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A Fast-Paced Drag Race in the Charleston Harbor

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is excited to be a part of the Fort2Battery Race in Charleston, SC on April 11. Read more about this unique and exciting event in today's blog.

Imagine kite boards, ultra­-high-performance catamarans, windsurfers and hydrofoil Moths all sailing together in beautiful South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor on a glorious spring day. Add to it the excitement of speed and competition, and you have a drag race, specifically the Fort2Battery Race. This 3.8 mile drag race is in its second year and is the largest of its type in the U. S. The roster is full this year with more than 70 participants. As one of the sponsors, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen will protect the racers from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. By providing individual packs of sunscreen to the participants and the race committee team, Blue Lizard will take away the worry of sunburn and skin damage and let the racers concentrate on getting over the finish line.

Tim Fitzgerald, the founder and coordinator of the Fort2Battery Race, has a strong allegiance to Blue Lizard Sunscreen. After being hired to do outside work, he consulted a friend who is knowledgeable about sunscreens to find the best option to protect his skin in his new job. His friend recommended Blue Lizard and Fitzgerald was amazed at how well it worked. He suffered no ill effects from the sun during the entire time he was on the job. When planning his new event, Fitzgerald wanted to encourage racers to protect their skin. He immediately thought of Blue Lizard. “It was the only phone call I made to a sunscreen company and I was delighted when they agreed to become a sponsor,” Fitzgerald said. “There is always the possibility during the race that people will get dumped into the water. One great thing about Blue Lizard is its water resistance. Very important in a drag race!”

The Fort2Battery Race is the brainchild of Fitzgerald. Although the race only lasts 15 minutes, it is quite a sight to see. This is the only drag race where kite boards and hydrofoil Moths compete. For all of you out there new to this sport, a hydrofoil Moth is a dinghy that flies above the water rather than floating on it. As its speed increases, the hull is actually lifted out of the water, reducing drag and making the boat capable of going twice the speed of the wind.

On Saturday, April 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. (if the wind cooperates!) you could witness expert-level racers going more than 30mph, each clad in crash helmets and impact vests. It is a beautiful, exciting, chaotic event enjoyed by people of all ages. If you can’t be there in person, catch the live stream via Sailing Anarchy.  

After the race, all participants join the fun at the awards party with drinks provided by Palmetto Brewery. The awards range from the serious, such as overall winner and placing in your individual craft, to the prestigious Most Stylish Finish (costume, wipeout, etc.). A new part of the event this year is the auction. Local businesses have been generous with their donations and the proceeds will benefit the Charleston Youth Kite boarders ( the kite boarding team at the University of Charleston.

For more information about the Fort2Battery Race, visit:

Written by Jo Northup

April 09, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff

Blue Lizard is An Official Sponsor of 2015 Family Circle Cup in Charleston, SC

The Family Circle Cup is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world, and this year’s event will be held on April 4-12 in Charleston, SC on Daniel Island. Blue Lizard is proud to be a sponsor for the first time at the Family Circle Cup’s 43rd annual tournament

As one of the hottest tickets in professional sports, the Family Circle Cup features 13 matches throughout the two-week tournament.  The tournament receives four days of live broadcast domestically on ESPN2, and is viewed internationally in more than 143 countries, featuring more than 200 hours of live and delayed global broadcast time, reaching nine million+ viewers worldwide.

The world-class player field forming for the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island is headed up by eight of the top 20 players in the world. Five additional players will join the field via Wild Card entry. The Family Circle Cup’s 56-player draw is made up of 43 direct entries into the tournament, five wild cards and eight qualifiers.

At the top of the Family Circle Cup player field is Ekaterina Makarova. This year will mark her first time playing Charleston in five years. Current Family Circle Cup champion Andrea Petkvoic had a major comeback during the 2013-2014 season and will be again vying for another Family Circle Cup win.

Lucie Safarova will play Charleston for her fifth time in 2015. Safarova reached an additional four quarterfinals following the 2014 Family Circle Cup, as well as the semifinals at Wimbledon and Moscow. Most recently, she won the title in Doha in February 2015. Rounding out the top-four in Charleston’s player field is Sara Errani. This year’s tournament will be her third time playing the Family Circle Cup. Errani won her first title of 2015 in Rio de Janeiro.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen will be in the Sponsor Row area every day during the tournament, where we will be selling our products and exclusive Blue Lizard tennis towels. We will have kiosks available throughout the stadium where spectators can apply our sunscreen free-of-charge and we’ll also have some samples to give away at our booth.

On Saturday, April 11, from 1 to 3 p.m., Blue Lizard will also be offering a free skin cancer screening at our booth.

If you’ll be attending any of the tournament, be sure to stop by and visit the Blue Lizard booth and get your protection before you sit out in the hot South Carolina sun.

To learn more about the Family Circle Cup, visit

March 30, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff

The Lizard to Race in Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC on March 28

Have you ever seen a Blue Lizard run a 10K? You’ll get a chance when the Blue Lizard dons his running gear and tackles the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC on March 28.

Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is excited to be a sponsor of the 2015 Cooper River Bridge Run. The 10K race, now in its 38th year, begins in the Charleston suburb of Mt. Pleasant, proceeds over the famous Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge and ends in historic downtown Charleston at Marion Square.

The Cooper River Bridge Run began in 1978 when Dr. Marcus Newberry of MUSC was inspired by a running track constructed by Bonnie Bell Cosmetics to encourage their employees to run and stay fit. He wanted to get the Charleston community involved in running and fitness and thought a run across the bridge would do it. He partnered with Terry Hamlin, then president of the Charleston Running Club, and set up a committee with representatives from notable Charleston colleges and businesses and organized the first race with 340 runners. Today, the race has more than 50,000 participants and is the largest race in the Carolinas. It is now also one of the largest 10k races in the U.S.

For the first time, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen is a sponsor of the Cooper River Bridge Run and will have an exhibit booth at the race Expo on March 26 from noon to 8 p.m. and on March 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., where we will be selling products and giving away free samples. On race day, Saturday, March 28, Blue Lizard will also be on site at the race where staff will hand out sunscreen samples and have gallons of sunscreen on hand for runners to use.

Our Blue Lizard mascot will run the race along with Jeff Bedard, Crown Laboratories founder and CEO, Gaylord VanGuilder, Crown Laboratories vice president of commercial operations, and the eight winners of our Cooper River Bridge Run Facebook contest. They all will be sporting their Blue Lizard gear as they climb the bridge and run towards downtown Charleston.

You also won’t want to miss the excitement as members of Team Fastrax, a professional skydiving team, drop into the race with their official Blue Lizard parachute!

If you are running the race or live in Charleston, SC, be sure to stop by and visit the Blue Lizard booth at the Cooper River Bridge Run.

For more information on the Cooper River Bridge Run, visit

Written by Cristi Driver


March 23, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff
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