If you thought the Cooper River Bridge Run weekend was jammed with fun and fitness, with its YogaPop, Kids Run, the 10K itself and After the Bridge Run bike rides, you're in for an even bigger time this weekend.
If there were a headliner, it would be the 23rd annual East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival, long known as the East Coast Canoe and Kayak Festival before 2013. The festival will be Friday through Sunday at James Island County Park. (See Pages 16-17 for more.)
As the name change indicates, the festival is a virtual smorgasbord of outdoor sports, from the array of paddling options, including stand-up paddleboarding, to mountain biking, climbing, slacklining, archery and disc golf.
A sampler plate, of sorts, will be available via the festival's "Try It" pass, which is $10 for adults and $5 for child with an accompanying adult registration. The pass allows attendees to try out sports without having to rent or buy equipment, according to Sarah Reynolds, a spokeswoman for Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.
"These are all activities we offer throughout the year at our park system, so it's kind of a sampler of what we have here," says Reynolds.
She also noted that this year's festival will host several tournaments and competition.
"We have always done the kids' cardboard canoe race, and introduced last year the BIC One Design SUP race, the short track mountain bike race and the kayak fishing tournament," says Reynolds. "This year, we added on a disc golf tournament called the East Coast Outdoor Fest Island Toss, an archery contest and a youth fly casting challenge."
The event also includes Bands & Beer evening concerts. Sol Driven Train will perform at 7 p.m. Friday and Flatt City at 6 p.m. Saturday. The concerts are $10 or are free to festival pass holders.
Admission ranges from $55 for daily packages to $125 for the entire weekend. Some packages include a ticket for a Saturday dinner.
Mega Mud Run
Spring has sprung, so if you've got the urge to get muddy, you're in luck.
Unlike many of the corporate, multisite mud runs held across the nation, the Mega Mud Run Challenge is homegrown, created by local Glenn Herring. The 36-obstacle 5K is held at Legare Farms on Johns Island.
The event will be Saturday with teams of four starting at 9 a.m. and individuals at 10 a.m. The cost is $260 for teams and $65 for individuals. Prices go up on race day. The event is free to spectators.
The weekend after the Bridge Run offers three different running events. And the only common theme among them is that all are held on islands: Seabrook Island, Sullivan's Island and Folly Beach.
The Bohicket Marina 10K and 5K, coordinated with the Charleston Running Club, will start at 8 a.m. Saturday.
For the super fast, the race is offering a $1,000 prize for the male or female who can break the open male and female state records of 29:28 and 34:17, respectively.
Fees for the race are $30 for the 5K and $35 for the 10K Thursday and Friday. The fees for both go up $5 Saturday morning.
Run for Adela
The race on Sullivan's Island beach will be Saturday with the fifth annual Run for Adela 5K, held in honor of the late Adela Holmes Cook. The vibrant, beloved young woman died after sustaining head injuries in a golf cart accident in the Bahamas in 2009.
"Adela loved every aspect of living on the coast and had a huge heart in regards to giving back," says Hollen Dodds, spokeswoman for the race.
The event, which also features a one-mile fun run for children, has raised more than $185,000 for the Adela Holmes Cook Foundation benefiting Camp Happy Days, a camp for children with cancer. Money goes to fund the Adela Extreme Teen Water Weekend at the camp.
"We hope that the race will continue to grow in the future and make a difference in the lives of children with serious illnesses," says Dodds.
Run for Adela starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Station 16 on Sullivan's Island. The cost is $35.
The Coffin Island 5K was originally scheduled for March 29, but a forecasted storm caused organizers of the 24th annual Folly Beach Sea & Sand Festival to postpone all of the events for two weeks. (See Pages 16-17 for details about the festival.)
So the 5K and festival are this weekend. We hope.
Coffin Island is a pirate-themed 5K run and walk, with a prize for the best-dressed pirate, that kicks off the festival at 9 a.m. Saturday in front of the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier. The fee for the 5K is $30.
Urban Bike Adventure
The Urban Bike Adventure is an "Amazing Race"-type scavenger hunt on bikes that will start at noon Saturday from Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer in Charleston, one of 17 cities in its U.S. tour.
Teams of two to four members will ride around the city solving clues, completing challenges and racing to check points. Participants will need teamwork, a sense of adventure and be ready for anything in this wacky race.
The fee is $30 Thursday and Friday, and $35 Saturday. The event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.
Reach David Quick at 937-5516.
Kayaking is among the activities participants at the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival can try using a “Try It” pass.×
More than 580 people ran and walked at last year’s fourth annual Run for Adela 5K on Sullivan’s Island.×
Archery is among the activities participants at the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival can try using a “Try It” pass.×
Climbing is among the activities participants at the East Coast Paddlesports & Outdoor Festival can try using a “Try It” pass.×
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