Run adds 5K, bike ride to mix
In its 13th year, organizers of Saturday's James Island Connector Run are hoping to change their luck by beefing up the event with a 10K fun bike ride as well as bringing back a 5K.
"We are all very excited about these changes," says Maria Aselage, a spokeswoman for the event. "Our committee is committed to taking the race to the next level. The proceeds from the event go to the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation and its mission of awarding college scholarships to students with physical disabilities."
The event is seeking to bolster its participation for the second straight year after a lackluster 329 participated in 2009.
Last year, it changed the venue from a parking lot off Calhoun Street to Cannon Park, partnered with Whole Foods Market, and added prize money and beer, and voila, participation bumped up to 562.
On Saturday, the bike ride will start at 8:25 a.m., the 10K and 5K at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K walk at 8:35 a.m. A post-race party not only will include beer but music by the band Two 3 Ways.
For those wanting to register and pick up packets Friday, go to Whole Foods from noon to 7 p.m. Race day, it's 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. in Cannon Park. Cost is $30 Friday and $35 Saturday. More info: www.jamesislandconnectorrun.com
Light the Night
Tonight, people will gather at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk, which will feature teams of co-workers, families and friends walking together in twilight holding illuminated balloons: white for survivors, red for supporters and gold to remember those who have died. The 1.5-mile walk starts at 7 p.m.
It's not too late to participate, according to LLS branch director Darlene Benton.
"People can register at the walk (starting at 6 p.m.), too," says Benton, noting that 600 had signed up by last week. "It is a fundraiser, so every walker who raises $100 or more will become a Champion for Cures and will be recognized on the night of the walk with a 'Light the Night' T-shirt, an illuminated 'Light The Night' balloon."
She adds that all patients and survivors will receive these items regardless of their fundraising levels. The funds raised help the Society support leading-edge research and provide much-needed patient services."
Last year, Light the Night Walk participants raised more than $45 million nationwide. Locally, the Roper St. Francis team was named the top fundraising team, raising nearly $20,000 in sponsorships and donations.
Cyclocross returns to Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston on Sunday, though finding details about the race series, other than here, may be difficult to do.
While information is not on the websites of either Charleston Bicycle Company or Charleston County Park and Recreation, the guys at the shop say the race series is still on and begins at 8 a.m. Sunday. Subsequent races will be Nov. 13, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4.
What is cyclocross? It's a bike race consisting of many laps of a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles, requiring the rider to dismount and carry the bike while navigating the obstacles. It's kind of crazy, but Europeans love it. To see video from last year's race, Google it.
Cost is $25 per race or $80 for the series.
One more time
The third and final race in the fall series of the Capers Island ECOrun, 10K and 5K runs held on the beach of Capers Island, will be Sunday. You leave at 7 a.m. from Isle of Palms Marina.
Food, biking, food
You might just eat more calories than you burn at the 14th annual FestiVELO, which is today through Sunday and is staged from the Short Stay Navy Outdoor Recreation Area in Moncks Corner.
The event, dubbed "The Foodilicious Flat Pedal Festival of Bicycles," features an array of rides every day on roads north of Charleston. I can't even begin to go into the details of rides, food and costs, so check it out yourself at www.festivelo.org.
Just a note about next Friday's third annual 437th Airlift Wing Run the Runway 5K at Joint Base Charleston Air Base in North Charleston. For security reasons, civilians registering for Run the Runway need to do so by Friday (11/4/2011). The cost is $7.