Hunting island was busy this past Saturday March 7th with one hundred and twenty kayakers and paddle boarders, fifty to sixty Rotarian volunteers, and many spectators; to watch the eleventh running of the Adventure Biathlon. The event was presented by the Sea Island Rotary Club of Beaufort and it’s race director Paul Moore.
The race began at 11:00 under plenty of sunshine and chilly temperatures. 120 participants took to the water in kayaks and stand up paddle boards in the Hunting Island Lagoon and raced for 6 miles out into Fripp Island inlet, returning to the launch site. Once they beached their boats and boards, the running leg of 4.5 miles begins on the primitive trails through the lush green forest of the state park. It’s called adventure biathlon because each year the racers are ask to complete unexpected challenges on the trail such as: ‘going over a large downed tree trunk and back under it’.
Participants can paddle and run solo or form a team made up of tandem paddlers and runners, or form a relay. The overall top three individual winners in order were Robert Anderson of Goose Creek, SC, Chris Williams of Cameron SC, and Zach Keister of Columbia, SC. The winner in the overall relay/tandem was Pete Green and Josiah Tobin, the cross country coach of Holy Trinity School.
The purpose of the Adventure Biathlon race is to have fun and raise money for our Sea Island Rotary charities and local projects. Our signature charities include CAPA (Child Abuse Prevention Association), Hope Haven of the Low country, Low Country Habitat for Humanity.
Adults and teens come to participate from all over the Southeast USA, and it is a wonderful way to help charity and compete in a very unique athletic event. This year our South Carolina U.S. Representative, Mark Sanford and son Blake competed.
Pictures by Michael Fleishman
Story by Dr. Chuck Ingle
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.