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April 17, 2014

5th Annual Tyler Carter Memorial Duathlon

NASHVILLE, Ga. — The 5th Annual Tyler Carter Memorial Duathlon will be held on Saturday, May 3 at the Berrien County Parks & Recreation Department.

The Duathlon Race course will consist of a 2.3-mile run into an 18.5-mile bike ride and end with a 2.3-mile run. A new addition to this year’s duathlon will be the option of only doing the first 2.3-mile run. By adding this Fun Run, it provides another opportunity to be part of this event. Registration on race day begins at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. Participants must pre-register before race day to ensure a duathlon T-shirt. 

The duathlon was started five years ago as an event to remember the life of Nashville’s Tyler Carter. The duathlon also promotes Organ Donor Awareness and serves as a fundraiser to the Tyler Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund. Carter was a wonderful young man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He always had a smile, hug, or a way to make someone laugh. Carter loved to stay active, whether it was the discipline of football or the love and excitement of go-carting racing. He loved God, family, his friends and teachers.

In 2006, he was in a tragic car accident and lost his life. By honoring his decision to be an organ donor, four lives were saved. Carter’s heart was transplanted into a 39-year-old woman from New Jersey. His liver was transplanted into a 24-year-old man from California, and his right kidney was transplanted into a 17-year-old girl in Georgia. His left kidney was transplanted into a 9-year-old girl.

At the duathlon, there will be pamphlets that   provide more information on organ donation and an area to sign up to become   an organ donor at the   event.

Each year, the Carter family has given two graduating seniors from Berrien High School a scholarship from the Tyler Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund in his memory.

“Our hope is to raise awareness of organ donation with this duathlon and to encourage people to sign up to become an organ donor. We are excited to have an event that not only encourages people to live life to the fullest like our Tyler did, but also to give back by being able to provide scholarships in Tyler’s memory,” said  Laurie Carter, Tyler’s mother. 

To register for the duathlon, you can pick up a race application at Southern Traditions, Nashville Parks & Recreation, and Carter Auto Sales in Nashville, Ga. You can also register online at runninintheusa.com.

For more information, contact Laurie Carter at 300-6771.

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