Friends of Hunting Island 5K returns this October


Update October 5: While the Shrimp Festival 5K and Shrimp Run is coming up this Saturday, but don't forget that the Friends of Hunting Island 5K follows the next weekend — giving you a shot to burn off those calories and help out a couple of good causes. 

The event will also raise money to bring Beaufort County 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders to the park for hands-on learning through the Discover Carolina program. So far some 2,000 students have been sponsored to visit the park.

First reporting: The fourth annual Friends of Hunting Island 5K Walk/Run is coming on Saturday, October 13.

Here's all you need to know from a release:

The Friends of Hunting Island (FOHI) announced that the organization is once again joining with Hunting Island State Park to sponsor its 4th annual 5K Run/Walk along the park’s beautiful refurbished trails. The Run/Walk will be held on October 13th, starting at 10:00 am. Runners, walkers, and supporters will gather at the park’s Nature Center, the entrance is just short of the Fripp Island Bridge.

This event is for the serious runner and it’s also a fun, family run or walk if you prefer. Chip timing is provided by Play Hard Event Timing and is entirely within the park. The event begins and ends at the Nature Center and follows the Nature Center Trail to the Lagoon Trail and then crosses over to the Maritime Forrest Trail back to the Nature Center. Volunteers will be stationed at each turn. Strollers are permitted but sorry, no pets.

New this year is the Team Competition. Teams will consist of 5 members each with two age categories:  under 18 or 18 and over. Registration is $25 for 5K runners, $100 for 5K Teams, and $15 for walkers. 

Friends of Hunting Island especially encourages whole families to come out and “take a walk” and enjoy our most popular state park’s lovely trails, some cool breezes, and unparalleled forest views. Funds from this event will be used to support Friends’ work with the Discover Carolina Program, in which we bring 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade students to the park for a day of nature programs and hands-on learning. 

Register online by credit card at 

For additional information and to download forms:  The online registration deadline is 5:00 pm, Friday, October 12th. Walk-up registration is welcome on the day of the event from 9:00 – 9:30 am, along with all participant packet pick-ups. Please note that park fees will still need to be paid to join this event. For more information, please contact the event Co-chairs, or

About Friends of Hunting Island

The Friends of Hunting Island (FOHI) organization began in 1993, dedicated to helping the park enhance the unique natural wonders and educational opportunities that exist on the island. Friends has a current membership of nearly 800 families and we continue to grow, matching the park's increasing need for help initiating and maintaining various projects and functions which otherwise might be scaled back due to fiscal restraints in the state of South Carolina. We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-profit organization. We have an annual of budget of approximately $120,000, which includes the management of grants, donations, and fundraisers. Our non-profit Board of Directors meets every other month, and the annual meeting is held in December. To learn more: