When I say “hurling,” I bet you don’t think of a traditional Irish sport that reminds me of airborne field hockey

Get to know hurling this Saturday – during the day, not after a long night on King Street.

The Charleston Hurling Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Holy City Cup this Saturday, April 26th. The tournament will take place at Danny Jones Recreation Complex (1455 Monitor St, N. Charleston) beginning at 10 am.Teams from around the Southeast region will come to Charleston to compete.

What is hurling?

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As the elite winners finish Boston Marathon, local mortals still out there. As we wait, here are four short profiles

Don Oswalt, 50, salesman at Nelson Printing, lives in West Ashley


Did you plan to run Boston before last year’s events or as a result of last year’s event? Yes, before last year’s events. I qualified at Kiawah in 2012 and was devastated as we all were to hear and see what happened in Boston last year.


How long have you dreamed of running Boston? The 2010 Marine Corps marathon was my first one and really did not even think about Boston until the end of 2011. I did not think I was fast enough to qualify but, was able to at the 2012 Kiawah Marathon. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be a part of this special event this year.

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Locals annual “Tell Me About Your Bridge Run”

This is an annual tradition for Cooper River Bridge Run historian and author Cedric Jaggers, who records people’s reactions to the CRBR within an hour or so of their race. DQ

2014 TELL ME ABOUT YOUR BRIDGE RUN as told to Cedric Jaggers

          It was different for me this year.  The 37th Cooper River Bridge Run was the first time ever doing this article when I did not run the race.  The first race I didn’t run due to a broken leg (city league soccer), this race I didn’t run due to another break (stress fracture in the ankle & a ligament problem due to a car accident).  All the other Tell Me articles, which began in 1988, were been done after running the race.  I’d rather have run the race and then done the article, but sometimes as they say in my favorite Rolling Stones song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want.’

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ECO Fitness to hold 2nd Ride for Kids, a benefit for the Down Syndrome Association

On May 3, 2014, Eco Fitness and the Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry will host the 2nd annual Ride for Kids with Special Needs.  

In 2013, Eco Fitness teamed up with the Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry and raised $20,000 to fund “I Can Bike”, a nationally recognized camp for kids with special needs.

The week -long camp, with the help of 60 local volunteers (some with Autism, Down syndrome and other gross motor delays), helped 40 kids learn to ride a bike.

Think about that.

No longer will these be stuck at home while their friends and family go bike riding! Older individuals now have a new means of local transportation. And everyone gets a much-needed boost in confidence!

Want to support this effort? Sign up for the Ride at, www.firstgiving.com/rideforkids. 

Since the Ride inspires the participation of members and non-members alike, Eco Fitness will be open to the community on Ride Day. Special community yoga classes and Mini-Barre (classes) will be hosted. See www.ecofitness.com/about/ride-for-kids  for details.


April showers bring … mud … get some at the Mega Mud Run on Saturday

Spring has sprung, so if you’ve got the urge to get muddy, you’re in luck.

Unlike many of the corporate, multi-site mud runs held across the nation, the Mega Mudrun Challenge is home-grown and locally-based! The 36-obstacle 5K, created by local Glenn Herring, is held at Legare Farms on Johns Island.

The event will be held on Saturday with teams of four starting at 9 a.m. and individuals at 10 a.m.  The cost is $260 for teams and $65 for individuals. Prices go up on race day. The event is free to spectators.


Urban Bike Adventure (think local Amazing Race on bikes) on Saturday to benefit Wounded Warriors

The Urban Bike Adventure, an “Amazing Race” type scavenger hunt on bikes, will be held at noon Saturday (April 12), starting from Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer in downtown Charleston.

Teams of 2-4 members ride around the city solving clues, completing challenges and racing to check points.

 Participants will need teamwork, a sense of adventure and be ready for anything in this wacky race. Clues are given at the start of the race and it is up each team to solve them and discover where the checkpoint are.  

The adventure is designed for all skill levels, from the casual biker to the commuter to the triathlete. Everyone can participate in this race.

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Elite athletes by bib numbers for 37th Cooper River Bridge Run


1.     1.  Simon Ndirangu, 28, Kenya

2.       2. Belete Assefa, 23, Ethiopia

4.   Birhan Nebebew, 19, Ethiopia

5.   Aschalew Meketa, 25, Ethiopia

6.   Julius Kogo, 28, Kenya

7.   Haile Tegegn Mengesha, 28, Ethiopia

8.   Shadrack Kosgei, 28, Kenya

9.   Mourad Marofit, 32, Morocco

10. Erick Ondieki, 25, Kenya

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Past winners and finisher numbers of the past 36 Cooper River Bridge Runs


Charleston, SC  (Run in March or April)

 Compiled by Cedric Jaggers

  USATF Certified Courses listed: SC85012WN, SC86008WN, SC94030BS,

  SC96010BS, SC00003BS, SC03012BS, SC05039BS, SC10020BS, SC12007DW

 Website:  www.BridgeRun.Com

 Note:  records are underlined and highlighted in each category



2013 overall SIMON NDIRANGU    28:37 HIWOT AYALEW          32:17 31459 finishers

      USA div Bobby Mack       28:50 Lindsey Scherf         33:37 38883 entrants

      masters Malcolm Campbell  31:01 Ilona Barvanova       35:00

       gr mst  Marc Embler             36:19 Susi Smith           41:33

    sr gr mst  Ric Banning       39:23  Mimi Sturgell       45:21

       local   Michael Banks      30:14  Katherine Irgens    37:34

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Banff Mountain Film Festival makes stop in Charleston on Tuesday

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Stop in Charleston, SC

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 7pm
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Charleston, SC

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of The Banff Centre, is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road.

With stops planned in about 390 communities and 35 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival.

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Need a pre-Bridge Run tune-up run. Try the Book’n It 5K at Palmetto Islands County Park on Saturday

5K Run and Walk to Raise Awareness for Literacy

Book’n It to Support Leadership SC “Readers 2 Leaders” Initiative

 Leadership South Carolina, the states premier leadership program, will hold  an inaugural run and walk event to raise awareness for literacy among South Carolina students. 

Called “Book’n It 5K Run and Walk” as part of the “Readers 2 Leaders” initiative, it is designed to be a part of Leadership South Carolina’s efforts to raise awareness and the funds necessary to enroll South Carolina teachers in advanced, specialized literacy training.

The event is set for  9 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at Palmetto Islands County Park.

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