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                                                                                                          Contact: Jeremey Davis



TryCharleston Half and Sprint Triathlons This Saturday

Events to benefit Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy and KOA Cares Camp

Greenville, SC – April 27, 2011 – The 2011 South Carolina Triathlon Series presented by Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas heads to Charleston for the fifth and sixth events in the series.  The Half and Sprint distance races will be staged at the KOA Campground in Mount Pleasant and feature an open water swim, a fast, flat bike course, and run course around the KOA Campground.  567 athletes from 21 states are registered to participate in this philanthropic event.  The mission of the TryCharleston triathlons, according to their blog, is “through the TryCharleston event we can promote Health, Volunteerism, Tourism and Charity in Charleston, South Carolina”.

The Half distance race will begin at 7:00am with a 1.2 mile, two-loop lake swim followed by a 56 mile bike ride through the scenic Mt. Pleasant area and then a 13.1 mile run finishing back at the KOA Campground area.  The Sprint distance race features a 500 meter lake swim followed by a 20K bike and 5K trail run in the Park West Development.  Awards will be given in several categories:

  • Open (M & F) (These are elite athletes and professionals)
  • Masters Open (M & F) (These are over 40 athletes that race as elites)
  • Age Groups (M & F): 15 & Under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 & Over
  • Clydesdale (Men over 200 lbs.)
  • Master Clydesdale (Men over 200 lbs. and 40)
  • Athena (Women over 150 lbs.)
  • ParaTriathlete (M & F) (Athletes with physical handicap)
  • Novice (M & F)

This event benefits Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy and KOA Cares Camp.

The primary mission of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy is to provide pastoral care and counseling for employees and families of law enforcement and emergency service agencies, as well as the general public; assist the Coroner in notifying individuals who have lost a family member in an unexpected manner; assist the Mobile Crisis Unit and SWAT teams in hostage negotiations and other local emergency situations; and to provide follow-up visitations in the home or in the hospital for victims of crimes and their families.

The KOA system of campgrounds in the United States and Canada sponsors special non-profit programs for helping youngsters stricken with cancer and siblings to participate in the camping experience at an authorized “cancer camp”.

KOA Kampground Owners through the Care Camps Program are dedicated to raising funds for children’s cancer camps throughout the United States and Canada. These camps are designed especially for children with cancer, and have on-site medical facilities, specially trained counselors, and professional medical staffs….. almost entirely volunteers. Care Camps Trust members, who administer the program, are also all volunteers.


Set Up Events is the nation’s largest producer of triathlons. In 2011 Set Up Events will produce over 90 triathlons in seven states with over 80,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events please visit



About trycharleston

A Triathlon that promotes health, volunteerism, tourism and charity in Charleston, S.C.
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