Beaufort County ready to do the LoCo Motion

features@beaufortgazette.comSeptember 23, 2012 

Elaine Diaz (back row, second from right) poses with members of the Callawassie Solemates who participated in the 2011 LoCo Motion. Callawassie will host the second leg of the 3-day, 30-mile trek to fight breast cancer next weekend.


  • Community Kick-Off Party from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at Skull Creek Boathouse on Hilton Head Island. Admission is free for LoCo participants and a suggested donation of $10 for the public. Reservations requested. Details:, 843-522-5585

  • Ten mile walk/runs start at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island, Sept. 29 at Callawassie Island and Sept. 30 at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head.

  • After Party & Survivor Celebration with Deas Guyz from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Shorehouse at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. This event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be for sale.

In its second year, LoCo Motion has evolved from a 30-mile walk/run to fight breast cancer into a weekend of festivities.

LoCo Motion runs Sept. 28-30 with new before- and after-parties. Participants have the choice to join in any or all of the three routes: two on Hilton Head Island beaches and a new third leg on Callawassie Island.

"It's so much fun," said participant Elaine Diaz. "It's like a big party."

Diaz, a 23-year breast cancer survivor, is one of the 15 Callawassie residents who participated in the inaugural LoCo Motion. The group recruited another dozen or so residents for the 2012 walk under the name "Callawassie Solemates."

"We've set up committees to decorate the street and residents who can't walk will be handing out water and cheering on the sidelines," she said.

This year, LoCo Motion will begin a day early with a Community Kick-Off Party on Sept. 27 at Skull Creek Boathouse on Hilton Head.

The outdoor party will include complimentary barbecue, a cash bar and entertainment.

At 9 a.m. Sept. 28, walkers and runners will begin the first 10-mile trek from Coligny Beach through the residential neighborhoods of South and North Forest beaches and then out to the island's shore. They'll regroup on the patio of Beach Market for post-race festivities.

On Day 2, the event moves to Callawassie Island. Participants will walk the community's Dogwood golf course featuring five holes overlooking the marsh. The route will continue through neighborhood streets, ending at the Callawassie clubhouse for another celebration with live music, food and beverages.

On Sept. 30, the final day, it's back to Hilton Head for an all-beach course beginning and ending at the Omni Resort in Palmetto Dunes. The final celebration at the hotel's Shorehouse beach pavilion, will honor breast cancer survivors and feature the band, Deas Guyz.

All the proceeds raised from the walk go directly to benefit several local and regional cancer organizations, including the Keyserling Cancer Center in Port Royal, Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services and the Hollings Cancer Center in Charleston.

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