CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - ?
The James Island Connector is once again open to traffic following Saturday morning's 16th annual James Island Connector Run. Portions of Bennett Street, Ashley Avenue and Calhoun Streets have also reopened.
Runners, organizers and volunteers braved unseasonably chilly weather as they prepared for the annual race.
"It's a little too cold for my taste," said runner Rachel Murphy. "I wish this wind would die down."
"It's terrible!" It's freezing! We're just trying to stay warm."
About 1,300 runners and cyclists faced gusty winds, which provided an extra challenge on the first half of the run, when participants were going against the wind.
The event benefits the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation, which helps students with disabilities pursuing a college education. Co-founded by Nick Gavalas in 1999, the foundation has awarded 95 scholarships.
"The cause is very important because students with physical disabilities are under served, and we try to bridge the gap with financial scholarships for these students."
The bike race, 10k, and 5k all begin at Cannon Park. Participants headed down Bennett, then made a right on Barre Street and then a left onto Calhoun Street, heading for the Connector.
For 5K runners, the finish line was past the Harbor View Road entrance before the Folly Road exit.
Meanwhile, 10K runners pressed on turning left before the Folly Road exit, heading back over the connector into downtown.
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