Sat October 24, 2020 Charleston, SC US 29401 Directions

10K Run

$35 8:30AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT Price increases after October 23, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

5K Run/Walk

$30 8:30AM EDT - 10:30AM EDT Price increases after October 23, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual 10K

$35 Price increases after October 23, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual 5K

$30 Price increases after October 23, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT
Cannon Park
131 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC US 29401
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COVID-19 Update


We are in a unique set of circumstances as we plan this year's event.  Race cancellations are occurring everywhere during this pandemic.  In order to support the Gavalas Kalanko Foundation, in the event that we are prevented from physically holding this event all registrations will be transferred to the virtual event.  Please understand that while you are purchasing an entry to participate in this beautiful scenic event, you are also  donating funds for a great cause. We ask that if you do not want to transfer to a virtual event if we are required to, please do not register at this time.  If you do register, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for continuing to support this wonder cause of supporting students with disabilities!


Please understand there is a high probability of this event happening virtually.

We are still planning this event as if it will take place at Cannon Park because we are highly optimistic runners who love to support a good cause. 

This event will occur as a Virtual Race regardless of if we hold an actual event or not.  This means that event if all the pieces fall into place that enable us to hold this event and are able to have runners cross the Charleston James Island Connector, the option to run the race virtually will still be available.

This means that there will be no refunds offered. When you register you are registering for a Virtual Race that may also be held as an actual event in which you are requesting automatic placement in to that event should the city allow us to hold the race.  This will enable us to honor our sponsors who are donating to this great cause and ensure that we can raise generous funds to donate to the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation.





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

In rememberance of Dr. Ronald Kolanko

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.
Raising Money for a Cause

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!




Race Management

Image  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.

Race Swag

Finisher Medal

All finishers will receive this years finisher medal!



Male and Female style shirts available.


Race Information

Packet Pickup

Friday October 23, 2020

11:30 AM to 6:00 PM at Cannon Park.

Saturday October 24, 2019

6:30 AM to 8:00 AM



Courtney St Parking Garage

Parking is free at the Courtney St Parking Garage on Race Day.  Notify attendant when leaving that you are participating in the JICR.

Please understand that leaving the garage will take some time due to participants needing to turn in parking ticket stubs before leaving.

MUSC Valet Parking

There are several designated MUSC  Valet Parking lots on the south side of Calhoun St that are free to park in.  You will not be able to leave until streets open at 10:30 AM.

Rutledge Ave Parking Garage

We have very limited parking availability for the Rutledge Ave Garage. If you are in need of handicapped or special needs parking, please contact us for instructions on entrance into the garage.

Public Parking Garages and Street Parking

Parking is available at any of the public garages for $0.75 per half hour or at any street side metered parking.

Cannon Park

Parking will only be available around the park on Friday October 25, 2019 for Packet Pickup.  Parking will not be available race day.


After Party and Race Festivities

Live Band

Enjoy the sounds of 40 Mile Detour during the event and at the after party.


Food and Drink

Enjoy some hot dogs and beer at the after party after you finish your race!


Family Fun

Bring your family! There will be face painting for the kids as well as a rock climbing wall!




Team Competition

Make sure to join or create a team to compete for the Largest Team Award!


Race Contact Info

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