Jewel Tri (paddle, bike, and run) on Saturday, August 14 at Dreher Island State Park, Lake Murray, South Carolina

Jewel TriCome celebrate outdoor life and being on the water by shaking things up at The Jewel Tri on Saturday, August 14 at Dreher Island State Park on the “jewel” of South Carolina, our beautiful Lake Murray! This isn’t your typical triathlon. Nope. No swimming necessary. You do have to have a paddle or use your hands. Would you believe this is actually classified as a “dri-tri?” Try telling that to anyone who falls in. The Jewel Tri is a unique event for this area with its combination of paddle, bike, and run disciplines. You can choose to do all three legs solo or as a relay team (2-person or 3-person), or as a tandem team (both athletes finish together). Bring your kayak, surfski, SUP, prone paddleboard, OC-1, OC-2, tandem kayak, a traditional canoe, blow-up unicorn. If you can paddle it for four miles with one blades, two blades, or your hands, bring it! The 16-mile bike course is paved, so road bikes would be best, but any bike will do. The three-mile run course is contained within the park and is also paved. To see all three courses, go to the registration link below then go to “Course maps” at the top.

Please help us in welcoming Marcella Piesol to the Jewel Tri! She’ll be traveling all the way from California to grace our lovely lake with her mad prone paddleboarding skillz and we can’t wait to meet her! She is an amazing ambassador for Oceans Prone in Playa del Rey, California. Founded in 2016 by Kurt Fry and DJ O’Brien, Oceans Prone’s mission is to grow the amazing sport of prone paddling by making paddle boards accessible at reasonable rates to encourage people into the sport. They provide lessons and coaching for those who are new to the sport and training for those preparing for the race season.

Grab a friend or two or three, or family member or two or three and meet us at Dreher Island State Park in Prosperity, South Carolina on Saturday, August 14 for this multi-sport event on the “Jewel of South Carolina.” Proceeds will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of a local paddler, triathlete and friend who was diagnosed with leukemia just a few weeks ago. You are sure to have a great time with friends and family and experience the camaraderie we’ve all missed this past year!


This was the write-up for the Leukemia TNT page that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of SC set up for them:

The Jewel Tri is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), and here’s our why: Maddie,* one of our Lake Murray paddlers, a triathlete and dear friend, was recently diagnosed with leukemia just a few weeks ago (May 2021). Maddie and her husband have had an incredible influence on the Columbia and Lexington athletic communities in countless ways. If it wasn’t for this wonderful person and her husband of 52 years, many in this area would still be sitting on their couches wishing they could be one of those people they see outside training for a marathon…wishing they could bike up Mt. Mitchell…wishing they could do a triathlon. Maddie and her husband don’t do it to stand on a podium, although they sometimes do. They do it because they understand all the positive benefits that come from helping to form and train with an egalitarian community of like-minded people. They do it for the joy of being with each other, cheering each other on, and the camaraderie and true friendships that formed within that community. They do it for health. They do it because they can.

There’s also a common tie to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that The Jewel Tri has with this athlete. Maddie and her husband ran their first marathon over 20 years ago for Leukemia Team in Training (TNT) to raise money, as I did my first triathlon for Leukemia TNT in 2000. Coincidence? I think not. The threads are countless of how this couple has influenced me and others in such positive ways over the last 15 or so years since I first met them. They even rescued me from Goat Island after a long paddle training session that went wrong on Lake Murray about two years ago. They’re the kind of couple that, “When a friend asks for help, you help ’em.” No hesitation. Oh I have so many good stories about them. So of course when we found out about Maddie’s diagnosis, it was a no-brainer that The Jewel Tri help out the same organization that helped give us better lives through pushing our limits to do something we’d never done to raise money for LLS. Because of Leukemia TNT all those years ago, we became bigger selves and continued to grow to be active in many other ways (like paddling), as well as encourage others that they can do it, too.

While you read this, Maddie is probably walking the floors of a hospital in downtown Columbia, tiring out the nurses as they watch her on the move through the hallways. She may be looking down on the street from her window to see her friends gather to throw her another little parade, dancing on the street corner to let her know everyone is rooting for her. She may be holding hands with her husband — all while continuing to receive her first round of treatments.

The Jewel Tri is raising funds through this event in honor of our dear friend Maddie to bring awareness and help find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. There will also be a silent auction for local artwork and goods at this event. Proceeds will go to help fund treatments that save lives every day; like immunotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. You may not know it, but every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these. 


John Beausang
Writer, Small Business Owner Father, Husband, Paddler, Surfer Sixers & Eagles Fan Proudly Independent Publisher, @distressdmullet Co-Founder @Paddlemonster



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