Every year, the Charleston Running Club holds the Floppin’ Flounder 5K to raise funds for the Sullivans Island Fire & Rescue Department and our club.
27+ Years of Racing History
History of the Floppin' Flounder
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
The Charelston Running Club History
30+ Years of Club History
How We Got Started
The Charleston Running Club, created by runners for runners, exists for the purpose of the promotion, encouragement, organization and education of running and running activities for sport, recreation, competition and health in the local community.
Since 1977 the Charleston Running Club has been promoting running in the local running community. Created by Terry Hamlin, the Charleston Running Club was instrumental in starting two of the area’s largest races, the Cooper River Bridge Run and the Kiawah Marathon. While we don’t direct either of these races anymore, we are represented on the board of the Bridge Run and we host the Charlie Post Classic 15K/5K in January along with the Floppin’ Flounder 5K and Open and Masters Track Classic in June, the Charleston James Island Connector Run in October, and the Bohicket Half and 5K in November.
We welcome all running abilities. Our diverse group includes first time runners along with some of South Carolina’s elite runners. We all come together monthly to share our running stories, find new running partners, listen to a guest speaker or go for a group run. In addition to the social benefits, our members receive discounts on races, free training clinics, a great breakfast after the Cooper River Bridge Run and discounts from local retailers.
“Terry is a man who knows running. He was on the leading edge of the running boom. And it was well known in the Charelston area that if you need information about running, he was the man to talk to. ” ~Cedric Jaggers
Proceeds from the various races the Charleston Running Club Host benefit the following:
- Charlie Post Scholarship Fund
- Sullivans Island Fire & Rescue Dept
- Gavalas Kolanko Foundation
- Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club
- Charleston Running Club
- Monthly traveling group runs
- Monthly social events
- Guest Speakers
- Health Lectures
- Cooper River Bridge Run Breakfast
- End of Year Holiday Party for Members
- Race Preparations
- Event Insurance
- Board Member Liability Insurance
- RRCA Membership
- USATF Membership
- Support for local community projects as they come up.
The Charleston Running Club is a club for all runner types and styles. We are a club comprised of elite runners to casual weekend road warriors to those just lacing up a pair of running shoes for the first time ever.
Membership price is very reasonable and the benefits include:
- Race discounts to over 30 local races
- Group Runs
- Monthly Socials
- Breakfast after the Cooper river Bridge Run
- Discounts to local businesses such as Joints in Motion and CORA Physical Therapy
- Yearly Holiday Party
For more information please visit our website at www.charlestonrunningclub.com.
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