Barrier Island ECOthon

Event Date

Sun, Oct 19, 2014


Isle of Palms, SC

About This Activity

The 10th Annual ECOthon is an amazing adventurous experience allowing one to be fully immersed in nature while challenging your abilities.  The ECOthon travereses Charleston’s beautiful barrier islands of Capers, Dewees, Isle of Palms & Sullivans with paddling, running, biking & swimming. The 35 mile ENDURANCE course is to be completed solo or continuously together as a 2-person or 3-person team. The 23 mile SPRINT course is to be completed as a 2-person relay. Both start around 9 am at the Isle of Palms Marina. 

Event details and schedule


• Launch kayak from the Isle of Palms marina → go 3 miles on the Intracoastal waterway
• Land on Dewees beach → trek/run 2.2 miles
• Swim across Capers Inlet to Capers Island → 1/4 mile
• Run to the north end of Capers Island → 3.2 miles
• Turn around and retrace the same route all the way back to the Isle of Palms Marina
• Bike
 to the southern tip of Sullivans Island and return to the marina→ 18 miles


~ KAYAK ~ If you are planning on renting a kayak from Coastal Expeditions & you haven’t contacted them yet, please call them ASAP at 843-884-7684 . They’ll have it ready for you at the start and will pick it up after, in addition to providing a PFD and whistle.
Everyone needs some unique method to identify your kayak with an effective marker to make it easier to distinguish from the many others that will be lined up on the south end of Dewees Island.
~ A Personal Floatation Device (Coast Guard Type III) is required to be worn during all paddle sections.
~ WHISTLE will be a necessity and verified by an ECOthon volunteer before entering the water for the kayak and swims, so make sure you’ve got one! Coastal Expeditions PFD’s have one attached that can be removed and replaced… I highly recommend you getting a whistle of your own to carry with you on life’s daily adventures because they could save your life or someone you know in an emergency.
~ SWIM ~ Make sure you have a whistle before entering the water and look to see where the currents are moving the swimmers to see where you should enter the water. Feel free to ask someone where to enter the water if you have any questions. Also, you’ll be responsible for keeping your shoes dry if you wish during the crossing. Fins are allowed, however they must be carried during the Dewees beach run and can be left on Capers Beach during the run on Boneyard Beach. Since safety is first, the Isle of Palms Fire Department & ECOthon volunteers will be in safety boats during the paddle and swim sections, so if you need assistance, just whistle!! Of course, if you hear someone whistling and you can be of service, please take care of your fellow ECOthoner until more help can arrive.
~ BIKE ~ Helmets must be worn properly before leaving the transition area and on the entire bike course until crossing the finish line. While biking you are required to follow ALL traffic laws and will be immediately DQ’d if found in violation. There are several stop signs and a traffic light; please follow traffic signals. The bike course is not closed, meaning it is open to traffic and there are only a couple volunteers on the course. It will be marked at turns with cones, small shark signs, OR even pink ribbon, SO I STRONGLY SUGGEST you study the course map and if needed, make small notes or a print out to take along with you on the bike.
~ CLOTHING ~ Highest recommendation is COMFORT! This varies between people, so I also recommend light and moisture wicking tops & bottoms as well as supportive footware.
~ HYDRATION ~ I highly recommend drinking sufficient amounts of water to achieve your proper hydration level before getting to the Marina on Sunday, and recommend bringing enough of your own favorite fluid on the paddle/kayak sections as well as for the final biking section. I’ll provide water stations on the north end of Dewees Island as well as on Capers Island, and at the Marina.

~ USA Triathlon is sanctioning the ECOthon and requires your photo ID, and one of the following: a current USAT membership card, a $10 one day license or an annual membership of $39. I’ll have forms available for USAT membership. USAT requires a photo ID for ALL participants including ALL relays teams, so don’t forget your drivers license! NO PICTURE ID, NO RACE.

SUNDAY, OCt 19 @ Isle of Palms Marina
~ 7:30 – 8:30 am ~ CHECK-IN & SET-UP BIKE & PADDLING DEVICE beginning at sunrise. EVERYONE must check-in so we know how many souls will be enjoying the ECOthon experience. Then setup your bike on Morgan Creek Grill’s lawn on racks provided by Holy City Coop. Finally, stage your kayak, SUP board or other self propelled floatation device near the boat ramp. For those renting from Coastal Expeditions,there will also be a kayak orientation meeting.
~ 8:30 am ~ PRErace meeting to review safety & course one more time as well as to answer any remaining questions, then start to LAUNCH kayaks, SUP boards, or other self propelled floatation device.
~ 9 am ~ START of the ECOthon
~ 11:26 am ~ Low tide
~ 12:30 pm ~ fastest finishers with the majority finishing between 4.5 to 5.5 hours, so 1:30 to 2:30.

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