Summer over? Not yet, as Water SportsFest starts

Both elite and recreational paddleboarders will bring their best game to the third annual Chucktown Showdown, a highlight of the Charleston Water SportsFest Week.

After having a full year to develop the renamed Charleston Water SportsFest Week (initially called Charleston Watersports Week), the celebration of all-things-active on and in the water should gain traction this year.

This year’s event will be Monday through Sept. 20.

The sportsfest, created by the Charleston Area Sports Commission, will feature much more than competitive sports and will offer recreational, instructive and leisurely activities, all on the water, including dragon boat races, kayaking, sunset sailing excursions and waterside yoga classes.

The headline event is the third annual Chucktown Showdown, which Sports Commission Director Kathleen Cartland expects will draw more than 250 stand-up paddleboard racers from across the Southeast. The race will be Sept. 19 at Brittlebank Park.

Chucktown Showdown will coincide with the festival’s expo 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at Brittlebank Park.

Also under the sportfest’s umbrella this year is the third annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon on Sept. 20.

Nearly 140 people are expected to converge on the Francis Marion Hotel, at 387 King St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for Baptiste Yoga “immersion” with Baron Baptiste.

Charleston Power Yoga co-founder Beth Thomas Plante, a 500-hour Certified Baptiste Teacher, recalls her first all-day immersion and how Baptiste has “an incredible way of relating yoga to make it accessible to everyone.”

“I walked away with new insights into myself. That day planted the seeds for big breakthrough,” says Plante.

Spots are limited. The immersion is $250 and registration opens at 7:15 a.m. Sept. 12.

The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K Run/Walk will be at 9 a.m. Saturday starting at the Charleston Fire and Police Department on Seven Farms Drive on Daniel Island.

The event benefits the Travis Manion Foundation, City of Goose Creek Fire Department, C&B Fire Department and the South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police Distressed Officer’s Fund.

Last year, more than 30,000 people participated in 9/11 Heroes races around the world. The Travis Manion Foundation invested more than $151,000 back into the local race communities to support military, veterans, first responders and their families.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.