If you enjoy triathlons, here’s one with a few twists! The Folly Beach Challenge, Saturday, Oct. 22, is an exciting alternative to the traditional triathlon, and a great competition for paddling enthusiasts.
The Folly Beach Challenge is a nontraditional triathlon featuring a 3-mile paddle, an 8.5-mile bike and a 3-mile run, all starting from Folly Beach County Park. Participants can compete individually or as one leg of a three-person team. Participants will paddle the Folly River in their own kayak or stand up paddleboard, then hit the sand on their bikes and finish up with an ocean-side run on the beach.
Online registration for either day’s events is now open, and will end on October 20. Late registration will take place on October 21 at packet pick-up, which will be held from 4-6 p.m. at Folly Beach County Park. There will be no race-day registration.
Registration for the Folly Beach Challenge is $44/$36 Charleston County Resident. Late registration (on October 21) is $44. Participants must be 16 or older and must furnish all necessary equipment to participate. Triathlon team registration is $92/$76 Charleston County Resident ($92 late registration). Teams require three participants and one member must be at least 18 years of age. Awards will be presented for all individual races and the weekend’s overall combined lowest time.
Participants are recommended to bring shoes that can get wet and will stay on feet in the water, a swim suit or nylon shorts, sun protection including a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a 2-3 quart plastic water bottle, and clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. For more information on the Folly Beach Challenge...