After tracking outdoor fitness events for years, I noticed that last weekend of the month tends to be the lightest in terms of organized, participant events. Throw in a holiday and you can “fugetaboutit.”
And while Halloween has put a bit of a squeeze on the sporty stuff, lots of little events spread across the Charleston area offer something for those wanting to enjoy the sunshine, cool mornings and warm afternoons of late October.
Three charity 5Ks
While no “connector” bridges will be closing on Saturday, as they have for runs on Oct. 1 and 22, there are a variety of charity 5Ks.
Doors to Freedom, a Summerville-based nonprofit that is battling the troubling issue of sex trafficking, will hold its third annual Race for Freedom 5K will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston.
“Through this we hope to raise awareness and provide education to the Charleston area about the reality of sex trafficking and how it directly affects our community,” according to the nonprofit’s Chelsea Kinning.
The registration fee is $25 and proceeds support Doors to Freedom’s mission “to provide a safe place for survivors of sex trafficking to experience a transformed life.”
On Johns Island, one of my favorite schools in the area – Charleston Collegiate – is holding its second annual Run Like the Devil (the school’s mascot is the Sun Devil) 5K and 1-mile on Saturday at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center.
Packet pickup starts at 8 a.m., a one-miler starts at 9 a.m. and a chip-timed 5K at 9:45 a.m. The costume-friendly event also is a bit a Halloween festival, with games for kids 8 a.m. to noon. Money raised goes to Charleston Collegiate’s scholarship fund.
And in Hanahan, the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk series comes to Charleston at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the city’s recreation center.
The series, held in 38 cities in 2016, partners with urology clinics to put on the race in an effort to end prostate cancer. The local partner is Lowcountry Urology Clinics.
The fee is $30 for the 5K ($20 for military, veterans and first responders). Those who don’t want to run or walk can give with a gift of $30 for “Snooze for Dudes.”
For more information on any of these charity runs, go to the calendar at http://www.charlestonrunningclub.com/
Charleston SUP Safaris and Flipper Finders continues a what has now become Halloween paddling tradition on Saturday with the sixth annual SUPer Scary SUP Race event, held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.at 83 Center Street on Folly Beach.
Participants are encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes for the race. Start times are 9 a.m. for elites, 9:05 a.m. for recreational, 10:30 a .m. for Kids Race, and 10:45 a.m. for the dog race
Fees are $50-$60 for elites and recreational and $25 for kids and dogs divisions. A portion of the proceeds from the event to benefit Youth to Ocean. The after party is at Surf Bar.
The Goldilocks weather of late – not too hot, not too cold – has been just right for biking and this weekend offers an array of low-key cycling events.
This first kicks off Thursday with an open house of a new “boutique” for Christiania Bikes USA. Christiania is a Danish cargo bike that’s been a staple in Europe for more than three decades but has yet to take root in the U.S.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, locals are invited to check out the boutique, which is located on ground level of Bike Law, located at 57 Cannon Street.
Also Thursday, Trek Bikes of Charleston will be offering a refuge for adults who take their kids to the Chick-Fil-A “Trunk and Treat” event. It will be providing free drinks and 20 percent discounts at its Mount Pleasant location (Oakland Market) in its event, “I’m Just in it for the Boos,” 5-7 p.m.
The monthly downtown Charleston “Slow Roll” – Commute on King – will take place on Friday. Participants are encouraged to arrive at Affordabike, located at 573 King Street, well before the ride starts at 6:30 p.m. Riders get free pizza and beer after the ride.
Affordabike also will be organizing a family-friendly ride, the Scarrington Halloween Bike Ride, at 11 a.m. Saturday on the trail at Marrington Plantation in Goose Creek. The bike shop will provide a “full van of demo bikes available for people to ride,” according to a Facebook post.
Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory.
Finally, the bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, Charleston Moves, will hold its annual Pedal & Panache 2.0 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Cannon Green, located at 103 Spring Street. Admission is $45 and includes a Charleston Moves membership and gift bag. The event includes an open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres.