Fittingly, February is American Heart Month, when matters of the heart, both romantic and health, converge. And on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, the Charleston area hosts an event that’s sure to make hearts race.

The third annual Go Red Heart Run 5K is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Patriots Point, starting and finishing near the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina pavilion.

Just like events held near St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July and Christmas, Go Red’s organizers urge people to wear red, heart-themed costumes or red dresses (including guys), the latter for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. Prizes will be given to the best red dressed.

Go Red is organized by Stephanie Seay Carter in honor of her mother, Robin Seay, who died of a heart attack at 47. Carter holds the event to help make people more aware that heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 causes of death, respectively, among women in the United States.

Also, in an effort to lure more serious runners to the charity event, Go Red is registered to be the U.S. Track and Field 5K championship race for South Carolina.

Packet pickup and late registration is 5-8 p.m. Friday and 7-8:15 a.m. Saturday at Lookout Pavilion, 20 Patriots Point Blvd.

Registration costs $35 online or $38 with a mail-in form. A pre-race dinner, including salad bar, grilled chicken, wild mushroom ravioli and more, will be held during registration Friday. Cost is $20.

11th Save the Light

Meanwhile, another race on Saturday morning celebrates one of the most romantic landmarks in Charleston: the Morris Island lighthouse.

The 11th Save the Light Half-Marathon and 5K started in 2002 (but skipped 2007) as an effort by the Save the Light organization to raise awareness and funds to save the 136-year-old lighthouse, which was and is in danger because of erosion and years of neglect.

This year’s event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on Folly Beach, starting and ending near the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier.

To sign up for the race, go to The Tides Hotel, 1 Center St., on Folly from 4-7 p.m. Friday or 7-8 a.m. Saturday. Late registration fees are $45 for the half-marathon and $30 for the 5K.

Sign up to push up

The second annual Push Up & Up Challenge has begun team recruitment for the 2013 event set for April 13 in Marion Square.

Push Up & Up is a fun, family-friendly event benefiting proven dropout prevention programs, and has partnered with Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area. Last year’s Push Up & Up Challenge raised more than $40,000.

Communities in Schools is a nonprofit whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS has a 96 percent success rate and has helped more than 10,000 students.

On April 13, teams of six will represent the tri-county community in competing to complete as many push-ups as possible in 30 minutes.

Push Up & Up features three divisions: competitive division, open division and school division.

Reach David Quick at 937-5516 or