The fourth annual Chilly Bean Run and Chili Cookoff is just around the corner.
The race, which is held on the Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the Coosaw Point neighborhood on Lady’s Island in Beaufort.
Runners can choose between two USATF certified distances, 5K or 10K, and will be chip-timed by Palmetto Running Company.
Walkers, runners, families, kids and dogs are all encouraged to participate. Participants are also welcome to bring their four-legged running partner. The race is (leashed) dog-friendly.
Known for its after-party, the Chilly Bean Run & Chili Cookoff will once again feature a DJ warmup and runner send-off, live music by The Bull Grapes and all-you-can eat chili cooked by amateur chefs and pro chefs from local restaurants.
Craft beer, kid’s plates and other concessions will be available for sale.
All participants get a free ticket to the chili cookoff after-party, and runners over age 21 receive a free recovery beer after the race.
Last year’s race sold out at over 500 runners, and based on current registrations, organizers expect another sellout.
Pre-registration is recommended at Runsignup.com. Race day registration is available, but has sold out for the past two years.
Tickets to the after-party will be available on-site. A chili cookoff ticket is $10, and a bottomless beer cup is $15 for one, $20 for two.
The race offers various award categories, such as Furthest Distance Traveled to Run, Oldest Participant, Youngest Participant, First Military Finisher, First Dog to Cross the Finish Line and First Stroller.
This year’s race benefits CAPA, the Child Abuse and Prevention Association in Beaufort. Proceeds from the race will be used to purchase computer equipment as well as other needed school supplies for the study rooms at the CAPA Open Arms Children’s home.
CAPA’s mission is to break the destructive cycle of child abuse and neglect by equipping parents, children and their caregivers with necessary skills, knowledge and values. Visit www.capabeaufort.org.
For more information on the race and after-party, visit www.getchilly.org.