14. Race for the Cure, 2007

14. Race for the Cure, 2007

Once again I participated in the Charleston, South Carolina Race for the Cure. All of these running events are attached to some sort of good cause, but this one is a little different. The primary reason is the breast cancer survivors who are walking around the place. The second reason… well, that’s a bit more personal.

13. Dam Run to Irmo, 2007

Well, it finally happened. I’ve participated in a race that I would not suggest to anyone else. The aptly named “Dam Run” was a disorganized joke. Oh, I’m sure that some of the locals would disagree, but trust me… it was a poorly organized race with an extremely crummy course.

12. Race for the ARK, 2007

12. Race for the ARK, 2007

Here it is, another race article. The cause this one is dedicated to is the ARK. It stands for Adult Respite… uh, Care. Yeah, I know. They wanted to spell it like the boat, so what can you do?

11. July 4 Cross Country Run, 2007

11. July 4 Cross Country Run, 2007

July 4 Cross Country Run, 2007

I have this calendar from the 2006 Cooper River Bridge Run. It’s wonderful, and I can’t wait to receive the next one. It has all of the local running events in it. Everything from the Resolution Run to the Reindeer Run, all through the year. Usually there’s the event name and maybe some other information. This time, it just said “to be announced” and had a phone number.

10. Run Forrest Run, 2007

10. Run Forrest Run, 2007

I couldn’t turn this one down. It was free. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a computer operator for the Accounting Department at Coburg Dairy. Our story began when Robert walked up to my desk with a registration form and told me that Coburg Dairy was sponsoring a local 5K race at the baseball stadium, of all places, along with the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.

9. Cooper River Bridge Run, 2007

9. Cooper River Bridge Run, 2007

March 31, 2007 was the day of the 30th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run, and I was right there in the middle of it. This year I had more trouble with the crowds, and it shows in my times when compared with last year. That’s okay, though. Unless you’re a professional runner, this event is more for fun than anything else.

8. Flowertown Festival Run, 2007

8. Flowertown Festival Run, 2007

This article is a bit photo-heavy, but it’s light on the chatter. I thought it would be fun to actually take my camera with me during a race. I have a project coming up in my Digital Photography class which requires a visual narrative, so I submitted the idea of documenting a race or two. (It’s not as if I’m really going out of my way.)

7. Laura Griffin Memorial Run, 2007

7. Laura Griffin Memorial Run, 2007

This race is a memorial for Laura Griffin, who used to work at the College of Charleston a few years back. She was the Director of the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention until she was killed in a hit-and-run on the Battery in January of 1996. Laura was apparently a big proponent of healthy living, So the folks at the college decided to honor her memory with a 5K race.

6. Resolution Run, 2007

6. Resolution Run, 2007

Happy New Year, everyone. I’ve done enough of these races to become part of the local running community. Information just sort of floats to me now about where and when the races are. It’s pretty cool. As with the other races, there are many different kinds of people involved, and people have individual goals for their times and performance.

5. Reindeer Run, 2006

5. Reindeer Run, 2006

Yet another 5K race in Charleston, just two weeks after the Turkey Day run! I found out about it on Thanksgiving morning on my walk from the parking garage to registration. Someone had posted a few signs with the dates and information.

4. Turkey Day Run, 2006

4. Turkey Day Run, 2006

Happy American Thanksgiving Everyone! (It’s a late wish, but it’s better than nothing.) While most of you were sleeping soundly on Thanksgiving morning, I was awake and dressed for a race. Since I overtaxed my ankle during the Race for the Cure I’ve been gradually training it up, and at this point I’m finally ready for anything.

3. Race for the Cure, 2006

3. Race for the Cure, 2006

This year I participated in the Charleston, South Carolina Race for the Cure. It’s a 5K (3.1 mile) benefit race which promotes breast cancer research. It’s the first race I’ve participated in besides the Cooper River Bridge Run, so I was pretty excited. The only snag is that I haven’t fully regained the level of fitness which I had before the accident.

1. Cooper River Bridge Run, 2005

2005 Bridge Run Shirt

I was looking over the list of my articles, and I noticed that I was exactly one race short of a complete race history. I was missing my first official race: The 2005 Cooper River Bridge Run. So here I am, writing this article in October of 2007. Better late than never, I suppose.