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Fitness programs, running clinics this season at Charleston County Parks
Published:
2/5/2016 2:52:22 PM


 
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) is encouraging the community to move their fitness routines out of the stuffy gym and into the fresh air of the county parks! And the best way to take advantage of it all is with the brand new Move IT! Pass.

Charleston County Parks is kicking off 2016 with fitness programming guaranteed to get heart rates up and bodies moving. Once thought of solely as seasonal programs, there is a growing list of year-round programs at county park locations including Walk and Restore, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Therapy.

“Outdoor activity need not be limited to a specific season, especially in Charleston,” said Allison Foster, CCPRC’s Fitness and Wellness Program Manager. “Plus, commitment to a healthy lifestyle is a daily process. We are here to support that commitment day in and day out with structured fitness and wellness opportunities.”

Led by restorative yoga professionals, Walk and Restore offers a balanced mix of walking and yoga, held year-round Monday and Thursday mornings at beautiful Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel, and at McLeod Plantation Historic Site on James Island. This spring will mark the launch of Walk and Restore at Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant, bringing the popular program offering to three distinct areas of the county.

Starting the week of Feb. 29, three county parks will offer 10K run/walk clinics. At these balanced training clinics, professional coaches help participants gain confidence and develop skills faster, easier and injury free alongside other participants aiming to do the same. Run/Walk Your Way to a 10K is seven weeks and includes registration for the Mullet Haul 5/10K on April 23. Sessions are held Monday and Wednesday mornings at James Island County Park, Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Wannamaker County Park, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Palmetto Islands County Park.

New for 2016, CCPRC’s Move IT! Pass offers comprehensive access to many of these fitness programs – from yoga to water aerobics to stand up paddleboarding fitness classes and much more - as well as park admission for a full year. Only a limited number of Move IT! Passes are being sold, and they are currently at a rate of $150.

Free programs for Move IT! Pass members include all CCPRC yoga programs - Walk and Restore, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, beach Yoga Unplugged, Yoga in the Meadow, and Starlight Yoga; high intensity beach fitness programs; bird walks at Caw Caw, Wannamaker, James Island, and Folly Beach County Parks; and select running clinics. Registration is not required for these classes; pass holders can simply show up for any of these classes of their choosing.

Move IT! Pass holders also receive up to 50% off other select CCPRC program registration including all races, run clinics like Run/Walk Your Way to a 10K that include race registration, Be Fit Community Supported Agriculture, stand up paddleboard fitness classes, natural and cultural history interpretive programs, paddlesports clinics, climbing programs, and more.

The Move IT! Pass also provides the user free individual admission to: Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center, James Island County Park, Mount Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, Laurel Hill County Park, Mullet Hall Equestrian Center’s Walking/Running Trails, and McLeod Plantation Historic Site. Move IT! Pass holders also receive free vehicle admission (up to 15 people) to the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Isle of Palms County Park, and Folly Beach County Park. The pass is valid for a full year.

For more information on CCPRC’s fitness classes, including dates, times, and locations, or the Move It! Pass, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com, download the Charleston County Parks app, or call 843-795-4386.
 

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