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Coast To The Capital “Relay For A Cure” began in Carolina Beach and ended in Raleigh this past Thursday

By: Shawn McKee
Staff Writer

The Coast To The Capital (C2C) was a long distance relay which covered approximately 145 miles beginning in Carolina Beach, NC this past Thursday, June 7th and ended in Raleigh, NC on Friday, June 8th. This was a one of a kind event in that it was consisted of only 7 runners tackling the entire 145 mile distance!
Then on Saturday, June 9th, the team participated in the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure before heading back home. The C2C was originated as a way to raise funds and awareness for families and victims of cancer.
The intent was to do something out of the ordinary which would test the limits of the C2C team members. As stated by race organizer Mike Worley, “27 hours of running, with very little rest, sleep or food, is nothing compared to the suffering victims of cancer and their families go through. We will run for those who can’t.” The Island Gazette’s Shawn McKee chased down the team on there way out of Carolina Beach for some photos and a wave off.
The C2C team began their trek on Thursday, June 7th at 9:00 am from Carolina Beach, NC and arrived in Raleigh on Friday, June 8th at approximately 12:50pm.  The route carried the team out of Carolina Beach on Hwy 421 and continued on Hwy 421 to Garner, then Hwy 401 into Raleigh with the relay ending on Hillsborough Street.  The team traveled with a support vehicle throughout the entire event, but traveled with only the bare necessities to complete the distance. Team and Support Crew Roster: Mike Worley, LaVonda Howard, Ben Bowie, Sam Catlett, Mandi Harberger, Joe Leblanc, Beth Sheppard, Tina Williamson, Brian Campbell, Valerie Stinson, and Leanne Lafave. Mike Worley added, “It was a llife changing experience that will always hold a special place in my heart. It was amazing to see these athletes push themselves to new limits and their determination was unbelievable!”
A Big Thank You to: Ty Rabon, Rex & Sons Rvs, Southern Sign Company, Edge Entertainment, Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, Southern Digital Art.com, Town of Carolina Beach, Carolina Beach Police Dept, Island Gazette, News 14 Carolina, Raleigh Police Dept, Freedom Auto Sales,  Leigh Johnson, Brad Young and the staff of Susan G Komen NC Triangle Affiliate and last but not least...Hannah Forrest Blueberry Farms!