The Craven County’s Tourism Development Authority’s Sports and Events Committee’s inaugural event was a success in more ways than one.

New Bern Sun Journal
By Trevor Dunnell, January 17, 2023

Not knowing how many participants would sign up for the first Trail to Tryon 5K, 10K and half marathon, the event ran away with success, raising $2,000 the local American Legion Post 539.

The newly formed Craven County Tourism Development Authority’s Sports and Events Committee hosted Trail to Tryon Nov. 12-15 and was the committee’s inaugural event. The committee’s focus is to identify opportunities for sports-leisure events in Craven County.

Along with the $2,000 raised, Craven County Tourism executive director Melissa Riggle said over 250 runners signed up for the event as the committee had to cap the number of participants. Without knowing what to expect, the group prepared for between 75-150 runners.

“We are excited to start off the new year on such a positive note,” Riggle said. “The success was beyond what we had anticipated and from that we were able to take a portion of the proceeds and give it to a local organization. Our intent is to create visibility and sports tourism opportunities and a destination for sports in our community.”