TryCharleston and Kiawah Island Golf Resort triathlon winner Lauren Wilson to conduct a free running clinic on Saturday

Lauren Wilson, a USA Track & Field-certified coach and winner of last year’s TryCharleston Half ironman-distance triathlon and the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon, will conduct a free running clinic at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hampton Park.

Wilson recently launched a fitness coaching business, Wilson Coaching.

Wilson, the daughter of former hockey player and USA Olympic coach Ron Wilson, will outline the concept of “neuromuscular-based regeneration running,” which is basically about developing efficiency and aerobic power through drills and intervals.

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Deadline to enter kids in Charleston Marathon’s “youth marathon” is tomorrow.

Have kids, nephews, nieces, grandkids, or are you a Big Brother/Sister to a kid?
THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD THE LOVE OF FITNESS AND COMMUNITY TO FUTURE GENERATIONS. I shot photos of it last year and it was one of those assignments that I found myself smiling the whole time.

Noah Moore gave me the heads-up that registration CLOSES TOMORROW. Spread the word. He has yet another reason to get people to sign up:
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Bring on the New Year’s challenges … Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant challenges locals to lose a ton

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Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant Challenges City to Lose a Ton

Ton of Fun weight loss challenge begins Jan. 2


Local retailer Fleet Feet Mount Pleasant has set an ambitious New Year’s resolution in its first year of business. The locally-owned fitness specialty store wants to help Charleston County lose a ton of weight. Literally.

The 2,000-pound weight loss goal is part of the 12-week Ton of Fun Nutrition Program and Weight Loss Challenge.

 The program begins Jan. 2, 2014 and includes:

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Tweaks in bigger Turkey Day Run are suggested after runners fall at starting line and suffer minor injuries

The 36th Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble broke two records – for registrations and finishers –  this year, but a few of their participants almost broke some bones.

At least three people, among them a City of Charleston councilman and lawyer, a Columbia attorney and a prominent accountant, took a spill at the starting line and were trampled.

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Louie’s Kids offers trainer-led family workouts – for free – at Hampton Park and Cathedral of Praise

In recent months, I’ve taken to doing mile repeats at Hampton Park on Saturday mornings when I’m not racing and due for a solid interval session.

 On several occasions, I witnessed something really cool that Louie’s Kids is doing at the park: FREE family workouts.

 Louie’s Kids provides the trainers to do group sessions, similar to what you’d see in any gym, in the beauty of the park. These workouts are available for anyone to do,  but also are suited for families with children struggling with being overweight or obese.

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Workshop to combine yoga and “social painting” at 10 am Saturday in Mount Pleasant

Via Erica Rodefer Winters

Everyone knows that yoga can help stretch the body, but few people realize it can also be a powerful tool for stretching the imagination, too. 

A workshop combining the ancient practice of yoga with social painting will explore the idea that mindfully moving the body enhances the creative process on Saturday, November 23rd at 10 a.m. at Fear No Easel in Mount Pleasant, SC.

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Register in advance: Woman who set speed record for hiking the Applachian Trail to talk Nov. 23 in Mount Pleasant

An Evening with Jennifer Pharr Davis

WHO: Jennifer Pharr Davis holds the speed record — male OR  female — for hiking the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail. In 2011, she did it in 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, besting the previous record by Andrew Thompson of 47d, 13h, 31m. For the math-challenged, Davis’ record marked an average of 47 miles miles per day.

In 2012, National Geographer Adventurer mag named her one of its “Adventurers of the Year.”

WHEN: 5-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov 23.

WHERE: The Backpacker, located at 1140 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, SC.

NOTE: This event is FREE, but space is limited and The Backpacker staff asks that you please register in advance at either 849-3482 or  at

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CHS Revolution, an indoor cycling studio, to open in January 2014

I’m still filtering through emails after a week’s vacay. Here’s an interesting announcement of the FOURTH indoor cycling studio to open in Charleston. The others being Charleston RIDE on Wentworth Street, Journey Cycling in Mount Pleasant and Velocity Cycling on East Bay Street. DQ


Cycling and fitness studio slated to open early 2014

 CHARLESTON, S.C. (November 7, 2013) – CHS Revolution indoor cycling studio will soon open with a dedicated staff and popular fitness classes in the retail portion of Elan Midtown, the mid-rise, boutique apartment community being developed by Greystar Real Estate Partners at 441 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.

The Revolution studio will offer classes suitable to all levels of fitness and experience. Revolution’s high-intensity classes are accompanied by curated music playlists and theatrical lighting.

 “Revolution is an exciting product and we are honored to bring their flagship location to Elan Midtown and to our residents,” says Todd Wigfield, Managing Director of Development for Greystar.

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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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