[JOHNS ISLAND] – Trail runners, mark your calendars and start training! After an excellent debut last year, the Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5K returns to scenic Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Breathtaking fall foliage, moss-draped oaks and native wildlife will offer runners the chance to connect with nature as they make their way through beautiful Johns Island trails. Races are offered for two distances: a half marathon and a 5K. Both the Half Marathon and 5K events will begin at 8:30 a.m. Spectators are welcome.
Couple the scenic backdrop with a post-race party, and everyone wins. Participants will enjoy an awards ceremony, food, beverages and live reggae funk music provided by Champagne with Friends. All are included in the price of registration.
Want to hone your running skills on the trails? Sign up for a new training program dubbed Trail Blazers Walk/Run to a 5K! Participants in the program will develop their skills by running or walking on scenic trails at either Mullet Hall Equestrian Center on Johns Island, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park, or Laurel Hill Plantation in Mount Pleasant. Twice weekly sessions starting Sept. 14 will focus on mental and physical endurance, form, agility and cross-training. Participants will finish up the program by running in the Lowcountry Trail 5K race Oct. 10! Race fees are covered in program registration.
Registration for the Half Marathon and 5K is $48 and $34 respectively. Charleston County residents can receive discounted rates when registering in advance. Online registration is available at CharlestonCountyParks.com and will end at 3 p.m. on Oct. 9. Long sleeve hoodies will be guaranteed for runners who register prior to Oct. 1.
This event is for ages 10 and up. Ages 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (registration and participation not required for chaperone).
Mullet Hall Equestrian Center is located at 2662 Mullet Hall Road on Johns Island, just off of River Road, and is owned and operated by the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. For more information on the Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5K, to view race course maps, or to register, visit the link below or call 843-795-4386.