James Island
Connector Run

James Island Connector Run

The Fall of 1999 was the first annual Charleston James Island Connector Run, a challenging route for competitive runners due to the inclination of the bridge, yet a scenic route for casual walkers to enjoy the amazing view of the Charleston Harbor.

In the spring of 2003, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., awarded the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation a proclamation naming the first Saturday of each November as “Students with Disabilities Day.” Later that year, the Charleston James Island Connector Run evolved into the city’s flagship event marking Students with Disabilities Day and honoring the special students in our area who continue to thrive in the classroom despite their special needs.

The James Island Connector Run is the only point-to-point 5K run in South Carolina, and a 10K Fun Bike Run.

Fun for the whole family!

Run, walk, or bike one of the most scenic race routes in the Southeast! Overlooking the beautiful Ashley River and the historic downtown peninsula of Charleston, this 10K Run/10K Fun Bike Ride, 5K Run, and Duathlon goes across the James Island Connector. The post-race festival is held at Cannon Park and includes Refreshments, Music, Beer Garden, and kids zone.