Got pink? It’s time to battle breast cancer

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with numerous events planned to raise funds for the cause. Race for the Cure on Daniel Island, which last year drew thousands of people, will be held Oct. 19.

I’ve always thought it was appropriate that Susan G. Komen for the Cure first made a name for itself with a national series of popular 5Ks called Race for the Cure.

Besides the title having a dual meaning, racing for a cure for breast cancer, regular exercise and keeping a healthy body weight is one of the keys to lowering risks for the disease. And Race for the Cure events have celebrated active living.

Since the first race was held in Dallas, Texas, in 1983, many Komen races routinely are among the Top 100 in size in the United States. That kind of success spawns other efforts, and many have been fitness-oriented.

Locally, in recent years, we’ve had not only the local Komen race but yoga, bicycling, tennis and paddling events to raise money and awareness in October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

First up this month is Sea Kayak Carolina’s second annual Paddle Breast Cancer awareness kayak trip, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday on the Folly River.

The two- to three-hour calm-water paddle will be through pristine salt marshes, observing wildlife, and is suitable for new paddlers. The paddle will be guided by a certified coastal kayak instructor who is a breast cancer survivor herself.

Registration is required by calling 225-7969. A $10 donation is suggested. Proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Action, the national grassroots education and advocacy organization working to end the breast cancer epidemic and takes exception to “pink marketing” that has become prevalent in the last decade.

Participants in the trip can use their own kayaks or rent one for $30. Paddlers are encouraged to paddle in the name of a friend or loved one who has been affected by breast cancer.

Not into paddling? No worries. The month ahead includes the Trek Bicycle Breast Cancer Awareness Ride on Oct. 13 at Awendaw Green, the 20th Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure on Oct. 19 on Daniel Island and the sixth annual Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope on Oct. 20, also at Awendaw.

Two events — one surf, one turf — are taking place on the Isle of Palms this weekend.

The 21st annual Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child event, which includes a 10K and 5K, will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, starting on Palm Boulevard near the intersection with J.C. Long Boulevard.

The cost is $40. The event, which is put on by the Exchange Clubs of the Isle of Palms and Mount Pleasant and the city of Isle of Palms, raises money for child abuse prevention charities.

In-person registration and packet pick-up will be noon-8 p.m. today and Friday at the IOP Exchange Club, 201 Palm Blvd., and 6:30-7:30 a.m. Saturday near the finish line on J.C. Long Boulevard.

And the surf contest season for 2013 wraps up with a two-day event at Isle of Palms County Park on Saturday and Sunday with the Joe Hiller Surf Classic, a longboard and stand-up paddleboard contest.

The cost is $20 for the first division entry and $10 for each subsequent entry up to three total. It includes lunch and drinks. Proceeds go to Surfer’s Healing, a one-day surf camp for children with autism held every year on Folly Beach.

Last month, the Mount Pleasant Land Conservancy became the East Cooper Land Trust as part of an effort to broaden its geographic scope and address the rapid population growth in the area.

The organization will focus its land conservation efforts on the coastal areas between the Cooper and Santee rivers, where development pressures are soaring, namely Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Awendaw and McClellanville and the surrounding unincorporated area.

In one of its first fundraisers since the change Sept. 1 is this Saturday’s Paddle for East Cooper, a two-hour guided paddle trip on kayak or paddleboard through Shem Creek and Charleston Harbor. The event, which is $25, is being sponsored by Nature Adventure Outfitters. The tours are 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Lunch is noon-1:30 p.m.

And finally, East Cooper Breakfast Rotary will hold its second annual Oktoberfest 5K Run-Walk at 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park.

The cost is $30 for the run. For those who just want to go to the party, the fee is $20. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots and the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

The after-party will include local beers, brats and live German music that is included in the price. The band will go on at 6:30 p.m. The party starts as soon as the race is over.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516 or