25th triathlon series to mark 100th race this summer

The Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series races feature an array of award categories, including one for the athletes with the fastest times in the swim, bike and run segments of the race.

For the first time in a quarter century, the popular Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series will be without a King.

But while founder Paul King and his family, who helped out with the series, won’t be there, the five-race series will remain a summer staple for both newbie and seasoned area triathletes in the very able hands of the folks at Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.

And as endurance athletes are often obsessed with numbers — finish times, heart rates, distances — this year’s series marks both its 25th year and the championship race on Aug. 9 will be the 100th in event’s history.

In that history, the Kings and the commission estimate more than 30,000 people have participated in the relatively low-key triathlons.

The first race of the 25th year will be 7:15 a.m. Sunday at James Island County Park.

Each triathlon consists of a 600-yard swim in the lake at James Island County Park, a 12-mile bike through the park and out-and-back on Riverland Drive and 5K run inside the park.

The fee is $60 for county residents and $72 for nonresidents. Discounts are available for signing up for three, four or five races. The latter is $245 for county residents and $270 for nonresidents.


Another race series kicks off tonight with Onshore Racing’s Daniel Island Happy Hour 5K.

The events include a 5K trail run starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays with a post-race event at a nearby bar. Today’s event will head to Agaves Cantina.

Other races will be June 25, July 23 and Aug. 27. Fees are $20-30 for individual races or $60-$75 for the series.


The Charleston Kayak Meetup Group is hosting a free social and informal kayaking 101 presentation at 6 p.m. Friday at the Sea Kayak Carolina shop, 793 Folly Road on James Island.

The event is geared to people who are new to the area, new to kayaking or those interested in general kayaking information. Topics will include places to kayak and types of kayaks and paddles. Sea Kayak Carolina will have staff instructors available to answer all your questions. If you are already a kayaker, bring a friend or neighbor who might be interested in learning.

The Meetup group, founded by Sea Kayak Carolina in 2008, has grown to more than 1,700 members.

For more, call 225-7969 or email info@seakayakcarolina.com.

Another race marking a milestone year is Saturday’s Green & Lean 5K, an event that benefits Keep Charleston Beautiful, which works to teach litter prevention and waste responsibility through local education programs and public awareness campaigns.

The 10th Green & Lean 5K starts at 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Brittlebank Park. Immediately following the 5K, Clara’s Tot Trot will be held for children ages 2 to 10.

The late fee for the 5K is $30. The Tot Trot is free.


On May 20, organizers of the local Ride of Silence were expecting more than 500 people for the low-speed bike ride honoring those who have been injured or killed while riding bicycles. Then, the skies opened up and flooded downtown streets, including Ashley Avenue, that were part of the ride’s route.

Organizers with Charleston Moves, after consulting with city police, decided to postpone the event to today.

Cyclists will start gathering for Charleston’s Ride of Silence at 6:30 p.m. today at Hampton Park’s north parking lot, where they will depart promptly at 7 p.m. on a slow (about 12 mph), silent, police-escorted ride out Cleveland Street to King Street, down King to the Battery, and then back to Hampton Park via Ashley Avenue.

The Ride of Silence, which was started in Dallas in 2003 following the death of a cyclist there, has turned into an international event. In 2014, 315 events were held in 49 states and 22 countries. Of the ones that took tallies, 154 events drew 10,600 participants.

Five weeks ago, the 14th Lowcountry Splash reached its registration cap and is poised to set a new participation record on Saturday. Currently, 192 are signed up for the 5-mile swim that starts at 7:30 a.m. from Daniel Island Pier and 468 for the 2.4-mile swim that begins at 8 a.m. from Hobcaw Yacht Club.

Both races finish at Charleston Harbor Marina dock.

Wanna watch? Race Founder and Director Mark Rutledge recommends the end of the pier at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park or, if you want to pay admission, from the deck of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point.

Rutledge said the registered swimmers hail from 22 states and three countries.