Every October, breast cancer awareness takes center stage with celebrities, professional athletes, and your next door neighbors sporting pink ribbons and clothing in support of breast cancer survivors and those that are still fighting. Not only does the increased awareness help raise money for a cure, it also acts to remind women to take preventative action. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has saved millions of lives, but here in the Lowcountry you don’t have to wait until October to do some good. On September 25th, the LoCo Motion, a three-day breast cancer walk begins, when a “sea of pink” of runners and walkers dressed in pink, washes over the Lowcountry.
The LoCo (short for Lowcountry) Motion started in 2011 and is back this year after a one-year hiatus. It is a sprawling three-day event that covers 30 miles on three different islands. Meant to buck the tradition of the standard 5K for a cause, the LoCo Motion is geared toward all fitness levels and is at its core, a party to beat breast cancer, as well as a celebration of survivors, fighters, and women in general. All proceeds are donated to Carolina Cups, a nonprofit based in Bluffton. Carolina Cups distributes those funds to local nonprofit breast care providers like Volunteers in Medicine and Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Online registration is open until midnight on September 23rd, and, as long as space is available, you can register in person at any of the three events.
The walk begins on Daufuskie, an isolated island just across Calibogue Sound from Hilton Head Island accessible only by ferry (ferry transportation is included in the registration cost). The second day takes place on Callawassie, a private island community near Beaufort. This is a great chance to explore these gorgeous Lowcountry gems that are otherwise generally closed to the public. A-three day pass is the best bargain at $200, but a two-day pass is available for $150.
The walk ends on Hilton Head Island on September 27th, and a one-day pass is $100. The Hilton Head event begins at the Omni Resort in Palmetto Dunes and travels along the island’s white sandy beaches all the way to Sea Pines. Along the way there will be pit stops, cheer stations, and chances to win prizes. The walk ends back at the Omni Resort with the LoCo Motion after party and Survivor Celebration. Admission is included with registration.
The LoCo Motion is touted as a walk, but you can go at whatever pace you’d like. The goal of the event is to enjoy yourself. President of LoCo Motion, Laura Morgan, says she created the event because she “wanted to help people cross their first finish line.” By removing the word “marathon” (it is a 30-mile event in its totality) or taking “the scary K” out of the title, the goal is to engage every type of athlete. The promise of refreshments, a good cause, and, debuting this year, a “palm tree finish line” gives added incentive to cross the finish line each day.
Whether you walk or run, be sure to wear pink! Have fun with your outfit--costumes are welcome--just be prepared to travel 10 miles in it.
Things you should know before you go: The walks start at 9 am on the dot, every morning. One thing to consider when trying not to be late, on Callawassie and at the Omni on Hilton Head Island, parking will be limited. Carpooling is strongly suggested. If you’re hopping on the ferry to Daufuskie, the first one leaves at 7 am. As far as four-legged friends, no dogs are allowed on the course. And don’t leave home without your wallet, food is not complimentary at the after parties but there will be special deals.