Surfers Healing supporters run to cure autism 

Folly Fund-raiser

Close to a hundred runners and walkers made strides down East Arctic Avenue on Folly Beach Saturday for the Surfers Healing 5K Run. Organizers saw a much larger crowd than expected, and the registration T-shirt supply ran out as runners rushed to sign up just minutes before the race. Shortly after 9 a.m., runners, joggers, and walkers were escorted to the starting line by the lovely ladies of the Lowcountry High Rollers, decked out in their signature black and hot pink ensembles and roller skates. Already a balmy day, participants quickly worked up a sweat on the course that followed East Arctic down to the 11th block before cutting over to East Cooper, making a 3.1-mile loop of the island. For the brave souls who could still muster a bit of energy after the road race, a quarter-mile paddleboard competition was held a mere hour and a half after most crossed the first finish line. Although the water was warm enough, the wind picked up substantially after the early morning calm, making the competition anything but a breeze. Three ladies and a handful of guys faced the current and swells for the stand-up paddle competition that took them out around the pier before heading back to the safety of the shoreline. Throughout the rest of the day, athletes and families enjoyed a street festival with live music, a petting zoo, jewelry sales, and a silent auction. All proceeds will help fund the Charleston-based Surfers Healing summer camp, which brings professional surfers from around the country to work with autistic children for a unique and effective form of therapy.

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