Race honors memory of Dr. Charlie Post

  • Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Charlie Post Classic 15K and 5k is the signature running event of the Charleston Running Club. Now in its 31st year, this race honors the memory of Dr. Charlie Post, a well-known Charleston runner, triathlete and family physician who volunteered his time and medical talents to the running community. Dr. Post had been a very active member of the Charleston Running Club, served as the head of the College of Charleston’s student health services, and also was the school’s team physician for varsity sports. As a memorial, the Charleston Running Club funds an annual scholarship in his memory through the athletic department of the College of Charleston.

The run will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Sullivan’s Island Fire Station

Highlights will include:

•One of the longest tenured races in South Carolina

•USATF Certified Course for both the 15K and the 5K

•Proceeds fund scholarship for College of Charleston student athlete – All Sponsorships are Tax Deductible

•The Charleston Running Club has been promoting running in the region for over 30 years and it is the go-to place for all things running in the Lowcountry.

If your business wants to reach out to the local running community, the best place to start is the CRC.

Dr. Charlie Post was a medical doctor who specialized in family practice and served as the resident physician of the infirmary at the College of Charleston. He was an active member of the Charleston Running Club and an avid triathlete before endurance sports had entered the mainstream.

In 1980, Charlie organized and directed the Family Practice Physicians Fitness Run. During the same year, the annual Association of Family Practice Physicians convention was held in Charleston. Charlie thought that it would be a good idea to have a race in conjunction with the convention—to encourage the public and the physicians to improve their fitness. There was a 1-mile family fun run, a 5K and a 15K—which was 3 loops of the 5K course. The Family Practice Run continued in 1981 and 1982. Charlie decided not to organize a race in 1983 due to growing commitments with his practice, and the fact that the convention moved from Charleston.

In July 1983 while bicycling in preparation for a triathlon, Charlie collided with a van which was parked in the bicycle path on the Isle of Palms and was paralyzed from the neck down.

Art Liberman took over the race and changed its name and purpose.

The name of the race was changed to the Charlie Post Classic and the purpose was to raise fund to help pay some of Charlie’s enormous medical expenses. Charlie started the races from his wheelchair by voice command, and they were successes in every way.

Charlie was looking forward to the 1984 races and he planned to start them again. However, on October 28th of that year he died from complications caused by the accident. Since Charlie had always been a man who helped other people, it was decided to continue the race. It’s purpose would now be an ongoing one: to fund a scholarship in the name of Charlie Post.

The Charlie Post Memorial Scholarship was established at the College of Charleston and has continued to this day through proceeds raised through the race. The Charleston Running Club has continued as the organizer of this annual race which now enters its 31st year.

Floppin’ Flounder 5K will be hosted by the Charleston Running Club on June 7th 2014. This fun, family friendly race has been a local favorite for over 20 years.

For more information please contact: Dani Girard (843) 810-8277 or danielletgirard@gmail.com

Website: www.CharlestonRunningClub.com

All checks should be payable to Charleston Running Club, PO Box 30224, Charleston, SC 29417. The Charleston Running Club is a non-profit organization with Tax ID # 57-0878770.

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