IOP Connector run photo

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, despite any raindrops.  Runners are a hardy lot, after all.

That’s because they are training for this weekend’s big event.  It’s the 23rd annual Isle of Palms Run and Walk for the Child  –  a popular 5K and 10K race that draws runners and walkers of all levels to the island.

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.

It takes place this Saturday, October 3rd, 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.

Registration hopefully grants you a cool Sport-Tek T-shirt (guaranteed to the first 1,200).  Early registration would have given you a break on the price, but Lord have mercy that was way back on April 30th ($25).  By 8/31 it was $30, by online cutoff – $35.  You can register after that and even the day of (starting at 6:30 a.m.), but the cost is $40.  You can also give more that the required amount, and it will count as a donation to the very worthy cause.

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.  It has a slew of big sponsors including East Cooper Medical Center, presenting sponsor Waggoner Law Firm, Benefitfocus, Harris-Teeter, Try Sports, The Beach Company, Crews Subaru, Bushido, Royall Hardware, 105.5 The Bridge, The Windjammer, Isle of Palms Marina, Raising Cane’s, Wells Fargo, South State Bank, Dunkin’ Donuts, Charleston City Paper, UPS, Phillips Shoes, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina.

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 featuring PLANE JANE and awards as well as a special kids’ entertainment area.

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 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 our 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.

Here’s the official website with all the info, including online registration:

Staying in a beach house Charleston is a great way to experience the race.  This year the weather is a little bit of a challenge (as it is all along the Eastern seaboard), so check back to the website for the latest developments.

Here’s the IOP’s page for the event:

Here’s the race’s Facebook page:

By the way, last I checked, this is the latest thing they posted there:

A real hero can weather any storm.
Don’t let the rain keep you from being a hero.
(you can still register Friday at East Cooper Hospital from 11-7 or before the race in front of the IOP Fire dept. 6am-7:30am..)


As always, remember  –  if you are looking for rental homes South Carolina , namely beach house rentals Charleston SC, to contact Exclusive Properties, whatever the season or the weather.

All best,

Lowcountry Lisa

your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


This is from the IOP website:

IOP Connector Run and Walk for the Child, Inc

OCTOBER 3, 2015


Packets can be Picked up at East Cooper Medical Center
Friday, October 2nd 11am – 7pm
Saturday, October 3rd  9am – 1pm

Kicken’ will perform from 8am – 1pm, Subaru will be present, Bagels will be served from Charleston Bagel, Atlanta Bread will provide pastries, Cupcake clown will be face painting, Phillips Shoes will be present the Isle of Palms and Exchange Clubs will have tables and Gift Certificates will be given out from Dicks Sporting Goods, Try Sports and Wyndham.

Monday, October 5th – we will announce alternative packet pick up dates

Participants registered and paid for 2015 race will receive 20% off  2016 race, if register during early bird registration.