By Hollen D. Sellars for The Island Eye News
Runners and walkers from across the Lowcountry will gather Saturday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. to participate in the 9th Annual Run for Adela 5K/ Walk Presented by Johnson & Johnson Insurance – the only 5K in Charleston that’s on the beach.
The race was established in 2010 in memory of Adela Holmes Cook, a young Charleston native who passed away in 2009 from injuries sustained in a golf cart accident while vacationing in the Bahamas. The Run for Adela 5K is symbolic of her passion for spending time outdoors in her cherished hometown.
During the last nine years, the Run for Adela has strived to be a model for those suffering from grief and loss, and provide an outlet of love and warmth for when they need it most. The spirit of Dicksie Johnson, the Run’s fearless leader for the first seven races, as well as the race’s namesake Adela will be remembered specifically, but the community is encouraged to run or walk to honor memories of legacies held in their hearts.
Proceeds from this year’s run will fund a scholarship in Adela’s name for a child from Meeting Street Academy to attend Charleston Day School for grades 6 – 8. Kathleen King, Director of Alumni and Family Partnerships at Meeting Street Academy says, “Meeting Street Academy is once again elated to continue this partnership. The Run for Adela 5K is a favorite every year for families and students and is an amazing example of a community coming together to honor an amazing person’s legacy and to spread love and kindness forward.”
She continues, “We are so humbled and grateful that this foundation benefits one of our students, through an incredible scholarship. What better gift to give than the opportunity and access to a great education?”
Charleston Day School is equally excited about the scholarship and race day as Athletic Director Gigi Wallace states, “The Run for Adela is a highlight every spring for all of our students. Our students know how Adela loved CDS, and each student can find her on the mural in the gym.”
In addition, race proceeds support Camp Happy Days with Adela’s Extreme Teen Weekend. Executive Director of Camp Happy Days, Cindy Johnson explains, “This is a weekend where we serve teens who have been newly diagnosed with cancer and other teens battling cancer. It is a wonderful experience with creating bonds, team building and sharing each others stories.”
Furthering both the mission of the Run for Adela and Camp Happy Days, Cindy says the event, “creates hope and friendships that last a lifetime, no matter how long that may be. All of our teens, volunteers and families love this incredibly impactful Weekend.”
The race will start and finish at Station 16 and will begin at 8:30 a.m. Prizes will include bicycles, a weekend getaway at Wild Dunes Resort and gift certificates to restaurants, spas, shops and other local businesses. In the last 8 years, over $350,000 has been raised at this event through community sponsorship and involvement.