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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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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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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Locals take over Project Mud adventure race series with plans to keep it regional and affordable

Considering the fact that the Lowcountry has dipped into freezing temperatures this week, it seems awfully late for a local mud run – the last of which for 2013 will be Saturday’s Project Mud at the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island.

But the 5K featuring 18 to 20 obstacles is an effort by the new owners of Project Mud, Jimmy Stephens and Joey O’Rourke, to honor a commitment and to set the stage for 2014.

Stephens and O’Rourke, business partners in Event Timing Solutions (which many already are familiar with at local races, such as last weekend’s Old Village Harbor 5K), decided to take on Project Mud as part of their business.

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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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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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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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