Posted by: Joe Nuss on Feb 07, 2012
Photo credit: Deb Lovig
Triangle Rock Club’s Climbathon Focuses on Families in Need
Rock climbers are tough. Climbing requires strength, strategy, endurance, skill and serious determination.
Climbers competing in Triangle Rock Club’s (TRC) Climbathon March 2-3 are also going to show a whole lot of heart by helping kids with critical health issues.
Starting at 8 p.m. on March 2, teams of four climbers will compete in the 12-hour TRC Climbathon to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham. It’s going to take some serious strategy. Climbers must rotate through 24 rock-wall routes over 12 hours in an attempt to win prize packages for both highest climbing attitude and most money raised. TRC officials say they will limit the event to 24 teams.
“The Ronald McDonald House of Durham serves families with children receiving treatment for serious medical issues at Duke Medical Center and area hospitals,” says Joel Graybeal, TRC managing partner. “We’ve put together a ridiculously fun and challenging event with a goal of raising more than $25,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Durham. It’s going to be tough to climb that long but we’ll have a blast.”
All money raised by TRC Climbathon teams will go directly to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham to fund a facility expansion and operating expenses that will allow the organization to serve nearly twice as many families.
“We do golf tournaments, runs, walks, auctions and gala events. But a marathon rock-climbing event? This is completely new!” Lindsay Hege, Ronald McDonald House special-events manager, says with a laugh. “The TRC Climbathon is going to be a uniquely amazing event.”
Spectators are welcome at any time during the Climbathon, which ends at 8 a.m. on March 3. To sponsor a TRC Climbathon team and make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House go to www.trcclimbathon.kintera.org. For more information: www.trianglerockclub.com.