CofC Environmental Studies students hosting 9th Annual 8K for H2O

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For the ninth consecutive year, the College of Charleston Masters of Environmental Studies Student Association (MESSA) will host the 8K for H20, an 8K run on February 19th at 9 a.m, in front of the Folly Fishing Pier.

Working to raise awareness and funds to help improve the quality of our local water supply, more than 300 runners and walkers are expected to participate in this year’s race. The course will take participants through the streets of Folly Beach. This year, local water-watchdog organization, Charleston Waterkeeper, will be the race beneficiary, further highlighting the importance of the public’s involvement in the fight to protect our waterways.

With more than 200 participants and nearly $6,000 raised in 2010, this year’s MESSA 8K for H20 is expected to break records with both attendance and support. As this year’s chosen benefactor, Executive Director of Charleston Waterkeeper, Cyrus Buffum, commented on the partnership, “The MESSA 8K for H2O highlights exactly what Charleston Waterkeeper works to accomplish on a daily basis - involving the public to protect, as well as improve the quality of our water. Charleston relies heavily on its proximity to water for a multitude of industries. It is in our best interest as a community to get actively involved in the fight to preserve, as well as nurture this vital local resource.”

This year’s race awards will be given based on the top male and female runners for each age category. T- shirts, snacks and beverages will be provided for participants, and an after-party is scheduled from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Taco Boy. Attendees may peruse a silent auction before and after the race which will feature items from locally-owned businesses. All proceeds from the race and silent auction will benefit Charleston Waterkeeper.

Registrations received before February 1st receive a discounted rate of $20; on or after February 1st, registration is $25. T-shirts for race-day registrations are available while supplies last. All current CofC students receive $5 off. CofC student organizations with five or more participants receive $10 off. Valid ID must be shown for all students when packet is picked up. Race packets and T-shirts may be picked up on Race Day starting at 7:45a.m. at the registration tables located near the Folly Fishing Pier on Center Street. This event is rain or shine.