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The Charleston James Island Connector Run is Charleston’s premier 5K / 10K event that serves and honors students with disabilities with a family-oriented run which promotes fitness, builds community awareness and ultimately funds college scholarships for students with physical disabilities.
Wait.... Did you say "Home Edition"?
Yes we did. With the only certainty being that we cannot predict the outcome of the current pandemic with COVID-19, this year's race is a challenging one to plan. We love this cause and want to make sure we raise enough funds to support the recipients of this year's GKF Scholarships. This year's event will be virtual.
When we opened up registration originally we informed you that you had a choice of registering for a Virtual 10K / 5K or for Physical 10K / 5K. We asked you to understand, though, that even if you signed up for the non-virtual 10K / 5K and we were unable to physically hold the race, this event would turn in to a Virtual Race. We did this with the hope of this Virtual Race having the potential to be a Physical Race, however, we are unable to provide that type of event this year.
This year's event will be a 5K / 10K that you complete between October 24th and October 31st, 2020. You choose the time and place (following local social distancing guidelines) on any of those days to complete a 5K / 10K your way!
Once completed upload your results through the link that is provided to see how you ranked against everyone else.
Despite the challenges we are all experiencing right now, one thing that remains constant is our commitment to the Charleston James Island Connector Run.
We know that you share our commitment to the CJICR and would love for you to particpate in the "Home Edition" 5K / 10K and join the local community in honoring students with disabilities by supporting the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation.
Please make sure to tag us with your on your favorite social media and the hashtag #2020CJICRatHomeEdition
When we are not in the middle of a pandemic, the James Island Connector Run (JICR) provides one of the most scenic race routes in the Southeast and one of the most challenging courses in the Lowcountry! Overlooking the beautiful Ashley River and the historic downtown peninsula of Charleston, this 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk (the 5K course remains an out and back course) goes across the James Island Connector. The post-race festival is held at Cannon Park and includes Refreshments, Music, Beer Garden, and kids zone. Race starts at 8:30am.
The top 5 male and female finishers for the 10K and 5K Run will receive cash awards. The top prize will be $250; 2nd place, $150; 3rd place, $100; 4th place, $75; and 5th place, $50. First place male and female Master and Grandmaster in the 10K and 5K will receive $100. The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group of the 10K and 5K running category will also receive an award. $100 Course Record Bonus For Each Race M/F
Since we are holding a virtual event this year, there will not be awards for overall, age group, or record course time cash bonuses.
On March 20, 2020, co-founder of the Gavalas Kalanko Foundation, Dr. Ronald Kolanko passed away peacefully at his home. As co-founder of the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation and this event, this year's event will be dedicated to Dr. Ronald Kolanko and his family.
The Charleston James Island Connector Run benefits the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, a local charity that awards annual scholarships to students with physical disabilities at in the Lowcountry. To date, the GKF has awarded more than 165 scholarships to students with disabilities at the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, the Citadel, Trident Technical College and the Art Institute of Charleston. Help us award even more scholarships by signing up for our race!
The Charleston Running Club is excited to announce that beginning in 2019, they will be hosting this amazing event! After 20 years of the James Island Connector Run raising funds for the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, the Charleston Running Club is proud to continue this great tradition for an amazing cause.
Since 1977, the Charleston Running Club has been promoting running in the local community. Early on, the club was instrumental in starting two of the area's largest races, the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Kiawah Marathon. Members of the club leadership currently serve on the board of the Cooper River Bridge Run. The Charleston Running Club hosts the Charlie Post Classic 15K/5K in January, the Floppin’ Flounder 5K and Open and Masters Track Classic in June, and the Bohicket Half and 5K in November.
Proceeds from these other events go to support the Charlie Post Scholarship Fund, the Sullivan's Island Fire & Rescue Department and the Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club respectively. The Charleston Running Club is a 100% volunteer operated club for the purpose of the promotion, encouragement, organization and education of running and running activities for sport, recreation, competition and health in the local community.
All finishers will receive this years finisher medal!
Male and Female style shirts available.
Deadline to purchase packet mailing option.
Drive By packet Pickup
Time and Location TBD
Walk Up packet Pickup
Time and Location TBD
We will miss you this year at our always entertaining after party this year.
This doesn't mean we still can't share your running experience with you though!
Take a photo of you during your run, celebrating your finish, or your favorite memory of the JICR.
Tag us in it and hashtag it #2020JICRHomeEdition and we'll share it!
Involve your family! You won't be able to get your face painted this year with us, but that doesn't mean you still can't have fun!
Be festive and try a little face painting for your kids and share with us your artistic talent!
Make sure to join or create a team to compete for the Largest Team Award!
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