[image-1]Saturday marks the 40th annual Cooper River Bridge Run (no foolin’). It’s the race that more than 35,000 runners from all over the world look forward to all year — an easy breezy 6.2 miles over the river and through downtown Charleston to after-parties galore.

Worried about the first Saturday in April not exactly being a day for little ones (unless your household is training a fleet of junior Olympians)? Fear not. On the eve of the run, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the largest free family festival in Charleston will be held at Hampton Park.

The Kids Run and Wonderfest has it all: live music, toy giveaways, a doggie fashion show, and a magic act. Wonder Works will be giving free toys to every child in attendance while supplies last and they will also have a toy village featuring toys from the nation’s top companies including the Charleston-made sensation Swurfer.

There will be musical performances by Southbound 17 and the Lauren Hall Band, a magic show by Caleb Alexander, and, for the first year there will be a Doggie Fashion show for the Lowcountry’s trend-setting pooches.

After the festivities, those who have registered (you can also register day-of) for the Kids Run will start the race at 5 p.m. Registration is $8 in advance and $10 day-of and each kid receives an official T-shirt, race number, and medal.

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