More than 600 signed up for Charlie Post Classic 15K and 5K on Sullivan’s Island

Jeff Baxter, co-race director of the Charlie Post Classic, just sent me this update:

There are 601 registered after the end of yesterday’s online sales, with 330 in the 15K and 270 in the 5K.

 The weather forecast is fairly positive so we’re expecting a large number of late registrations.  Mostly sunny and cool temps, 40ish, at race start warming to 60 degrees by midday, with a breeze from the north.  These conditions look good for producing some fast times.

 Competition will be strong for the 15K championship.  After a scan of the registration list, many of our top local runners are registered (Rives Poe, Caitlin Schier, Caitlin Ranson, Karl Walsh, Jay Upchurch, Michael Banks, Irv Batten,).  In addition, a couple of notable out-of-town, but familiar names include Eric Ashton and Laurie Knowles.

 This is the first year that we are the official USATF SC 15K Championship.  The Running Club is working with Chris Kling, our new USATF SC representative.  We envision the 2013 race as a springboard into future partnering with USATF to increase the exposure and competition for the 15K.

 There will be a $2,000 purse for overall awards in the 15K and gift certificates to On The Run for the 15K age group winners. Medals will go 3-deep in each age group.

 The 5K will feature On The Run and/or Primetime Fitness gift certificates for 5K overall awards and to On The Run for age group winners. Medals will be presented to 3-deep in each age group.

 Triangle Char+Bar is our title sponsor for the second year in a row.  Just like Floppin’ Flounder, Triangle will be on hand to serve breakfast burritos after the race.  The Body Garden will join us for a second year in row, to provide post-race recovery massages. 

Race Notes and Registration Information:

What: 30th Annual Charlie Post Classic 5K & 15K

When: 8:30am, Saturday January 26th

Where: Sullivans Island Fire Station (2050 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482)

Who: Runners and Walkers of all abilities

Online Registration is Closed (before press time)

Late Registration and Early Packet Pickup:  Friday 11am to 6pm at Triangle Char+Bar Mt. Pleasant  ($25 CRC Member/$30 Non-Member)

Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup: 6:45 am to 8:15 am at Sullivan’s Island Fire Station ($40) – Race shirts not guaranteed for late registration

For more details: www.charlestonrunningclub.com

 

On January 26, 2013, the Charleston Running Club will host the 30th running of the Charlie Post Classic 15K & 5K.  The Charlie Post Classic is CRC’s signature event and honors the memory of Dr. Charlie Post.  This year’s 15K event will serve as the USA Track & Field South Carolina Association 15K State Championship and carries a $2,000 purse. During the 2012 race, $7,500 was raised and contributed to the Charlie Post Endowment Scholarship fund at the College of Charleston.  We expect the 2013 races to be bigger and better and registrations will be capped at 1,000 runners.

 

 

Pure Barre opens second location in Charleston on Jan. 28; offers pre-opening discounts

PURE BARRE BRINGS NATIONAL FITNESS CRAZE TO NEWEST LOCATION IN DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON.

Pure Barre, the fastest, most effective way for women to change the shape of their bodies, today announced the launch of its newest location in downtown Charleston.

The new franchise studio, located at 164 Market Street, next to Leaf Cafe, is owned by Jen Leitch and Jenn Vannatta and is expected to open on January 28, 2013.

This is Pure Barre’s second location in the Charleston area, with a studio also located in Mt. Pleasant, next to Whole Foods in Patriot’s Plaza.

“The excitement surrounding the opening of our second Pure Barre in Charleston has been contagious,” says co-owner Jenn Vannatta.

“Our clients are truly inspirational.” Jen Leitch, co-owner adds, “Downtown Charleston is ready for a top-rated nationally acclaimed barre studio – Pure Barre is thrilled to be here.”

This ballet barre workout has exploded in popularity since its inception in 2001. Focusing on the areas of the body women struggle with the most, Pure Barre lifts the seat, tones the thighs and upper body, and creates the long and lean muscles of a dancer through small isometric movements centered around a ballet barre.

Since it began franchising in 2009, more than 100 Pure Barre studios have opened nationwide.

“We are thrilled to open our newest location in Charleston and bring the excitement and results of Pure Barre to its residents,” said Carrie Dorr, Founder & Chief Concept Officer of Pure Barre.

“The continued growth of Pure Barre studios across the country is a testament to the workout’s ability to quickly transform women’s bodies, and we couldn’t be happier to bring this experience to vibrant downtown Charleston.”

Pure Barre is offering pre-opening specials. New clients can purchase five weeks of unlimited classes for only $99 or a 6 month unlimited rate of $155 per month. These specials are only available until January 31st.

Classes are already forming at the new Pure Barre studio, which will operate from 6 am to 9 pm. Registering for a class is simple, and can be done in person, over the phone or by logging on to www.purebarre.com/p-locations.html and choosing your studio of choice.

For more information on Pure Barre Downtown Charleston please contact 843.606.0559, visit www.purebarre.com or follow PureBarre Charleston on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PureBarreCharleston.

More Information on Pure Barre:

Pure Barre is the fastest, most effective workout on the market for women looking to transform their body and tone their abs, arms, butt and thighs.

With more than 100 studios across the country, Pure Barre offers women an effective, results-oriented workout that allows them to take control of their bodies and lifestyles. To help enthusiasts bring the Pure Barre lifestyle into their homes, Pure Barre now offers an extensive series of at-home DVDs, apparel, accessories, skin care and more. All Pure Barre clothes and accessories can be purchased at each Pure Barre studio or online at www.purebarre.com.

 

TTC Offers Running Course, Other Fitness Programs

Trident Technical College is offering a course to prep runners for the 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run and other local races.

The course, entitled “Running Well”, instructs attendees to use the physiology of running to assess and achieve optimal running form.  Topics include appropriate running shoes and apparel, running program design, running technique analysis and injury prevention. Presented in workshop format, all attendees will be expected to participate in the running portion of the course.

“Running Well” will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on TTC’s Main Campus in North Charleston; the cost is $149. The course is approved for World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) and fitness professionals for continuing education credits.

For registration and to learn more about Personal Trainer Certification and other upcoming personal fitness courses, call (843) 574-6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu/ce.htm.

Charleston Marathon, Half and 5K instructions; details on road closure

Are you ready for some running???

Here’s some practical information about this Saturday’s CHARLESTON MARATHON events via Kyle Lahm of the Charleston Marathon and city of North Charleston;

Access for spectators to get to the finish line is most easily obtained by utilizing I-26 east/west to I-526 east to the North Rhett avenue exit (19) or exit (20) for Virginia avenue.  From exit 20 turn right onto Virginia ave, then turn right onto Empire avenue.  From Exit 19, Turn right onto North Rhett then turn left onto Braddock avenue.  Follow Braddock avenue to the RR tracks and veer right onto Chateau avenue.

Public Parking lots are marked with a P on the attached PARKING map and plenty of street parking is available.

5K runners may access parking at North Charleston High School or public parking lots/street parking on the North side of the 5K Start as detailed above.

NOTE!!!  5K runners SHOULD NOT park in the area known as ‘Olde North Charleston’ as it will be blocked off by the half/full route.  This is the area to the south of the 5K start- south of East Montague, west of Virginia avenue, east of North Charleston High and north of Buist Avenue.

Marked with a NO on the attached PARKING map.

The Full/half races begin at Burke High school at 8 a.m.  Most roads downtown will reopen by 9:30-10am at the very latest.  Park circle, Riverfront park, East Montague and some surrounding roads will be closed from 8am-230pm.

5K runners can access parking at North Chas high by exiting I-526 at exit 19, turning right onto North Rhett, then turning left at North Blvd.  Follow North Blvd to East Montague, turn left onto East Montague, cross the RR tracks, 1st right is High school parking lot.

Full copies of the marathon routes are available at www.charlestonmarathon.com.

 

 

Need motivation? Pick a goal event and join a training group – here are seven

Couch to 5K Training Program

When: 7 a.m.  Sundays  (starting Sunday).

Where: Meet at Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant.

Coach: Noah Moore, USAT&F-certified coach.

How long: Eight weeks (to prepare for Catch the Leprechaun Run on March 14) and is oriented to people who want to complete a 5K.

How much: $50 (includes 20 percent discount on Catch the Leprechaun fee).

Website: www.mooreonrunning.com

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 The “Official Bridge Run Training Clinic.”

When & where: 6 p.m. Tuesdays (starts Jan. 15) at MUSC Wellness Center, Charleston.

6 a.m. Wednesdays (starts Jan. 16) at MUSC Wellness Center.

6 p.m. Wednesdays (starts Jan. 16) at Mount Pleasant Municipal Complex track.

Coaches: Benita Schlau, assistant director of Cooper River Bridge Run; Tyler Cross, personal trainer and local runner; Katie Blaylock, personal trainer.

How long: 12 weeks.

How much: $75.

Website: www.bridgerun.com

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Parris Island Triathlon Training Camp

When:  Information meeting 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at TrySports.

Where: TrySports, Mount Pleasant; training sessions will take place at various locations.

Coach: Rip Oldmeadow, a former professional triathlete who has competed in five Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

How long: 8 weeks.

How much: $500 (includes personalized training program, group training sessions throughout the week, $100 discount for personal training at Shaping Concepts, and a free TrySports Believe Achieve Club membership during the eight weeks).

Website: http://www.trysports.com/article/view/mptritraining

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Beat the Bridge Run Training Clinic, sponsored by The Foot Store and Brooks.

When: 6-7 p.m. Thursdays (starting January 24).

Where: Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.

Coaches: Brian Johnson and Ryan Thompson, both are certified USA Track & Field-certified coaches, former collegiate coaches and accomplished local runners.

How long: 10 weeks.

How much: $65 (includes a Good Form Running Clinic and Evaluation)

Website: http://www.footstore.com/

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TrySports Bridge Run Training Program

When and where:  Info session is 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at TrySports in Mount Pleasant.

Training will be held at 6 a.m. at Alhambra Hall or 6:15 p.m. at Patriots Point on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 7 a.m. Saturdays at the former Red&White grocery store on Isle of Palms.

Coaches: Shelley Smith and Peggy Klimecki, experienced runners.

How long: 10 weeks, geared toward beginner and intermediate runners.

How much: $50.

Website: http://www.trysports.com/location/mount-pleasant

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 Y In Training.

When and where: 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays (starting Jan. 7) the Summerville Family YMCA at The Ponds.

6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (starting Jan. 8) at the Summerville Family YMCA in downtown Summerville.

9 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (starting Jan. 9) at the Summerville YMCA in downtown Summerville.

8 a.m. Saturdays at various locations.

Coaches: Lucinda Hughes for Monday/Wednesday session; Kendall Shows for Tuesday/Thursday session; Nicole Moore for Wednesday/Friday session.

How long: 10-week program prepares runners and walkers to participate in the Shamrock Shuffle, formerly known as the Flowertown Run, a 10K and 5K on March 16 in downtown Summerville.

How much: $60 for Y members; $85 for non members.

Website: http://www.ymcashamrockshuffle.org

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 TrySports Half Marathon Training Program

When and where:  Info session is 7 p.m. Jan. 17 at TrySports in Mount Pleasant.

Training will be held at 6 a.m. at Alhambra Hall or 6:15 p.m. at Patriots Point on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at 7 a.m. Saturdays at the former Red&White grocery store on Isle of Palms.

Coaches: Shelley Smith and Peggy Klimecki, experienced runners.

How long: 14-week program prepares running and walkers to complete either the Greer Earth Day Half Marathon on April 20 or the women-only Diva Half Marathon on April 28 in North Myrtle Beach.

How much: $75.

Website: http://www.trysports.com/location/mount-pleasant

Got arthritis? Know someone who does? Yoga House of Charleston has a program for you!

Via Gail Corvette, yoga instructor at MUSC and elsewhere

Yoga for Arthritis Workshop

The Yoga House of Charleston Hosts a Workshop to Help Arthritis Sufferers January 19, 2013

January 4, 2013, CHARLESTON, SC. Twenty percent of adults in the US suffers from arthritis—the country’s leading cause of disability, according to the Arthritis Foundation. The Yoga House of Charleston is offering a hands-on workshop to allow participants to experience the healing benefits of the ancient practice of yoga.

 

“My mother has had two knee replacements and suffers from joint pain in her hands,” says workshop facilitator Gail Corvette, age 53. “I went away for vacation last summer and didn’t practice as much yoga as I usually do. I was awakened by joint pain in my knuckles after just one week away from my normal routine. That was a wake-up call to start my quest to understand osteoarthritis and what I was doing to keep the pain and joint inflammation at bay,” she says.

 

“I knew I was on to something when, that same week, one of my regular students said she had been visiting her sister for a week…and her joints hurt, which she attributed to not practicing yoga,” Corvette continued.

 

The workshop is offered in three parts: the first part for all participants (1 p.m.-2 p.m.) gives an overview of why yoga is such a great way to prevent and live with arthritis (more than 100 musculoskeletal diseases and conditions that destroy joints, bones, muscles, cartilage and other connective tissue for which there is no cure). The second part (2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) focuses on specific yoga poses that can ease lower body pain (hips, knees, feet and ankles). The third part (3:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.) addresses the upper body (neck, lumbar spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands). Refreshments will be served from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

 

Online enrollment is available at www.yogahousecharleston.com/events.

 

Gail Harrison Corvette holds the RYT-500 level of certification from the Yoga Alliance, which signifies she has had more than 500 hours of teacher training. She has been teaching yoga since 2006, in New York and Hong Kong before moving to Charleston in 2008. Her students describe her classes as positive, fun and intelligently paced. She teaches public classes at The Yoga House of Charleston, The MUSC Wellness Center and The Sophia Institute.

 

The Yoga House is located in Crossroads Center at 1836 Ashley River Road, next to Total Wine and across from Barnes & Noble.  The studio is open Monday-Sunday and offers nearly 40 classes per week. For inquiries, visit the www.yogahousecharleston.com, email info@yogahousecharleston.com , or call 843-608-0368.

Early registration for the 30th annual Charlie Post Classic on Jan. 26 ends on Friday night

Via Jeff Baxter of the Charleston Running Club

Early Registration for Charlie Post 5K & 15K ends Friday, January 4th at 11:59pm!

We have a few new things for this year’s race including the State Championship designation for the 15K and an event cap.  The official name for the 15K is the USATF South Carolina Association 15K Championship

On January 26, 2013, the Charleston Running Club will mark the 30th running of the Charlie Post Classic 15K & 5K.

The Charlie Post Classic is CRC’s signature event and honors the memory of Dr. Charlie Post.  During the 2012 race, $7,500 was raised and contributed to the Charlie Post Endowment Scholarship fund at the College of Charleston.  We expect the 2013 races to be bigger and better and registrations will be capped at 1,000 runners.

For the second year in a row, Triangle Char + Bar will be the event’s presenting sponsor.  This year’s race will feature the State Championship for the 15K will carry a $2,000 cash purse for Top 3 overall, and Top Master and Grandmaster.

In addition to hosting a fun, safe and competitive event, Charleston Running Club has made a commitment to keeping race fees as low as possible to increase participation.  Only $15 for CRC members and $25 for non-members until January 4, 2013.

Online registration is open. Go to Charleston Running Club’s website at www.charlestonrunningclub.com to register for the event.


For the first time ever, the 25 largest races in South Carolina had 1,000+ finishers

Cedric Jaggers publishes the S.C. Running Gazette – a free email newsletter – every two months. It’s always got a lot of good information on running in the Palmetto State. If you want to get on the mailing list, send him an email at  jaggersrun@comporium.net.

Here are some excerpts from his Jan/Feb issue that he sent this morning:

For the first time in South Carolina there were 25 races that had over 1,000 finishers. The second Cooper River Bridge Run in 1979 was the first race in the state to have over 1,000 finishers, or at least the first one I know about and for sure the first one that compiled complete results of every finisher and can prove the numbers. That year it was the only race and the earliest that I know of which can prove it had over 1,000 finishers: the results show 1,015 finishers

 So putting it all together – we might have had 3 races with over 1,000 finishers in 1979.

We definitely had 25 with over 1,000 finishers in 2012. Times have changed. It amazed me that a total of 54 races had over 500 finishers last year. That is a good size for a race and is actually quite a lot of runners.

 2012 LARGEST SC RACES compiled by Cedric Jaggers

Includes only races which timed every finisher individually

Distance City #Finishers Change

1 COOPER RIVER BRIDGE RUN 10K Charleston 36,756 +1,967

2 TURKEY DAY 5K Charleston 5,833 +216

3 RACE FOR THE CURE LOWCOUNTRY` 5K Charleston 5,379 +2,559

4 GHS SWAMP RABBIT 5K Greenville 3,586 +97

5 MYRTLE BEACH HALF MARATHON 13.1M Myrtle Beach 3,568 +515

6 RUGGED MANIAC 5K (uncert) Charleston 2,478 +915

7 DIVAS HALF MARATHON 13.1M N Myrtle Bch 3,065 new

8 KIAWAH ISLAND HALF MARATHON 13.1M Kiawah Isl 2,747 +433

9 MYRTLE BEACH MINI HALF MARATHON 13.1M Myrtle Beach 2,251 -377

10 REINDEER RUN 5K Charleston 2,137 +578

11 CHARLESTON HALF MARATHON 13.1M Charleston 2,033 +529

12 GET TO THE GREEN 5K Columbia 1,908 +32

13 MYRTLE BEACH MARATHON 26.2M Myrtle Beach 1,767 +69

14 REEDY RIVER RUN 5K Greenville 1,592 -866

15 FIRECRACKER 5000 5K Hilton Head 1,514 +110

16 SPINX RUNFEST HALF MARATHON 13.1M Greenville 1,511 +245

17 ST PATTY’S DAY 5K Greenville 1,500 new

18 GREENVILLE NEWS RUN DOWNTOWN 5K Greenville 1,426 -352

19 REEDY RIVER RUN 10K Greenville 1,153 -193

20 RED WHITE & BLUE SHOES 5K Greenville 1,168 +225

21 MIDNIGHT FLIGHT 5K 5K Anderson 1,148 +111

22 SPINX RUNFEST 5K 5K Greenville 1,103 +172

23 PIGGLY WIGGLY TURKEY TROT 5K 5K (uncert) Hilton Head 1,081 +173

24 KIAWAH ISLAND MARATHON 26.2M Kiawah Isl 1,079 +318

25 TREESGREENVILLE TURKEY DAY 8K Greenville 1,073 +64

-NOTE for the first time THE TOP 25 RACE ALL HAD OVER 1000 FINISHERS

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INCREASE IN TURKEY TROT RUNNERS from USA Today

Even the USA Today newspaper noticed how Thanksgiving Day races have grown. On page 1 of the Wednesday November 22, 2012 edition there was a USA SNAPSHOT section which showed these totals

2008 381,000

2009 470,000

2010 521,000

2011 676,000

Their source was Running USA

How about 2012? Well you can look at the race result numbers is this Gazette for Thanksgiving

Day and see that 12 of the 14 events held that day (that I know about) grew, meaning only 2 lost finishers. So the trend continues. CJ

 

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INCREASE IN TURKEY TROT RUNNERS from USA Today

Even the USA Today newspaper noticed how Thanksgiving Day races have grown. On page 1 of the Wednesday November 22, 2012 edition there was a USA SNAPSHOT section which showed these totals

2008 381,000

2009 470,000

2010 521,000

2011 676,000

Their source was Running USA

How about 2012? Well you can look at the race result numbers is this Gazette for Thanksgiving

Day and see that 12 of the 14 events held that day (that I know about) grew, meaning only 2 lost

finishers. So the trend continues. CJ

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