David Holland is in his first year as the marketing director for the Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon.
But as a member of the Sea Island Rotary Club of Beaufort -- the event's main sponsor -- and a second-year contestant, Holland gives the event a ringing endorsement.
"It's very beautiful," Holland said. "No race is like this one. You're in the water for 6 miles, then on pristine trails through the park for 4 1/2 miles. I've never seen anything that compares to it."
The 10th annual Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon starts with a 6-mile kayak paddle from the lagoon near South Beach Parking Lot J and heads south into Fripp Inlet before returning. The next leg is a roughly 4 1/2-mile run through a forest and on primitive trails.
There are 125 contestants registered for the race, slated to start at 11 a.m. Saturday. Holland said another 25 to 30 typically sign up on race day.
"The goal is to get 200," Holland said. "The most we've ever had is 175. We usually raise between $8,000 and $12,000."
All net proceeds are distributed between several local charities, including Child Abuse Prevention Association, Hope Haven of the Lowcountry, the YMCA, the CHOICES program and Junior Achievement.
10th annual Hunting Island Adventure Biathlon
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
Where: Hunting Island State Park
Course: 6-mile paddle from lagoon to buoy in Fripp Inlet and back before a 4 1/2-mile run through pristine forest and primitive trails.
Cost: Race fees range from $55 to $70. Admission to the park is also required. Adults are $5, seniors are $3.75, kids 6 to 15 are $3 and kids 5 and younger are free.
Registration: Online registration is closed. On-site registration from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Awards: First 200 athletes get long-sleeved T-shirts, and there will be 57 post-race awards.
Party: Free food and beverages will be provided for participants at 2 p.m. at Boondocks on St. Helena Island.