Fitness is booming in Charleston! CrossFit Mount Pleasant moves into a new 10,000 square foot building on March 1

CrossFit Mt. Pleasant Moves into New Facility, Expands Offerings

 MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – CrossFit Mt. Pleasant has experienced tremendous growth since opening in July 2010 and on March 1 will move into a new space, making it the largest CrossFit facility in Mount Pleasant. The new 10,000-square-foot facility is located at 3400 Turgot Lane within the Park West subdivision on Highway 17 North.

Independently owned by Tina Whetzel, CrossFit Mt. Pleasant combines nutrition, exercise and recovery in a program that optimizes all three. CrossFit has been gaining in popularity in recent years. The Charleston area is home to 13 CrossFit “boxes” as they are called, and there are more than 4,500 CrossFit affiliate facilities worldwide.

 

CrossFit itself is defined a “broad, general and inclusive.” It is a core strength and conditioning program that prepares athletes for any physical task. The ultimate CrossFit formula is a regimen of constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity in a communal environment that leads to health and fitness.

 

In addition to Whetzel, CrossFit Mt. Pleasant has six Level 1 trainers and trainers holding CrossFit specialty certificates in Endurance, Striking and CrossFit Kids programs. A number of group fitness class times are available. Trainers work closely with athletes to ensure movements are done properly. New CrossFit athletes as well as those new to a fitness program are given alternative, scaled movements and then they progress to more challenging movements as their fitness and skill level improves.

 

“I’m thrilled by the fact I get to help people live better lives every day,” Whetzel said. “CrossFit Mount Pleasant is truly a family atmosphere where athletes encourage and motivate each other daily. Our growth in the last two years has been amazing and I can’t wait to bring even more athletes into our new facility and encourage our local community to live healthy, active lives.”

 

CrossFit Mt. Pleasant will host a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at 3400 Turgot Lane. CrossFit workouts will be offered every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to noon. They are free and open to anyone. An official ribbon cutting will be at 10 a.m. There also will be health-conscious exhibitors, a jump castle for the children and refreshments.

 

As part of its grand opening celebration, CrossFit Mt. Pleasant will donate half of any new first-month membership from March 1 to April 30 to the Center for Women.

 

CrossFit Mt. Pleasant offers a variety of class times, including 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Executive classes geared toward those ages 60 and older are at 9 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For a full description of classes and class times, visit www.crossfitmtpleasant.com.

 

About CrossFit Mt. Pleasant

Founded by personal trainer Tina Whetzel, CrossFit Mt. Pleasant focuses on fitness as the highest form of wellness. CrossFit combines nutrition, exercise and recovery in a program that optimizes all three. Fueled by EatFit LiveFit, CrossFit Mt. Pleasant offers group classes, personal training and nutrition consultations as well as programs geared toward children and athletes ages 50 and older. For more information, visit www.CrossFitMtPleasant.com.

 

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort announces inaugural triathlon

Inaugural Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon
slated for September 15, 2013

–Race will feature individuals and relay teams competing in a
.7-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride and 6-mile run

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC (Tuesday, February 26, 2013) — The organizers of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon and Half Marathon today announced that the new Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon will be contested on Kiawah Island on September 15, 2013.

Tri-Kiawah will be a USAT sanctioned intermediate distance competition featuring a .7-mile swim, 24-mile bike and 6-mile run.

This race is currently the only intermediate distance triathlon in the Charleston area to feature an ocean swim. Please note: bike and run courses are in the process of being finalized. Once complete, exact course measurements will be published.
The competition kicks off with the .7-mile point-to-point swim in the Atlantic Ocean in front of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  Athletes will be swimming with the current. Ocean temperature is expected to hover near 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, competitors will embark on a 24-mile bike ride on a well-marked course that stretches the entire length of Kiawah Island.  According to organizers, the course is flat and fast with athletes experiencing minimal sharp turns.  Winds are expected to be moderate to light as athletes bike through Kiawah’s maritime forest, with winds increasing in strength through the vast and open salt marsh habitat.

The race ends with a 6-mile run that loops through well-shaded neighborhoods and onto Kiawah’s front beach. Participants can expect an elevation change of less than 18 feet throughout the entire course. Transitioning from pavement and boardwalks to wide beach with hard packed sand provides an unequaled racing experience.

The transition area will be located in Night Heron Park, a 21-acre spectator and family-friendly park in the heart of Kiawah Island. Organizers explained that the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon will be geared for both the beginner triathlete as well as the seasoned competitors in a unique environment that showcases Kiawah’s diverse natural habitats and unparalleled beauty.

Registration will open on March 1st, 2013 via KiawahTriathlon.com. 

For more information visit KiawahTriathlon.com, call 843.768.2780 or email Kiawah_Marathon@KiawahResort.com

 

The second annual Ice Box Open surfing contest is set for Saturday

Organizers have been waiting for the best surf AND the worst weather all month long. It’s here. On Saturday.

BURRRRRRR!

2013 Ocean Surf Shop Icebox Open

to be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 a.m.

FEBUARY 21, 2013 – Folly Beach, S.C - Ocean Surf Shop, in conjunction with the Eastern Surfing Association, has announced the shop will hold its second annual Ocean Surf Shop Icebox Open at the Folly Beach Washout (1700 Block, contest walk-over) Saturday, February  23 starting at 8 a.m.

South Carolina’s only cold weather surfing contest, The Ocean Surf Shop Icebox Open will be held in cold, rainy weather during one of South Carolina’s coldest months. Water temperatures will hover around 53* and weather will be a cool 65* with rain in the forecast for Saturday. Choppy south wind swell is expected during the contest, averaging waist to chest high.

Charleston’s best and bravest surfers will meet to square off in Saturday’s event, taking-on the elements and vying for a top cash prize of $1000. The women’s winner will score $400. There will also be many prizes for the runners-up, including a $400 Ocean Surf Shop gift card, memberships to Gold’s Gym, and custom bikini packages from Kini Kai for the women’s winners.

The contest weekend will start at Rita’s Seaside Grille on Friday night, with early contest check in from 6-8 p.m. Contestants can sign up for the remaining Ice Box Open slots at this time. The contest will start at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, and Folly Beach coffee shop Black Magic will provide coffee to warm the crowd. Mex 1 Cantina will serve lunch Saturday afternoon.

There will be an after party Saturday night at Rita’s Seaside Grille directly following the event, featuring Kona Beer, food and drinks. Rita’s is located at 2 Center St.  Folly Beach, S.C. Rita’s can be reached at (843)588-2525.

Cut and paste this link for a great story about this year’s Ice Box Open by Post and Courier reporter David Quick:

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130130/CS/130139893/get-out-icebox-open-surfing-contest-is-waiting-for-waves-in-february&source=RSS

Last year’s Ice Box contest was cold, but was still a hit, bringing around 40 competitive surfers to The Washout for what turned into an afternoon of fun, cold surf. By the time the sea-fog had lifted, local surfer Kyle Busey took $1000 for the men’s prize, and Charleston surfer Grace Muckenfuss took home $400 in the women’s open.

For interviews with local surfers or information, press please contact Bates Hagood at (843)588-9175 or cell (843)822-5257.

Results of third annual Go Red Heart Run in Mount Pleasant

3rd GO RED HEART RUN 5K

February 9, 2013

Mt Pleasant, SC

In memory of Robin Seay to promote awareness of Heart Disease as the #1 cause of

death among women. USATF certified course #SC11009BS

 

Place Sex Age Name                          Hometown State         Chip time  Gun time pace

1   M 26   Michael Banks Charleston SC    14:50      14:50     4:21
2   M 23   Chris Bailey Charleston SC    16:01      16:01     4:42
3   M 21   Andrew Martin Charleston SC    19:16      19:17     5:39
4   M 32   Michael McEvoy Charleston SC    19:26      19:26     5:42
5   M 19   Edward Kelley Atlantic Highlands NJ    19:36      19:36     5:44
6   F 24   Mitzi Harrington Charleston SC    20:09      20:09     5:54
7   M 29   Andrew Taylor Summerville SC    20:22      20:22     5:58
8   F 43   Barbara Wiggins Mt Pleasant    SC    20:57      20:57     6:08
9   F 34   Katherine McEvoy Charleston SC    21:02      21:02     6:10
10   F 47   Sharryn Whitmore Mt Pleasant    SC    21:31      21:32     6:18
11   M 35   Joseph Smith Mt Pleasant    SC    21:37      21:40     6:21
12   M 37   Christopher Fury Summerville SC    21:44      21:46     6:22
13   M 49   John McGue Isle Of Palms SC    22:03      22:05     6:28
14   M 47   Stefan Liu Mt Pleasant SC    22:18      22:20     6:32
15   M 52   Ed Vilt Mt Pleasant    SC    22:40      22:41     6:38
16   M 16   Josh Schafer Mt Pleasant    SC    23:32      23:33     6:54
17   M 15   Oliver Sykora Mt Pleasant    SC    23:33      23:34     6:54
18   M 33   Matt Huffman Charleston SC    23:38      23:53     7:00
19   M 29   Marshall Morris Charleston SC    23:51      23:53     7:00
20   M 47   Todd Gallati Mt Pleasant    SC    23:51      23:53     7:00
21   M 47   Larry Disher Monks Corner SC    23:54      23:56     7:01
22   F 26   Colleen Kelley Charleston SC    24:24      24:24     7:09
23   M 31   Zach Norris Charleston SC    24:37      24:40     7:14
24   M 38   Matthew Dailey Charleston SC    24:38      24:41     7:14
25   F 66   Nancy Curry Mt Pleasant    SC    24:47      24:47     7:15
26   F 17   Clayton Buckaloo Isle Of Palms SC    24:48      24:50     7:16
27   F 36   Alicia Lutz Charleston SC    24:58      25:02     7:20
28   F 51   Gigi Wallace Mt Pleasant    SC    25:03      25:04     7:21
29   F 45   Vicky Santiago Mt Pleasant    SC    25:03      25:07     7:21
30   M 27   Achille Parmentier Charleston SC    25:24      25:24     7:26
31   F 51   Tricia Wilson Mt Pleasant SC    25:24      25:26     7:27
32   F 37   Ashley Sisson Charleston SC    25:27      25:27     7:27
33   M 61   Jim Bond Mt Pleasant SC    25:28      25:31     7:28
34   M 65   Eric Powers Mt Pleasant    SC    25:46      25:53     7:35
35   M 22   Chris Liu Mt Pleasant SC    25:56      25:56     7:36
36   M 56   Mickey Timms Mt Pleasant    SC    26:00      26:01     7:37
37   M 47   Carlo Digiacomo Mt Pleasant    SC    26:03      26:06     7:38
38   F 32   Susan Anderson Charleston SC    26:22      26:23     7:44
39   M 42   Wesley Akers Charleston SC    26:42      26:46     7:50
40   F 25   Katie Roman Charleston SC    26:42      26:51     7:52
41   F 40   Melissa Thurber Summerville SC    27:05      27:07     7:57
42   F 25   Jessica Michaud Charleston SC    27:16      27:25     8:02
43   F 31   Tara Moore Summerville SC    27:19      27:22     8:01
44   F 39   Beth Skukah Mt Pleasant    SC    27:25      27:31     8:03
45   F 33   Julie Casey Summerville SC    27:26      27:30     8:03
46   M 44   Kenneth Strange Charleston SC    27:39      27:53     8:10
47   F 40   Ali Hill Isle Of Palms SC    27:42      27:43     8:07
48   F 35   Kellie McLain Mt Pleasant    SC    27:51      27:54     8:10
49   F 26   Marilyn Calo Goose Creek SC    27:52      27:55     8:10
50   F 51   Kathi Stites Mt Pleasant    SC    28:03      28:05     8:13
51   F 37   Bobbie Grogan Mt Pleasant    SC    28:06      28:12     8:16
52   F 47   Cynthia Wahl Mt Pleasant    SC    28:10      28:14     8:16
53   F 64   Bernadette Marriott Mt Pleasant    SC    28:11      28:13     8:16
54   M 48   Edward Holton Hanahan SC    28:20      28:23     8:19
55   M 14   Joe Sanders Mt Pleasant SC    28:57      29:04     8:31
56   F 23   Kathryn Soltis Mt Pleasant    SC    28:58      29:06     8:31
57   F 50   Mary Sanders Mt Pleasant SC    29:10      29:18     8:35
58   F 31   Erin Brown Mt Pleasant    SC    29:18      29:25     8:37
59   F 15   Danille Peppler Mt Pleasant SC    29:19      29:23     8:36
60   F 37   Joanna Bruno Mt Pleasant    SC    29:22      29:31     8:38
61   M 55   Terrence O’Brien Mt Pleasant    SC    29:42      29:52     8:45
62   F 43   Annie Herring Mt Pleasant SC    29:45      29:58     8:47
63   F 44   Jenny Conway Daniel Island SC    29:47      30:00     8:47
64   F 55   Fran Jackson Ladson SC    30:05      30:08     8:49
65   F 47   Karen Roberts Mt Pleasant    SC    30:05      30:18     8:52
66   F 35   Christy Soleto Mt Pleasant    SC    30:07      30:11     8:50
67   M 48   Matthew Koval Mt Pleasant    SC    30:16      30:24     8:54
68   M 36   Jack Hibbits Mt Pleasant    SC    30:24      30:31     8:56
69   F 34   Dionne Brown Goose Creek SC    30:33      30:38     8:58
70   F 56   Gail Addison Moncks Corner SC    30:36      30:39     8:59
71   M 32   Barrett Reese Charleston SC    30:36      30:46     9:01
72   M 30   Jeffrey Senfield Charleston SC    30:43      31:05     9:06
73   M 40   Glen Greenwell Summerville SC    30:45      30:47     9:01
74   M 70   John Lazarchick Mt Pleasant    SC    30:46      30:51     9:02
75   F 22   Kaitlyn Obrien Mt Pleasant    SC    30:50      31:01     9:05
76   F 25   Autumn Nesbitt Mt Pleasant    SC    30:57      31:03     9:05
77   F 51   Laura Bash Charleston SC    31:01      31:12     9:08
78   M 33   Brian Flowers Charleston SC    31:02      31:22     9:11
79   F 59   Joyce Foster Mt Pleasant    SC    31:14      31:19     9:10
80   F 35   Amy White Charleston SC    31:23      31:31     9:14
81   F 29   Ashley Senfield Charleston SC    31:35      31:57     9:21
82   F 45   Jennifer Bremer N Charleston SC    31:37      32:02     9:23
83   M 39   Todd Bruno Mt Pleasant    SC    31:46      31:55     9:21
84   M 33   Douglas Clinton Charleston SC    31:53      32:00     9:22
85   F 40   Jennifer Marvel Charleston SC    32:05      32:15     9:26
86   M 53   Don Barber Mt Pleasant    SC    32:06      32:13     9:26
87   F 50   Lynne Barber Mt Pleasant    SC    32:07      32:13     9:26
88   F 29   Aime Ledesma Hopkins SC    32:08      32:29     9:31
89   F 47   Lisa Langdale Charleston SC    32:08      32:18     9:28
90   M 55   Les Langdale Charleston SC    32:10      32:19     9:28
91   F 48   Carolyn Burson Mt Pleasant    SC    32:14      32:16     9:27
92   F 29   Joy Peterson Charleston SC    32:25      32:38     9:33
93   M 70   Harald Henrysson Charleston SC    32:28      32:33     9:32
94   F 24   Caitlin Still Atlanta GA    32:45      32:48     9:36
95   F 31   Alison Barg Mt Pleasant    SC    32:54      33:02     9:40
96   F 53   Ginger Herrick Mt Pleasant SC    32:55      33:06     9:41
97   F 44   Cynthia Salyer Hanahan SC    32:59      33:02     9:40
98   F 53   Joanne Liu Mt Pleasant SC    33:15      33:25     9:47
99   F 40   Jenna Gillis Summerville SC    33:28      33:53     9:55
100   F 33   Elizabeth Evans Summerville SC    33:29      33:55     9:56
101   F 36   Kimberly Pringle Charleston SC    33:29      33:30     9:49
102   M 45   Michael Daffin Charleston SC    33:52      34:05     9:59
103   F 41   Cheryl Field North Charleston SC    34:03      34:05     9:59
104   M 32   Tim Sorum Elgin SC    34:05      34:08    10:00
105   F 61   Linda Formby Charleston SC    34:06      34:18    10:02
106   F 35   Rebecca Whitley Goose Creek SC    34:17      34:23    10:04
107   M 66   Michael Laughlin Charleston SC    34:19      34:27    10:05
108   F 49   Daynna Wolff Mt Pleasant SC    34:51      34:58    10:14
109   F 40   Amy Mendez Mt Pleasant    SC    34:54      35:13    10:19
110   F 40   Deana Ruggiero Mt Pleasant    SC    34:55      35:14    10:19
111   F 46   Adrian Novit Charleston SC    34:58      35:05    10:16
112   F 25   Katherine Selheim Charleston SC    35:01      35:08    10:17
113   F 27   Laura Kelley Isle Of Palms SC    35:05      35:16    10:19
114   M 40   Travis Chappie Charleston SC    35:08      35:13    10:19
115   F 41   Cheryal Hanratty Johns Island SC    35:17      35:29    10:23
116   F 35   Jill Farman Hanahan SC    35:24      35:31    10:24
117   F 48   Nancy Pritchard Mt Pleasant    SC    35:41      35:41    10:27
118   F 48   Lee McKenna Mt Pleasant    SC    35:47      35:56    10:31
119   F 51   Trieva Luster Summerville SC    35:48      35:52    10:30
120   F 70   Lynda Lazarchick Mt Pleasant    SC    35:59      36:04    10:34
121   F 29   Adrianne West Mt Pleasant    SC    36:06      36:35    10:43
122   F 32   Marie Lockhart Charleston SC    36:22      36:29    10:41
123   F 39   Tina Hirsig Charleston SC    36:23      36:30    10:41
124   F 51   Aundrea Walton North Charleston SC    36:26      36:31    10:42
125   F 25   Cassandra Eischeid Ladson SC    36:40      36:52    10:48
126   F 29   Adrianne McPherson Columbia SC    36:44      36:56    10:49
127   F 66   Meg Davidson Seabrook Island SC    37:02      37:12    10:54
128   M 52   David Novit Charleston SC    37:03      37:16    10:55
129   F 34   Aundrea Beaudrot North Charleston SC    37:12      37:15    10:54
130   F 46   Melanie Crolley Mt Pleasant    SC    37:31      37:31    10:59
131   F 48   Leslie Brady Mt Pleasant    SC    37:33      37:45    11:03
132   F 55   Stacey Ribble Charleston SC    37:34      37:47    11:04
133   F 53   Marilyn Buist Charleston SC    37:38      38:01    11:08
134   F 47   Colleen Snow Charleston SC    37:38      37:44    11:03
135   F 60   Laura De La Maza Mt Pleasant SC    37:50      37:55    11:06
136   F 33   Tara Halverstadt Charleston SC    37:51      38:01    11:08
137   F 45   Sheri Zieminick Daniel Island SC    37:56      38:04    11:09
138   F 32   Rachael Reese Charleston SC    38:28      38:39    11:19
139   F 58   Marzel Thomas Charleston SC    38:31      38:37    11:18
140   F 45   Djuanna Brockington Mt Pleasant SC    38:33      38:39    11:19
141   F 71   Constance Clasby Charleston SC    39:01      39:08    11:27
142   F 36   April Aldrich N. Charleston SC    39:21      39:43    11:38
143   F 29   Amanda Nunn Summerville SC    39:22      39:44    11:38
144   F 57   Donna Brown Newton Mt Pleasant    SC    39:35      39:40    11:37
145   F 42   Traci Grant Charleston SC    39:37      39:42    11:37
146   F 67   Sally Vale Mt Pleasant    SC    40:11      40:20    11:48
147   F 39   Roxanne Turner Mt Pleasant    SC    40:26      40:35    11:53
148   F 41   Jenny Koecke Mt Pleasant    SC    40:36      40:46    11:56
149   F 53   Karen Obrien Mt Pleasant    SC    40:55      41:07    12:02
150   F 41   Yolanda Tolton Mt Pleasant    SC    41:15      41:20    12:06
151   F 52   Gwen Simon Summerville SC    41:26      41:31    12:09
152   F 56   Deloris Pugh Summerville SC    42:24      42:29    12:26
153   F 11   Emma Brockinton Charleston SC    42:26      42:28    12:26
154   F 11   Molly Brockinton Charleston SC    42:40      42:40    12:30
155   F 31   Sara Mahoney Mt Pleasant SC    44:14      44:47    13:07
156   F 53   Marty Derouen Ladson SC    45:02      45:17    13:15
157   F 49   Rexanna Bell Mt Pleasant    SC    45:04      45:15    13:15
158   M 51   Steve Vinciguerra Charleston SC    45:11      45:29    13:19
159   M   Cliff Bickford Zocfo Springs FL    45:15      45:47    13:24
160   F 65   Marilyn Mattice Isle Of Palms SC    45:27      45:33    13:20
161   F 24   Jessica Hudson Johns Island SC    45:47      45:53    13:26
162   F 47   Lisa Breland Ruffin SC    45:53      46:03    13:29
163   M 10   Jacob Breland Ruffin SC    45:54      46:05    13:29
164   M 56   David Derouen Ladson SC    47:20      47:32    13:55
165   M 78   Herbert Grawlings Mt Pleasant    SC    47:41      47:58    14:02
166   F 39   Jennifer Ayers-Millar Mt Pleasant SC    47:55      48:27    14:11
167   F 43   Yolonda Johnson North Charleston SC    48:06      48:13    14:07
168   F 35   Jaime Campbell Mt Pleasant SC    48:27      48:27    14:11
169   F 45   Christy Dubose Awendaw SC    48:34      48:46    14:16
170   F 54   Margaret Brockinton Charleston SC    48:42      48:45    14:16
171   F 48   Elice Graham Charleston SC    48:51      49:00    14:21
172   M 13   Dial Powers Mt Pleasant    SC    48:52      49:01    14:21
173   F 56   Leslie Powers Mt Pleasant    SC    49:28      49:35    14:31
174   M 65   William Buckley Charleston SC    49:40      49:55    14:37
175   F 57   Mary Cutler Charleston SC    49:40      49:55    14:37
176   M 51   David Bash Moncks Corner SC    49:48      49:58    14:38
177   F 33   Kimberly Murdaugh N Charleston SC    49:53      50:12    14:42
178   M 52   Mark Lee Mt Pleasant    SC    50:14      50:31    14:47
179   M 20   Connor Obrien Mt Pleasant    SC    50:21      50:33    14:48
180   F 53   Jennifer Carroll Ladson SC    50:21      50:36    14:49
181   F 48   Lynn Owings Mt Pleasant    SC    50:27      50:43    14:51
182   F 64   Beth Rhoton Summerville SC    50:39      50:56    14:55
183   M 42   Tom Todoran Mt Pleasant    SC    51:41      52:10    15:16
184   F 42   Terri Thomas Charleston SC    51:54      52:19    15:19
185   M 12   Kyle Cummins Mt Pleasant    SC    52:19      52:45    15:27
186   M 57   Steve Smart Charleston SC    52:21      52:42    15:26
187   F 34   Tracey Smart Charleston SC    52:21      52:42    15:26
188   F 41   Dawn Okelley North Charleston SC    52:26      52:48    15:27
189   F 42   Kim Wright Goose Creek SC    52:27      52:49    15:28
190   F 54   Jane Cross Goose Creek SC    52:34      52:44    15:26
191   F 61   Ellen Frisch Charleston SC    52:50      53:16    15:36
192   F 34   Julia Carter Beverly Road SC    53:02      53:11    15:34
193   F 76   Lynn Curry Mt Pleasant    SC    53:14      53:32    15:40
194   F 40   Tisa Whack Summerville SD    53:35      53:41    15:43
195   F 49   Barbie Plummer Awendaw SC    53:35      53:55    15:47
196   F 61   Vicki Sheehan Mt Pleasant SC    53:36      53:56    15:47
197   F 43   Stephanie Grant-Gladden Summerville SC    53:38      53:44    15:44
198   F 49   Benzina McNeal Awendaw SC    53:38      53:44    15:44
199   F 66   Sigrid Laughlin Charleston SC    54:18      54:33    15:58
200   F 66   Beverly Seinsheimer Charleston SC    54:19      54:34    15:58
201   F 31   Megan Huffman Charleston SC    54:32      54:56    16:05
202   F 30   Meg Flowers Charleston SC    54:33      54:57    16:05
203   F 67   Joann Anthony Mt Pleasant    SC    54:35      54:53    16:04
204   F 27   Mallory Lipton Charleston SC    55:17      56:01    16:24
205   F 32   Sara Hendrix Charleston SC    55:21      55:47    16:20
206   F 29   Rebecca Fuller Summerville SC    55:21      55:47    16:20
207   M 56   Eric Lipton Charleston SC    55:43      56:26    16:31
208   F 59   Joanie Boyd Mt Pleasant SC    55:51      56:23    16:30
209   F 36   Brooks Haygood Charleston SC    55:53      55:53    16:21
210   F 34   Megan Graham Mt Pleasant SC    55:54      55:55    16:22
211   F 53   Martha Lipton Charleston SC    56:02      56:02    16:24
212   M 38   Jason Ferguson Mt Pleasant    SC    56:27      57:00    16:41
213   F 35   Mary Ferguson Mt Pleasant    SC    56:28      57:01    16:41
214   F 53   Trudy Pickens Mt Pleasant    SC    57:12      57:23    16:48
215   F 42   Mary Herlin Mt Pleasant    SC    57:13      57:24    16:48
216   F 61   Emma Halley Summerville SC    58:36      58:48    17:13
217   F 60   Vernelle Dickerson Huger SC    58:37      58:48    17:13
218   F 8   Jenleen Cummins Mt Pleasant    SC    59:09      59:36    17:27
219   F 50   Marie McGuire Mt Pleasant    SC    59:24      59:51    17:31
220   F 39   Lorraine Jeter Charleston SC  1:00:31    1:00:52    17:49
221   F 68   Erin Mellen Charleston SC  1:00:35    1:00:56    17:50
222   M ??   Unknown Runner Not Provided NP  1:07:23    1:07:52    19:52
223   F 36   Arasi Maran Mt Pleasant SC  1:08:01    1:08:30    20:03
224   F 36   Swapna Omraju Mt Pleasant    SC  1:08:04    1:08:34    20:04

 

Marathon swimmer Kathleen Wilson’s next feat: New Zealand’s Cook Strait

Coming off of her most grueling swim to date, Hawaii’s Molokai Channel Swim in September, 49-year-old marathon swimmer Kathleen Wilson is aiming her sights on New Zealand’s Cook Strait.

Climbing the ranks of marathon swimmers, however, is not cheap and Wilson is seeking help to help cover her expenses. Among those efforts is a fundraiser on February. Details of which are at the end of this Q&A with Wilson on her effort to swim the strait.

Q: Why Cook Strait?

A: The Cook Strait is the southern hemisphere’s English Channel. The biggest difference is that the English Channel is open to any swimmer who books a pilot and over the last decade has become quite a business.  Cook Strait swimmers are very few and like the EC, this remains one of the world’s greatest swims.  There are only a handful of swimmers accepted each year to come to New Zealand for a swim attempt and it is based on resume and swimming speed. Philip Rush, one of the all time greatest marathon swimmers, personally coordinates the swims and guides swimmers across. It is a very tricky body of water requiring a high level of performance from swimmer and crew.  My tide window runs from March 4-9 so I will be on call and ready to go.  We need the right combination of tide and weather to make an attempt. Winds are the primary weather concern just as they were for the English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar and Molokai Channel.

Q: What are the basic challenges of this swim – water temps, currents … “wildlife”?

A: This Strait is a majestic and intimidating place.  Water temperatures will be between 60-63, a few degrees colder than my English Channel swim. (That swim was 63-64) The Cook Strait currents are very fast, the water can be rough and choppy and it takes a great deal of experience in understanding how everything works and how to best assist a swimmer.  Phil has that knowledge.  Marine life is plentiful and numerous swimmers have had the local dolphin population escort them for a period of time.  There are known Orca pods around New Zealand and of course, sharks.  In this case, there are Great Whites as well as other species but as a swimmer, I have to reconcile that long before attempting a swim.  It has been the case before with almost every ocean swim I have done.

 Q: You finished Molokai about four months ago. This is a quick turnaround for you for a follow-up. Why now, instead of say a year from now?

A: I actually gained acceptance into this swim over 2 years ago so it has been in my book all this time.  Molokai was the swim that crept up and was a very sudden go.

Many people forget that the seasons are reversed so it is summer in New Zealand now; their summers are much like English summers. Mid February to mid April is the time period for swim attempts.  I was assigned a tide window and took whatever I was given. I feel certain that this will be my one and only chance to complete this swim.  I simply want the chance with a day of good weather, calm-ish winds and I’ll do the rest.

Q: Given this turn-around, was your training different than usual? Doesn’t seem like you can work periodization into this one.

A: Molokai was in September, 2012 and because that swim was so brutal at almost 21 hours, it took 6 weeks to recover fully.  I tried to swim full workouts and increased intensity at 4 weeks, fell off the pace, still had fatigue issues and had to back off repeatedly for another 2 weeks until I felt better.  I have shown over and over that I have a big engine so conditioning is there and does not concern me too much.  I took November through the present and worked much more on threshold pace and some short, fast sets. I must be able to maintain a quicker pace throughout this swim to offset the cold water so that I can continue to generate warmth and keep hypothermia at bay. Warm feeds will help also. Most athletes, even swimmers, don’t think this through and many have been caught in bad situations because they have not put this puzzle together.

Fast is a relative term.  I am not the fastest swimmer and in fact, look very average morning after morning at MLK pool but I know exactly what I need regarding weekly meter totals and the type of work that I must accomplish.  That average look goes away when I open up and go in the middle of the ocean, when I’m faced with an all night swim or a swim in rough conditions.  I have the ability to endure some very bad stuff out there.  I am never complacent about preparations and training.  It pays to maintain a healthy respect for the swims and keep a little fear.

This swim also required going back to the cold winter water in Charleston.  I do not like training in cold water but following Molokai, I lost 10 pounds, 7 pounds the old fashioned way and another 3 upon getting a bad cold.  I’m faced with putting a few back on and have been swimming at least once a week outdoors all winter.  Yes, the water is 52-53 right now and I get in and swim until I sense deteriorating physical and mental condition, then I get out.  I know the drill pretty well.

Q: How much is this trip costing and how much do you hope to raise?

A: We are hoping to raise between $8-10,000.  This is an extremely expensive swim due to travel and my pilots’ fee.  I believe that I will have two boats out there with crew in each one.  That fee is $5000 but between crew, boats, time spent, fuel and knowledge, the pilots earn every dollar. The total cost of the trip is probably about $12,000.

Molokai wiped out my swim fund because of the suddenness and expense of that swim.  When I had the opportunity to swim, I took it.  It doesn’t make sense to me to turn down a world class swim, I may never get another chance and would regret it forever. I’m not 21 anymore and while I still have lots of swimming left, I don’t want to leave anything on the table.

A few opportunities that showed real promise did not develop and I found myself booked to swim Cook with limited financial resources.  I am extremely grateful to Brett McKee and John Keener for hosting a benefit and understanding the importance of being able to seize a world class opportunity that only comes once in a lifetime.

I am to the point where I need stable sponsorship- there are still some swims left to swim, none are inexpensive.  I think that I have plenty to offer a potential sponsor and I give a great keynote!

 

Kathleen Wilson “Cook Strait” Fund Raiser

 

CHARLESTON, SC  –On Sunday February 17th the  Charleston Crab House and celebrity Chef Brett McKee will host an “All You Can Eat Oysters & Chili Cook-Off” charity  event for super swimmer and city council woman Kathleen Wilson in her attempt to swim the Cook Strait, a body of water separating the  North and South Islands of New Zealand. 

The Cook Strait is one of the world’s greatest swims and one of the most difficult due to water flow, cold water and marine life. The Oyster Roast will be from 5– 8 p.m. on the deck of the Crab House at Wappoo Creek on James Island.

 The Crab House and Chef Brett will provide steamed local clusters of oysters and all the fixin’s of a Lowcountry oyster roast plus Chef’s Brett’s “Award Winning” chili. Bring your own chili for a “Taste Off” against Chef Brett’s chili and win $100 gift card to local restaurants.

 This “All You Can Eat” Charity oyster roast is open to the public. Drinks and other foods are available for purchase.

 Tickets are $25 and available at the Crab House prior to Feb. 17 or day of event.

 For more information visit www.CharlestonCrabHouse.com, call 843.795.1963 or Facebook (Charleston Crab House) or Twitter(@ChsCrabHouse).