About The Isle of Palms Connector Run
In 1992 the Isle of Palms Connector finished being constructed and was opened for vehicle traffic. It was during that year that the City of IOP, the Mt. Pleasant Exchange Club and the Isle of Palms Exchange Club decided to host and sponsor the very first Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child.
Early Stages of Construction for the Isle of Palms Connector
The race started out small but thanks to the efforts of the Isle of Palms and Mount Pleasant Exchange club it has grown into a significant fundraising event for the children of the Lowcountry. Since beginning 27 years ago, the race has always been held on the 1st Saturday in Oct with the same mission of healing and protecting the families of the Lowcountry that have been affected by child abuse.
A snapshot of the 2011 Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child
Historically the race has been put on by the IOP Exchange Club and the Mount Pleasant Exchange Club but in 2016, the Mt. Pleasant Exchange Club dropped out of sponsoring the race and the Isle of Palms Exchange CLub has taken over the planning, organization, operations, marketing, and sponsorship. For more information on the IOP Exchange Club Club click HERE
The sign outside of the Isle of Palms Exchange Club
In the past 27 years, nearly $1M has been raised by the IOP Run and donated to agencies in the Lowcountry that work towards the prevention of child abuse. In 2018 $55,000 was raised and donated to these agencies. The race is run entirely by volunteers of the IOP Exchange Club, the City of IOP, the Town of Mt. Pleasant and other Community Agencies.
Participants of the 2018 IOP Run pose for a picture.