Well I heard some exciting news yesterday at church. Our town, Summerville, SC, is organizing it’s first half marathon, called the “Sweet Tea Half Marathon“. Now if you know me, I love my tea, the sweeter the better. Thus, I am planning to do this inaugural race, on Saturday, November 15, 2014, and hoping the medal is in the shape of a big ‘ole glass of sweet tea! How cool would that be?
Here is the description from their website:
“Enjoy 13.1 miles that begins in the center of town and takes you on to our recreational running path and through some of our lovely neighborhoods ending back in the center of town. While running, you will enjoy live entertainment as well as lively water stations. Hopefully those will be memorable as you will be encouraged to vote for your favorite entertainment and most spirited aid station. Summerville has been recognized as the birthplace of Sweet Tea. With its uniquely small town feel and southern hospitality, Summerville has a lot to offer. This race will benefit a Fire and Police benevolant fund. Please join us for the Inaugural Summerville Sweet Tea Half Marathon this November 15, 2014!”
Here is information on the race.
Fee before September 1, 2014 $65
After Sept 1, 2014 $75
No registration race day.
All Finishers receive finisher’s medal and soft tech long sleeve race shirt.
Start time is 7:00am
No rain date
There will be a water station every 2 miles.
Free Parking is available in the parking garage near town hall (close to finish area)
Here is a link to the course map. It it pretty rough, but if you print it out and compare to Google Maps, you can get a better idea of the route.
The inaugural WordCamp Charleston takes place next Saturday, May 17, 2014 on the campus of the College of Charleston. WordCamp, what is that you ask…. Well… you are looking at it. It is the back engine for the website for Doombuggy Runner, called WordPress. This conference addresses concepts for both WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
There will be great speakers in three categories: Users, Content/Business, & Developers.
Admission is only $15. From speaker & coworker, Michael Carnell, this meager $15 will get you a day full of WordPress speakers, a goodie bag with all kinds of swag, a chance to network with people who are really doing it in the field, and much more. He will be doing a talk about how to secure your WordPress installation against hackers and unexpected catastrophes (3:30). Here is Michael’s bio.
This is a great place to network with other bloggers, especially those using WordPress. Register today and come join us. I will be doing a lot of A/V support at the conference, so I will be everywhere. If you see someone working a camera or microphone, it’ll probably be me, so come up and say hey!
See you Saturday!
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 I ran in the Coffin Island 5k on Folly Beach, SC. The race was a part of the The 24th Annual Folly Beach Sea & Sand Festival weekend. It was to have taken place two weeks ago, but Mother Nature had other ideas dumping lots of rain, so today was the rescheduled date. The race is still in its infancy, and we had around 80-90 runners, which was a good turn out.
The race was well organized. I have to say that because I have friends that organized and directed it. Actually it went really well. You could pre-register on Active.com or register on race day.
I have a friend that is taking over the Race Director role for the Coffin Island 5k on Folly Beach on March 29th. I am going to sign up for it and throw them some local support. Please join me and let’s help show our support for our local races! Here are the details.
The 24th Annual Folly Beach Sea & Sand Festival weekend kicks of on Friday night March 28th with Pageant in the Park and a Moonlight Mixer on the Pier at 7pm.
Saturday morning starts a new day of celebration with the Coffin Island 5K at 9 a.m. then Art in the Park, Carnival Games, Jump Castles, Kids Activities, a Silent Auction and Nearly 100 Local Food, Art & Crafts Vendors on Center Street 11am – 5pm.
Sunday is filled with beach time including a surfing contest, a sand sculpting contest and much more.
All proceeds go to the Folly Beach Children’s Parks Fund. The objective this year is to raise enough money to have a ferris wheel installed. Thank you for your support.
COFFIN ISLAND 5K
Registration for the Coffin Island 5K is $30 for everyone wishing to participate. This includes a really cool shirt and a chance to win some great prizes. Please assure you enter your shirt size when you register. Registration will be allowed at packet pick-up Friday and pre-race Saturday morning until 20 minutes prior to race start.
On Saturday, January 18, 2014, I went out to support some of my running training partners as they ran the 4th Annual Charleston Marathon. Luke was running his first ever marathon, and Evan was running her 3rd marathon in 90 days to qualify for Marathon Maniacs!
The race started at 8 AM in front of Burke High School and had 5,000 runners combined in the marathon and half marathon. The announcer stated at the start that there were runners from 46 states and 10 countries. The weather was brutal with a starting temperature of 28 degrees and a wind of 15mph, and only bettered to 35 degrees at the finish some 4 hours later.
Because of the weather they allowed everyone to wait in the Burke High School gym until the start of the race. This was also where the small expo was. While we waited there for the start, the Burke High School Drum Line performed for about 10 minutes. The kids were really awesome. They also came out to the starting line to play during the start.
We even saw an interesting rendition of Superman. Zoom in on the picture to check out this outfit configuration. Yes, that is Under-roos over running pants!
There were no starting corrals nor pacing time flags, so it was a large gaggle at the start. Since Luke & Evan were running for time, they had to do some quick navigating at the beginning to get around people.
The race route took them around by the Charleston Riverdogs Baseball Stadium, and around to The Battery. Here is a stock picture of how the Charleston Battery looks. It is such a beautiful view. We typically run this route at least once a week.
They then turn onto King Street and take this to North Charleston. To see how bad the wind was, look at the fountain in Marion Square.
In North Charleston, they had to do a lot of turns and navigating through communities. It was almost like the race developers were trying to add mileage in unusual ways, even running an out and back on a pier.
Here was Luke & Evan at Mile 15. The guy Evan was with was running his first marathon. Evan was in true form running with him for encouragement! Even though they did not realize it, Luke was only about a minute ahead of Evan at every spot I saw them,
The Finish Line was in front of the North Charleston High School. You can tell this was the fourth year of this race. It is getting better, but still has some serious flaws to become a more popular race, especially repeating serious issues that have been overlooked in past years.
On November 02, 2013, I had to do an 18 mile training run. It so happened that we had a 10K in my normal running area in downtown Charleston, the James Island Connector 10K. My running friend, Amy “The Tiny Terror” recommended I sign up for the race and add that into my training run, to relieve some boredom, support a good cause, and run the Connector, which we cannot do any other time. Sign me up! So I had two new running friends, that were going to run with me for the 18 miler, Evan & Luke. I passed along the idea of the connector run, and they were in agreement and we were all signed up for the race.
So Evan and I met at the MUSC Wellness Center at 6am to start the 18 mile run. We ran 10.3 miles together. The race was to start at 8:30am. We made a quick stop back at the vehicles to freshen up before the race. We then headed over to Cannon Park for the race start, where we met up with Luke. We had about 20 minutes to walk around and stay loose before the race started.
This Saturday I have to do an 18 mile training run in preparation for the Goofy Challenge during the Walt Disney World Marathon in January. Today a running buddy Amy “The Tiny Terror” told me that the James Island Connector 10k this weekend would have finisher medals. Well since I am a race medal snob, this sounded like a perfect plan to add into my training plan! This 10k is only a block away from my 18 mile training run route, so it was a no brainer! This allows me to run the James Island Connector, a place not open to runners, to add a little variety to my training, and has 3 hills to give the rare hills training we don’t normally get in Charleston.
So two of my running partners are going to split it up to run with me. I am going to do the first 10 miles with one friend, and then the last 8 miles, which will include the 10k, with the other friend! This should be an awesome training run! I get to take a little break after mile 10 until the race starts. This will give me about 15 minutes to reload and recover before starting the race (aka continued training run for a medal!).
Registration for the James Island Connector 10K is still open until Wednesday Night, October 30th. If you want to join us, they have both a 10K and a 5K. The 10K is an out and back on the Connector. For the 5K you run the complete way down the Connector, and then a bus will return you to the Start where the post race festivities are. The race is $30, and you can register from the race website. If cost is an issue, my friend Amy provided a $5 off coupon code, just email me and I will provide it offline. Come out and join us!
Full 18 Mile Training Route
Course Map for the James Island Connector 10K
Last week we started a running group at MUSC that meets each Wednesday morning at 5:30 am. It is not limited to MUSC employees. If you want to join us, here are the details.
When: Every Wednesday @ 5:30 AM
Where: Parking lot of MUSC Wellness Center. 45 Courtenay Drive Charleston, SC 29425
Distance: Approximately 4 miles
* The more people we have the more pace groups we can have! Last week we had 8 show up, and we are expecting more tomorrow. Don’t worry about pace, there will be someone there to run with you.
* We aren’t gathering @ 5:30, we are RUNNING OUT OF THE PARKING LOT @ 5:30. So if you need to stretch, socialize, tie your shoes, do downward facing dog, fire up your Garmin, etc. before the run, come @ 5:25.
* We’re running rain or shine. If you’re hardcore enough to run @ 5:30, you’re hardcore enough to run in the rain.
Here is the route for tomorrow:
Today my wife did the 36th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run in Mt. Pleasant/Charleston SC. She signed up to do the walk/run with some ladies from our church. After last year’s debacle of the race, I chose not to do this run this year. Luckily I did not sign up because we had our 1 1/2 year old niece this weekend, so I stayed home with her! My FIRST diaper changing experience. I think I passed!
As I said, Jennifer ran with friends from our church. She ran with Melanie, Alex, Kari & Janet Beck & Angie & Rebecca Shipley. They have now done this for three years. However, this year they stepped it up and added a theme. Melanie & Kari made tie dyed shirts!
Because of construction at the Gaillard Auditorium this year, the expo was moved to the North Charleston Convention Center. This has been needed for a long time. It can handle the amount of vehicle & human traffic there. Well done on this decision. I did not attend the expo, but Jennifer said it seemed bigger than previous years because there was more space! Let me repeat, awesome decision!