|Saluda Pig Out
Everyone is invited to a FREE BBQ dinner for the Saluda Community sponsored by a group of people who love living in Saluda and want to throw a party for the WHOLE TOWN!!
Saturday, September 22, 2007 from 4:00-7:00pm at McCreery Park. Please bring a lawn chair and your favorite dessert! To VOLUNTEER please call Charlie and Judy Ward at 828-749-1349.
If you would like to contribute to the BBQ fund, please contact Charlie and Judy.
**Sorry no takeouts.
|Saluda Community Library-Children's Programs
SEPT 5 10:30am Library Card Preschool Storytime
Sept 12 10:30am Grandparents Day Storytime
Sept 19 10:30am "Talk Like A Pirate Day" Preschool Storytime
Sept 26 10:30am Peace Preschool Storytime
Sept 27 7:00pm "Bedtime Stories" Family Storytime. Wear P.J.'S, Bring Blankies, Teddies And Other Special Friends.
For more information about children's programming at the Polk County Library, call Joy Sharp at 894-8721.
Painting of the Saluda Library by Paul Koenen and can be purchased at Saluda Fine Arts. A percentage of the proceeds go to the Saluda Library.
Saluda School Calendar
August 27-First Day of School!
September 3 -Labor Day Holiday-No School
September 10 - 21st Century Builder's Club Afterschool Program Begins
September 26--1/2 Day for Students-School will dismiss at 11:30 am
|Saluda School in "Our State" Magazine
Don't miss the article, "History Lessons," by Marla Hardee Milling in the September Issue of "Our State" magazine.
The article is about teacher, Carlann Scherpeng's idea for her fourth grade class to write history books about Saluda "through the eyes" of Saluda residents.
Saludians are familiar with these books on Saluda's churches, buildings, artists, and folklore. You can purchase these books at M.A. Pace General Store.
This is a great salute to Ms. Scherpeng 's creative spirit and she will surely be missed upon her retirement after this year.
|Saluda Garden Club
The Saluda Garden Club will be meeting on September 17.
Members and visitors will meet at 10:00 at the library for a field trip to the Arboretum. Lunch will follow and we will return to Saluda by approximately 2:00. For further details call Sandra Rocks 828-749-5971.
Tip of the month: To keep your plastic pots looking as good as your plants, try the following: After purchasing, wash any gum from sticker labels or other unwanted material from the outside of the pot. Apply a thin coat of paste wax, let dry, and rub down. Voila! New pot stays new!
|Saluda Senior Center
Senior Center is open to the public and welcomes all Saluda citizens (at any age) to join in the activities and programs offered.
Monday Activities Schedule
9:00 Walking Group
9:30 Line dancing
1:00 Art class
(Closed Labor Day Sept 3)
Tuesday Activities Schedule
2:15 Chair Exercise
Wednesday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
12:30 Gentle Yoga
6:00 Vinyasa Yoga
Thursday Activities Schedule
9:30 Knitting Group
6:00 Vinyasa Yoga
7:15 Beginner's meditation
September 13-2:30 Board Meeting
Friday Activities Schedule
9:30 Walking Group
10:00 Trash Train
10:00 Chair Exercise
September 14, Birthday Celebration
9:15 Silent meditation
September 16 Pearson Family Reunionat 11:30-3:30
The Senior Center serves warm nutritious lunches Monday through Friday from 11:30-12:30 at a cost of $3.00 a person.
The Saluda Senior Center provides many services to the growing retirement community in Saluda. Volunteers to provide these services are needed.
They encourage you to share your time to help deliver meals on wheels or work in A Thrifty Barn retail shop.
For more information about activities at Saluda Senior Center call Donna at 828-749-9245.
Basement Sale at A Thrifty Barn first and third Saturdays of the month.........great bargains!
| Message from Proprietors of Thompson Store and Ward's Grill
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that have continued your faithful patronage at Thompson's Store/Ward's Grill. It is a great pleasure for us to serve you, and keep this traditional grocery store, meat market and grill up and running. Of course, we cannot do it without you! As Larry often tells folks, "our motto is - buy much and buy often".
If you haven't done so, please stop in and try one of our 21 flavors of drinks in glass bottles (including RC, and yes, we have the Moon Pies)! Larry has been making the sausage for five months with no complaints. We still have the hickory smoked bacon, steaks, chops and chicken. Amish butter, cut to order hoop cheese, organic milk, eggs and other items have been added to our inventory. Also, we are serving eight flavors of Edy's ice cream in Ward's Grill.
Our present hours are Monday - Wednesday 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Thursday - Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. We serve ice cream in the grill until 8:00 p.m. Thursday - Saturday as well as during the grill's regular business hours of 6:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We do appreciate your comments and feedback, and invite you to communicate with us.
By Larry and Debbie Jackson
|John Vining to Speak
The Saluda Community Tree Preservation Association welcomes John Vining, Polk County, Extension Director. Mr. Vining will discuss "Native Trees and Shrubs--Why plant in the Fall?" A questions and answer period will follow. Everyone is welcome!
Place: Saluda Community Library (Conference Room)
Date: Wednesday, September 19
By Ruth Anderson
|Saluda Church Services
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration
The Reverend Paula C. Morton
8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite I
9:15 a.m. - Sunday School
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist - Rite II with music.
The Reverend Gene Witherspoon
Adult SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
Saluda First Baptist Church
Welcome new pastor, David Webb
SS 9:45 am
Worship Service 11 am & 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 pm
Saluda Methodist Church
The Reverend Tony Sayer
SS 10:00 am
Worship Service 11:00 am
This fall, the Saluda Senior Center will offer a new class each Monday at 5:30 pm. The class is called DansKinetics and will begin on September 10th.
What is DansKinetics? DansKinetics is an exercise class--and More! It is moving to all types of music. Classes begin with slow, simple stretching and warm up to guided and free dance movements. Classes then end gently with a cool down and a meditation to music. No experience is necessary. All ages and body types are welcome. Classes are an hour long and participants move barefooted in a carpeted room. Long, light pants are suggested since 25 minutes of the class are spent stretching on the floor.
Classes are $10 each. Donations from seniors are appreciated. DansKinetics is taught by Jo Rytter, a certified Kripalu DansKinetics Instructor. The Kripalu Center is a world renowned institute located in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and is dedicated to the advancement of yoga and health (www.kripalu.org).
Jo has been giving free demo's of DansKinetics at the Saluda Senior Center this summer. She has also taught classes at the Mt. Nittany Institute of Natural Health (http://mtnittanyinstitute.com/) for four years in State College, PA, classes at the Bloomsburg and Penn State's Women's Conferences and a 'Relax with Movement' class for the HealthMatters Program at Penn State. She has also taught movement classes at the Centre Crest Nursing Home in Bellefonte, PA. All participants were in wheel chairs.
Jo draws from a lifetime of exercising and movement. She has participated in other dance workshops which include:
- 'Energize' a YogaRhythmics workshop with Connie Miller, NJ.
- The Halprin Life/Dance Process: A Moving Way, with Anna Halprin, Omega Institute, MA, workshop.
- DansKinetics: Grace in Motion workshop, Kripalu Institute of Yoga and Health.
For additional info contact Jo at:
|What makes Saluda So Special?
And why does everyone say " I want it to stay just like it is."?
Could it be because strangers nod and speak to each other? Could it be that our shady trees and hillsides say "slow down, relax and enjoy a simpler life"?
Something about this place calls people. Some families have been coming here during the summer for generations and many have moved here permanently.
Many newcomers have joined us. They often say "Now that I'm here, close the gate." But, the bitter reality is that as long as there is unrestricted land for sale, the gate will be left wide open.
Now there is a group of Saluda folks who are actually "doing something" to address the problem of unwanted development threatening to change the face of Saluda forever. There are some things that Saluda could use that would benefit those of us living here: maybe a small drugstore, or a fresh produce market, an auto repair shop, a greenway, a natural recreation area. But there are many things that we don't need or want, such as a Holiday Inn or a Walmart. Without a concentrated effort by a dedicated group of us Saludians, the market only will dictate what happens to Saluda, and what is good for the global market may not be good for Saluda.
Pick up a flyer about the newly established Saluda Community Land Trust at the library, at City Hall, or at businesses along Main Street. Become a member, a helper, an investor. If all of us with means put 10% of our investments in our Saluda community for the next 5 years, we can "keep Saluda like it is". We can protect our most valuable investment: where we live. Let's stop talking about the problem and be part of the solution!
For more information contact Betsy Burdette at 828-749-2161.
By Betsy Burdette
|Apple Festival Started in Saluda
During the prosperous 30's, the first Apple Festival in the state was held in Saluda under the guidance of Henry P. Corwith, a horticulturist who had a modern experimental orchard on what is now Ozone Road. Queens and kings were crowned, and exhibits were displayed of prize fruit. Elizabeth Cooper (Nabors) and Doris Carey-Elwes (Pace) were queens for the two years of the festival. The advent of World War II put a damper on the festival and when it was resumed it was held in Hendersonville.
North Carolina Apple Festival celebrates its 61st year and runs from August 31 to September 3.
Excerpt from "Saluda, NC 100 Years" with permission of Charlene Pace, co-author and publisher.
Photo is Queen Elizabeth Cooper at Copisa Orchard and Jack Coates. This picture was used as cover for state magazine.
Summer Sunday Art September Schedule at Saluda Fine Arts
Saluda Fine Arts, 46 E. Main St., Saluda NC, continues its Summer Sunday Art series of free workshops and demonstrations. Each Sunday afternoon the gallery will be open from 2 - 5. The art events begin at 3, and the public is invited.
The September schedule is as follows:
September 2 John Waddill demonstrates several different ways to begin a painting.
September 9 Dot Brown demonstrates layering color using pastel. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own pastel art.
September 16 Beverly Pickard demonstrates oil portrait painting. There will be a model.
September 23 Gloria Ross will demonstrate and teach participants how to create art with stone clay. This workshop is appropriate for and can be enjoyed by all ages. Materials will be provided
September 30 Joshua A. Grubbs demonstrates drawing portraits and provides instruction for participants. There will be a model.
Heartwood Gallery presents local photographer, Alice Payne August 1 - September 25. Photography has been Alice's passion since childhood. Growing up in the mountains of southwestern Virginia, she spent her childhood pointing her Kodak Brownie camera at the things she loves--nature and animals.
Now she uses state of the art professional equipment to bring us all into the heart of flowers or to show us all a beautiful mountain scene, a sunrise, or sunset.Alice lives on a mountain in western North Carolina with her husband, four dogs and six cats.
Free Fall Saluda Serenade of classical guitar concerts by Robert Gruca, Marcos Diaz and Francois Fowler on Sept 6, 26; Oct 20, 7:00-8:00 pm (no late seating) at the Saluda Library Conference Room. This program is made possible by the Saluda Fund and Polk County Library and the Wofford College Troubadour Series. For more information please call 864-597-4788 or 828-749-2010.
For details on the artists click on the picture:
Robert Gruca, Sept 6
Francois Fowler, Oct 20
Marcos Diaz (No Web Link)
The Purple Onion Sunday night concert series will continue 0n September 30 with Scott Ainslie. Performance starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Contact the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179 to make reservations. Summer Hours at Purple Onion are June 1- August 31 Monday through Saturday--Lunch 11-3, Dinner 5-9.
Meetings to Remember
Town Council meets second Monday of the month at 7:00pm in the meeting room above the Saluda Library.
Saluda Business Association will hold its annual membership "meet and greet" on September 4 at 5:30 at the Purple Onion Courtyard. After a brief meeting, members and visitors will enjoy refreshments. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of the SBA, this is a great event to attend and get to know what the people.
Random Arts September Workshops
6th, 7th, 8th Believe in Yourself Retreat in Blowing Rock, NC
Sat. 15th - Seductive Surfaces with Acrylic (that covers it all) Patti Brady. Patti's class will be a wild mix of cool product uses, tansfers, skins with transfers, faux wax looks,glass bead gel, paper from acrylic fiber gel, crackle paste ideas--and on--it will be fun! $135. The only supplies necessary are paper cups, plastic plates, paper towels and an apron.
Sat. 22nd - Micro Media Collage with CPS Cover Girl, Cheryl Prater from Atlanta, GA
Two parts art instruction and one part stand-up comedy, Cheryl Prater will lead us in creating 12 x 6 dimensional collages. You will explore the benefits of making art everyday, learn some awesome paint techniques, and find out how to use small daily projects as the building blocks for larger pieces. If you liked Cheryl's piece "January Week (Examined)" in CPS Issue 12 pages 66 - 72, you will love creating one using your own ephemera and images. This is the same HIP class Cheryl taught at MIU in Chicago, only bigger and better, it's like MIU-zilla! Cheryl says: Unless you're a total bummer, you're guaranteed to have fun! It's only $90. 10 am till 4pm - see Cheryl blog at: http://www.praterposte.blogspot.com
It's as easy, fast and fun as it can be!
Jim Carson, artist, will hold his fall workshop in Saluda ,Thursday-Saturday , October 25-27 (oil and/or acrylic). The title of the workshop is "Painting Fast and Loose / Eliminating The Unnecessary." There will be an emphasis on simplifying shapes, color harmony, painterly marks, and composition, as well as learning how to apply the paint quickly and confidently. The workshop will be taught over three full days at locations around Saluda, with a "get acquainted party" at Jim's house on Wednesday night, October 24. The cost of the workshop is $300. For more information, please link here Jim Carson.
"MUSIC IS WELL SAID TO BE THE SPEECH OF ANGELS. - Carlyle
This letter is difficult to write because so much emotion is involved. This confirms that Frank & Amy's Front Porch concert activities have been cancelled effective August 25, 2007.
We wish to thank all of our close friends, family and loyal fans for their support during this four year period. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to present some great entertainment, and to have offered a showcase for aspiring talent from the region. Our goal was never to enhance our financial status, quite to the contrary, our out of pocket expenses usually exceeded audience donations. We feel we contributed to the Saluda business community and set a benchmark for decency and integrity in entertainment. So it is with profound regret that we are terminating this musical dream of ours. Best wishes to Saluda and her many friends.
Frank & Amy
"Dance To The Beat" at Saluda Mountain Jamboree will welcome a great band to the stage on Saturday, September 8th. "ALAMO" a cowboy circuit band has become known for its special blend of classic country and southern rock. This band was formed in the summer of 1992 by original members Eddie Moore and Greg Long. They have played at many venues and have opened for nationally signed country acts such as "Confederate Railroad," "Marty Stuart," "David Allan Coe," "Neil McCoy," "Clay Walker, "David Ball," "John Conley," and "David Lee Murphy," just a name a few. They love performing in front of live crowds, but have just recorded and released their first album of original material. The CD titled " My Redneck of the Woods" is their powerful blend of southern rock and country music that has made them a great crowd pleaser. On the stage and off, the level of professionalism and quality of entertainment "ALAMO" brings is sure to make this night of "Dance To The Beat" second to none. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the music is 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm. The admission is $10.00. More information at the web Saluda Mountain Jamboree or call 828-749-3676
Linda and Bob Whitaker are pleased to announce that the Saluda Mountain Jamboree has been selected to be the host site for a 20th Anniversary Celebration of the movie "Dirty Dancing" on Friday, October 12. We are excited to bring to our area a Tribute to this global movie hit.
As many of you will remember, our neighbor community of Lake Lure and the famous Lake Lure Inn was the site where the movie was filmed in 1987. John Mojjis was owner of The Lake Lure Inn at that time. He now resides in Florida, but he will be here on stage to give us some special bits of history about the movie and its filming that only he can bring us.
Also, Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs will be here performing their musical magic on stage!!. Their version of the song "Stay" was used as part of the soundtrack for this popular movie. Maurice and The Zodiacs were presented with a Multi-Platinum Award for selling over 8,000,000 copies of this soundtrack. Since that time it has reputedly become Hollywood's all-time best selling soundtrack.
Harry Turner, a veteran DJ, President of The Beach Music Association, and author of the book "This Magic Moment" will be here as emcee and speaker for this party. Harry has been linked to the music world since the 70's and was a big part of "The Dirty Dancing Review" that took place at the Lake Lure Inn after the movie was released and became such a big hit.
"The Allure Dirty Dancers" who performed in the movie, will be at this Tribute party to dance for us!
"Dirty Dancing Tribute, A 20th Anniversary Celebration" will include some of the original cast, musicians, dancers, photos, props and other nostalgia!! This musical spectacular will bring to Western North Carolina media excitement, visitors, and best of all, memories of a southern summer romance!!.
Tickets go on sale September 1st. Premium table seats are $45.00 each and are limited. All other seats are $30.00 each. Call Saluda Mountain Jamboree 828-749-3676 for ticket information or sponsor information. Cathy Jackson Realty on Main street in Saluda will also have tickets for sale. Get your tickets early and plan on being there on Friday, October 12th, to "Stay just a little bit longer------"
Please check the website Saluda Mountain Jamboree for schedules and bookings. And be sure to tell your friends about the great bands and performances that's coming to The Jamboree!
Photography provided by Dianna Towery.
The Green River Boys are back at Shafer's Roadside Grill (formerly City Club and Grill). They are scheduled to perform September 14 and 28 at 6:00pm. Check their schedule at Green River Boys.
|I Had a Stroke!
by author Joe Adams
But I have got a few good and usable fingers so I am still writing.
I had the stroke out at my house on Lake Sheila. Fortunately a friend of mine was there so he took me to the hospital. If you have not had an experience with Paradee, let me tell you...it's great.
I spent almost all day in the emergency room as they did various tests to determine what happened. I lost a lot of use of my left hand and my left leg. I went all day without breakfast or lunch. Finally Tony (an angel of a guy) went and got me a sandwich. It had a big slice of tomato which tasted like it had come right out of someone's garden.
They finally admitted me to the hospital and I was there for 4 days. My wife and daughter came up from South Carolina. They wanted to take me back down to Savannah where they have a great rehab hospital for people who have had strokes.
But medical transportation was a problem. One place wanted $7,000. Can you imagine? I guess they figured we were "summer people" and could afford it. I didn't come to town on a truckload of watermelons, but I thought maybe I should go home that way. I told my wife to see if she could find somebody that had a pickup truck with a mattress in the back. Maybe a truck stop lizard. But she was more creative. She called a limo service and they took me all the way to Savannah for $432...a lot more reasonable. It wasn't covered by insurance, but neither was the $7,000 ride.
My grandson wanted to ride in the limo wiyh me. I think he was counting on one of those white stretch limos. But I told him, "We aren't going to a prom, kid." It was just a black Lincoln, but very comfortable. We looked like a couple of rock stars when we pulled into the rehab hospital.
I have missed the best part of summer at Lake Sheila, but it can't be helped/ The doc expects I will have a fast and full recovery. I might be back by Labor Day, but the doc said "Not that fast."
This is a wonderful place here. Almost like a spa if you can overlook the walkers and the wheelchairs. And the food. I've been craving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I am a man with a plain palate. They had them on the menu as a supper item last week. But they brought me spaghetti instead. I'm having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as soon as I go home. I might have one in the car.
NOTE: Joe Adams is scheduled to do a "Folk Art Workshop" at Saluda Fine Arts October 28 from 3-5.Click here America Oh Yes! to see his collection and learn more about Joe.
|The latest news and the unusual offerings provided by Saluda shops, restaurants, artists, and craftspeople
Congratulations to the Saluda Business Association for receiving a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the NC State "Litter Sweep Spring Cleanup Campaign." This was awarded to the SBA "for commitment to preserving the environment of North Carolina." SBA members led by Ben Iobst picked up trash along Hwy 176 to Hendersonville last spring on the advent of our record-breaking "wind storm."
Random Arts on Main Street is " off the charts" with all the exciting things happening there this summer.To begin with, they have just released a long awaited and newly designed T-Shirt.
It has the look of vintage nature with bold earth tone colors and subtle well worn falling leaves with distressed lettering. Their new T-Shirt truly reflects the energetic and creative tone of their shop.
To add to all the excitement, Jane was invited to teach in Orvieto, Italy in 2008 with Kristi Steiner.
Visit her shop in downtown Saluda or online at: Random Arts.
Random Arts in the News--Read all about it! Read all about it! Read all about it! We are in the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors (Sept/Oct '07). Those creative geniuses there couldn't hold back any longer after all they have been hearing about us. It had to happen sooner or later and later is NOW. Be sure to get your copy and see for yourself what everyone loves about Random Arts. We have ordered lots of copies so there will be one here for you when you get here. We can also send a copy to you as well. But, if your anxious about making sure there's one left for you, call us and we will hold one for you.
Random Arts NEW DESIGNS - 6 x 6 double sided cardstock papers from Memory Box, and new 6 x 6 papers from Basic Grey.
Somerset Studio - Sept/Oct '07 Now available
Take Ten with 500 samples of quick and easy stamped cards
Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine - beadwork, mixed media, polymer clay, wirework
Collage for your Creative Spirit Calendar 2008 now available
This calendar was not published for '07 with much disappointment to all of us but with all of our enthusiastic suggestions it is here again for '08.
We have an limited supply so call to reserve your copy or stop by.
An exciting renaissance in the form of collage, assemblage and mixed media is awakening a world community of women artists. Collage offers creative self-expression for people at every skill level to discover the joy that comes from making art. The Collage for Your Creative Spirit 2008 wall calendar celebrates the journey to find the artist within, to shift the mind from artwork to artplay!
Bird Punch with delicate branch and leaf detail
Holly Punch - newly designed with sweet little berries, too! Get a jump on the holidays!
Mixed Media Collage Book by Holly Harrison
Compendium Post Cards and Journals - Great Price - Great Gift
Holiday Stamps from Stampington
Bird, nest and wire unmounted stamps from Stampington
Random Arts Shop Hours Tues - Sat 10 am till 5pm, 50 E. Main St., Saluda, NC 28773, 828-749-1165.
Dale and Donna Potruski have recently taken over The Oaks Bed and Breakfast, on Greenville Street. They have been keeping busy through the transition and a steady summer season. They would love to meet you. Stop by and take a tour. The Oaks Bed and Breakfast's NEW telephone listing is 828.749.2000 and email is email@example.com.
The new development off Hwy 176 (off Corsica), Tip Top Ridge has been renamed to Saluda Heights. Owner and developer, Bob Thompson stated the name was changed to better reflect the character of the architecture of the style of homes and the village-like community.
|Property of the Month
Pearson Falls Cabin
Sit on the front deck of this cottage and listen to the sound of rushing water as it flows underneath. Hike the wooded trails or stroll into Saluda for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Town is so close, yet you can feel miles away when nestled among the trees and beside the creek. Leave your cares at home when you come to enjoy your Saluda Retreat on Pearson Falls Road in this one bedroom, one bath cottage. Offered at $134,900.
For more information or to schedule a showing of this property please contact Cathy Jackson Realty at 828-749-3504 or visit Cathy Jackson Realty to get more information and see additional photos.
Portage To The Pavement For CJD
October, 13 2007.
"Pedals To Paddles" is a new non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising
awareness about CJD, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease( CJD ). CJD is a rare, 100% fatal brain disorder. Our First Annual Cycling event is scheduled for October 13, 2007. It will begin at 8:00 A.M. in Saluda, North Carolina. We will cycle through some of the most beautiful scenery in our area, including Poinsett Bridge, the oldest surviving bridge in South Carolina.
The route continues looping through Campbell's Covered Bridge, the ONLY STANDING COVERED BRIDGE left in South Carolina. Our journey will consist of a 47 mile loop ending back in Saluda. Proceeds will go to the CJD Foundation. If you cannot participate consider making a donation.
Donations can be sent to Pedals To Paddles at 1923 Gentry Memorial Highway, Easley SC 29640. If you would like more information, please go to Pedals to Paddles.
|Saluda Resident is Ironman
Local Saluda resident Richard Rauschenbach completed the inaugural Ford Ironman in Louisville, KY, August 26, 2007. The 2.4 mile swim took place in the Ohio River and the 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run took competitors throughout various areas of Louisville and parts of Indiana. More than 2,100 athletes from 49 states and more than 20 countries started the event in hopes of completing it before the cut off time of 17 hours. Rauschenbach has competed in triathlons since 1987, but never an Ironman. He wanted to mark his 40th year with something special. Rauschenbach completed the 140.6-mile event in 13 hours and 2 minutes. His son Wylie and wife Joni were by his side cheering him to the finish line. Rich is a volunteer with the Saluda Fire Department and also owns the Saluda Inn.
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