Thirty years is a long time; just ask anyone younger than that.
And that’s exactly how many years the Charleston Running Club has been organizing a running event, the Charlie Post Classic, to remember one of its earliest members, Dr. Charlie Post.
Post died in 1984 from complications of a paralyzing bike wreck on the Isle of Palms the previous year. The running club renamed the Family Practice Physicians Run, which Post started, to help him with his medical expenses.
No one is more grateful for keeping his memory alive than the Post family, especially Charlie’s brother, Stuart, who has run in all previous 29 Post races. Usually he’s been joined by other family members, some of whom never met “Uncle Charlie.”
“If the running club makes this kind of effort every year, the least I can do is come and run the race. No matter what, I will be at that race,” said Stuart, who was very close to his brother.
Stuart said the race is a special memorial, not only in its longevity but that it is a living, breathing event, just what Charlie loved. He wanted people to be active and make the most of their bodies. “It’s also nice because the whole family gets together,” said Stuart, adding that they usually make a stop at Charlie’s house at 13 George St. for photos.
Meanwhile, the Charlie Post Classic has always been known as a race run by runners, which anyone who has endured the pitfalls of some races by nonrunners, i.e. civic clubs, understands.
The running club’s Jeff Baxter, a co-race director, said that reaching the 30th year of Charlie Post Classic is an important milestone for the club.
“The race is on solid footing and has benefited from the support of many longtime friends and supporters,” Baxter said. “In a time when races are morphing into events or entertainment, our focus has been to provide an affordable, fun, competitive race that is all about running and fitness.
“We are proud to carry on the passion of Dr. Charlie Post and his commitment to health, fitness and endurance running.”
The 15K serves as the USA Track & Field South Carolina Association Championship and includes a $2,000 total prize purse.
The 30th Charlie Post Classic, which includes a 15K and 5K, starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sullivan’s Island Fire Station.
Online registration has closed, but in-person registration and packet pickup will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at Triangle Char + Bar in Mount Pleasant and 6:45-8:15 a.m. Saturday at the fire station. The cost on Friday is $25 for running club members and $30 for nonmembers. The fee goes up to $40 on Saturday.
While the date for the sixth annual Pedal 4 Pattison’s Spinning Marathon isn’t until March 9, the big day — registration day — is Friday 4-6:30 p.m. at East Shore Athletic Club on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.
In the past, bike reservations have sold out.
“We highly encourage folks to register for their bikes on (Friday),” said Rebecca Young, one of the event organizers. “The event sells out quickly. Remember, this event is open to the public — anyone can participate. When the event is sold out, we will start a wait list.”
Young, one of the organizers, said the event will be providing 125 bikes, including 59 new Spinner Blades.
The reservation fee is $25, and a $250 minimum fundraising fee is due at the event check-in.
To date, the event has raised more than $700,000 for Pattison’s Academy, which helps severely disabled children through education, interaction and professional therapy.
Go to www.pedal4pattisons.org for info.
Family members of Dr. Charlie Post — niece Leiane Post (from left), sister-in-law Yannick Post, brother Stuart Post, niece Stephanie Willman, nephew Chaz Post and Stephanie’s husband, Kameron Willman — are pictured after last year’s race.×