What an action-packed start to April for locals and tourists in the Charleston area! The 40th Cooper River Bridge Run was held Saturday, April 1 and the Volvo Car Tennis Tournament also began that weekend on Daniel Island.
The race had about 40,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair rollers. For the past twelve years, competitive wheelchair racers from around the country have competed in the Bridge Run. These athletes push themselves across the 10K route in sleek, light-weight sports racing chairs.James Senbeta , of Savoy, Illinois, came in first place for the second year in a row with a time of 25:16 just ahead of Rome, Georgia resident Krige Schabort with a time of 25:17.
For the first time in several years, there was a particpant in the junior division. Fifteen-year-old Donovan McBride, of Walterloo, Illinois, finished the race with a time of 36:03. Since the Bridge Run, Donovan also competed in the Go! St. Louis Half Marathon.
Volvo Car Open
The Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in North America. Some notable players this year were Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniak. However, these ladies were outplayed by 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina who won the tournament.
A wheelchair tennis exhibition game also took place where players from around the state demonstrated the game for the crowd. I didn’t get to attend the match since it was rescheduled due to bad weather, but my friend, Sarah Casteel, was one of the athletes. Sarah teaches wheelchair tennis to a group of people in wheelchairs in Charleston and Greenville.