The 1st annual Cape Crusade Charity Relay Race took place on Saturday May 30th at Smuggler’s Beach on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and raised over $46,000 for Athlete’s 4 Cancer. The day began with morning fog before it burned off to give way to bluebird skies along with wind speeds of 15-20 knots. Thirteen teams of 5 took to a congested race course that fueled the drama and excitement on the water. All was aligned for friendly competition and a great day of kiting.
As the opening horn blew, the first 2 kites on to the water immediately wrapped lines, halting the race for a restart. The kiters quickly reset their lines while dense fog rolled in making it increasingly challenging to see the marks for each lap. Being a relay, the race began at an upwind location, finished downwind, and combined a foot race back to the start to mark the baton passing with a high five. All 5 team members then had to cross the finish line together on foot beneath a 20 meter North Rhino, circa 2004. The race finished 1 hour and 20 minutes later with all teams crossing the finish line.
For the past 4 months, participants have been fundraising as part of their entry to the race. What started out with modest gains over time quickly turned heads as fundraising skyrocketed in the final week to reach heights of $40,000. A live auction including a Soloshot II robotic cameraman, Slingshot RPM kite and Custom Lib Tech surfboard helped to bring the total funds raised to more than $46,000.
The event day rounded out with a DJ spinning tunes all night and a beach party vibe to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment. “It was amazing to see our community come together in support of such a great cause like Athlete’s 4 Cancer” says Cape Crusade co-founder Chris Lamborghini. “Massachusetts has so much to offer with some world-class spots, but it’s the community of Masskiting.com that really makes it special, and that’s how we achieved such success.”