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EcoThon

Warm up for the 5th Annual Barrier Island ECOthon

Provided by Brett Carlson

Time to start stretching out those hamstrings and adding on to those early morning runs. The 5th Annual Barrier Island ECOthon will take place in three months on Sunday, October 25, over Charleston’s naturally beautiful barrier islands of Capers, Dewees, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s.  The ECOthon is a 35 mile sprint style adventure race with paddling, swimming, running and biking, offering competitors a rare chance to be fully immersed in nature while challenging their physical abilities. All funds from this year’s competition will benefit both the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Charleston Tibetan Society. Previous ECOthons have donated over $10,000 directly to improving the lives of Tibetans around the world, as well as assisting and inspiring many people affected by cancer.

The Barrier Island ECOthon is designed as a genuine opportunity to experience nature while doing something positive for yourself. Regardless of your goal, each stroke, stride and pedal will bring benefit in helping yourself and others through the proceeds of this unique charitable event. For additional info, contact Brett at ecothon@gmail.com or call 530-0843. Online registration is available at ACTIVE.com

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The ECOthon will be around 35 miles and consist of the following disciplines to be completed as an entire team:

Race schedule:

Paddle: 5 miles on the Intracoastal Waterway and wildlife-filled tidal creeks.

Run/trek: 10 miles along dynamic beaches and maritime forests.

Swim: 0.6 mile in open ocean across tidal inlets.

Bike: 20 miles on paved roads with views of ocean and Charleston harbor.

Divisions: Volunteer, solo, teams of 2, teams of 3

Details: The entry fee is $80 per racer ($85 after Oct 10): that includes a t-shirt, sponsors’ gifts, a post-race awards party, and the opportunity to participate in a distinctively unique event.  Great kayak rental prices available through Coastal Expeditions.

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