Charleston Tri-County Schools Participate in Cooper River Bridge Run Kids Run & Wonderfest; $3,000 Raised for 5 Local Charities at Kids Run
The Cooper River Bridge Run Kids Run & Wonderfest attracted thousands to the festival and run on Friday, March 27, 2015 and raised $3,000 for 5 local charities: MUSC Children’s Hospital, Hugs for Harper, Happy Wheels, Keys for Hope, and Abby’s Friends. The outdoor festival and run celebrated the spirit of children living a healthy and active lifestyle with countless activities for 6 hours at Hampton Park in downtown Charleston. Children participated in obstacle courses and the rock climbing wall, rode the mechanical bull, got moving in the Wonder Works Toy Play Zone, and warmed up for the race at the T-Bone Warm Up and Magic Show. Big kids participated in the 1 mile Kids Run race while toddlers “wobbled” their own ¼ mile course beginning at 5:00 pm.
This event has evolved into a fitness festival for not only Bridge Run participants but for schools in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties. This transition took off in 2014 where the Charleston County School District (CCSD) Wellness Initiative incorporated the Kids Run into their criteria for the year. 600 kids from 10 CCSD schools competed on teams as a part of their CCSD Wellness Challenge for the year.
This year Charleston area schools were involved more than ever before where schools from all three counties attended to participate in all of the fitness related activities and the Kids Run for 3 hours. Several schools even walked to the festival instead of riding on the bus to incorporate even more fitness activity into the day.
This year the “Peyton Moore Wellness Award” was awarded to St. Stephen Elementary of Berkeley County for the school with most spirit and participation. The runner up was Fort Dorchester Elementary of Dorchester County. This award was formerly recognized as the “Dave Spurlock Award” and this is the fourth year that it has been awarded to a school. The award was re-named to honor the late Peyton Moore and his inspiration to his peers, school and the running community at large.
“It was so important to me and the entire Cooper River Bridge Run team to get schools more involved. Mayor Joe Riley has put in place so many wellness initiatives to get the community, businesses and schools fit, and we want to do our part to see this mission through at the Kids Run & Wonderfest,” said Christine Osborne, owner of Wonder Works Toy Stores and Kids Run & Wonderfest partner. “The students have an absolute blast and are so incredibly excited to represent their schools as they participate in the race. It is a truly magical thing to inspire a child to get involved in any fitness activity, and we are thrilled to continue this new Kids Run tradition that does just that for our Charleston area children for years to come.”
To top off the day $3,000 was raised where $2,500 came from Freaker USA, maker of Freaker one-size-fits-all beverage insulators and Freaker Feet socks. Freaker USA was a national sponsor of Kids Run & Wonderfest, and they donated their net proceeds from the sale of Freakers at Wondefest to five local charities that benefit children in our community and/or were created by children in Charleston: MUSC Children’s Hospital, Hugs for Harper, Happy Wheels, Keys for Hope, and Abby’s Friends. This amount is in addition to Kids Run charity bibs, grants for schools, and other charitable donations that are still coming to the Bridge Run. The charitable figure for the Kids Run will be released at a later date.
(pictured: St. Stephen Elementary, thee Peyton Moore Wellness award winner for the 2015 CRBR Kids Run)
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