One of the main things you notice when visiting Charleston is that there’s no shortage of water, or islands, in the Lowcountry (and I’m not just talking about when it rains, LOL). It’s a big part of what makes up the fabric of this area… the interplay of beach and city, island and waterways, all interconnecting in a beautiful way.
In fact, it’s likely one of the main things that draws you to stay in one of our SC vacation rentals, whether it’s one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, a luxury house on Isle of Palms in Wild Dunes, or a Folly Beach house Charleston.
Staying in a Charleston beach house gives you the peace of being near the water while also being a nice “doable” distance from the charms and culture of chic Charleston.
This interplay between island and water and mainland also lends itself to something else – bridges, or “connectors,” as we like to call them around these parts.
And honestly, there’s something very cool about crossing over them.
When I drive over the Isle of Palms Connector, traveling from Mount Pleasant toward the IOP, I always get a little thrill when I crest that rise and get the first glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s something downright exhilarating about it – getting a whole panorama of the ocean’s horizon laid out before you.
If you are staying in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, I highly recommend arriving to the island this way, over the IOP Connector. It’s splendid.
Running or walking is an especially cool way to cross over the marshes, creeks and Intracoastal Waterway between the IOP and Mount Pleasant. As the last BLOG delineated, the Isle of Palms Run and Walk for the Child was supposed to happen this past Saturday, October 3rd.
Alas, the crazy weather put the kibosh on that event, as it did with practically every other event in the state and many along the Eastern seaboard.
But don’t worry… if you’re heading to one of our luxury beach house rentals SC, there are other options to get your 5K/10K connector-running/walking fix.
The James Island Connector will be the site of the 17th annual James Island Connector Run, taking place Saturday, October 24th.
It’ll happen on the other side of the Charleston peninsula from most of our beach house rentals Charleston SC which are on the IOP. On the other hand, it’s closer to Folly Beach rentals Charleston.
Registration is happening now, and proceeds go to a very deserving charity, the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, which gives scholarships to local students with disabilities.
A cool aside – dogs are welcome to run along your side in the 10K!
There will also be live music and food vendors. Pre/post-race events happen at Cannon Park off Calhoun Street downtown. The start and finish lines are at Bennett Street near Ashley Avenue.
10K (Run & Fun Bike Ride) – The 10K run starts at Cannon Park near the corner of Ashley Ave. & Bennett St. Participants will run west on Bennett St., turn right on Barre St., and left on Calhoun St. toward the Connector. The runners will continue on the Connector toward the Folly Rd. exit. Just past the Harbor View Rd. entrance, they will bear left continuing on the Connector. Before the Folly Rd. exit, the runners will turn left on the grassy median and circle back on the Connector. The runners will exit the Connector on Calhoun St., will continue on Calhoun St., turn right on Barre St., left on Bennett St. and finish at Cannon Park.
5K (Run & Walk) – The 5K run and walk starts at Cannon Park near the corner of Ashley Ave. and Bennett St. Participants will run west on Bennett St., turn right on Barre St., and left on Calhoun St. toward the Connector. The runners will continue on the Connector towards the Folly Rd. exit. Just past the Harbor View Rd. entrance, they will bear right, continuing on the Connector. The finish line is past the Harbor View Rd. entrance, before the Folly Rd. exit. Buses will be stationed near the Folly Rd. exit to transport the 5K finishers to Cannon Park for the post-race party.
Here’s a map of the course: http://www.jicrun.com/the-course/
By the way, it’s the only point-to-point 5K in the state of South Carolina, and it’s a very fast course.
There’s a great website with all the details about the event, pictures and results from previous years, yada yada. Here’s a link: http://www.jicrun.com/
You can register online here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-annual-charleston-james-island-connector-run-tickets-15928147518?ref=ebtnebregn
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