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The Charleston area sports travel calendar consists of some 200 sports events a year. Calendar of Events.  The top producing events in economic dollars are listed below:

The Medal of Honor Bowl Game and Event Week is a post-season collegiate all-star game, showcasing the nation’s top NFL draft-eligible football players.  The Game is held at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. Some 94 players and over 150 NFL personnel / scouts arrive one week prior to game day for an entire week of practices and host committee sponsored-events.  The inaugural event was held on January 11, 2014, with 8,000 in attendance.


The Charleston Marathon road race includes a full, ½ marathon, 5K and bike ride.  The fourth annual event was held on January 18, 2014, and reached its cap of 5,000 registrants. This event has 65-75% visitors each year.


Presented by Dunlop Sport, Family Circle Junior Tennis Cup is one of only two junior tennis tournaments in America to offer top players the opportunity to compete for a wildcard invitation into a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Premier Event.  The Family Circle Tennis Center serves as the tournament’s host site, with additional matches held throughout the region. Athletes include 350+ regionally and nationally ranked junior tennis players. Held on February 15-16, 2014.


The Charleston Cup is an annual gymnastics invitational that includes 1,500 athletes and their families from across the country. Participants have included foreign teams as well as US National Team members. Held at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex each year, it includes team and individual competitions for girls up to high school age. It celebrated 25 years on March 7-9, 2014.


The Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate Golf Tournament is hosted each year by the Bulls Bay Golf Club and features some of the best collegiate men’s golf programs in the country. College of Charleston plays host each year to some 15 teams representing powerhouse conferences such as ACC and SEC. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary on March 23 -25, 2014.


The Family Circle Cup is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world, and Family Circle Magazine is the longest running title sponsor of a sporting event in all of professional tennis, worldwide.  Charleston welcomes close to 100,000 spectators and more than 70 world-class, women athletes to participate in the excitement of this WTA premier tournament.   The 42nd annual event takes place March 29 – April 6, 2014. 


The Cooper River Bridge 10K Run includes world-class competition in a unique setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction.  Recently ranked #4 in the US and #18 in the world as the largest 10K road race. Over 40,000 annual participants.  The 37th annual event took place on April 5, 2014 and the next race will take place on March 28, 2015.


The Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week consists of 278 boats competing in the largest regatta of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.  Includes some 2,500 participants, representing 27 states and seven countries competing in the Charleston Harbor. The 19th annual event was held on April 10-13, 2014.


The East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival is organized each year by the Charleston County PRC and showcases some of the fastest growing outdoor activities including; stand-up paddleboarding, slack lining, archery, disc golf, mountain biking.  The traditional kayaking, canoeing and climbing are held along with clinics, demos, film festival, etc. Over 2,000 participants each year and 24th annual event held on April 11-13, 2014. 

The Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series (CSTS) is a premier sprint challenge for tri-athletes and held at James Island County Park.  Celebrating its 24th year, the five-race series is held on May 18, June 15, July 6, and July 27, and Championship Race on August 10, 2014.  Each race includes 300+ athletes, with many visiting from outside the area.  Over 30,000 athletes have raced in this swim-bike-run series since it began in 1991.


The ESPN Charleston Classic is a NCAA Men’s Invitational Tournament held at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena.  Includes eight teams playing 12 games during a four-day weekend.  The 7th annual event is held on November 20-23, 2014.


The Carolina Invitational grows each year in the number of High School Girl teams competing in this four-day holiday invitational.  The 4th annual event is expecting 80 teams, in which 50 are from outside the Charleston area.  It is now the 2nd largest all-girls tournament in the US and takes place on December 26-31, 2014.




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