The James Island Connector Run is October 24, 2015, and the run begins and ends in Cannon Park, located in historic Downtown Charleston.
You can register for the race online. To save $5 off your registration fee, use the promotional code Scott15.
In the spirit of the Friday Five linkup, here are five reasons to run the James Island Connector Run.
1.) Beautiful Course.
The James Island Connector Run is arguably one of the most beautiful race courses in Charleston. The Connector isn’t open for everyday running, so this race is your one chance each year to run it legally. The course certainly isn’t flat, but the challenge makes you feel proud of your accomplishment.
2.) Something for Everyone.
The James Island Connector Run celebrates athletes of all abilities. Walkers are welcome, as well as runners with strollers and leashed dogs. If you are a faster runner, the race offers very nice overall and age group awards. Since the race offers 5K and 10K options, you can pick your distance poison.
If you don’t run or just want something different, this is one of the few races that offers a 10K bike ride as well.
3.) Great Cause.
Race proceeds benefit the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, which awards annual scholarships to students with physical disabilities. The scholarships help Lowcountry students who might not have many other options attend the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University. I love the cause of the race and how you can see where your money goes because the students who receive the scholarships attend packet pick up and the race.
4.) After Party.
The after party is one of the best in Charleston. Last year’s party featured tons of refreshments, bands, sponsor tables with free stuff, and free beer. The free beer was unlimited instead of using tickets on bibs like many races.
5.) Finisher’s Medal.
If you run for bling, you can earn a finisher’s medal. Here’s this year’s medal:
Every runner takes a risk and goes out of his or her comfort zone to sign up for a race, so every runner is a winner. All runners train hard, including those who are not competitive to win age group awards. Finisher’s medals let everyone leave with a token of their accomplishment.
Medals are for the first 1,600 finishers. In 2014, the event had 1,006 finishers, so you have a great chance of earning a medal.
Once again, you can register for the race here. Enter the promotional code Scott15 to save $5 off your registration fee. In my case, that’s a trip to Starbucks on the drive home.
I hope to see you on October 24 at 8:30 AM!