Numbers down, but spirits high for upcoming Kerr Lake Triathlon

May. 31, 2013 @ 11:08 PM

The numbers are down, but the charitable spirit that characterizes the Kerr Lake Triathlon remains constant.

Organizer Pam Norwood believes any money raised to help fight cancer makes hosting the competition worth it.

“Even one dollar,” said Norwood. “No matter how much we raise, every dollar counts.”

Norwood said 135 participants are expected Sunday at Bullocksville Park for the annual Vance County Relay for Life event. Nearly 200 took part last year and 226 in 2011.

The action kicks off at 8 a.m. with a 1,500-meter swim, followed by a 40-kilometer bike race and 10-kilometer run.

Asheville’s Luiz Leonetti clocked in last year at 2:07:27 to take the top overall spot.

The Kerr Lake Triathlon is one of three USA Triathlon-sanctioned events being held Sunday with Raleigh and Bryson City hosting the other two.

Norwood said the people of Vance County have been generous in their efforts to promote and coordinate Kerr Lake’s event.

“It’s one time a year that everybody — no matter their color or religion or gender — comes together,” said Norwood.

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