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April 16, 2014

Nashville hosts 5th annual Tyler Carter Memorial Duathlon

NASHVILLE — The 5th annual Tyler Carter Memorial Duathlon will be held on Saturday, May 3  at the Berrien County Parks and 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.  Registration on race day begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8.  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 loved to stay active whether it was the discipline of football or the love and excitement of go-kart racing.  He loved God,  his family, his friends, and teachers.  In 2006, he was in a tragic car accident and lost his life. 

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

At the duathlon, there will be pamphlets that will provide more information on organ donation and also an area to sign-up to become a organ donor.  Each year, the Carter Family has given  two graduating seniors from Berrien High School a scholarship from the Tyler Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

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

To register for the duathlon, you can pick up a race application at Southern Traditions, Nashville Parks and Recreation and Carter Auto Sales in Nashville.  You can also register online at runninintheusa.com.  For more information, contact Laurie Carter at 229-300-6771.

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