Hit trails in Bikinis & Boardshorts

Laurel Hill Plantation is the latest nature-oriented park to host a fun run.

From the folks who brought you the Mullet Haul Trail Run comes the newest fun run: the inaugural Bikinis and Boardshorts 5K on Saturday at Laurel Hill Plantation in Mount Pleasant.

In the past two years, the folks down at the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission have stepped it up to offer something different from the standard 5K road race by introduc- ing themed trail runs in various nature-oriented parks.

Mullet Haul, in which participants are encouraged to wear mullet wigs, is a 5- and 10-mile trail run event at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island. Where the Wild Things Are 5K is held at Caw Caw Interpretative Center in Ravenel. And Double Dare 5K, in which two runners are randomly paired and their finish times are combined to determine a winner, is held at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston.

Bikinis and Boardshorts is an appropriate way to kick off the summer race season. After the 5K on the trails of Laurel Hill, 1400 S.C. Highway 41, runners can cool down on an inflatable waterslide that will be on-site.

A prize will be awarded for the best costume at the race.

Late registration is $28 for residents of Charleston County and $34 for non-residents and will be held 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult chaperon.

Dogs and strollers are not allowed. More at www.ccprc.com/bb5kor call 795-4386.

Green & Lean While Laurel Hill is pristine green space, another 5K on Saturday seeks to raise money to keep the rest of the Charleston area clean and green.

The Friends of Keep Charleston Beautiful, along with Keep Charleston Beautiful, will host the seventh annual Green & Lean 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday at Brit-tlebank Park in peninsular Charleston.

Keep Charleston Beautiful was founded in 1977 by Mayor Joe Riley to provide education, awareness and beautification programs for residents and visitors of the city of Charleston.

The race begins at Brittlebank Park, and the course leads you past The Citadel and through Hampton Park before returning to Brittlebank, where there will be refreshments, a silent auction and an awards ceremony with cash prizes for the winners.

Late registration, $25, starts at 7 a.m. at Brittlebank.

Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome.

For more, go to www.greenandlean5k.com.

Volunteers sought The Association for the Blind, which is seeking volunteers to help the visually impaired be more physically active, will hold a meet and greet 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at its office at 1071 Morrison Drive, Suite A. RSVP at 723-6915.

Race the Landing 3 The Race the Landing 5K series at Charles Towne Landing resumes June 7 with the themed race "Taste of Italy," the third of five races.

Taste of Italy will feature pasta at the post-race meal. Cost: $25.

The final two races will be "Mexican Fiesta" on June 14 and "All-American" on July 19.

Details at racethelanding.com.