Health & Wellness

Walk, Ride and Run with Roper St. Francis


Well, so much for walking and riding this weekend (more like slosh, swim and paddle). Due to rainouts, the Heart Walk and the Ride for Hope are both canceled, although the Ride for Hope might be rescheduled (stay tuned.) But the good news is, there’s time to still train and prep for the Race for the Cure, as well as the upcoming Run for Rina on October 24th, to benefit RSF Cancer Care. So stay dry, stay active and get ready to run!


Yep, it’s that season again — time to lace up your shoes and pump up your tires because we’re about to put in some miles to fight two of our least favorite things: heart disease and cancer.

Roper St. Francis is once again a proud sponsor of three big upcoming Lowcountry events that promise to #1: get you active and #2: help raise dollars and awareness for good causes. Can’t beat that! And the even better news is that there’s still time to participate. So start warming up, tell your friends, and join the fun. Here’s the scoop, and oh yeah, we look forward to seeing you there!

Heart WalkSaturday, Oct. 3: The Lowcountry Heart Walk

8 a.m. Liberty Square, Charleston

Register and donate/fundraise here.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. This event is totally family friendly and tons of fun (plus it’s an easy warm up for the Ride for Hope the next day or the Race for the Cure, read on). Our Roper St. Francis team always turns out in force. Put on your red shirt and walk with us!

ride_for_hope_smSunday, October 4: The Zucker Ride for Hope, featuring pro-cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Van de Velde

8 a.m. Awendaw Green

Register and donate/fundraise here.

Roper St. Francis Cancer Care is both a sponsor and a beneficiary of this group bicycle ride along the beautiful and quiet roads of the Francis Marion National Forest. Named in honor of Charleston entrepreneur and business leader Jerry Zucker who died of brain cancer in 2008, the Ride for Hope has raised nearly $800,000 over eight years to benefit local cancer-related charities. This year, riders have the option of three different distances: an easy 10-mile family ride for all ages and abilities, a 30-mile route, and a 100k- (67 miles) route for the intrepid cyclist. If you watched any of this year’s Tour de France, you probably saw NBC Commentator Christian Van de Velde, who will be joining this year’s ride, along with celebrity rider George Hincapie, a 17-time finisher of the Tour de France and three-time U.S. National Champ.

Race for the CureSaturday, October 17: Komen Lowcountry Race for the Cure

Daniel Island, Family Circle Cup Stadium

Gates open 7 a.m., 8:20 a.m. Kids Dash for the Cure; 8:45 a.m. 1-mile Fun Run/Walk; 9:15 a.m. 5K Run/Walk

Register and donate/fundraise here.

You know the drill. One of our favorite events, this annual high energy ode to pink returns to Daniel Island, hoping to raise $500,000 to fight breast cancer. Join breast cancer survivors and just about everyone else. Choose to walk or run in honor or memory of a loved one, or just come be part of a good thing.

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