Join us on September 9, 2023 for our Annual Erwin Wilderness Challenge! This course will run through the countryside, down the Cape Fear River and into Downtown Erwin.

In 2011, community leaders created the Erwin Wilderness Challenge—an 18-mile kayak/bike/run triathlon. Over 60 participants entered the event, and all proceeds were used to support local airmen at Pope Air Field to attend the “Airman’s Rodeo” in Washington State.

For more information, contact:

Sharon Stevens – srsgrammy@gmail.com  910-892-3282 office, 910-985-0354 cell

Patsy Carson – erwinmayor1@gmail.com  910-891-6981

Dottie Womack – womackdottie@gmail.com  910-514-8003


The course begins with a 10-mile bicycle ride through the countryside to a wildlife landing. Phase 2 will begin at the landing with an 8-mile kayaking trip down the Cape Fear River to the Cape Fear River Park in Erwin. The third and final phase will be a 3-mile run through Erwin to connect to the Dunn-Erwin Rail Trail and will end at the gazebo in Downtown Erwin.

Erwin Wilderness Challenge Map


Medals to be given to all participants.


For information of fees and registration, visit www.runtheeast.com