22nd Annual James Island Connector 10K & 5K
“Home Edition” Run/Walk

October 24-31, 2020, at a location of your choice.
While we may not be able to run or walk one of South Carolina’s most scenic routes, overlooking the beautiful Ashley River and historic Downtown Charleston this year, we can still honor students with disabilities!



With the group size limit in effect in Charleston, we regret to inform you that the 2020 Charleston James Island Connector Run will be a “Home Edition” this year.  All participants will still receive a shirt, finisher medal, and bib this year.  Also, all participants who have registered in this event prior to confirmation of it being a virtual event will also receive a special Thank You gift as well. Please join us in honoring students with disabilities and help support funding of scholarships provided to them by the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation.

The 22nd James Island Connector 10K & 5K “Home Edition” Run/Walk

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. 

“Home Edition”

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 #2020CJICRHomeEdition.

In remembrance 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.

Packet Pickup Options


Choose this option for an additional $5 during registration and we will mail your packet to you.

Drive By

On Saturday October 17th, we’ll have a no contact option to pick up your packet from you vehicle.  Location TBD.

Walk Up

We are working on a location for those of  you who do not want your packets mailed and are unable to make the drive by pickup.


6.2 miles


3.1 miles

Proceeds from the Charleston James Island Connector Run benefit the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, a local charity that awards annual scholarships to students with physical disabilities making “Education Within Reach” for South Carolina undergraduates pursuing a college education despite physical limitations. Since 1999, the Foundation has raised more than $1,000,000 and awarded 165 scholarships to Lowcountry students.


Early registration for the 10K is $30 and for the 5K is $25 plus processing fees.  Prices increase August 1st, 2020.

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Training Plans

Interested in joining a training program to help you do your first 5K or 10K or to help you get a new PR? Check out some of the local training opportunities below.

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We are still accepting sponsors and supporters for this year’s event.  For more information please reach out to info@jicrun.com to learn how you can help support this cause.

Thank You To Our Organizers

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors

Thank You To Our Supporting Sponsors

Thank You To Our Gold Sponsors

Thank You To Our Silver Sponsors

Thank You To Our Band Sponsors

Thank You To Our Beer Sponsor

Thank You To Our Food / Water Sponsors

Race Day Exhibitors

Thank You To Our Patron Partners


Register to Race!

Before August 1st, 2019, Early registration for the 10K is $30 and for the 5K is $25 plus processing fees. 

After August 1st, 2019, registration for the 10K is $35 and for the 5K is $30 plus processing fees.