Monday, May 4, 2009

Scene: Surfers Healing 5K

Posted by Erica Jackson on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 10:27 AM

3fea/1241447243-dsc_0617.jpg Close to a hundred runners and walkers made strides down East Arctic Avenue on Folly Beach Saturday for the Surfers Healing 5K Run, benefiting the surf camp held by the group each summer. Letting participants register up until minutes before the race began, organizers quickly ran out of T-shirts that were ordered to go along with registration packets. Sopagna Eap of Johns Island claimed a first place finish with a time of 17:52, followed by Randy Wiggins of Summerville who won the overall road race for the male category at 17:55. After the 3.1-mile competition on land, a few brave souls entered the surf for a 200-yard Rebel Yell Dash and half-mile stand-up paddleboard race. Barbara Weaver and Kai Dilling (below) placed first in the stand-up paddle race for the female and male categories. Weaver also took first for the combined competition for female and Christian Gaeta took the same title for the males. Both athletes claimed tiki-trophies for their successful ventures. Throughout the rest of the day, athletes and families enjoyed a street festival with jump castle, live music, petting farm, jewelry sales, and a silent auction. Another big winner walked away with a $1,600 paddleboard donated by Ocean Surf Shop for the price of a $5 raffle ticket. All proceeds will help fund the Charleston-based Surfers Healing summer camp, which brings professional surfers from across the country to work with autistic children for a unique and effective form of therapy. —Cara Kelly
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