There are some shore traditions that are shared by many coastal communities. Seafood festivals, parades and fireworks are just a few things that come to mind. Then there are those unusual happenings that are unique to an area.
The LBI Unithon is definitely a unique event.
As described on their official announcement....
The LBI Unithon is an annual 19 or so mile unicycle ride from Holgate at the southern tip of Long Beach Island to Barnegat Lighthouse at the northern end of the island. Riders from past Unithons have come from as far away as Germany and have been as young as 9 and as old as 50 something. The Alliance for a Living Ocean provides 4 breaks along the route with supplies of fresh water, fruit and snacks.
Essentially it is a unicycle ride from one end of the island to the other. This is also not some flash in the pan event. This year is the 11th annual Unithon. You can see some photos from past races and learn more about this years event at the organizers homepage: http://jjuggle.unicyclist.com/lbiunithon/
You must be registered to participate, and it is a fund raising event. All proceeds will go to the Alliance for a Living Ocean. Simply sign up with the unithon committee (see their website for the form) and get people to sponsor your ride.
The ride begins in Holgate, at what they seem to indicate is the parking lot/entrance to the refuge. You should be in Holgate by 9:45 for the 10:00 a.m. start time. There will be transportation from Barnegat lighthouse, after the ride, back to Holgate. You also have an option of driving to Barnegat Lighthouse. You must arrive by 9 a.m. to catch a ride down to Holgate for the 10 a.m start of the unithon.