Lowcountry breaks out on the edge of fall

Bags of trash collected during the annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep at Waterfront Park. The annual event is organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

Grace Beahm

Remember the crazy weekend at the start of spring in Charleston, the one when the Lowcountry hosts the Cooper River Bridge Run, the Flowertown Festival and the Cajun Festival among other outdoorsy events?

This weekend is the fall version of it, though with fewer mega-events and a greater array of activities. Check out this mix:

Beach/River Sweep

If you love the beaches, marshes, swamps, rivers and lakes of the Lowcountry, this is the weekend to show it.

The 23rd annual South Carolina Beach Sweep/River Sweep, the largest annual one-day volunteer cleanup, will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at a variety of locations.

Ideally you've already signed up, but if not, go to www.scseagrant.org/content/?cid=49 for a list of locations and to sign up.

The cleanup, organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has taken place annually since 1988. It is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy.

Once the sweep is over, the Ocean Conservancy tallies all of the debris data.

Scottish Games

While is a bit more of a spectator event than I like to feature in this column, the 40th annual Charleston Scottish Games will offer athletic events, dancing, bagpipe and drum competitions, border collie demos, food and more.

By the time you get to them all, you'll be worn out. It's really fun and ideal for families.

For more, visit http://charlestonscots.org.

Bridge Ride

First there was the Bridge Run. Then the Bridge Swim, aka Lowcountry Splash.

For the second year, there's the Bridge Ride, an interesting combination of both a 70-mile bike ride and an outdoor, 90-minute Spinning event, as well as a CX30 class, Saturday at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.

The ride starts at 6:30 a.m., the first Spinning event is 8-9:30 a.m., the CX30 class is 9:30-10 a.m., and the second Spinning event is 10-11:30 a.m.

The event will raise money for East Cooper Community Outreach's Dental Clinic, which provides free dental services to in-need residents in the Cooper River and Santee Basin areas, as well as the counties of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester.

For more, visit www.eccocharleston.org and click on "Special Events."

Paws & Claws

Most people who love the outdoors have an affinity for dogs and/or cats, and just in case you missed it, the Lowcountry Paws and Claws Pet Expo will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Exchange Park in Ladson. Visit www.postandcourieradvertising.com/petexpo.

Super Hero 5K

Have a favorite super hero? (Flash Gordon, baby!) Feel free to let your inner hero run free by dressing up (you don't have to) and participating in the inaugural Super Hero 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday on the West Ashley Greenway, starting and ending at South Windermere Shopping Center.

The event aids the Charleston-based preventive wellness and character development nonprofit Yoga Benefits Kids. For more, visit www.yogabenefitskids.org.

Racing for Habitat

Another inaugural run is the Race the Roof 5K, benefiting the Charleston Habitat for Humanity Women Build program, at 9 a.m. at James Island County Park. Visit www.charleston habitat.org/racetheroof.html.

Kiawah Island Triathlon

In what is usually the last local triathlon of the year in the Charleston area, the Kiawah Island Triathlon, an Olympic-distance triathlon, will be held at Beachwalker County Park at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. More at www.the extramileinc.com.

Capers Island ECOrun

For an adventure and great exercise, the Capers Island ECOrun features a 10K and 5K on the "boneyard beach" of Capers Island, which is accessible only by boat. The ferry for the race leaves Isle of Palms Marina at 7 a.m. More at http://caperseco run.blogspot.com.

Mixson bike rodeo

Charleston Moves, Holy City Bike Coop and Mixson, a neotraditional community in North Charleston, are hosting a Bike Scavenger Hunt + Bike Safety event at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Mixson Barn.

The event will end with music from DJ Rocky Horror.

For more, visit http://mixson.com and click on "events."