In the 14 years since two young female surfers, Kelly Kane and Katie Coryell, started the Folly Beach Wahine Surf Classic, the all-female surfing contest now drawing competitors from as far away as Florida to New Jersey has expectations for record-breaking participation this weekend.
Co-director Patti Noe says the event, set to start at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Washout, may draw 100 female surfers to one of only three all-female contests on the East Coast.
Part of the reason for that success is the generous awards offered to competitors, thanks to sponsors, including $750 first place awards for the pro shortboard and longboard event and an array of nice prizes (including ukuleles) in 13 divisions.
In recent years, the contest has helped bring Folly wahines together year-round, raising money for cancer, competing in the Charleston Dragon Boat Festival and holding beach sweeps.
As of August 2014, Noe says the Folly Beach Wahine Classic was approved as a nonprofit event with the purpose of supporting Surfer’s Healing free day camp for children with autism and their families. This year’s camp on Folly will be Aug. 20.
Unfortunately, any wahines not signed up for the contest by now are out of luck.
But the event is an opportunity for other surfers, surfer wannabes and nonsurfers to take in a day of surfing culture at “The Edge of America.”
“It’s a fun contest to be at all weekend, but the best action will definitely be on Sunday while the final heats are running,” Noe says. “These surfers will be the best of the best.
“Spectators, however, should be advised that parking at the Washout is limited and are advised to ride bikes, take Folly’s Golden Sun solar-powered golf cart taxi service or at least carpool,” says Noe.
Even though it’s not officially summer, one of the classic Charleston road races (which used to be held in summer) of the season is the Floppin’ Flounder 5K, to be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Fish Fry Shack near Middle and Station 15½ streets.
The race was originally started by the Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Squad and connected to its annual fish fry held the Saturday before the Fourth of July (this year, it’s 5-8 p.m. June 27). A few years ago, the firefighters handed the event over to the Charleston Running Club.
Fees are $25 for club members and $30 for nonmembers at in-person registration, to be held at Fleet Feet Sports in Mount Pleasant 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, or $35 before the race on Saturday starting at 6:30 a.m.
The alliteration doesn’t stop with the Floppin’ Flounder 5K this weekend.
In the Francis Marion National Forest, ultra runners and relay runners are participating in the second annual Hell Hole Hundred, which consists off a 60K night run on Friday night and runs of 60K, 100K and 100 miles starting at 7 a.m. Saturday on an 18.5-mile loop on the Jericho Horse Trail.
Last week, Race Founder and Director Chad Haffa said he had 40 registered participants, including 14 doing the 100-miler and eight “dedicating” themselves to running the “El Diablo” option that include the 60K night run followed by the 100 mile run. Yes, 140.6 mile ... in June ... in the Francis Marion.
“Participation has gone worldwide,” says Haffa, noting that one runner is flying in from Dubai to run the El Diablo.
Fees are $225 for El Diablo, $150 for the 100-miler, $100 for the 100K, $75 for the 60K and $300 for the five-person 100-mile relay.
The third and fourth races in Race the Landing series will be today and June 11 at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.
The Thursday evening running series includes a kids fun run starting at 6:15 p.m. and a 5K at 7 p.m. The cost is $10-$12 for the kids run and $30-$35 for the 5K and includes a post-race dinner, drinks, music and more.
The final race is set for July 9.
The world is an increasingly “pop-up” place. Pop-up advertisements. Pop-up stores. And pop-up events.
Charleston Fit Mob, created by fitness instructors Courtney Harris and Kate Francies, is holding a pop-up dance cardio event at 9 a.m. Saturday at Cannon Green, 103 Spring Street.
The cost is $35.
Harrris and Francies intend to continue to “take over some of Charleston’s coolest event space for a couple of hours and host the latest, hottest fitness classes” in them.
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The inaugural Walk and Roll for Healing Farms will be at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Danny Jones Recreation Complex in North Charleston.
The event is $10 for students, $15 for individuals and $25 for families.
While the Joint Base Charleston Run the Runway 5K isn’t until 8 a.m. June 13, those interested in participating must register by midnight June 7.
The event, as the name indicates, is held on the base’s runway and includes running past the Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster aircraft.
The fee is $20.
Reach David Quick at 937-5516.