If you were like me in the 80’s, skateboarding consumed your life just as mountain biking seems to be doing in the present. Eagerly awaiting your Thrasher magazine in the mailbox, there were many times you would see Ray Underhill from Powell-Peralta blasted across the pages doing nasty tricks you could land ONLY in your dreams.
As you may or may not know, Ray settled down in Wilmington, NC in 1998 when he started working for Easter Skateboard Supply. Unfortunately, Ray passed away in 2008 after a long battle with a brain tumor.
The Run for Ray Trail Run is a fund raiser for the Ray Underhill Foundation, the family and the Chordoma Cancer Foundation. Ray Underhill was not only a professional skateboarder he was an amazing father, husband and friend to many. Chordoma took his life prematurely and this benefit run is an event to honor his memory, as well, as to help his wife and two young children. The first annual Run for Ray trail run was held March of 2009. 100% of the proceeds go to the Ray Underhill Foundation, the family and the Chrodoma Foundation.
Mark your race calendar! The 2013 event will be held Saturday February 23rd at Brunswick Nature Park. With the addition of new trails there by Cape Fear SORBA, there will be NEW distances this year. 3 mile, 9 mile and 18 mile trail runs.
Since I have been a part of building these off-road biking trails, it is rewarding to see two my vices merge together in an unique set of circumstances.
Oh yes, do not forget that there are times when Tony Hawk enters this race at the last minute and if you are fast enough, you might be able to brag to your children that you outran your childhood skating hero!