When it comes to islands in the greater Charleston area, Seabrook Island, at least to me, is the sleeper.
Seabrook is quite a contrast to its resort bigger brother, Kiawah Island, and its scraggly, fun-loving cousin, Folly Beach, both of which host an array of high-profile events annually.
On Saturday, Seabrook opens its gates to runners and walkers with the third annual Bohicket Marina 5K and 10K.
“The Bohicket Marina 5K/10K race through Seabrook Island gives runners a chance to experience the beautiful live oak-lined roads of (the island),” said Pat Welch, managing partner of Bohicket Marina and an organizer of the race.
“The course is extremely flat, with unencumbered roads for a fast-paced run. This is the perfect atmosphere for those runners trying to achieve state records, and for those who are looking to enjoy a traffic-free, scenic run.”
Welch said the race, which starts at 8 a.m., will be followed by an after-party and awards ceremony set up on the boardwalk in front of Red's Icehouse.
“Guests are invited to tour the marina and various businesses that Bohicket Marina has to offer. We look forward to a great run this year.”
The race costs $30-$35 and benefits the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club in support of its charities, which include scholarships for local students, Habitat for Humanity, Darkness to Light and other community programs.
From the manicured resort to the reclaimed wilds of Ravenel, Saturday offers a different kind of run.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will host the Where the Wild Things Run 5K off-road run at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel.
The center is on 654 acres of forest, historic rice fields and tea farm, and marsh, and is known for its great birding and other wildlife watching.
The fee is $34 and includes an awards ceremony with light food and beverages after the race. The race is for ages 10 and up, though youths ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are not allowed in Caw Caw.
Mud run finale
The fourth of four obstacle mud runs in the past two months, and the third of three consecutive ones, comes to the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island on Saturday.
Project Mud features a 5K adventure race with “18 signature obstacles that will challenge participants of all athletic abilities,” according to the event website.
But late registration for Project Mud, a national series, will cost you $85 for individuals, $75 for military and $80 per person on a team, ranging from four to 25 people per team. Spectators pay $10 to watch. A portion of the proceeds goes to Make-A-Wish South Carolina.
An after-party will feature live music, a DJ and plenty of beer.
Ever been to Walterboro? Haven't been in a while?
The coming week gives endurance junkies and weekend warriors two reasons to go to this quaint Lowcountry town.
Held in conjunction with the 38th annual Rice Festival, the Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative's 36th annual Rice Run has long been among the favorite local 5Ks among runners because of its relatively generous cash prizes for top finishers (top three overall, top masters, grandmasters and senior grandmasters, and even top three walkers).
And it's a more affordable race at $15-$25, more if you want a T-shirt. A post-race party will be at the S.C. Artisans Center, one block from the race starting line. The event starts at 8 a.m. See thericefestival.org/2013-rice-run-walk.
Then on Wednesday, May Day, some of the top cyclists in the U.S. and world return to the 11th annual Downtown Walterboro Criterium, an international bicycling competition, as part of the USA Crits Speed Week.
The event, which is like a big block party, is free to spectators. Races will be held 4- 10 p.m. Wednesday.
In addition to the competition, the event will feature a children's race and the presentation of special needs bikes by the Little Red Dog Foundation and the Walterboro Fire Department.
Usually, if you work in downtown Charleston and it's a beautiful spring day, you don't need much of an excuse to walk at lunch.
But on Friday, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina is offering an extra incentive with an observance of National Walk@Lunch Day event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Marion Square as well as at locations in Columbia and Greenville.
“We're encouraging everyone who works near these sites to participate by wearing comfortable shoes to work and walking for at least 30 minutes during lunch,” said Dr. Laura Long, Blue Cross' vice president of clinical innovation and population health.
“Walking during a lunch break is a great way for all of us to make time for exercise as we juggle work and other commitments that demand so much of our time.”
So there you go. Get out of the office at lunch. And do it more than once a year.