Charleston woman who was part of a Morocco-to-Barbados rowing trip will be part of “The Big Blue” screening on Sunday

A couple of years ago,  Charleston resident and businesswoman Louise Graff set out to row across the Atlantic with a crew of 16, aboard an experimental rowboat. The aim was to set a world record.

Graff, who is 50, is by no means an athlete but was determined to accomplish this quite extraordinary feat.

In a nutshell, the yoyage met with catastrophic setbacks. The expedition ran out of food, met horrible weather, and had boat and crew issues. But alas, they did make it across the Atlantic – from Morocco to Barbados!

Through it all, Louise  - who spends much of her time working with cancer survivors in Charleston – was a kind of quiet hero, although would not admit to such.

At 7:15 p.m. Sunday,  Nov. 3, a documentary film about the expedition, called The Big Blue, and the book about it, Little Ship of Fools, will make their U.S. debuts at The Terrace Theater on Maybank Highway.

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Expert on George Harrison and yoga philosophy to speak at Jivamukti Yoga Charleston in MtP this weekend

Jivamukti Yoga Charleston is hosting Joshua Greene — a popular lecturer on yoga philosophy, the holocaust, and peacekeeping initiative — this weekend. (See the schedule and pricing below.) Greene’s books include Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison and Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text.

He also produced the film “Living Yoga,” a biography of Swami Satchidananda, who opened the famed Woodstock festival. He is a Professor of Religion at Hofstra University on Long Island, and has spoken at the Pentagon, the World Economic Forum, the New York Public Library Distinguished Author series, and numerous universities.

In 2000, Mr. Greene was appointed Director of Strategic Planning for the United Nations Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. That year his book Witness: Voices from the Holocaustwas produced as a feature film for PBS. His next book, Justice at Dachau, revealed the story of the largest yet least known series of war crimes trials in history.

I asked Jivamukti co-owner Andrea Boyd how Greene’s appearance came to be and what people will be able to draw from his talks.

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Results from the 2nd annual rUNdead zombie 5K, both living and the dead; 260 finishers

2nd rUNdead Charleston 5K

October 26, 2013

Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston

Results Compiled by TimingInc,

ALIVE (flags left at finish line)  Dead division results follows Alive division

Place Div/Tot No. Name                                 Age S   City                              St     Time   

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1 12490 Kane Waterbury               15 M Mount Pleasant SC 21:06

2 12435 Eric Siegenthaler              27 M Charleston          SC 21:27

3 12108 Autumn Davis                   14 F Goose Creek         SC 22:04

4 12316 Neil Mann                         46 M Charleston          SC 23:11

5 12469 Cameron Tubbs                22 M Mt. Pleasant       SC 23:22

6 12452 Michael Straughan          25 M Charleston AFB   SC 23:48

7 12236 Max Hutton                      16 M Charleston          SC 23:48

8 12403 Jonathan Ready                36 M Summerville       SC 23:50

9 12458 Mikey Tatar                      16 M Ladson                SC 24:10

10 12414 Jerome Rolinger             29 M Hanahan             SC 24:37

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The 36th Turkey Day Run will be one of 20 Thanksgiving races attempting to set a Guinness World Record


This is via the TDR media director Danielle Snider. DQ

Guinness World Record Gobbler Challenge

 Charleston, SC  - October 28, 2013 – The 36th Annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble in Charleston, SC is teaming up with BSX Athletics (BSX) and other turkey trots across the country to unite runners and bring a world record back to the United States.

The effort, dubbed the Guinness World Record Gobbler Challenge, will take place Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013. The record, titled “Most Participants in a Multi-venue Race” will feature 20 races across 12 states. The combined number of participants will have to exceed 116,086 to break the record, currently held by Malaysia.

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Charleston Moves dedicates Battery2Beach urban trail today

Stephanie Hunt, chairwoman of Charleston Moves, made some really great points about the importance of biking in a community – and specifically in the Lowcountry – at the dedication of signs marking the Battery 2 Beach route today. Here’s the speech minus any add libs. (I underlined what I rung the loudest for me.)


Charleston Moves is proud and honored to invite you all here today. In this room are leaders from the economic development community. Elected representatives. Transportation professionals. Urban planners. City and county civil servants. Recreation professionals. Health professionals. And yes, even a few bike jocks. 

We are celebrating an unveiling, a symbolic and significant step forward in linking the Battery and the Beaches with a bicycle and pedestrian pathway. But really, we are celebrating the linking of much more.  This is the linking together of each of you—those of you from different but connected municipalities and in different areas of professional expertise and passion with one common vision – moving Charleston forward.

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High-Intensity Interval Training is No. 1 fitness trend for 2014, according to ACSM survey


ACSM experts examine what’s hot — and what’s not — in the health and fitness industry


INDIANAPOLIS – A new winner has been crowned in the 2014 top fitness trends. High Intensity Interval Training has topped the list of the 20 trends in its debut year. This spot was previously held since 2008 by Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals. More than 3,800 fitness professionals completed an American College of Sports Medicine survey to determine the top fitness trends for 2014. The survey results were released today in the “Now Trending: Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014” article published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®.


“High Intensity Interval Training made its first appearance on this list this year. Its appearance in the top spot on the list reflects how this form of exercise has taken the fitness community by storm in recent months,” said Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey.


The survey, now in its eighth year, was completed by 3,815 health and fitness professionals worldwide (many certified by ACSM) and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Thirty-eight potential trends were given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked and published by ACSM.


The top ten fitness trends predicted for 2014 are:


1. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): HIIT, which involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery, jumps to the top of this year’s list. These exercise programs are usually performed in less than 30 minutes.


2. Body Weight Training: This is the first appearance of this trend in the survey. Body weight training uses minimal equipment making it more affordable. Not limited to just push-ups and pull-ups, this trend allows people to get “back to the basics” with fitness.

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Have an unwanted bike that you don’t want to throw away? Donate it to the Bikes for Honduras Drive, now through Nov. 15

Gildan is partnering with Bikes of the World and the Adelante Foundation to benefit those in need in Honduras.

It is seeking to collect 300 bikes by Nov. 15, as well as bike mechanics to volunteer Nov. 8-10 to prepare the bikes for shipment.Other volunteers are needed to load and catalog the bikes.


 1) Bicycle drop off – at Gildan, 1980 Clements Ferry Road, Charleston, SC

 OR Gilden WILL PICKUP – October 21 thru November 15.

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Musicians honor the late Peyton Moore with the song, “Running on the Wind (Peyton’s Song),” benefits Mount Pleasant Track Club

Via Glenn Raus …

I am writing to ask if you guys would be able to help spread the word and support a fundraiser for the Mount Pleasant Track Club to honor the memory of Peyton Moore.

A song has been written and recorded that honors Peyton. (His parents) Noah and Jen live it and want to share it with the community.

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Brooks and Fleet Feet Sports to hold half marathon training program; info meeting is at 7:15 pm today

Fleet Feet Sports in Mount Pleasant is kicking off a half marathon training program for the the Charleston Half Marathon, starting tonight with an informational meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the store (located in the same shopping center as Whole Foods Market in Mount Pleasant.)

The half marathon will be January 18, 2014.

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