Get Out: A new fitness

Brian Fancher Photography The East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival was expanded from paddling sports to other outdoor activities in recent years, including disc golf.

As far as organized fitness-oriented events go, Easter weekend is a bit like Christmas week and Mother’s Day weekend: next to nothing happens.

But a rest weekend between a jam-packed Bridge Run weekend and one mega weekend two weeks away may be in order, especially to plot out your game plan.

The Charleston area has its fair share of fitness “tribes”: CrossFit boxes, running groups, faith-based men’s training groups and more. One, however, is vying to became an official November Project city.

Featured in “Runner’s World” and other national media, November Project is a free and open outdoor exercise group known for its tools for motivation, namely people bonding through shared suffering and affection with a peppering of curse words along the way.

Lester Proctor and Liz Nadeau are the co-leaders and are working on getting the November Project designation, which takes at least six months of consistent workouts and numbers of people. Proctor, 31, participated in November Project in Madison, Wis., and Milwaukee, Wis., while Nadeau got hooked in Boston, where the group was started.

For now, they will be holding workouts, which last about 45 minutes, regularly at 6:28 a.m. Wednesday at the Custom House on East Bay Street. Friday workouts, also starting at 6:28 a.m., will be held at a variety of locations. This Friday’s will meet at the pineapple fountain at Charleston’s Waterfront Park.

Why 6:28? Proctor says the theory behind starting November Project workouts at a specific time before 6:30 a.m. is for people to arrive on time. So in other words, arrive on time. Workouts will not wait for laggards.

Like many grassroots fitness groups, communication is usually done via social media.

While that’s something new, another fitness gathering celebrates a quarter century later this month.

The 25th annual East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival will be April 17-19 at James Island County Park. Long known as the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival, the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission broadened its reach two years ago to widen the scope of the event.

The festival not only continues to showcase canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, but also features mountain biking, slacklining, archery, climbing and disc golf. The event brings together enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels with world-renowned instructors and sports equipment manufacturers.

Attendees can try out equipment, compete in races and other hands-on activities on-site, and learn everything from the basics to expert skills in each sport.

The commission has made the 25th one even bigger, kicking off the weekend Friday night with a special springtime edition of the Reggae Nights Concert series. The concert is free to festival registrants and is $10 for anyone else.

To try out activities, get the Try It pass for $10. Or register for a full-day or weekend pass to experience classes, demos, competitions and much more. For a full event schedule and to register, visit or call 843-795-4386.

Also part of the 25th anniversary celebration will be the addition of the largest outdoor climbing competition in the Southeast.

Usually held on the second weekend of March, the 18th annual Palmetto Pump and USA Climbing Competition will be 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 18 at James Island County Park.

Each year, the competition attracts climbers throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S., all scaling the park’s 50-foot tall climbing wall that features more than 4,500 square feet of climbing space.

The competition is presented by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission and Half-Moon Outfitters, held in conjunction with USA Climbing and part of the excitement of this year’s East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival.

Competition is open to ages 4 and older, and categories are determined by age and gender. Registration is open through April 16. Climbers ages 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. No competition experience is necessary. This year’s competition will be a flash format.

Spectators get in free with the park’s $1 per person admission fee.

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The commission and Half-Moon Outfitters also are combining efforts to bring back Bodhi’s Revenge, the Charleston area’s only stand-up paddleboarding surf slalom and “Battle of the Paddle” style event, at 9 a.m. April 19 at Folly Beach.

Bodhi’s Revenge is billed as appealing to intermediate and advanced paddlers as well as spectators: “A unique surf-style race to the area, Bodhi’s Revenge will feature a slalom surf course with buoy turns. The Johnny Utah Course will feature two loops with one beach sprint in between while The Bodhi Course will feature four loops with three beach sprints in between. Both will finish with a 50-yard straight beach sprint to the finish line.”

The event benefits the Surf-rider Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation activism, research and education.

The race is a World Paddle Association Regional Event, so racers are expected to travel great distances to come to such a distinctive competition.