Bed races, doughnut run benefit programs for kids

File/staff A past Charleston Bed Race team

This is a big weekend for Camp Happy Days, a local nonprofit that offers year-round programs for children with cancer and their families.

You can support the program and have a lot of outdoor fun by participating in the third annual Run for Adela at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on Sullivan’s Island and/or the third annual Charleston Bed Race at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hampton Park.

Dicksie Johnson founded the Run for Adela 5K (the only beach run on Sullivan’s Island) in memory of Adela Holmes Cook, a Bishop England senior who died in an accident in the Bahamas.

Last year’s race raised $40,000 for “Adela’s Extreme Water Weekend,” held for children involved with the Camp Happy Days Kids Program.

In-person registration, which is $30, will be offered at packet pickup 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at On the Run store in Mount Pleasant and 6:30-8 a.m. Saturday at Station 16 on the island.

Go to On Sunday, the action goes from two feet to four legs with the Charleston Bed Race. The cost per five-person team, including one rider and four bed pushers, is $125.

Derrick DeMay, board chairman of Camp Happy Days, said he hopes the event attracts 32 teams. Last year’s event featured 30 teams and raised about $20,000 for the camp.

But you don’t have to sweat to enjoy the festivities. Show up to watch the races and enjoy refreshments from food trucks and a beer garden. Go to

Doughnut Run The weekend of zany activities doesn’t stop with adults racing beds.

On Saturday, yet another third annual event, the Charleston Doughnut Run, will be at 9 a.m. at St. Andrews School of Math and Science, 30 Chadwick Drive in West Ashley. Online registration is available until Friday and in-person before the race. Go to charleston

The event benefits Metanoia and SideWalk Chalk. Metanoia invests in neighborhood assets to build leaders, establish quality housing and generate economic development. Learn more at SideWalk Chalk helps students create stories, art and life. Learn more at

Triathlon kick-off For those wanting a more serious outing, the triathlon season in Charleston starts with the Mount Pleasant Sprint Triathlon on Saturday and the Mount Pleasant Youth Triathlon on Sunday. Both are based from the Park West Pool.

iFive:K The sixth annual iFive:K, the only weekday evening run in downtown Charleston, will begin at 6 p.m. April 19.

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