Summer is flying by. Somebody stop it, or at least slow it down.
The Fourth of July has come and gone, and one of the summer’s popular 5K race series wraps up Thursday.
The second annual Race the Landing series holds its fifth of five 5Ks at 7 p.m., along with its kids fun run at 6:15 p.m., with the “All-American Night” theme, which means that after doing something healthy, you can eat something unhealthy, such as fried chicken and mac and cheese.
As running events go, especially smaller ones, Race the Landing is generous to participants, providing a full meal, a free beer, music and an ever-changing array of awards for overall and age group winners.
And Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, which had virtually banned running races from 2000 until last year, is a gorgeous venue for the event. Founder’s Hall is a comfortable place for the post-race meal and camaraderie.
In its second year, the series has gained quite a following with finisher numbers of 257 on May 2, 249 on May 9, 200 on June 6 and 219 on June 13. The latter two races took place during Tropical Storm Andrea and during the first true heat wave of the summer.
Despite that bad luck, the series, year to date, is still running 174 more participants than last year. Thursday’s race is poised to get close to race director Lisa Deaton’s goal of breaking 300 participants for the first time in the final race. As of last Friday, 250 people had pre-registered.
Late registration is $35 Thursday at the park. The event benefits the Friends of Charles Towne Landing, a nonprofit that supports the park.
Another summer race series, the Bulldog Breakaway 5K at The Citadel, also wraps up at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
The run starts and ends at the track on Wilson Field. The cost is $25 and benefits The Citadel’s track team. Register in-person 5:30-6:15 p.m. at the track.