Pick your local cause and run, or walk, for it

The first Access the Ashley Bike Ride, which seeks to re-open the James Island connector to biking, was held on June 15 in downtown Charleston. Saturday’s ride will be held in West Ashley.

When it comes to charity fundraising events, I’m not sure what tops the heap, golf tournaments or 5Ks, in terms of the number of events held here.

While golf tournaments may make more money, I think it’s safe to say there are more participants in 5Ks. And while there’s a charity 5K in the Lowcountry almost every weekend of the year, this particular weekend is loaded.

The second annual CrossBridge 5K and 10K will be at 8 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Hill Plantation in Mount Pleasant. After the runs, participants will get to feast on pancakes.

Fees are $35 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K.

Registration and packet pickup will be held 2-6 p.m. Friday at TrySports, next to Atlanta Bread Company at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, and 7-7:30 a.m. Saturday at the plantation.

The event benefits CrossBridge Family Ministries, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families as they cope with complex medical diagnoses and other life changing events.


For 12 years, the ALS H.O.P.E. 5K Beach Run/Walk has been organized by students in the physical therapy and occupational therapy programs at the Medical University of South Carolina.

When the students no longer wanted to organize it, the South Carolina Chapter of the ALS Association picked it up and moved it to September.

ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a deadly illness that affects the motor neurons in a person’s brain and spinal cord.

The 13th edition of the ALS Run comes at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Isle of Palms.

The fee is $35. Late registration and packet pickup is noon-6 p.m. at On the Run, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd., and 4-5:30 p.m. at the Isle of Palms Fire Station on J.C. Long Boulevard.


The Charleston section of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Mount Pleasant Police Department Victim Services will host the sixth annual Untying the Strings of Domestic Violence 5K Run/Walk and CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) Competition at 9 a.m. Sunday at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.

The event is dedicated to Amanda Jo Kalman, a victim of domestic violence.

The fees are $15-$30, depending on what one signs up for, or $100 for teams of five to 10 people. Proceeds will go to support services for victims of domestic violence and to create an emergency fund for criminal domestic violence victims.


Though not a 5K, another major charity event this weekend is the 2.5-mile Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s at 9 a.m. Saturday at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina.

Last year, the event drew more than 600 participants and raised more than $75,000. The association hopes to grow to raise $87,000 this year.

While registration is free, participants are encouraged to raise funds or make donations. Funds raised will provide care and support services to the 80,000 residents of South Carolina living with Alzheimer’s, while also supporting critically needed research.


In honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day (Thursday), two fun runs will have a pirate theme this weekend.

The first one, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is a free group run 6-9 p.m. Thursday at The Griffon, 18 Vendue Range. Dress like a pirate. While free, organizers need people to register at www.eagle-endurance.com.

The second, the Pirates ARR coming 5K, is part of the 40 Years of Folly “birthday party,” and will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the pier. Cost is $25. Again, dress like a pirate. www.follybeachfestivals.com

The Coastal Conservation League will hold its second Access the Ashley Bike Ride to show support for opening the James Island connector to bicycles. Assemble at the St. Andrew’s Shopping Center (the one with the Coburg cow) in West Ashley between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Saturday. The leisurely paced, 5-mile ride will go from the center to Porter-Gaud School and back.

All types of bicycles and bicyclist are encouraged to attend, but wear helmets.


And last but certainly not least is the annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

The sweep helps educate young and old on the importance of keeping our environment clean. The sweep has long been South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer clean-up, and Saturday’s event is the 25th one.