Young at heart 300-year-old with an “old sole” seeks fun new friends. Must enjoy fresh air and possess a sense of adventure. Interested in sharing good times the weekend of April 5th.
Beautiful landscape, temperate climate, and spirited people—Charleston is a remarkable place to experience the Great Outdoors, especially with two of our favorite spring athletic events: the Cooper River Bridge Run and Family Circle Cup.
Mark your calendars. You have a date with Charleston!
World-class athletes, costumed characters, a few celebrities (Oprah clocked in at 55:48 minutes), and a “ridiculously photogenic guy” have made Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run one of the largest and liveliest 10K footraces in the nation. The route traverses the soaring Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge— the third longest cable-stayed bridge in Western Hemisphere—and gives participants a bird’s eye view of the peninsula and its picturesque church steeples.
From lightening fast finishes by elite runners (the course record stands at 27:40 for male competitors and 31:19 for female racers) to the inevitable guy wearing a guerilla suit (whew, we pity the next person to don that costume), this is a high-energy, highly entertaining athletic extravaganza.
During the race, you’ll find us in the middle of the pack—huffing, puffing, and laughing as some super mom pushing quintuplets in a sleek stroller breezes past (truth be told, our tutus are not the most aerodynamic race apparel). But if you want to see some quick action, watch us dash to find a post race Bloody Mary or beer!
Later that day, we’ll be hopping over to Daniel Island for Family Circle Cup, the world’s largest women-only professional tennis tournament. The Cup takes place in Charleston every spring and draws top seeded players to compete for the sport’s largest purse (while we mean prize money—all $710,000, we love it when sister tennis phenoms and trendsetters Serena and Venus Williams dish on their favorite places to shop and eat while in town for the tournament). Between sets, you’ll find us browsing through the stadium’s retail village and indulging in farmers market-style kettle korn!
Earlier this week, we hit the streets running (and jumping and strolling and sidewalk cafe-ing) to embrace this week’s #Charlestonly photo theme: OUTDOOR FUN.
When colonists settled Charleston in 1680, an urban development plan called the Grand Model established an orderly grid of streets. It is fun to wander (and difficult to get lost) in the historic district. In fact, wandering in the historic district is one of our favorite sporting activities. We are elite wanderers. Wonder if these people would like to sponsor us?
This is an ideal time to explore the city. The sun is shining, birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and church bells are pealing. Lace up your sneakers and make tracks across the cobblestone streets. Put a little spring in your step.