Unique marathon to raise money for local children
By Anna-Marie Menhenott
TRADITION -- When marathon participants gear up for the big event, most don't think about packing their skateboard. However, for an elite group of long-distance participants, that's the first thing they grab.
Donkboard.com and the International Distance Skateboard Association will host a skateboard marathon on July 20 in Tradition to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of St. Lucie County.
"I've been a skater my whole life," said Ronald Lewis, owner and CEO of Donkboard.com. "About five or six years ago I started longboarding. We've done longboard races in other areas and it's really starting to take off."
The event will include a skateboard marathon (26.2miles), half-marathon (13.1. miles), and a 5-k. The International Distance Skateboard Association has elected Port St. Lucie to be an official race location for the best long distance skaters to attend and compete.
"This opportunity will give the city of Port City Lucie a venue of raising money for our local Boys & Girls Club, plus a way of showcasing the city," Mr. Lewis said.
The IDSA is the authority on long distance races throughout the world and with their sanctioning help, they will insure the event is safe and organized for all who want to attend and compete.
All skaters are encouraged to come out and compete.
"We want all skaters, whether they're on a long board or not to come out. We want land-peddlers to join in, too."
Land-peddlers ride a skateboard, but propel themselves with a long stick. The sport is the land version of stand-up-paddle. Although it may seem as if it an easier alternative to tried and true method of skate boarding, land-boarding is quite competitive and offers a complete body workout.
So far there has been a steady flow of people signing up for the marathons; however, more are welcome to glide through Tradition.
"It's going to be a great time: Mr. Lewis said. "Besides the race there are going to be vendors, entertainment, artists, prizes and lots of things to do and see."
Cost to sign up is $20 for the 5K, $35 for the half-marathon and $40 for the marathon.
For more information or to sign up, call (772) 418-0634 or email info@DonkBoard.com.