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Swim, bike and run your way to the finish line at Tri the Midlands

Chris Laskowski5/20/2015  |  Categories: Events
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Looking to get put those athletic skills to the test? We have just the thing for you! The Tri the Midlands sprint triathlon returns to Lake Carolina on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. Athletes can suit up and hit the finish line for an 8am race start. The event includes a 500m swim, a 14 mile bike and a 5km run. The lake swim is a triangular course, beginner-friendly and is a deep-water start.

Rural, rolling hills account for most of the 14-mile bike ride that begins and ends at the entrance of Lake Carolina. The event finishes with a 5km run through the scenic trails of Lake Carolina and ends on the Village Green.

The finish line area includes open space for spectators, family and friends to watch and cheer on participants. From the Village Green, spectators can see parts of both the biking and running portions of the race. Those of ages 10 years and older are welcome to register and participate in the event. The Hampton Inn in Northeast Columbia is the host hotel for Tri the Midlands 2015. This event is part of the South Carolina Triathlon Series and is a USA Triathlon sanctioned triathlon.

There a variety of registration categories for the race, as well as early registration and easy online access to all the event details. For more information, visit the Set Up Events page for Tri the Midlands. Imagine living somewhere where there is always an event to get involved in. Looking for master planned communities in Columbia, South Carolina? Lake Carolina is a premier, active community with homes for sale in Columbia, SC.

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Plan Your Perfect Lake Carolina Memorial Day Party

Chris Laskowski4/22/2015  |  Categories: Events
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It might be a month away, but this is the perfect time to start getting prepped for a memorable and relaxing Memorial Day get together for your family and friends. Whether you’ve planned a party before or you’re new to the game, it’s always best to be organized and ready for the big day. Don’t worry! We’ve broken it all down for you step-by-step so you can host a party that will be one for the books.

Your Guests
Who will be there? Assemble a list of potential guests and decide how you will deliver invitations. If you plan on sending individual cards in the mail, be sure that you have the correct address for everyone on the list. Email is a much more modern and efficient way to send your invitations and makes keeping track of RSVP’s a lot easier. Try a program like to create and customize personal e-invitations for your party. Be sure to have a good estimate on the final guest list so you have enough food and beverage.

Prep a menu of appetizers, main dishes, sides, snacks, desserts and beverages. Be sure to accommodate to food allergies like gluten and peanut or preferences like vegetarian or vegan. Most dishes can be altered slightly to please everyone! Kid friendly snacks and drinks like chips, crackers and juice boxes are great to have on hand to make sure no one is hungry. Always say yes if guests offer to bring something to your gathering - the more variety, the better! Be conscious of the weather when designing your menu as you don’t want the sunshine to spoil or melt any of your food. Stock up on plates, napkins, cutlery, cups, straws and ice before the party. Extra is always better!

Get creative! Think bright shades of red, white and blue. Mini American flags, hanging lights, streamers and balloons all help set a festive mood! Design small centerpieces with mason jars, flowers, tea light candles or small flags that your guests can take home with them after the party! Ribbon can add some pizazz to any of your furniture, coolers or light fixtures. Party planning stores often have an abundance of themed-decorations as May 25th inches closer.

Set-up and Last Minute Items
Keep your eye on the weather forecast as the day of your party approaches. Be sure to have sunscreen, bug spray and trash cans ready to put out. Labeling is a great way to make your guests feel more comfortable in your home and know where things are, which saves you from answer the same question 20 times! Let your guests know where the bathroom is, where they can drop their shoes and handbags and where they can get ice and beverages. Select a few games that guests can play (both children and adults) and leave a few decks of cards out, too! Food and beverages should be the last things to set up.

Your Memorial Day party in Lake Carolina will be enjoyed by all. Make your get together your own! Add variety and spice it up, this is simply a checklist and a way to stay organized and on track. If you are looking for a custom home builder in Columbia, South Carolina, be sure to explore Lake Carolina for master planned communities.

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