Want a real adventure race? The ninth Barrier Island ECOthon IS the real thing.

For nearly a decade, the end of October meant more than just Halloween. It also has been the date for the Barrier Island ECOthon.

The ninth annual event will be 9 a.m. Sunday at the Isle of Palms Marina.

Now, talk about “adventure race,” the ECOthon is perhaps the most adventurous in the Lowcountry.

(Dana Beach, the executive director of the Coastal Conservation League, calls the ECOthon “the most beautiful race on the East Coast” and that it is do-able by anyone who is in decent shape.)

Participants launch kayaks from the Isle of Palms Marina and paddle three miles to Dewees Island. After landing on the beach, they run 2.2 miles to the other end, swim a quarter mile across Capers Island to Caper’s Island, run to the other end, where they turn around and repeat the course backward.

Once back at the marina, participants bike to the southern tip (or western tip, depending on your orientation) of Sullivan’s Island and return, for a total of about 18 miles.

A race that involved takes some money. Registration is $90 and a portion goes to support the efforts of Charleston Tibetan Society. Since its origination, the ECOthon has raised and donated $18,500 to the society and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The founder and director of the race, Brett Carlson, says he created the ECOthon after developing a deep appreciation of the Lowcountry after “running, riding, swimming and paddling between the barrier islands for about a quarter century.”

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Are you ready to rUN DEAD? Original Charleston zombie run returns Saturday, bigger and better than last year’s.

Zombie runs are quickly joining the ranks of mud runs, color runs, undie runs and God knows what else in a trend I call “runnertainment” events. But, hey, whatever gets people to move I’m for. I asked the creative force behind rUNDEAD – “Ben-Jamin’ Toy” – a few questions about the state of zombie runs and what’s on tap this Saturday. First, here’s a discount offer for you rUNDEADers. DQ

Want to save $10 off your rUNdead Runner registration? Call Park & Program Services at (843) 795-4386 for this great deal! Mention code “EMAIL” when you call.

Q: As I recall, you were the first to bring zombies to Charleston and your runDEAD event sold out three or four weeks before the event was held. Here we are less than two weeks before the event and you’re not sold out – has the zombie run supply caught up with demand or is it just because of the new venue?

A: I am very optimistic about this year’s race. Last year we had two large things in or favor, we were the first Zombie race in town and we relied heavily on Facebook and in January they changed their fanpage rules (17% of your fans see posts).

The new venue (Wannamaker County Park) might be a factor, however, one of our goals is to introduce new people to another beautiful county park. rUNdead is a great way to do this. zombies are still hot, season 4 of the walking dress just started with a bigger fan base than before and there are Zombie amusement parks popping up.

October is a tough month of choices for people in Charleston. There are dozens of events and dozens of races. We expect a spike in the final two weeks. We are really trying to promote a great family outing and collect a lot of food for the food bank.

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Top 500 in 20th Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure, total timed finishers drop from 5,379 in 2012 to 1,993,

Because Komen Lowcountry decided to re-instate the option for runners and walkers to opt out of timing, the official counted numbers of finishers at Race for the Cure 5K dropped from 5,379 to 1,993.

But the stat that sticks out with me is comparing Saturday’s 1,993 to the 2011 race when R4C also had the option not be timed – the numbers are still down.

In 2011, the number of timed finishers was at 2,559. So realistically, R4C has lost about 600 runners who are competitive enough to want to be timed.

Is it cause for concern? Should R4C find ways to lure serious runners back? If not, will it continue to erode?

Regardless, here are the top 500 finishers.

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Locals Caitlin Judd and Irv Batten take top spots in 22nd annual Hilton Head Bridge Run

Talk about representin’ … In Saturday’s Hilton Head Bridge Run, two locals – Irv Batten and Caitlin Judd – won the 5K overall and the 10K for women, respectively. Since the races only had 158 and 145 finishers, mostly from Hilton and Bluffton, I’m just posting the top 10 from each race.

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    1     676   Batten, Irv            17:36.98    5:41  M       50    Mt Pleasant      SC          

    2     717   Long, Wesley           18:30.64    5:58  M       18    Bluffton         SC          

    3    1969   Gilman, Ben            18:39.92    6:01  M       14    Hilton Head      SC          

    4     845   Neudoza, Daniel        19:00.16    6:08  M       42    Hilton Head      SC          

    5     781   Gilman, Sam            19:09.51    6:11  M       13    Hilton Head      SC          

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Marathon swimmer Kathleen Wilson completes low-key, local 25-miler

Kathleen Wilson didn’t have to travel to the ends of the world to complete her 2013 swim. She did it right here – last Tuesday – and I asked her to do a little account of it. DQ

I realized that 2013 was slipping away and I wanted to do a swim this year having turned 50 last June.  New Zealand did not go quite as planned (I’ll get another crack at it at some point) and this swim was always on my wish list so I decided to make it happen.  The swim involved starting at the Highway 41 bridge, swimming down the Wando to the Cooper, around the Battery to the Ashley and up to the familiar bridge at I-526, 25 miles.

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Whachadoin’ for lunch on Friday? World-record holding female ocean rower to speak at Library Society “Wide Angle Lunch”

 The Charleston Library Society actually has something of interest for us endurance junkies.

At 12:30 pm Friday (tomorrow) – and lasting for just an hour – the society will feature Roz Savage at its Wide Angle Lunch. Her talk is titled, “Storms, Solitude and Soul-Searching: One Woman, Three Oceans.”

The cost is $25 for society members and $30 for non-members and it includes a boxed lunch.

Because of that lunch, the society asks that you RSVP by 5 p.m. today ( by clicking here or by calling 1.800.838.3006), but if you read this after 5 p.m., don’t worry. Staffers always order a few extra and so you can get tickets at the door.

So who’s Roz Savage?

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Celebrating its second anniversary in Charleston, Pure Barre is thriving

Despite “fitness trends” surveys saying barre was “out,” the furthest could be the case in Charleston where Pure Barre routinely fills classes at studios in Mount Pleasant and Charleston. Co-owner Jen Gustis Leitch reflected on the past two years. DQ

Q: Congratulations on celebrating your second anniversary this week. What have you done to celebrate and how can existing clients and potential clients help you celebrate?

 A: October is one of busiest times of year for us. We have several charity events we support and participate in, as well as support for our local business community, so October is a celebration in itself.

Throughout the month we will be posting “flash” promotions through our FB page and twitter. Promotions would include retail sales, class packages, and event postings.

 Q: For those who are unfamiliar with barre and specifically “Pure Barre,” as well as your locations, give them a nutshell explanation for background.

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Have a bike you don’t want? Local effort seeks to collect 300 for Bikes for Honduras

Gildan, an active wear company with a location near Daniel Island, has launched a bicycle drive for Bikes for Honduras.

Starting Monday and going through Nov. 15, people who have an unwanted bike can drop it off at Gildan, located at 1980 Clements Ferry Road, or call to have it picked up.

Also, bike mechanics are needed for “Mechanics Weekend” on Nov. 8-10 to help fix bikes and prepare them to be loaded and shipped.

For more, contact Sarah Stafford sstafford@gildan.com or call (843)-606-3708.

Here’s some background on Gildan’s partnership with Bikes of the World and the Adelante Foundation to benefit those in need in Honduras.

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George Harrison expert to be at Jivamukti Yoga Charleston on Nov. 2 and 3

Are you a George Harrison fan?

Joshua Greene, author of Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison, will be at Jivamukti Yoga Charleston on Nov. 2 and 3, offering insights on Harrison’s spiritual journey.

The Hofstra University religion professor is a popular lecturer on the holocaust, peacekeeping initiatives and yoga philosophy. He also authored Gita Wisdom: An Introduction to India’s Essential Yoga Text and produced the film “Living Yoga,” a biography of Swami Satchidananda, who opened the famed Woodstock festival.

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Charleston RIDE Spinning studio celebrates its second anniversary on Saturday

Rebecca Young, co-owner of Charleston RIDE, talks about a Charleston RIDE’s second anniversary, the studio’s solid niche and its tie with one of the most successful athletically-oriented fundraisers in Charleston. DQ

Q: Congratulations on your second anniversary coming up this weekend. How do you plan to celebrate?

 A:  Thanks!  We are going to celebrate this milestone in our favorite way with a party on the Spinner bike!   This Saturday, October 19 at 8 a.m. Catherine and Alice will be heading up the RIDE.  We are having a drawing for a 20 class card giveaway and we will announce the winner of the contest for the Spinning® Instructor Certification.  Folks can join the party by reserving a bike online @ www.charlestonride.com 

 Q: For those who aren’t familiar with Charleston RIDE’s story, which I think is interesting, tell them how it came to be.

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