Beach volleyball finds home in Mount Pleasant

The Charleston Beach Volleyball and Social Club is back in action at a new location after a rough year.


Last summer, the Charleston Beach Volleyball and Social Club got a little roughed up by the folks on Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms, where for years the club enjoyed providing locals with a chance to play volleyball in the warm sand on or near the beach.

In a nutshell, the Sullivan’s Island administration and The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms basically made life miserable for the club’s organizer, Jeff Hefel, largely because he charged fees for league play.

Hefel is ready to move on.

“We are playing again and we are going on our 12th year,” Hefel said in a recent mass email, noting that the club’s “new interim home” is at the former Whitesides Elementary School in Mount Pleasant. “This is a great location and new opportunity for us to play.”

But he addresses the issue of the beach part of beach volleyball.

“Santi’s (Mexican restaurant) in Mount Pleasant is bringing the beach to you by building sand courts. This may take a little time and hard work,” said Hefel, noting that building the courts will take a month or two.

In the meantime, grass leagues for “Juniors 3’s” and “Co-ed Adult 4’s” resume in the coming weeks and pickup games for adults and juniors resume on Sundays from 5- 8 p.m. All will be at old Whitesides, which is also the interim location for Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, at Rifle Range and Myrick roads.

Junior 3’s league play, which starts June 13, will be on Thursday evenings and last seven weeks, followed by a playoff in Week Eight. The cost is $150 per team, and the sign-up deadline is today.

Co-ed 4’s league play, which starts June 18, will be at 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $50. The registration deadline is Tuesday.

A “Social Sunday” event will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday.

For more than two decades, a true sign of summer’s arrival for runners has been the Floppin’ Flounder 5K, which for years often marked the last really competitive race until the temperatures eased up in the fall.

While that’s changed, runners still anticipate Floppin’ Flounder, which was adopted by the Charleston Running Club two years ago, as one of the classic races of the year.

Registration for the 22nd annual race on Saturday is $20-$30.


The Race the Landing 5K series continues this evening with the Oktoberfest in June themed event, the third of five races at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in West Ashley.

The Thursday evening events feature a one-mile kids run at 6:15 p.m., a 5K at 7 p.m. and a full meal, one free beer, live music, creative awards and door prizes.

The remaining two races will be Colonial Night on June 13 and All-American night on July 11.

The cost is $25.

Get out of the city with the Tour de Round O, which features rides of 100, 70 and 35 miles through the roads of bucolic Colleton County.

OK, for those from off, what’s Round O?

The name stems from a Cherokee chief, Attakullakulla, who lived in the area and had a purple medallion tattooed on his shoulder. Settlers found it easier to call the chief Round O than Chief Attakullakulla. While the Cherokees are gone, the name remains.

As for the bike ride, it starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 12898 Round O Road. The cost is $40 and includes a post-ride meal.

From 7-11 p.m. Tuesday, Trek Bicycle Store, 1180 Oakland Market Road in Mount Pleasant, will host a Trek Travel Night, an event featuring cycling and active vacation packages from around the world. Some trip locations include Moab, Utah, California wine country and even riding the courses for the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

Appetizers and beverages will be served.