Today I registered for the inaugural Summerville Sweet Tea Half Marathon. This will be my second of three half marathons in the month of November. The race is on November 15, 2014. If you are in the south come out and join us and show your support for this local race. Anyone that knows me, knows I love my sweet tea, so I must have this medal in my collection!
Here is the first recap of my weekend of pyrotechnics.
I decided to work backwards on my weekend in review, I will recap the other two shows later in the week. As most of you know I am a certified Pyrotechnician. I did three fireworks shows from Friday (4th) to Sunday (6th). The conclusion of it all was the one we do at our church, Northwood Baptist, in North Charleston. This one is exciting for me because I have so many friends, family, and church family that come out to see it and fellowship. A large number of them have posted pictures and videos on social media. Below are some of the photos and videos.
For other pyrotechnicians, this show consisted of 115 consumer (1.4) grade cakes. The cakes were arranged to 11 different songs. Each song had a single visco running through them, connected to fast fuse, and set to go at precise time stamps in the songs. The visco was fired electronically from a firing system.
Here are some videos taken by my wife.
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.
Below is an email from the Kiawah Island Marathon. It has links from the races last weekend. However, it also has an early registration list for the 2014 races. If you register before the end of 2013, you get one heck of a deal on the registration price. Have a look and consider it.
Congratulations to all of the runners who crossed the finish line, reached their goals, or broke a PR! Each of you that participated is what sets our race apart from others, and we can’t begin to thank all of our volunteers!
Official Race Photography
Sports in Motion photos are now available. They are wonderful, check them out!
Featuring innovative post-race statistics, Runpix is a great site to see how you stacked up against other runners and offers a deeper insight into your performance on the race course (race results are still unofficial).
Race registration is now open! The 37th Annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon will be held on Saturday, 12.13.14. Register in 2013 for an incredible rate: $45 for the Half Marathon and $55 for the Full Marathon.
A special thank you to all the runners who utilized our new drop zones. It made a huge impact on the clean-up efforts. Our FWD composting effort was unprecedented, with more than 50,000 cups, 16 trays of oranges and 16 boxes of bananas on the course; it is amazing to think that the course generated only five cans of landfill trash….this is awesome! Protecting our critters and our Island is so important to us, and the runners’ efforts are very much appreciated.
Did we capture your Kiawah Moment? Photos will continue to be uploaded to Facebook. Tag yourself and share as well.
We want to hear from you! Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a brief survey.
On behalf of our Marathon Staff, we wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season! Train Right, Run Well- so we can meet again on 12.13.14, the best date yet in all 37 years of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon!
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:
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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!
This morning I joined some friends from MooreOnRunning for a run on the West Ashley Greenway Trail. I ran with new friend and running mate Amy and my friend John Meadows. It says the trail is over 10 miles, but we find that hard to believe. We guess they are planning for the future. It is more like 7 miles! I ran 6 miles of it, a 3 miler out and back. This is a really awesome running trail. The first 3 miles are paved nicely, wide enough for 2-3 abreast. After 3 miles it turns to gravel trails. I will have to check this out more on future runs.
The weather was really great. Finally the first sign of some spring weather. It was 50 degrees, 87% humidity, and a 3 mph wind.
Here are a few pictures from the trail.
There were 2 run groups this morning, one starting at 5:30 AM and going 14 miles, and another that started around 8:00 AM that did 6 miles. Obviously, I decided on the latter, and it was a really awesome run. The start of the trail is behind the Starbucks side at South Windemere Shopping Center. I never knew this trail was here, and I frequent this shopping center often! I will be back!
Here is my Garmin Data.
Here are a few pictures of the group finishing their run.
Overall, a great day of running with a lot of my running friends. It was a nice spring morning! Thanks gang, cannot wait to do it again soon!