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Registration underway for James Island Connector Run

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The 16th annual James Island Connector Run is set for Saturday, Nov. 1.

The 5K and 10K run is about much more than just personal fitness, organizers say: it's a chance to make a difference.

Participants can register to run, jog or walk over the James Island Connector.

Registering for the event benefits the Gavalas Kalanko Foundation, a local charity providing scholarships to students with disabilities for the past 16 years.

"We founded a public charity to serve the needs of student with physical disabilities at that time we noted there wasn't a lot of financial assistance and their expense were incredibly high so we just wanted to make an impact on that part of the community," Nick Gavalas, founder of the foundation, said.

The foundation has raised $500,000 and given out 95 scholarships since its inception. Its biggest event is the James Island Connector Run which raised $100,000 last year alone.

Besides the race itself, the event also has live music and food vendors.

All of the schools that the foundation works with are in Charleston. Those schools include the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, the Citadel, Trident Technical College and the Art Institute of Charleston.

Pre and post-race festivities will take place at the Cannon Park off of Calhoun Street. The race route starts and ends on Bennett Street close to Ashley Avenue.

The top five male and female finishers will receive cash awards, in addition to age group awards.

Registration is $35.

To register, visit the official signup form here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/16th-annual-charleston-james-island-connector-run-registration-10666217945?aff=eorg

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