22nd Annual James Island Connector 10K & 5K “Potentially not a Virtual” Run/Walk

October 24, 2020, Charleston, SC
Run or walk one of South Carolina’s most scenic routes. Overlooking the beautiful Ashley River and historic Downtown Charleston, this fun run/walk goes across the James Island Connector and finishes with a post-race party in Cannon Park!



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!

The 22nd James Island Connector 10K & 5K “Potentially not a Virtual” 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 “Potentially not a Virtual“?

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.  However, as this summer progresses and we begin fall, there is always a chance that this pandemic remains in check and we will be allowed by the City of Charleston to hold this event just like the previous 21 times.

When you register you will have the choice of registering for a Virtual 10K / 5K or for Physical 10K / 5K.  If you know that you won’t be in town for a physical event or unable to attend for any other reason, then register for the virtual event.  If you want the option to run in the physical event assuming we are allowed to hold the race, then register for the non-virtual event.  Understand, though, that even if you sign up for the non-virtual 10K / 5K and we are unable to physically hold the race,  this event will turn in to a Virtual Race.  Therefore, you are signing up for a Virtual Race that has the potential to be a Physical Race!


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.

Packet Pickup @ Cannon Park

Friday 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Saturday starting at 6:00 AM


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.