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Runners hit pavement for a cause in James Island Connector Run

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Saturday morning's James Island Connector Run brings hundreds of runners and enthusiasts together to raise money for scholarships.

The race began at 8:30 a.m. Packet pickup began at 6 a.m. at Cannon Park.  

MOBILE USERS: Click here for photos, video from this year's event.

Road closures scheduled for Saturday morning could impact even those who aren't getting out to take part in the annual event.

Charleston Police closed roads along the route beginning at approximately 8:10 a.m.

The route's starting line will be at Bennett and Ashley Streets. Runners will take Bennett to Barre, Barre to Calhoun and Calhoun to the Connector. The runners will then loop around the concrete barrier at the James Island side of the Connector and return along the same route.

The 5K run ends at the turn-around point and the runners load busses to return to the park.

Police expect the roadways to reopen by 10 a.m., according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.

A Post-Race Party is being held at Cannon Park, complete with beer, food and a live band. 

The run has provided college scholarships to 115 students since 1999 through The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, a local charity awarding annual scholarships to students with physical disabilities. 

The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation Scholarship is also awarded to students at Charleston Southern University, The Citadel, Trident Technical College, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and the Art Institute of Charleston.

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