Christ School senior Richard Lytle ’20 beat over half the field at Saturday’s 24th annual Green Race, an event known in sporting circles as “the Super Bowl of Whitewater Kayaking.”
Richard ran the Class 5 rapids of the Green Narrows (situated about 20 miles from campus in Henderson and Polk counties) in 5 minutes, 6.50 seconds, good enough for 69th place out of 145 boats. Richard is believed to be only the third Greenie – current students or alumni – to finish the Green Race.
Christ School took a small party of faculty and students Saturday to cheer on Richard, who was fourth place in the Junior Division. Every kayaker was given one run down the Green Narrows and timed by electronic chips.
Richard is a Red Hat leader in the Christ School Outdoor Program, but the Asheville resident contributes much to the community outside of sports. He is a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship and an Advanced Placement Scholar. Richard’s Senior Leadership position is to serve as Verger for services in St. Joseph’s Chapel.