This Saturday, October 5th, is a favorite event, the IOP Connector Run. It’s the 27th annual installment of the popular 5K and 10K, officially known as the Isle of Palms Run and Walk for the Child.
Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome to take part, and it’s all for a good cause.
The race is subtitled “…A 5K & 10K Charity Race to Raise Money for the Healing and Prevention of Child Abuse in Charleston, SC.” Proceeds go toward children’s advocacy programs in the Lowcountry.
Organizers have described the IOP Connector Run this way:
“This Run/Walk is the most scenic on the East Coast, providing panoramic early morning views of the Intracoastal Waterway as you walk and run from the Isle of Palms over the marsh towards Mount Pleasant. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the sunrise, and a wide variety of coastal birds and passing boats with thousands of other walkers and runners as well as a fabulous After Party with fun & games, kids’ activities, snacks, beer garden, and Live Music. All of this while helping the Exchange Club of Isle of Palms raise money for the prevention of child abuse!”
Some Specs on the IOP Connector Run
The race begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The start line is right next to Exclusive Properties’ office, on Palm Boulevard near J. C. Long Boulevard. 5K runners or walkers go halfway over the Connector, then loop back. 10K-ers go all the way over to Mount Pleasant, near the entrance to Seaside Farms, then loop back to the IOP. Unlike many area runs, strollers are welcome.
The race is organized by the City of Isle of Palms, the Town of Mount Pleasant, and both towns’ Exchange Clubs. Exclusive Properties is proud to be one of the event sponsors.
The post-race after party has evolved into quite a bash, with beer garden for those participants 21 and over (bring ID), food, live music and a special kids’ entertainment area.
Important note: the IOP Connector will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning. They will reopen the Connector around 10:30 a.m. when the last runners and walkers and all the course markings are cleared. Between those times, you’ll have to access/leave the Isle of Palms via Breach Inlet and Sullivan’s Island.
Yet more pumpkins
As I shared in that last blog, Boone Hall Plantation is a great place to find the perfect pumpkin. Their pumpkin patch officially opened today and will stay open through Halloween. And it’s not just about the pumpkins. There are also plenty of fun activities for the kids of all ages like a petting zoo, hayride, climbing wall, giant inflatables, not to mention their awesome corn maze.
Well, the good folks at Hulafrog came up with a list of the top five places around the Lowcountry to get a pumpkin. Yes, Boone Hall is number one on the list… but there are some other great options. One popular choice is Hibben Methodist Church, located on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. That’s across the street (more or less) from the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. I drove by there the other day and saw a few families picking out just the right pumpkin. An added plus is that proceeds go to charity.
Read the whole list here.
By the way, pumpkins aren’t just good for decorating. They are also incredibly versatile in cooking. Here’s a post with ten delicious and healthy ways to use pumpkin in the kitchen.
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