Now’s a really good time to be in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  The weather is mild and pleasant, perfect conditions to be outside running or walking.

You might spot more folks that normal out and about, especially on the IOP Connector.  That’s because they are likely training for this weekend’s big event.

This Saturday, October 7th, is 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.

Organizers describe it 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 and fun 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! “

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 plenty of good over the years while also proving to be a fun event.

This is the 25th installment of the race.  Over the last quarter of a century it’s raised well over $1 million for this very worthy cause.

Those benefitting from the proceeds include:

  • HALOS
  • Windwood Farms & Family Services
  • Lowcountry Orphan Relief
  • Carolina Youth & Development Center
  • Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center
IOP Connector Run 2017 near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

IOP Connector Run 2017 near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Details on registration and the race near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

The race itself will begin 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, October 6th) between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at East Cooper Hospital, or the morning of the race between 6:00-7:30 a.m. at the IOP Public Safety Building, 30 J.C. Long Boulevard, right down the street from our office.  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.

Race organizers include 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 sponsors with the main presenting sponsor being MAHLE.  Others include East Cooper Medical Center, Harris-Teeter, Adams, Rivers Kids, the Isle of Palms Marina, The Windjammer, 105.5 The Bridge, Charleston City Paper, Gwynn’s and Nelson Printing.

The post-race party has evolved into quite a bash.  There is a complimentary beer garden for those 21 and over (bring ID).  Get set for live music and awards as well as a special kids’ entertainment area.  It’s always a festive scene and promises to be a fun Saturday bash near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

More information and links for the run/walk near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Note to those staying in one of our beach rentals Charleston on the IOP  – if you’re coming to or leaving the island 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 a Folly Beach house Charleston and want to run the race, arrive early to find parking.  You can find paid parking at the Isle of Palms County Park or along Ocean Boulevard.  If you park along residential streets, remember one thing.  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: http://ioprun.com/

As you can imagine, staying in a Charleston beach house is an ideal way to experience the race.  Here’s the IOP’s page for the event.

Here’s the race’s Facebook page.

As always, remember  –  if you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, namely beach house rentals Charleston SC, 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

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