Valentine’s Day gets sporty with runs, yoga, rope climbs

Runners take their position at the starting line during last year’s inaugural Cupid’s Undie Run - Charleston on Folly Beach to raise money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation.

Forget the chocolates, cards and flowers. Valentine’s Day has turned decidedly more athletic in the Charleston area this year. The holiday of romantic love features five runs, a “partner yoga” event and a date night rope climb, among other special events.

Despite night-time temperatures expected to dip below freezing on both Friday and Saturday, more than 230 people have signed up to run a mile in their underwear for the second annual Cupid’s Undie Run – Charleston on Saturday afternoon.

The event, which raises money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation, has picked up steam in the last few weeks with more year-to-date participants, funds and average fundraising per participant.

As of Monday, the event has raised $26,870, $10,700 more than the amount raised this time last year. Also, the average funds per runner are $114, versus $80 last year. This year’s fundraising goal is $35,000.

The event will be noon-4 p.m. at Loggerhead’s Beach Grill, 123 West Ashley Ave., on Folly Beach. The fun run starts at 2 p.m. The cost to register is $55, but 95SX is offering $20 off through Friday with the code “95sx20.”

OnShore Racing’s second annual You Can’t Run From Love 8K will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, starting at West Ashley Park, 3601 Mary Ader Drive, and ending at Parson Jack’s Cafe, 3417-G Shelby Ray Court.

OnShore co-founder Virginia Wininger says last year’s inaugural race was a hit for several reasons.

“I think people liked the location of the race. There aren’t many races in West Ashley, and our race is the only one held in West Ashley Park. It’s an 8K course that mixes road and trail, which is unique. As with all OnShore races there were plenty of adult beverages to go around which always puts a smile on people’s faces,” says Wininger, adding that post-race S’mores and fire pits also were popular.

Participants compete for individual and overall couple’s awards.

“If you are registered as a couple, your times will be combined. If you register as a single runner then your time will randomly be combined with another single runner. This way it could be a pre-arranged couple or a blind date that wins the couples awards,” says Wininger.

The Wando Wellness Club is holding the inaugural Wando Hearts and Soles 5K run and walk at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wando High School. The fee is $25 for Wando students, parents and faculty or $30 for other individuals. All proceeds benefit wellness programs.

Another cupid-themed charity run, the Cupid’s Chase 5K, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at James Island County Park. The event is a fundraiser for the Community Options, which provides “gentle teaching” and other positive approaches to support people with disabilities.

The cost is $30 before Friday and $50 on race day.

Two races without Valentine’s Day themes include the 13th MESSA 8K for H2O at 9 a.m. Saturday on Folly Beach and the fifth annual Almost 9 Miler Trail Run at 9 a.m. at Buck Hall Recreation Area in McClellanville.

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Charleston Community Yoga will feature a Valentine’s Partner Yoga class 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday that will “focus on connection and play through asana and partnered work.” Couples need not be romantic.

The cost is $40 per couple and capped at 10 couples.

The Yoga House of Charleston also is offering “Show Some Love” deals. Those who register for a class in advance can bring a friend for free.

ReForm Studios will hold a special “My Sweaty Valentine Workout” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the studio, 1081-B East Montague Ave. in North Charleston. The workout is free. Those who come alone will be paired with a partner.

Wild Blue Ropes, 1595 Highland Ave., on James Island is offering a special Valentine’s night climb 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday complete with a post-climb fire for couples to cozy up to until 10 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring picnic materials, blankets and wine and beer for after the climb.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516.