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Louie’s Kids James Island Connector Run training begins Sept. 7

2017-01-23T22:28:32+00:00 October 15th, 2016|The Race|


Friday, August 26, 2016

The 18th annual James Island Connector Run on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8:30 a.m., will mark the culmination of a seven-week training program for Lowcountry families participating in the Louie’s Kids 2016 Family Race Clubs. The program, which will begin Wednesday, Sept. 7, is the third of the 2016 Race Clubs launched by Louie’s Kids, a national nonprofit helping to treat childhood obesity and promote a healthier, more productive lifestyle.  Read more…


Race in Spooky Style for our Costume Contest at the James Island Connector Run

2017-01-23T22:28:33+00:00 October 8th, 2014|Cool Stuff, The Race|

James Island Connector runJoin us this year on November 1st for the James Island Connector Run and run in sp0o0o0oky style!

This year, we are hosting a Costume Contest at the race. We will be awarding the best Men’s and Women’s costumes 15 years old and younger as well at 15 years and older. Winners will be receiving fantastic prizes from Mellow Mushroom and Jeni’s Ice Cream.

We are expecting a huge turnout and we can’t wait to see everyone in their Halloween costumes. If you haven’t registered yet, head to and we’ll see ya there!

5 Little Known Factors That Could Affect How You Race The James Island Connector Run

2017-01-23T22:28:34+00:00 September 29th, 2014|Running Tips, The Race|


  1. Rest the Night Before
    We know it’s tempting to get that last day of training in, but it’s important to give your body a day of rest before the big race. If you’ve done the preparation and training beforehand, one more running session won’t help that much – in fact, it may be a hindrance. So drink your water, get to bed early, and gear up for the big day.
  2. Eat Superfoods Leading Up to the Race
    No need to overdo the “carbo-loading” because there’s plenty of other healthy alternatives to eat leading up to the James Island Connector Run. These are our favorites:

    • Oatmeal has a high soluble fiber content, is high in complex carbohydrates, is a good source of protein and has a low glycemic index, which provides a sustained release of energy into the bloodstream—imperative for runners.
    • Kale is an antioxidant-rich vegetable that helps regulate the body’s inflammatory process when training to reduce aches and pains.
    • Bananas are one of the best pre- and post- workout snacks.They’re loaded with potassium and vitamin B6, that help your body replenish electrolytes after a run.
  3. Keep Moving, but Don’t Stop
    Never stop during a race. We know it’s easy to take a break if you’re feeling winded, but it’s important not to give up. Either slow your pace or begin walking instead of stopping, there may be someone running behind you and a collision is waiting to happen. If you absolutely must stop, make your way to the side, take a breather, and keep moving forward.
  4. Stretch and Pace Yourself
    Activate all your leg muscles—inner and outer thighs, hips, hamstrings, calves and quadriceps through a full range of motion
    stretches. Loose muscles help you lunge and lengthen your strides more efficiently, plus helps prevent injury.


How to Train for the James Island Connector Run in 30 Days

2017-01-23T22:28:41+00:00 September 4th, 2014|The Race|

James Island Connector Run

The James Island Connector Run is upon us and before we know it, we’ll be lacing up those tennis shoes for the big day. In preparation for the run, we want to give you all a few basic tips to make your JIC Run experience more fun, and less stressful.

1. Change your scenery! It’s easy to lose the excitement when training for a race. We know, we know – running can be monotonous. Switch up your running routine or route, or ask a buddy to join you. Keep the momentum exciting leading up to race day. If you’re really adventurous, run a trail once a week for an added challenge.

2. Treat yourself to a really good pair of running shoes. If you’re hitting the pavement, be kind to your body. Check the date of your shoes, or think about how much use you’ve gotten out of them. Perhaps your go-to pair needs to become lawn mowing shoes from now on. Head to a local specialty store and they can help you find the right pair for you.

3. Create a playlist. Sit down and create a really cool playlist with your favorite songs to get you pumped up for your run. Think: Eye of the Tiger. If you choose songs that you love, it’ll be easier to lose yourself in the road and enjoy your time to yourself. Plus, it will help you keep your pace.

4. Make time for your runs. You’re busy, we understand! With 24 hours in a day, commit to sparing just 30 minutes to an hour of good, quality running. Not only are you preparing for race day, but you’ll feel more motivated everyday with lots of energy.

The REAL Reason We Race

2017-01-23T22:28:44+00:00 October 12th, 2013|Cool Stuff, Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, The Race|

The registrations are pouring in, and we’re thrilled so many of you are running, walking and biking this year! Did you know that simply by crossing that bridge… you’re improving a life.  The proceeds from the race go to the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation, a local charity that gives college scholarships to students with physical disabilities.  Runners like you helped out Chopper Johnson.  Read his story below (and have a tissue ready…)


 Edgar “Chopper” Johnson

In June, I had the honor of being invited to the National Federation of the Blind’s national conference in Orlando. I was able to spend the week with some incredibly gifted blind students and professionals. But the thing is that still resonates with me most came from a speech about introducing Braille into early childhood and elementary classrooms. The speaker asked, “Why do we force blind children to live and view themselves as defective sighted individuals, when in truth they are intelligent, capable, fully functional blind individuals?” As someone who was raised in a culture that viewed me as defective because of my vision, I’m still asking myself that question.

Yesterday, Rick Reilly, who has been a nationally syndicated sports columnist for decades with Sports Illustrated and ESPN, wrote a column about Cincinnati Reds beat writer Hal McCoy. To Reilly, what makes McCoy noteworthy is not that he is a Hall of Fame journalist, or that he’s been covering major league baseball for more than 40 years. It’s that he’s legally blind. As I was reading the column, bumped up to 200% on my laptop, I began to realize that Reilly was absolutely baffled that McCoy was able to do his job with a handicap. And to Reilly, that’s what it was: A handicap. Reilly was asking how can this defective individual continue to be successful in a sighted world.

The perception of being defective put a massive chip on my shoulder for most of my youth. If you ask my wife, she’d probably tell you it’s still there. That led to a catastrophic failure during my first attempt at college. When I reentered the College of Charleston three years, I got involved with the good, hard-working people in the Center for Disability Services, and they’ve been great. But the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation was the first outside group that I encountered that said, “You’re not a defective sighted individual. You’re not a defective hearing individual. You’re not a defective ambulatory individual. You are an intelligent, capable, fully functioning human being who just happens to have it a little bit tougher than most of the rest of the students on this campus.”

The scholarship money has been wonderful. When I realized I had to buy books in three different formats. When I was seeing if our finances could support me doing a three-week study abroad to teach in Ecuador this summer. When I found out exactly how much just the eyedrops for cataract surgery cost, the GK scholarship money made it all a little easier.

But what has mattered most to me about being a part of GK is listening to Nick and Ron. Listening to the passion that they have about helping students with disabilities, and about not only expanding this program to include as many students as possible, but also about spreading the lesson that a disability is not a handicap.

For someone who was almost out of high school before the ADA was passed, it’s been a long trip from defective to confident with a disability. I’d like to thank Nick, Ron and the rest of the board of directors of the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation for making that process a little bit easier.

 Help us help more students like Chopper.  Sign up today.

Five Reasons To Run This Year’s Race

2017-01-23T22:28:45+00:00 September 5th, 2013|The Race|

We know.  Sometimes it’s tough to commit to running a 5 or 10k.  However, our race is fun and comes with a couple options – 5k run or walk, 10k run, or 10k bike ride.  Still not convinced?  Give us a minute to persuade you…

JICR 2013 T-shirt

It’s all about the t-shirt.  We know you’ll you’ll be styling in this year’s design. Raquel Shamah from the Art Institute of Charleston created this year’s logo.

This is our 15th year, and we wanted to make it special.  So we will be handing out commemorative medals to the first 1,000 finishers.  Cool, right?  Now you can post on Facebook about your awesome run AND you can wear a medal to work the following Monday.

Our 5k has the potential to be fast… really fast.  It’s the only point-to-point 5k in the state, and the course is pretty straight without a lot of turns.
Just ask Jeff Baxter.  He smashed his old 5k time on our course. 
“If there’s a tail wind from the Northeast, this course is really fast.  You’re only running from point A to B, so it’s a straight shot in one direction.”

Come on, this one really needs no explanation.  We’ll have the normal post-run foods: bananas, bagels, etc. and BEER.

It just feels good to give back to the community.  When you run our race, the proceeds go to local charity, the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation.  They give college scholarships to students with physical disabilities and will be awarding 13 new scholarships this fall to students from College of Charleston, Charleston Southern and the Citadel.

We expect record breaking numbers this year, so reserve your spot now!  Register today!