On your mark, get set  – run the Connector right near your luxury house on Isle of Palms!

If you happen to be staying in a Charleston beach house right now, especially in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, you may have noticed an unusually high number of people running on the IOP Connector.  It’s always a popular running/walking thoroughfare, but lately even more so than usual.

That’s because they are training for this weekend’s big event.  It’s the Isle of Palms Run and Walk for the Child  –  an annual 5K and 10K race that draws runners and walkers of all levels to the island.

IOP Connector Run going on tomorrow near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

IOP Connector Run going on tomorrow near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

The race is subtitled “…For the Prevention of Child Abuse & Healing those Affected in Charleston,” and proceeds go toward advocacy programs for children in the area.  It’s done a lot of good over the years while also proving to be a fun event.

This is the 24th installment of the race, and over the years it’s raised more than $1 million for this very worthy cause.

This year’s recipients who will benefit include:

  • Windwood Farms & Family Services
  • Lowcountry Orphan Relief
  • Carolina Youth & Development Center
  • Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center

Race specs near your luxury house on Isle of Palms…

It takes place this Saturday, October 1st, with the race itself beginning at 8:00 a.m.  The start line is on Palm Boulevard near J. C. Long Boulevard, right next to our office for luxury beach house rentals SC.  If you are taking part, you could literally jog from your luxury house on Isle of Palms to the start line, to get in a little warm-up in before the race!

For the 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) before looping back.

Early or online registration is over now, but you can still run the race.  You can register in person at the packet pickup today (Friday, September 30th) between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at East Cooper Hospital, or the morning of the race between 6:00-7:00 a.m.  Just bring your completed race form (see links below) along with your payment; the cost is $40.  You can also give more that the required amount, and it will count as a donation to the truly worthy cause.

Register as soon as possible to hopefully get a goody package and T-shirt as well.  This year, participant T-shirts are Carolina blue, volunteers are yellow, and staff are red.

The race is organized by the City of Isle of Palms and the Town of Mount Pleasant as well as the Exchange Clubs of both towns.  Grand Marshall this year will be Elizabeth Grantham, of the Isle of Palms Exchange Club, who was just elected National Exchange Club President this summer.

It has a slew of sponsors with the main presenting sponsor being MAHLE.  Others include East Cooper Medical Center, Harris-Teeter, Crews Subaru and the Isle of Palms Marina.

The post-race party has evolved into quite a bash.  There is a complimentary beer garden for those 21 and over (bring ID), live music and awards as well as a special kids’ entertainment area.

Why not run the Connector near your luxury house on Isle of Palms?

Why not run the Connector near your luxury house on Isle of Palms?

Note to those staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals  – if you’re coming to or leaving the Isle that morning, the IOP Connector will be closed to vehicular traffic, from about 7:00 a.m. until approx. 11:30 a.m.  You will need to access or leave the island via Breach Inlet and Sullivan’s Island.

If you are in one of our SC vacation rentals off the island, for example if you’re in one of the many Folly Beach rentals Charleston and want to run the race, you want to arrive early to find parking.  There is paid parking available at the Isle of Palms County Park or along Ocean Boulevard.  If you park along residential streets, remember that your tires must be at least four feet off the pavement or they WILL write you a ticket.

Links for the race near your luxury house on Isle of Palms…

Here’s the official website with all the info, including online registration: http://ioprun.com/

Staying in a beach house Charleston is a great way to experience the race.  Here’s the IOP’s page for the event:   http://www.iop.net/iop-connector-run

Here’s the race’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/iopconnectorrun

As always, remember  –  if you are looking for rental homes South Carolina , namely beach house rentals Charleston SC, to contact Exclusive Properties.  We can hook you up with the best luxury house on Isle of Palms, right near a really run 5K/10K annual event.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger