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For the first 19 years of the event, the Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Squad held the annual Floppin’ Flounder 5K that was originally connected to the group’s annual fish fry.
The event was spearheaded by volunteer firefighter Huggie Hindman, a runner. Created by Huggie with help from Kenny Bible, Mike Chodnicki, and Howie Schomer, the event was created to help raise funds for the volunteer part of the fire department. Originally held on the morning of the annual fish fry on the last Saturday of June, it was eventually moved to the second week of June.
For years, Hindman had been trying to pass the baton to someone else and keep the race alive. After trying to get a group of from Bishop England High School to take it on as an annual fundraiser, the Charleston Running Club stepped up to take over the event.
This became the Charleston Running Club’s second yearly road race under their management.
A well-known community supporter, Huggie spent many years as a volunteer fire fighter for the Sullivans Fire & Rescue Department. He started with them in 1988 and received certication for Interior Structural Firefighter early in 1989. In 1991, while looking at ways to raise money for the volunteer part of the SIFD, the Fire Chief asked Huggie if he though a 5K would be profitable. Huggie agreed and in 1992, with the help of Kenny Bible, Mike Chodnicki, and Howie Shomer, the Floppin’ Flounder 5K was started.
Huggie still currently assist with the event as well as participates in it. Since starting this event, he has also assisted Howie Shomer and Charles Fox with the Charleston Marathon and recently finished his 29th year of helping Mike Chodnicki with the Kiawah Marathon.
“I’ve been running for over 50 years and can’t imagine not being able to run/walk and help with races. I’ve met so many wonderful people through the sport and hope I can continue many more years.” ~Huggie Hindman
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