Kenyan yoga teachers at Charleston Power Yoga, Lululemon as part of Africa Yoga Project

Ever heard of the Africa Yoga Project?

In a nutshell, it’s an effort to train youth in Kenya to teach yoga with the idea of “educating, empowering, elevating and employing” youth in Africa.

Since its inception in 2007, more than 5,000 people have participated in more than 250 community yoga classes weekly in 80 locations. More than 52 young people, trained as teachers by Baron Baptiste, are earning a living wage by teaching yoga to people who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

Read more here

Currently, the Africa Yoga Project is on a “Handstands, Hugs and Highways Tour” of the East Coast, raising money to respond to the terrorist attack in Nairobi.

AYP instructors Catherine Njeir and Walter Mugwe are in Charleston today through Wednesday at CPY – aka Charleston Power Yoga. CPY’s Beth Thomas contacted me via Facebook on Sunday to let me know:

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Just do it in Charleston this weekend

Check out this line-up …


8 a.m. – Second annual Run for the Coast 10K Eco-Run at The Tides on Folly Beach.  The fee is $35 on Thursday and $40 on Friday and Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to Surfrider and its Blue Water Task Force, which is a water quality testing program in the Folly River with help from Charleston SUP Safaris.

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Nature Adventure Outfitters’ Benefit Kayak and SUP Paddle for Keeper of the Wild. Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant. The event includes two-hour guided tours, $39 for ages 13 and up and $29 for youth 12 and under (which includes rentals), starting at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Don’t want a tour? Rentals of kayaks and SUPs also will be available for $35 and $28, respectively. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 568-3222 or emailing

8-10 a.m. – American Heart Association’s 16th annual Lowcountry Heart Walk.  9 a.m. (warm-up events start at 8 a.m.) at Liberty Square, Charleston.

8:30 a.m. – 10th Annual Carolina Children’s Charity 5K Run / Family Fun Walk

in Hanahan. $30.

9-11 a.m. – Lululemon’s “Operation: Sweat on Deck” aboard the aircraft carrier Yorktown. (reached its capacity of nearly 500) … Just for your information.

Saturday & Sunday

The Hellhole Gravel Grind, a 2-day Stage Race and 1-day Race. Somewhere in the Francis Marion National Forest.


 3rd Swim Around Charleston. 9:15 a.m. 12-mile open water swim from Remley’s Point to I-526 on the Ashley River.


Ribbon cutting for a new trail at the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary. 11 a.m. 399 Detreville St. entrance, adjacent to the Live Oak Cemetery.




Reach David Quick at 937-5516 or dquick@postand

The two-day Hellhole Gravel Grind Stage Race is this weekend in the Francis Marion National Forest

There is so much going on in this town that this event totally slipped past me. Here’s the description from Facebook.
The Hellhole Gravel Grind Stage Race is a Prologue, 2-day Stage Race and 1-day Race taking place on the gravel forest service roads in and around the Hellhole Swamp in the Francis Marion National Forest just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

Nearly 500 expected for Lululemon’s “Operation: Sweat on Deck” on the aircraft carrier Yorktown on Saturday

Lululemon in Charleston likes to make a splash with mass fitness events.

Last year, it was yoga on a closed-off King Street and in Joseph P. Riley Stadium.

From 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, about 470 registered people will be participating in a workout – a boot camp with Amanda Roush and yoga with Ashley Bell – on the aircraft carrier Yorktown. The event has a waiting list of more than 100, according to Roush.

Because Patriot’s Point is concerned about having too many people come out to the event, participants will have to wear wrist bands.

And if you see a helicopter hovering over the Yorktown, don’t be alarmed. It’s a film crew shooting footage of the event.



Medical University of South Carolina to dedicate new fitness park on Friday


 Working Well initiative cites excellence in promoting a physically active workplace

On Friday, September 27 at noon in the new campus fitness park located behind the Bioengineering Building, MUSC will be recognized as a Gold Medal Hospital as part of Working Well, a collaboration between the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) and NC Prevention Partners (NCPP), for providing the highest standard of excellence in creating a physically active workplace. 

Following the award presentation, ribbon-cutting and dedication of the MUSC Fitness Park will take place with MUSC Wellness Center trainers on hand to demonstration  the Greenway Garden Circuit workout and provide tips on how to use the new outdoor fitness equipment.

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Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope has raised $500K for local cancer charities in five years – 6th event set for Oct. 20

Via Ride Founder and Director Dawson Cherry

The Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope returns this fall, headlined by internationally-renowned professional cyclist and SC-native, George Hincapie, to raise funds to support local cancer charities, making a direct impact on improving quality of life and cancer treatment for thousands of South Carolinians.

Each year several hundred bicyclists raise money and ride together through the beautiful and quiet roads of the Francis Marion National Forest, riding to raise money to fight this disease.

 Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope participants include cancer survivors, as well as some cyclists currently undergoing treatment, whose strength and courage is an inspiration to all.

Over the last five years, the Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope has raised more than $500,000 which is returned directly to the Charleston community, supporting the outreach and programs of The Hollings Cancer Institute, Roper St. Francis Cancer Center, Share our Suzy, Camp Happy Days, and other cancer-related programs.

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Warning: scam races … Do not register for Firefly Half Marathon

This comes on the heels of the “Charleston Half Marathon”  earlier this summer. Both were listed on usually reputable

Thanks to Howie Schomer for digging into this.

Hi David,

I don’t know if you want to throw this in on your blog, but there’s another scam half marathon “set” for October 12th at 9 PM in downtown Charleston, on Market Street no less, called the Firefly Half Marathon.

Everything about is sketchy including no web site or information.

I verified with the Charleston Special Events Committee that they have never heard of it, just to be sure. If you look at the comments on the Active site, it appears that at least one person has registered and has not been able to get their money back.

The big problem, is that it’s been listed on just about every major race directory in the country, so I imagine some money will be lost. I emailed Running In The USA and they immediately dropped it from their calendar.

Here’s the link to the Active site:




Elite line-up for the Montague Mile on Sunday

So far, this is what the Charleston Marathon’s Montague Mile line-up consists of:

In no particular order

 Males:  Michael Banks, Jay Upchurc, David Huckaby, Patrick Morgan

 Females:  Caitlin Judd, Rives Poe, Kat Logemann, Lauren Jaynes.

Howie Schomer says males who can run a mile in the 4:30 range and females in the 5:30 range can enter the elite division. Contact him at

The race is Sunday evening in North Charleston. See post below for more information.

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C’mon, you know you want to bust out a mile – the Montague Mile is Sunday night

This Sunday’s Montague Mile, which is presented by the Charleston Marathon, has the potential for being a really fun – and vastly different – kind of running event.

First the details, then an interview with Charleston Marathon’s Howie Schomer on how it came about.

The schedule

5:00pm – Kid’s mile (14 and under)
5:20pm – High School mile (15-18)
5:40pm – Females Mile (19 – 39)
6:00pm – Females Masters Mile (40&above)
6:20pm – Men’s Mile (19-39)
6:40pm – Men’s Masters Mile (40&above)
7:00pm – Elite Mile (invitational)


Top 3 Men & Women in each age group, and Masters, Grand Masters and Sr. Grand Masters in Masters Division.

How much?

Pre-registration is $20/$30 with shirt
Walk-up is $30/shirt $15 (sizes not guaranteed)

All proceeds benefit the Youth Endowment for the Arts (YEA),
which provides arts program funding to Charleston County Schools.

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Wilmington YMCA capitalizing on the international interest in triathlon

More than 3,200 triathletes from U.S. and abroad race

to benefit Greater Wilmington Family YMCA


Thousands of triathletes from 43 states and 7 nations will enter the water in Wrightsville Beach to compete in the upcoming Wilmington YMCA Triathlon on September 21 and the PPD Beach2Battleship Full and Half Iron Distance Triathlon on Oct. 26.

These events will showcase over 3,200 triathletes from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and almost every U.S. state.

Triathlete Magazine has named October’s Beach2Battleship one of the Top 5 iron distance triathlons in the world.

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