Run for the Coast or swim around it

Enjoy a run along Folly Beach in Saturday’s Run for the Coast, a 10K “eco run.”

While the Lowcountry is known for its gorgeous spring, my favorite time of year is early autumn.

It’s still warm but not hot, and tourism has eased up a bit, and yet there’s plenty to do. And this first weekend of autumn is jam-packed with healthy, wholesome fun stuff to do outside.

New this fall is the Run for the Coast, a 10K “eco run” at 8 a.m. Saturday on Folly Beach.

The event, organized by Jeremy Wasko, benefits one of my favorite local groups, the Charleston chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

“I created Run for the Coast this past spring because of my love for running, an active lifestyle and my support for sustainability and environmental initiatives, which is why I chose Surfrider Foundation as the beneficiary,” Wasko said.

“I want everyone to really appreciate nature and the outdoors, and not just help protect it but embrace it.”

Wasko said efforts being taken to make the race “green” include recycling and composting at the race; recycled race bibs from recycleracing.com; eliminating water bottles and plastic by providing water in jugs; utilizing organic and recyclable race materials for T-shirts, race bags, cups and advertisements; and having a beach sweep following the race to pick up any garbage/items that may have been left on the course.

Find out more at www.runforthecoast.com.

The ninth annual Carolina Children’s Charity 8K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday starting at the Hanahan Recreation Center, 3100 Mabeline Road. The event raises money to help Lowcountry children with birth defects and diseases.

For more, go to www.carolinachildren.org.

Meanwhile, another organization is holding a walk in Mount Pleasant.

The Alzheimer’s Association is holding the Walk to End Alzheimer’s at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant.

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

“There has never been a greater need for the citizens of Charleston to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Kim Almstedt of the Alzheimer’s Association, South Carolina Chapter.

Go to act.alz.org for more information.

Another walk will take place in the same vicinity on Sunday.

The National Council of Jewish Women and the Mount Pleasant Police Department Victim Services are organizing the Amanda Jo Kalman 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Day 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. The race starts at 1 p.m. The event is named after Kalman, a young woman killed in her West Ashley home a year ago.

For more, go to www.ncjwcharleston.org.

Coming off her spectacular Molokai Channel swim, Charleston City Councilwoman Kathleen Wilson is continuing her efforts to promote long-distance, open-water swimming in Charleston with the second annual Swim Around Charleston on Sunday.

Granted, if you haven’t been training for a 12-mile swim, you probably better opt out of the individual swim. However, fit swimmers can sign-up as part of a two-person or four-person relay team.

For those of you tooling around on foot or boat, be aware that there will be a few dozen swimmers challenging themselves in the waters between Remley’s Point in Mount Pleasant and the Interstate 526 bridge on the Ashley River in Charleston.

Check out www.swimaroundcharleston.com for more.