Largest Independent Fitness Company in the Southeast Comes to Charleston
O2 Fitness announces plans to invest more than $1 million into its facilities
Raleigh, N.C. (September 3, 2013) – Residents of The Holy City can now look forward to a revamped, modern fitness destination that will help keep them in shape year-round. O2 Fitness – recently named to the Inc. 5000 List of fastest-growing private companies in America for the fourth consecutive year – is continuing its aggressive expansion throughout the Southeast with the recent acquisition of East Shore Athletic Club in the Charleston Metro area.
East Shore Athletic Club is Charleston’s premier fitness provider with 12 convenient area locations. Currently, its facilities feature a variety of amenities, group fitness classes and services that vary by location. There are no plans to rebrand the clubs in the immediate future. Instead, O2 Fitness plans to use the money it would have spent rebranding the clubs into improving the user experience, investing more than $1 million in construction and improvements for its clubs in the coming months.
“We are thrilled to welcome Charleston’s East Shore Athletic Club into the O2 Fitness family,” said Michael D. Olander, Jr., CEO of O2 Fitness Clubs (and College of Charleston graduate). “We’re looking forward to serving the Charleston community and helping members reach and exceed their health and fitness goals. We believe in the potential of the Charleston market and look forward to continued growth there.”
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After news of 64-year-old Diana Nyad’s successful 110-mile swim, I wondered what Charleston’s most accomplished marathon swimmer, Kathleen Wilson, thought about it and it’s impact on the niche sport. DQ
Q: Were you following this swim from the get-go? And if so, what were your thoughts on Diana being 64 and giving this one last shot?
A: I was following this swim and like just about everyone, expected her to have been pulled out sometime during the wee hours of Monday morning. I thought that the usual confluence of factors such as marine life, currents, weather and age would end her swim, especially following Penny Palfrey’s excellent attempt last summer.
Q: For the vast majority of people who don’t know much about open water swimming, put this swim in perspective of long distance, open water swimming … greatest feat ever?
A: There is no question that it is a great accomplishment. It’s also true that she did not follow strict marathon rules when she chose to develop the mask that she wore and the full body suit with boots and gloves and the streamer used to keep equidistant from the support boat.
I am reading differing opinions regarding current assist and whether her swim course and GPS tracking line up with the direction and speed that the currents were moving. There are a few conspiracy theories out there but right now, nothing can be proven for or against what she accomplished. I’m staying out of that debate, I won’t engage via Facebook. The truth will come out and for the sake of Diana, the sport and its integrity, I hope the swim is upheld to be legitimate.
She looked pretty beaten up upon exiting the water, I know that feeling.
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FRANCIS MARION DIRT DASH
Half Marathon, 12K and 5k (latter two distances actually 7.5 miles and 3.4 miles)
>2012 HM 136 finishers 1:27:13 Tim Limbert 1:39:14 Laura Boselowitz
12K 89 finishers 51:20 Jermain Singleton 58:03 Rachel Crunk
5K 62 finishers 17:37 Jared Chrysostom 20:24 Claire Kittle
-12K added beginning 2012-
>2011 HM 157 finishers 1:23:29 Matthew Dieterich 1:28:37 Heather Knight
5K 101 finishers 20:33 Tyler Cross 22:30 Guinn Garrett
>2010 HM 180 finishers 1:24:30 Tomasz Kochanowicz 1:34:41 Caitlin Schier
5K 115 finishers 18:55 William Lyles 22:32 McKenzie Sharpe
>indicates complete results in my SC Races Database, PDF copy available
by e-mail request to JaggersRun@Comporium.net
First year was 2010 – compiled by Cedric Jaggers-
ActiveRx OPENS FIRST SOUTH CAROLINA ACTIVE AGING CENTER
IN MOUNT PLEASANT ON MONDAY, SEPT. 9
First Charleston Center Specifically Designed to Help Seniors Redefine Aging
Through Preserving and Regaining Strength
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – It will soon be possible to choose how you age in the Charleston area.
ActiveRx, a Chandler, Ariz.-based company that is redefining aging by facilitating meaningful lifestyle changes that can improve the overall health and function for millions of older adults, will celebrate the opening of its first South Carolina Active Aging Center at 999 Lake Hunter Circle, Suite B in Mount Pleasant on Monday, Sept. 9.
Mark Osborn, regional developer for ActiveRx in South Carolina and Georgia,
said the new center – located between Mathis Ferry Road and Highway 17, just off Anna Knapp Boulevard – will provide seniors residing in the greater Charleston area a variety of proprietary programs and services that validate the fact that they do not have to “let nature take its course” regarding limitations and diseases that often impede independent living and a high quality of life.
“We believe ActiveRx answers a dilemma for millions of older Americans who think they can no longer address the physical challenges facing them,” Osborn said.
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The last of three long summer weekends. Boo-hoo. Hate to see summer fading away.
That said, the race scene heats up big-time in September.
For those wanting to know what kind of shape they are in before September, consider doing Saturday’s sixth annual Race Judicata 5K, which moved from the fourth Saturday in March.
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