The Lowcountry preparing for the James Island Connector Run

VIDEO: Lowcountry prepares for the James Island Connector Run
Source: JICR
Source: JICR
Source: JICR
Source: JICR

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Hundreds will be taking on the 18th annual James Island Connector Run Saturday morning in Charleston.

The bike race, the 10K and the 5K all start at Cannon Park near the corner of Ashley Avenue and Bennett Street. Participants then head down Bennett, make a right on Barre Street, and a left on Calhoun heading for the Connector.

The finish line is past the Harbor View Road entrance, before the Folly Road exit, for 5K runners, while 10K runners will press on, turning left before the Folly Road exit, heading back over the connector and into downtown.

The post-race celebration will be held at Cannon Park.  Post-race activities include beer, food and a live band!

This run directly benefits the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, a local charity awarding scholarships to students with physical disabilities.

Since 1999, the Foundation has raised more than $800,000 and awarded 134 scholarships to  Lowcountry students attending College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, The Citadel, Trident Technical College, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the Art Institute of Charleston, according to its website.

Road closures begin at 8:10 a.m.

If you don't plan on running this morning, be aware that there could be a few road closures this morning.

Your commute on Bennett and Ashley downtown will be affected starting at 8:10 a.m. Watch for closures along the race route.

Roads should be back open at 10 a.m. The James Island Connector is expected to reopen by 10:15 a.m. Those still on the bridge will be picked up by a police escort and taken to the finish line.

Strollers are welcome; dogs are welcome but only in the 10K.

Those on James Island will be able to still travel downtown by taking the Ashley River Bridge.

Runners may park free downtown

James Island Connector Run organizers are offering free parking for runners.

Participants may park in the Courtenay Drive parking garage at MUSC, or off Calhoun Street in a lot between Barre Street and Halsey Boulevard, near the Governor Thomas Bennett House; as well as some lots behind the MUSC Family Medicine Center across from Roper.

Still time to register

Anyone interested in running this year's race has until 8:15 a.m., 15 minutes before the start of the race, to register.

Grab your running shoes and head downtown to Cannon Park at Rutledge Avenue and Calhoun Street to register in person.

Participants may walk the 10K if they prefer.

The cost is $40 and organizers will accept credit cards.

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