Help fight breast cancer—and your growing waistline

Training for this fall’s three-day, 30-mile LoCo Motion walk/run fundraiser can put you on track to lose weight and improve your health.

Now in its third year, LoCo Motion takes place Sept. 27-29 along the beaches and neighborhoods of Hilton Head Island and Callawassie Island. Proceeds from the event benefit regional cancer organizations, including Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Keyserling Cancer Center.

To help you prepare for three days of 10-mile a day treks, Palmetto Running Company is hosting summer training sessions at 7 a.m. Saturdays in some of the Lowcountry’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The schedule includes group workouts July 20 at Palmetto Bluff, July 27 at Berkeley Hall and Aug. 3 at Rose Hill Plantation. In addition, a special sunrise beach run is planned for 6:15 a.m. Aug 10 on Coligny Beach.

“It’s so hot in the summer, we wanted to find some shaded areas to walk and run,” said Rob Fyfe, owner of the running shop. “And it will give participants a chance to see some different areas.”

Click here for more information on upcoming sessions. You don’t have to be registered for LoCo Motion to take part in any of the training events. Just show up wearing loose-fitting or athletic clothing, comfortable shoes and a watch to track your progress. A water bottle or hydration system also is recommended.

The LoCo Motion website——also features six- and eight-week training programs designed to build your endurance over time.

“Running 10 miles a day for three straight days is more than a marathon,” Fyfe said. “You need to train your body for that kind of a workout. If you don’t, the morning after the first leg you won’t be able to get out of bed because your muscles will be so sore.”

Participants have the choice of running or walking one, two or three of the event days. Those who complete all three legs will be awarded a Triple Nipple commemorative medal.

“It’s not about how fast you go,” said Laura Morgan, owner of LoCo Boot Camp and organizer of the LoCo Motion fundraiser. “It’s about making the commitment and getting out there.”

Once again this year, Beaufort Memorial Hospital is serving as lead sponsor of LoCo Motion and offering training sessions north of the Broad.

“When you think about what breast cancer patients go through—the surgery, the months of chemotherapy and radiation—walking 30 miles doesn’t seem so bad,” said Connie Duke, director of BMH Oncology Services. “It’s a challenge, but it’s a fun way to make a difference.”

For more information or to sign up for LoCo Motion, visit the event website or call (843) 815.5225. Registration forms also are available at all CoastalStates Bank branches.