This past weekend I had the honor and the privilege of participating in an amazing event- LoCoMotion. The LoCoMotion is a 3 day, 3 island, 30 mile event in South Carolina. The proceeds from the event go toward breast cancer education, screening, treatment, and research. LocoMotion does not have any paid staff or office space, so every dollar raised goes to provide charitable grants to breast cancer related organizations.
The event is held in the low country of South Carolina. This area is one of my favorites. I am in love with the wild, rugged beauty of the islands. The peaceful, quiet salt marshes and the beautiful trees covered in spanish moss… sigh…. Such history here. I fell in love with this area when I first traveled to Beaufort last year for my epic first attempt at an ultramarathon at Bad Marsh. When I saw the advertisements for LocoMotion I knew I had to do it.
Of course the cause won me over as well. My mom is a breast cancer survivor so this cause is near and dear to my heart. In fact, my mom is celebrating her 18th year of being cancer free this coming Saturday. I am very lucky that my company, ESG Operations Inc sponsored my registration fee for this event. I am blessed to work for a company that believes so strongly in wellness and community service.
The first day of the event was held on Daufuskie Island. To get to the island, we had to meet up at Harbour Town on Hilton Head early in the morning to catch a ferry. I was on the 8:20 ferry and arrived on the island at 9:15. They had staggered start times so there was zero stress about getting started.
The race started out at the harbor and the first part of the course was a path through the woods. Sooooo beautiful. We then treked out around the island. My plan for the day was simple. Put my training to the test and give it my all. I stuck to my 30:30 intervals and maintained a great pace throughout the day. Even stopping to take pictures and to eat a sugar cookie as large as my shoe, I still managed to pull off 11.5 miles in 2:18:14. How the heck that happened, I have no idea. That is a PR for me!! I knew my running had improved when I hit 6.2 miles at 1:10 (fastest ever for me). I slowed down a bit for the last 4.3 miles mainly because I knew I still had 2 more days to run!! (And I was dying just a bit).
I took quite a few pictures as I had never been on this island before. It was an awesome course- mix of grassy paths, asphalt, dirt roads, and just a little bit o’ mud. I got to see alligators, baby horses, goats, birds in addition to the lush landscape. Not to mention all of the dolphins that we got to see on the ferry ride back.
As far as race organization- it was a 10. Well stocked aid stations at every mile, plenty of “potty stops”, enthusiastic volunteers, mileage markers, course well marked. Plenty of photo ops. Plus I loved, loved, loved the extra touch of the day specific photo props. From a participant view point, the execution of Day 1 appeared to be flawless. From the ferry ride to the race itself I had zero issues. I loved it!!
I met some new friends on the ferry and it was awesome to see them out on the course. I was inspired by the mothers, daughters, sisters, friends who all ran together. Even the men got in on the fun. The first day was pirate themed so it was awesome to see all of the pirate costumes mixed in the sea of pink.
Day 1 was a success. Truly inspired and humbled to have shared the course with women who have gone through so much to survive and to fight breast cancer. I knew before I got off of the return ferry to Harbour Town that I was going to do this event next year. (Stay tuned for recap of Day 2!)
Enjoy the pics from Day 1!!