Organizers of the Race the Landing Series want to make sure runners and walkers who come out to the evening 5K runs this spring and summer continue to get a good experience for their money.
And if it’s anything like last year’s inaugural series, they will.
The 5K race series, held on five Thursday evenings starting today and ending July 11 at the Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in West Ashley, provides a post-race meal, one free beer to every adult, live music and a ton of creative awards and door prizes.
To mix it up, each evening run has its own theme:
May 2: Southern Comfort
May 9: Barbados
June 6: Oktoberfest in June
June 13: Colonial Night.
July 11: All-American
A kids mile fun run starts at 6:15 p.m. with the 5K at 7 p.m. each Thursday.
“We want everyone to come out and enjoy the park and have a great time,” said Lisa Deaton, an organizer for the race. “We showed last year that you can still make money for a charity and give back to the runners.”
Deaton said that last year’s five-event series raised $10,000 for the Friends of Charles Towne Landing, which provided the money to help with the park’s Animal Forest natural habitat zoo. She also asks runners to donate peanut butter and other items for the zoo animals, many of which are rescues.
Those who live near Charles Towne Landing and want to run all five races may want to considering paying $100 for the entire series in person before tonight’s race. It would be a savings for races that cost $25-$35 each, not to mention save on fees charged by the online registration company.
Cinco de Mile-O
With Cinco de Mayo events happening this weekend, what better way to earn your right to a few margaritas than to log cinco miles on a trail run/walk in one of the natural jewels of Mount Pleasant.
The Cinco de Mile-O will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Laurel Hill Plantation, a 781-acre parkland wedged between U.S. Highway 17 and S.C. Highway 41. Late registration will start at 7:30 a.m.
It’s not often that the public gets to use Laurel Hill, which is under a long-term lease by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. The park is not yet open on a regular basis, but PRC does open it for special events.
The fee for Cinco de Mile-O is $35. Proceeds benefit Hope House, a ministry of Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church for families with loved ones at local hospitals, and the Park West Campus Education Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation.
Half-Moon Outfitters goes Latin for its Ocho Libre Climbing Competition noon-5 p.m. Saturday at its West Ashley store.
“Being in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, there’s not a whole lot of natural climbing or bouldering,” said Half-Moon staffer Kyle Hicks, “but we want people to know there are opportunities to climb in Charleston.”
The entry fee is $12.
Ultra running also arrives to the Francis Marion National Forest at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Witherbee station in Cordesville with the 50-mile Wambaw Swamp Stomp trail run along the Swamp Fox Passage leg of the Palmetto Trail.
Swamp Stomp features an “out and back” format, 25 miles out and 25 miles back to the start/finish line.
The event will have a 12-hour cutoff for solo 50-mile participants.
Not up for 50 miles all by yourself? The event features relays for teams of two, four, six and even 10 people. Relay participants will be responsible for getting to exchange points in their own vehicle.
The event happens rain or shine.
One of two surfboard demonstrations in May by Ocean Surf Shop will be midmorning to midafternoon on Saturday or Sunday, whichever day has the best waves (call 588-9175), at The Washout on Folly Beach.
“We will pick the day that has the best weather and waves,” said Bates Hagood of Ocean Surf Shop.
“The demo is with Global Surf Industries, and they will bring the company’s whole fleet of boards for surfers to try out. They will also have all of the NSP, Walden, stand-up boards for people to try,” he said, adding that the demo is free but that surfers will need a driver’s license to take a board out.
The other demo will be 1-6 p.m. May 17 when Wavejet comes to town.
“They say the company will bring team riders,” said Hagood, adding that big-wave recordholder Garrett McNamara and pro surfer Cory Lopez may attend.
Adventure Out kickoff
The Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission and Parklands Foundation of Charleston County kick off an innovative, monthlong “green exercise” pilot program Saturday called Adventure Out.
In a nutshell, fitness experts from MUSC’s Wellness Center will be fanning out to PRC parks to hold more than 25 sessions of an array of activities, such as sunrise yoga, climbing, Zumba, trail running and boot camps.
For $10, an attendee gets an Adventure Out T-shirt that serves as a pass to the park and entry to the exercise class or event.
The kickoff is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at James Island County Park’s Wappoo Pavilion and Stage.
For a complete schedule of events and locations, go to academicdepartments.musc.edu/adventureout.