By Lauren Cook for Island Eye News
Photos by Steve Rosamilia
On Saturday, April 8 runners participated in the 8th Annual Run for Adela 5K/Walk – the only official 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.
This was certainly our biggest race with over 700 registrants total. We have raised a gross of over $56,000 (before expenses) so far with some donation checks still trickling in (we will continue to accept throughout the year). Highlights included being led in prayer by Sandy Tecklenberg, honorary 5K and 1 mile race starter Mayor Tecklenberg, a presence from Meeting St. Academy Run Buddies, Camp Happy Days, the Ronald McDonald House, Racers for Pacers, the Charleston Running Club and Stephen Colbert was also in attendance (check out his shout-out on Twitter to #runforadela).
A participant said her child looked up at her as she neared the finish line of the One Mile Fun Run and said “Best. Race. Ever.” in a dramatized seven year old way, and I think that just sums it up nicely. The incredible weather was definitely a sign that we had good company in Heaven looking out for us today.
A well-attended after-party was hosted at Triangle Char & Bar in Mt. Pleasant with more fun including live music by Derek Cribb, raffles and food and drink specials.
We met our goal to raise one more dollar and have one more person than last year and the feeling in my heart makes me know both Adela Holmes Cook and Dicksie Johnson are very, very proud. Race results can be found at: runforadela.com.