Safe cycling for Bike to Work Day

Drivers, make note that Friday is Bike to Work Day.

The importance of safe bicycling in Charleston was underscored, yet again, with two deaths of people riding their bikes recently.

They were among the latest honored by Wednesday's local Ride of Silence events in Charleston and Summerville.

The events are a solemn start to what is the high point of National Bike Safety Month. Those events continue Friday with Bike to Work Day, held 6:30-9 a.m. and the Charleston Moves Work to Bike Party, 6:30-10 p.m. at the Hippodrome.

In its 11th year, the Lowcountry Splash, a 2.4-mile open water swim from Hobcaw Yacht Club, under the Cooper River bridge, to Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Registration is $60 and proceeds go to the Logan Rutledge Foundation, which has raised more than $80,000 for programs that promote health for various children's charities and most recently swimming programs for the underprivileged.

In its 22nd year, the first of five races in the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series will be at 7:15 a.m. Sunday at James Island County Park.

The series features five triathlons with a 600-yard pond swim, 12-mile bike and 3.1-mile run. The dates are May 20, June 17, July 8 and 29, and Aug. 12. Series registration is $240 for all five races, $200 for any four and $160 for any three. Individual race registration varies from $55-$66.


Fans of the Charleston RiverDogs may not be able to steal a base or run for a touchdown like Forrest Gump, but they can lace up their running shoes at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park for the ninth annual Run Forrest Run 5K, starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Registration is $35 and includes a race packet, T-shirt and a ticket to Saturday's RiverDogs game against the Rome (Georgia) Braves. Proceeds benefit the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina.

While far from mainstream or extreme, the Lowcountry's version of stickball, half-rubber, cranks up Saturday on Folly Beach. If you don't know how to play, you may want to watch.

The Bulldog Breakaway 5K Twilight Series starts at 6:30 tonight at The Citadel track. The course loops around The Citadel campus and Hampton Park.

Other Bulldog Breakaway dates are May 31, June 14 and 28, and July 12. Registration for the whole series is $60 and includes a T-shirt. Individual race registration is available and ranges from $15 for early bird to $25 day-of.

Want a little adventure in your run? The Barrier Island ECOrun series on Caper's Island requires a ferry ride over to the island where a 5K and 10K are held on its Boneyard Beach, dubbed as such because of the sun-bleached dead tree trunks on the beach.

Held on Sundays, the dates for the ECOrun are 1 p.m. May 20 and noon June 17. (One was held April 15.) Registration runs $35-$45.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516 or dquick@postand