Each March Sea Island Rotary hosts an awesome Adventure Biathlon Race at Hunting Island State Park, SC. The race includes a 6 mile paddle, which begins in the park’s lagoon and goes out to Fripp Inlet and then back to the lagoon where the paddlers transition into a 4.3 mile trail run through the pristine natural forest of Hunting Island. Some athletes complete the course in Teams, where one paddles and the other runs – which we call a Relay Team. Or even both paddle in a tandem kayak and then both run and then must finish together – which we call a Tandem Team. Recently we joined the bandwagon and added an SUP (stand up paddleboard) categories to the event.This race has grown substantially over the past 10 years into one of the Southeasts premiere Adventure Kayak/Run Biathlons. Athletes travel from other countries just to participate in this local favorite event. We average about 180 athletes who compete in 57 award categories for great prizes. Our fellow Rotarians In District 7770 – and beyond – are welcome to participate in the race or just come and watch. After the race we meet at Boondocks for our Official Post Race Party where we enjoy free beer and chili, and fellowship (or bragging as some like to call it). WHEN: March 7, 2015 WHERE: Hunting Island State Park EVENT STARTS: 11:00 a.m. HOW: http://www.HuntingIslandBiathlon.com COST: $45 Solo & $65 Teams RACE HQ: Higher Ground Outfitters
Mike Seymour of Compassionate Beaufort Communities spoke to Sea Island Rotary Club. He explained how Beaufort is a small part of an international movement that grew out of Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to Compassion and the Charter for Compassion. Many cities and organizations have adopted the Charter for Compassion as a way to keep their focus and awareness around compassionate acts. As a reminder of this focus, Mike provided club members with cards to pass out when they see someone performing an act of compassion. The card thanks the person and asks them to pay it forward.