April 20, 2016

Charleston Digital Corridor’s Annual iFive:K Brings Tech Community Together

Charleston Digital Corridor

While the 10th Annual Innovators 5k (iFive:K) is over, it will be remembered by race participants as the most successful event yet – in terms of attendance, funds raised for the Digital Corridor's CODEcamp education programming and fun.

The iFive:K, a weekday evening race, held at Riverfront Park in North Charleston on April 14, 2016, has become the favorite race for Charleston's tech community. The new venue allowed the Digital Corridor to host a record 1,210 participants with room to further grow the event in support of Charleston's thriving tech community.

"The employees at Blackbaud really look forward to participating in the annual iFive:K. The excitement and positive energy start with the planning for the event and go through to the days following the race – with even more enthusiasm about the planning for the next year," said Human Resources VP, Peggy Frazier. "Our Blackbaud associates enjoy spending more time with each other in a fun environment that allows them to also have camaraderie with fellow techies in the Charleston community."

Sponsors for the 2016 iFive:K included Benefitfocus (title), BoomTown, Blue Acorn, Blackbaud, SPARC – Booz Allen, Google and several others.

"Of the things we do, bringing the tech community together for events like the iFive:K is one of the most important since it fosters employee wellness, cross-company networking and friendships and supports community education," said Charleston Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade. "We could not host this event without the support from Charleston's growing tech community."

Key Statistics

  • Number of participants - 1,210
  • SPIRIT award winner – Team BoomTown
  • Fastest time – Male 15:39 - Female 18:50
  • Local microbreweries represented - Cooper River, Holy City, Frothy Beard & Lo-Fi
  • Highest Company Participation - Blackbaud - 251
  • Funds raised – approximately $49,000