program recognizes student athletes while providing financial assistance to further their education and running career.” said Byrd. Media contact: Terry Reilly, WRRC Scholarship Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (248) 836-8136.

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