IOP beach run RD


One of the more fun local running events is coming up this weekend.  What makes it unique is that you get to run on wide hard-packed sand, at low tide, just steps from the ocean.

Better yet, it takes place right in front of your beach house Charleston – namely, your luxury house on Isle of Palms.

It’s the 2015 edition of the Isle of Palms Beach Run  —  now in the 23rd year of its existence  —  and it’s happening this coming Saturday morning, July 25th, rain or shine, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  All events start and finish behind the Windjammer at Front Beach  –  not that far from all our rental homes South Carolina, and essentially a stone’s throw from our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.

You’ll probably recognize many of the cool sponsors of this year’s run/walk: The Windjammer (of course), TrySports, The Foot Store, East Cooper Medical Center, Play It Again Sports, Atlantic Game and Tackle, Chick-fil-A, Powerade, Barrier Island Eco Tours, Coconut Joe’s, Island Ice Frozen Yogurt, Harris Teeter, the Isle of Palms Marina, ACME Lowcountry Kitchen, East Cooper Sporting Goods, Race Management Systems and Beach House Spa.

Those of you who’ve stayed in our Isle of Palms luxury rentals in years past may note some changes to the event.  When it first began in 1993, it was originally called the “Sand Shark Run” and was a four-miler.  It has evolved into the Isle of Palms Beach Run –  a 5K and also now a 10K event (both running and walking), as well as Youth Fun Runs  – 100 yards for ages 4 and under, ½ mile for ages 5 to 8, and one miler for ages 9 to 14.

Registration and packet pickup starts at 7:00 a.m. Saturday at Front Beach.  The 5K and 10Ks go first at 8:00, followed by the Youth Fun Runs at 9:00.  The 5K/10K awards are given out afterwards at the Windjammer.  Fees are: $35 for the runs and walk, and $15 for Youth Fun Runs.

Out of everyone staying in your Charleston beach house, chances are there’s someone of some age who’d like to either run or walk the beach, and have others cheer them on while doing it.

Here’s a link where you can register online:

Here’s the event’s page on the IOP website:



One of the best things about staying in SC vacation rentals during the summer –  whether they’re luxury beach house rentals SC on the IOP or Folly Beach rentals Charleston  –  is, you get to bring different generations together and enjoy the unbridled summer joy of kids on vacation from school.

That sounds good when you book it, but when you’re in a beach house Charleston and the kids are itching for something fun to do, it helps to have some cool stuff lined up.

One such thing is also coming up this Saturday.  Starting at 10:00 a.m., you and your kids are invited to come to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for a massive ladybug release!

Magnolia will have 150,000 ladybugs who need to be set free out into the 60 acres of gardens.  Much more than just being adorable, ladybugs are also great friends of the garden, since they are natural predators to harmful pests like aphids and scale insects.

Appropriately, the event will begin with the arrival of a red Volkswagen Beetle decked out to resemble a ladybug.  Each family will receive a slew of ladybugs to release somewhere on the grounds.  Magnolia will store them in a cool place the night before, so they don’t immediately fly away when released, but will linger and get used to their new surroundings.

A $15 general garden admission fee will apply, but kids 6-12 are $10, and children five and under are free.  They’ll give out prizes for the best ladybug outfit in different age categories.  (Talk about a cute photo op!)  There will also be face painting, live animals and nature displays from several different organizations.  The event lasts till about 1:00, and you are encouraged to arrive early and carpool if possible.

Magnolia Plantation is located at 3550 Ashley River Road in Charleston.  Here’s a link to more info about the event on their website:


So enjoy the fun, and remember to get in touch with EP for great beach house rentals Charleston SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


Top photo credit: IOP Rec Dept.