Bid adieu to February with one of the most fun trail runs in the Charleston area on Saturday.
Organizers of the Mullet Haul encourage runners to don a mullet, real or fake, and haul either five miles or ten miles on trails through the beautiful woods and pastures of the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center at Johns Island County Park.
You don’t have to wear one, though, and there’s plenty of fun to be had watching the goofballs who do.
Besides awards for the fastest runners in the usual categories, the person wearing the best mullet and corresponding costume will get a special prize.
The run is a rare opportunity for the 99 percent of us who don’t own horses to enjoy the equestrian center, at 2662 Mullet Hall Road (off of River Road), which is usually open for trail riding and equestrian events only.
If you miss the Mullet Haul, though, you’ll have another chance to run at the park on Oct. 12 during the inaugural Lowcountry Trail Half-Marathon.
To register for Mullet Haul and hear more details via video, go to www.ccprc.com/mullethaul, or call 795-4386.
In its third year, Trek Bicycle Store in Mount Pleasant will be holding its annual SPE.ED Ride, to benefit Wando High School’s special education programs, at 8 a.m. Saturday starting from Awendaw Green.
Avid cyclist and parent of a special needs child, Chris Morrell started the ride when special education funding was scaled back in South Carolina in 2009 and 2010.
With the event planning resources of the Trek Bicycle Store in Mount Pleasant, in its brief two years, the SPE.ED. Ride has drawn about 200 bicyclists and has generated more than $4,000 for these programs.
This year’s ride through the Francis Marion National Forest has two different distances to choose from: 25 miles or 62.5 miles (a metric century). Trek will provide pre-ride mechanical and roadside support.
The finale will feature live music on the green and a Lowcountry boil to replace those burned calories. Though online registration ended Wednesday, late registration is available Friday at the Trek store, located at The Market at Oakland in Mount Pleasant, and Saturday before the event at Awendaw Green. The late fee is $35 for the 25-mile ride and $45 for the 62.5-mile ride.
And if you don’t want to ride but still want to support the cause by going to the party, the cost is $15 on Friday and $20 at the event.
This weekend is a big one for Special Olympics in the Lowcountry.
The annual Mid-Winter Games are Friday through Sunday at The Citadel. Locals wanting to show their support can participate in Friday’s 2.3-mile “The Flame of Hope” torch run.
Law enforcement officers will join Special Olympics athletes on the run parade from Brittlebank Park to The Citadel for the opening ceremonies.
The Mid-Winter Games is a statewide Special Olympics event that attracts more than 1,000 athletes, 250 coaches, partners, families and 1,000 volunteers.
Athletes and partners will compete in masters bowling, badminton, basketball skills, basketball team play, power lifting, disc golf, unified bowling and young athletes events throughout the weekend.
The fee to join the torch run is $20.