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More than 1,300 people race across James Island Connector

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A record-breaking 1,350 people signed up to bike, run and walk across the James Island Connector Saturday morning to raise money for students with disabilities.

The 15th Annual Charleston James Island Connector Run kicked off at 8:30 a.m. at Cannon Park.

Organizers said this a record-breaking year for the number of participants who signed up.

The race is held the first Saturday in November each year and a city proclamation declares the day 'Students With Disabilities Day.'

The money raised benefits the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation, which helps send students with disabilities to the Citadel, College of Charleston, the Charleston Art Institute and Charleston Southern University.

"We take a look at their stories. And they have to be great students," said Nick Gavalas, the co-founder of the foundation. "They are amazing, amazing young people and they all have physical disabilities. And we're here to help them with the extra expenses of going to school that are above books, tuition, housing. We help with those other medical expenses."

Since the run started 15 years ago, the foundation has given out 75 scholarships.

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