And y’all thought marathons were all about running. The sixth annual Charleston Marathon tomorrow benefits the Youth Endowment for the Arts. The YEA was founded in 2000 as a way to improve upon Lowcountry kids’ educational experiences. Since then the program has sponsored artist-in-residence programs in schools and sponsored a summer camp program in New York City.

At today’s packet pick up and vendor expo we could already see the good works of the program in action. From a gal creating a tennis shoe sculpture to the joviality of the race’s T-shirt designer, local artist Fred Jamar, there’s plenty more going on at this thing than hydration clinics. 

Jamar, who chuckled when we asked if he planned on running the race, displays his work at Robert Lange Studios and is the current artist-in-residence at the Vendue.

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