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Cooper River Bridge Run

It's not just a race - it's an experience.

The Cooper River Bridge Run is an annual 10K held in Charleston, South Carolina that runs over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the third longest cable bridge in the Western Hemisphere, and formally known as the Cooper River Bridge. It is the third largest 10K and the fifth largest road race in the United States. So naturally locals and tourists alike flock to Charleston for this exciting event.

The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. on April 6th along Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant and end in Marion Square in downtown Charleston. The Finisher Festival will be stocked with vendors, entertainment, food, souvenirs, refreshments and fun. The overall male and female winners will receive the 2019 finisher medal and $10,000.

Fun facts:

  • Founded in 1978
  • Bridge is 2.5 miles long
  • Average participant is 33 years old
  • Olympians Mark Conover, Janis Klecker, Grete Waitz, Catherine Ndereba, Sean Dollman and Elana Meyer have all ran in this race
  • Oprah Winfrey ran it in 1994
  • Former SC state Governor Mark Sanford has participated
  • Zeddie Little was photographed and became an internet sensation known as the “ridiculously photogenic guy” while running this race in 2012
  • Elana Meyer set the course record for females with a 31:19 time in 1997
  • James Koskei set the course record for males with a 27:40 time in 2000
  • Results in 30 million dollars of direct economic impact in Charleston, SC
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