It’s been a weird month in the Lowcountry: cold, blustery and wet weather combined with Easter coming about as early as it possibly can. Even the Cooper River Bridge Run is still nine days away.
With Easter weekend focused on egg hunts, sunrise services and family, there’s not a whole lot of organized sports activities happening in the coming days.
With winter’s grip loosening and Easter Sunday looking to be more spring-like, April is about to bust out with fun, sweaty stuff to do.
Bridge Run weekend
The biggest, not only in April but all year, comes on April 6 with the 36th annual Cooper River Bridge Run and Walk.
You’ll read plenty about that in next week’s special section inside Charleston Scene, but, in a nutshell, the Bridge Run features several new changes, from an expanded Kids Run, expanded expo in a new location, expanded music on the course and expanded post-race party, including a block-long “beer garden.”
On April 7, the Coastal Cyclists continue to seize momentum from the Bridge Run with its annual After the Bridge Run Ride in Francis Marion National Forest.
The event features rides of 100, 63, 50, 33, 25 and 10 miles, and is staged from Awendaw Green in Awendaw.
Mud run mania
Beyond the Bridge Run, a string of mud and obstacle races takes place in Charleston.
The second Mega Mud Run Challenge will be April 13 on Legare Farms on Johns Island; the 17th Citadel Bulldog Challenge will be April 20 at The Citadel; and the first Project Mud, n nationally produced series, will be April 27 at the Charleston Tea Plantation on Johns Island.
On the water
While the water is bound to still be chilly in a few weeks, you can’t hold back the SUP and kayak crowd.
On April 13, the Patriot Challenge, staged from Brittlebank Park, features a six-mile and three-mile race for paddlers, whether they choose to sit or stand. The event raises money for programs that seek to get wounded veterans into paddling programs.
And on April 21, Half-Moon Outfitters will present the renamed Half-Moon Open Ocean (SUP) Challenge, formerly Bodhi’s Revenge, on Folly Beach, staged from the fishing pier.
Off the wall
Want a different kind of challenge? April has it.
The second annual Push Up & Up Challenge, a fun, family-friendly event benefiting proven dropout prevention programs, is set for April 13 in Marion Square.
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.
The fourth annual Charleston Bed Races, featuring teams of five people racing decorated, themed beds on wheels, will be at 1 p.m. April 14 on Mary Murray Boulevard in Hampton Park. The event benefits Camp Happy Days, a camp for children with cancer and their families.
The running scene, which was jammed-packed this month, continues to be busy beyond the Bridge.
For a full list, go to www.charlestonrunningclub.com, but a few noteworthy, atypical races include a beach run and a trail run in Ravenel.
On April 13 is the fourth annual Run For Adela 5K Beach Run/Walk & 1 mile, presented by Fleet Landing Restaurant, on the beach of Sullivan’s Island. Proceeds will benefit Camp Happy Days’ Extreme Teen Water Weekend for kids battling cancer and Charleston Waterkeepers, a nonprofit organization fighting for clean water and strong communities.
And finally, if you’ve never been to Caw Caw County Park in Ravenel, you’re missing this natural gem. The Where the Wild Things Run features a 5K on the trails April 26.
Reach David Quick at 937-5516.