Special thanks to Christine Osborne, of Wonder Works who always infuses her special brand of "magic" to make the Kids Run & Wonderfest so special for everyone! This year, her team developed field trip race competitions for more than 700 Charleston School District children!
This year was bigger than ever with so many youngsters engaged in fun and learning about the importance of the healthy lifestyle. All the young racers had hearts full of determination and spirit.
We can't wait until the Kids Run and Wonderfest next year on March 27th, 2015!
Register for the 2015 Cooper River Bridge Run HERE for only $35.
The bands loved supporting the runners and want to thank everyone who have already purchased the "Run With Me" Official CRBR CD and for recognizing and supporting bands who earn their living by creating and playing original music.
As a token of our appreciation, we will be offering the "Run With Me" CD at a special rate of only $5 for the next 10 days. After that, the CD will no longer be available for purchase.
Purchase the CD HERE.
Mount Pleasant, S.C. – April 5, 2014 – Julian Smith, Executive Director of The Cooper River Bridge Run (CRBR), just announced that nearly 40,000 participants successfully crossed the Arthur Ravenel Bridge from Mount Pleasant to downtown Charleston at the 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run that was held this morning on April 5, 2014. The award-winning 10K Race/Walk kicked off with the wheelchair division, followed by elite runners and 11 corrals of runners and walkers.
PLACE NAME – Home - TIME
1st Place - $10,000 Prize Birhan Nebebew - Ethiopia 28:38.70
2nd Place - $3,000 Prize Mourad Marofit - Morocco 28:41.70
3rd Place - $1,500 Prize Julius Kogo – Kenya 28:46.05
4th Place - $1,000 Prize Belete Assefa – Ethiopia 28:57.23
5th Place- $800 Prize Aschalew Meketa – Ethiopia 29:07.89
6th Place - $600 Prize Simon Ndirangu – Kenya 29:12.30
7th Place - $500 Prize Cleophas Ngetich – Kenya 29:13.82
8th Place -$400 Prize Ayele Feisa – Ethiopia 29:16.73
9th Place - $300 Prize Elijah Karanja – Kenya 29:24.65
10th Place - $250 Prize Haile Mengesha – Ethiopia 29:30.20
Male Wheelchair Winner - Alexandre DuPont 25:20:00
Female Wheelchair Winner - Cassie Mitchell 43:14.17
A complete results list will be listed on www.bridgerun.com. The list will be continually updated as people cross the finish line on results.xacte.com/?kw=crb.
Race photos will be uploaded to www.islandphoto.com in the next couple of weeks. Follow the Cooper River Bridge Run on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thebridgerun, and Twitter at @CRBridgeRun for event photos and updates.
We hope you're having a great day exploring Charleston or the CRBR Expo. We want to remind you tomorrow morning to allow yourself plenty of time to reach the start line with our added safety precautions. Each entrance to the start line will have a security check, and expect a search if you are running in costume or carrying a backpack.
Please bear with us, this is to ensure the safety of all runners!
The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill will be available after the end of the race cooking up 5,000 brats for hungry runners for a delicious celebration afterwards.
We are very excited for Johnsonville to bring their Big Taste Grill to Charleston and cook up mouthwatering brats and dogs for 40,000 of our friends ;)
City Parking Garage Special :: Rates for Participants - $5
Visitor’s Center Parking Garage
Aquarium Garage on Calhoun Street
Gaillard Auditorium Parking Garage (Special Note: The fee will be collected at garages upon entering the facility.)
[THIS RATE DOES NOT APPLY TO CITY OPERATED PARKING LOTS OR GARAGES ASSOCIATED WITH HOTELS]
You can enter the giveaway each day by commenting on the giveaway photo post and we will choose a winner at random within 24 hours. Today's prize is a CD pack featuring this year's performing artists. You still have the opportunity win by commenting on THIS post.
If a night of yoga and live music sounds like your kind of fun, we invite you to join us for the inaugural YOGAPOP on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 from 6:30 to 10:30 at the Charleston Visitor's Bus Shed on 375 Meeting St. Yoga and music lovers alike will be inspired and delighted by this special Cooper River Bridge Run edition of YOGAPOP!
The night will kick off with a one hour, all levels yoga class taught by local teacher, Bethany Bubenzer with music from the 24 bands performing along the Cooper River Bridge Run race route.
After the class, hit the Yoga Village where you can grab a bite, cocktails, and shop the wares from local stores. This event benefits This is Noteworthy, the Charleston based non-profit that curates the 24 bands performing at the Cooper River Bridge Run as well as the Olive Tree Yoga Foundation.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (if available). Get your tickets at www.yogapop.org!
To purchase the official 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run album, "Run With Me" click HERE.
With Charleston being such a beautiful and historic town and the Cooper River Bridge Run's strong heritage, it's no surprise our wonderful 10k has made the list!
USA Today writer,
"What better way to kick off the spring running season than with a 10K race that will lead you across the stunning Cooper River Bridge and straight into the heart of South Carolina's oldest and arguably most charming city? Dating back to 1978, the Cooper River Bridge Run is a race rich with culture and history, much like the city it's held in. Not only is it one of the largest and most storied 10K races in America, but it's also one of the most musical. Last year organizers set up live music at every quarter-mile mark (yes, they even had bands on the bridge), making it the race with the most music per square mile in the entire country. April 5, 2014; bridgerun.com
We have reduced prices on select 2014 merchandise and picture frames!
The Bridge Runner Men’s Solar Performance shirts are now $20, which are marked down from $25. We also have the Women's Solar Performance Bridge Runner Compression shirts for $20 also.
Our picture frames are also now on sale in the store for only $10. This double frame is perfect for before and after pictures of their Bridge Run experience!
The sale will continue until supplies last, so be sure to stock up!
Our workshop for Charleston April 2 & 3 is a “must attend” event for those who work with events of every size, large and small. The program topics and networking opportunities will be outstanding! No secrets will be withheld and no stone will be left unturned.
Sign up for the workshop HERE
Increased Law Enforcement: There will be an increased law enforcement presence at the Start, along the course and at the Finish.
Increased Number of Restricted Areas: There will be an increased number of restricted areas at the Start and Finish line areas. Additional fencing with designated entry and exit points will be in place around the finish line area. Anyone entering a restricted area with a backpack, bag, purse, etc. will be subject to search. This year a clear backpack will be distributed along with your race packet material included with you entry fee.
Leave backpacks or any other unnecessary items at home; please pack light. Remember, if you don't need it -don't bring it!
See Something, Say Something: Be vigilant. If you see something suspicious, contact the nearest police office or dial 911
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We are counting down the days and are so excited for April to roll around. We hope to see many new faces and familiar friends as well!
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The 2014 CRBR design by Marcus Terry was announced at our Artwork Unveiling just last week, so this gear is ALL NEW! Get your 2014 CRBR Design T-shirts and Posters now at our online store!
Don't forget the 2014 CRBR Kids Run & Wonderfest Tees and Posters for the little runners in your life! Also announced at our Artwork Unveiling Ceremony last week, the late Peyton Moore's artwork represents the Kids Run & Wonderfest this year. This one is for you, Peyton!
Get your 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run merchandise HERE!
Peyton was born September 10, 2003, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, to Jennifer and Noah Moore. He was a 4th grade student at Mount Pleasant Academy and formerly at The O’Quinn School in Mount Pleasant. He loved sports and being outdoors and was a member of The Mount Pleasant Track Club, the Charleston Running Club, Charleston Runs, and USA Track and Field. Peyton ran the Cooper River Bridge Kids run from 2005 to 2012 and then ran the Cooper River Bridge 10K in 2013. Always wanting to encourage others, he was a supporter of the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, and when running, wanted to recognize those who were supporting any event. Peyton loved chess, drawing and playing piano. Not one to sit around, Peyton was also a member of the International Juggler’s Association, the Cub Scouts, and was a strong athlete. He was a member of the Mount Pleasant Redskins Championship Football Team, qualified and competed in the USA Track & Field 2012 National Junior Olympic Championship, and was the number one Javelin Thrower in the State of South Carolina for 9 and 10 year olds. And, even at his young age, he was an inspiration by serving as a running coach for adults in Couch to 5k groups, tutored other students, and was the leading scorer on his basketball team this past year. Even with all of Peyton’s love of sports from kayaking to swimming, boating to football, he also loved school and his teachers, making straight A’s and holding perfect attendance. He was recognized for the Principle’s Honor Roll each year. Peyton’s family, however, was number one! He loved to be with his grandparents on their boat, swim off their dock, run with his dad, and camping and spending hours talking with his mama about life and love.
We are honored to have Peyton Moore's artwork as the official 2014 CRBR Kids Run & Wonderfest Design! This one is for you, Peyton!
Marcus was born and raised in a military family. His father, William Terry is a retired Marine Corps officer who spent a total of 20 years in the service. Marcus was born on the Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1976 and grew up in Northern Virginia and Okinawa, Japan. Upon his father's retirement from the Marine Corps in 1991, the family moved to Chapel Hill, NC where Marcus finished High School before attending college at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he received his degree in Architecture in 1998.
Marcus now practices architecture in Charlotte with RPA Design. His focus for much of his career has been on environments for the aging population. He has designed many nursing homes around the Carolina's and has worked with The Department of Veteran's Affairs on the design of many VA Living Centers and Veteran's Homes.
Marcus enjoys doing graphic design projects as a hobby among other things. He also loves fishing, golf and is learning tennis from his wife who is a solid amateur tennis player. He hopes to be able to beat her at some point in his life. She refused to play him while she was 9 months pregnant when he felt he had his best chance.
Marcus was inspired to create this design while he was participating in the 2009 Bridge Run. The design portrays a perspective from on the bridge itself. When running on the bridge and approaching the pylons, the stay cables seem to stretch past you in all directions creating a fascinating visual pattern that draw your eye straight through the bridge itself, motivating you to power through! The colors selected were meant to reflect the bright and vibrant character of the City of Charleston and it's residents who open their arms to us year after year. Marcus is looking forward to seeing the bridge again from this rare vantage point again in April 2014.
It has been yet another incredible Cooper River Bridge Run Design Contest! First and foremost we want to thank everyone who submitted a design to the 2014 contest. We received nearly 80 entries this year, but only 1 was voted the official 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run Design and 1 was voted the official 2014 Kids Run & Wonderfest Design.
Drumroll please…the winner of the 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run Design Contest is…MARCUS TERRY! Marcus is a Charlotte, NC native who currently practices architecture with RPA Design. He is married to his wife, Tonya, and has two children, John, 10, and newborn daughter Amelia.
His design was inspired when he was actually running the bridge! Terry said, “When running on the bridge and approaching the pylons, the stay cables seem to stretch past you in all directions creating a fascinating visual pattern that draw your eye straight through the bridge itself, motivating you to power through! The colors selected were meant to reflect the bright and vibrant character of the City of Charleston and its residents who open their arms to us year after year.”
2014 Cooper River Bridge Run Design Contest Winning Artwork by Marcus Terry
We have one more announcement to make. The winner of the 2014 CRBR Kids Run & Wonderfest is the late PEYTON JOHNSON MOORE! Peyton was born September 10, 2003, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, to Jennifer and Noah Moore. He loved sports and being outdoors and was a member of The Mount Pleasant Track Club, the Charleston Running Club, Charleston Runs, and USA Track and Field. He coached adults in the “Couch to 5K” groups with his father, tutored students and was Peyton ran the Cooper River Bridge Kids Run from 2005 to 2012 and then ran the Cooper River Bridge 10K in 2013. At his young age he was full of inspiration and encouragement to everyone around him. But with all of this involvement in clubs and sports, nothing meant more in the world to Peyton than spending time with his family.
2014 CRBR Kids Run & Wonderfest Winning Artwork by the late Peyton Moore
This is the second year that the Kids Run & Wonderfest will have an official design. Peyton Moore’s winning design will be featured on t-shirts, posters and all distributed promotional material for the race set for Friday, April 4, 2013.
Julian Smith, Cooper River Bridge Run Race Director said, “It is an honor to have Peyton’s artwork for this year’s Kids Run and Wonderfest. His design was a favorite among the community and the judges. This young man touched so many hearts, was such a huge part of the running community, and is a true inspiration to us all…so we are dedicating this year’s Kids Run to him!”
The winners were determined in a two-step process: a “People’s Choice” voting and a private judging. This is the first year we incorporated the “People’s Choice” portion where fans casted their votes on their favorite designs which counted as 25% of the total votes. The remaining 75% of the votes were caste at a private judging by local dignitaries, community designers and past Cooper River Bridge Run Design winners.
Smith added, “We received an overwhelming contribution from the community during the People’s Choice voting – thousands and thousands of people voted which made a huge impact on the winning designs. We can’t wait to see the involvement during next year’s People’s Choice voting process.”
CONGRATULATIONS to the winners and their families! We are looking forward to all of the awesome 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run festivities already!
Marcus Terry, winner of the 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run Design Contest
Peyton Moore, winner of the 2014 CRBR Kids Run & Wonderfest Design Contest
All 2013 designed merchandise is ON SALE NOW at our CRBR online store! T-shirts, tank tops, bags, track shorts, posters and other accessories are 60% OFF or MORE! You can't beat high quality running gear boasting the beloved CRBR design for only $5-$12!
This sale merchandise is going to sell out QUICK so shop for your gear HERE before it "runs" out!
More than 40 friends of the Cooper River Bridge Run gathered at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park last night from 6-8 p.m. to cast their votes for the winning design to adorn our t-shirts, posters and merchandise for the 37th Cooper River Bridge Run annual race scheduled for April 5th, 2014.
Our judging panel of sponsors, vendors, marketing professionals, media representatives, local dignitaries and past design contest winners were among the special guests that took part in our annual judging tradition.
For the first time in Bridge Run history, the community was invited to cast votes online during a limited time period yesterday, with the people's choice votes accounting for 25% of the overall judging!
Julian Smith, CRBR Executive Director said, "This year, we were so thrilled to include the community in the judging process. We were overwhelmed with the response. We thank everyone for taking the time to participate in the design contest and for casting your votes. The winning design sets the tone for the race each year and this year's winner is exceptional and very original."
The winning design will be officially announced on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at a special unveiling ceremony.
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER YOU CAN CAST YOUR VOTE TO DETERMINE THE 2014 COOPER RIVER BRIDGE RUN DESIGN!
Voting is TODAY ONLY. The DEADLINE to vote is TODAY by 8:00 pm.
IN ORDER TO CAST YOUR VOTE, YOU MUST SELECT TWO SEPARATE LINKS:
Click the following link to view the design entries: http://bridgerun.com/2014_posters
Click the following link to cast your vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YKYR2XM
This "People's Choice" portion of the voting will count for 25% of the total votes to determine the 2014 CRBR Design. 75% of the votes will be determined at a private judging held tonight by local dignitaries, community designers and past Cooper River Bridge Run design contest winners.
The 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run Design will be unveiled during a ceremony on Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
Eight years ago, on July 16, 2005, following a week-long celebration that included a public bridge walk, concerts, dinners, and fireworks, the bridge was dedicated and opened.
We want to celebrate the bridge in the same fashion, today! Say HAPPY BIRTHDAY by taking a leisurely stroll or powerful run on our favorite bridge!
These bottles are insulated, BPA free, Eco-Friendly and made in the USA!
Click HERE to purchase yours today at the Cooper River Bridge Run Online Store!
There is only 1 week left to submit your artwork to the 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run Design Contest! The DEADLINE IS JULY 1, 2013!
1. All media acceptable; winner to be reproduced & printed by 4-color process.
2. Overall size should not exceed 30 x 30 inches — suggested is 20 x 30, mounted on foam core. Vertical orientations (where the overall width is smaller than the overall height) are recommended — keep in mind the proportions of a T-shirt). Please call/email (see below for info) for clarification on any exceptions.
3. The artist / designer may choose to include the following text within or around the image area: a. “37TH Annual”, b. “Cooper River Bridge Run”, c. “10 K” d. “April 5, 2014”, e. “Charleston, SC”. We recommend omitting all text — with the understanding that the Bridge Run (in consultation with artist) will add text into or around the entry for the purposes of the T-shirt and Poster. Sign and attach entry form.
*Drop-off Monday through Friday,10 AM- 5 PM until July 1st; or Sunday, June 30, 3-6 PM at the CRBR Store, or if out of town, ship to CRBR at 716 South Shelmore Blvd. #105, Mt. Pleasant 29464 (near Bi-Lo & ION) *Jury to meet late July. Display of all work, awards and reception for all the artists will be in August. (date TBA; all entrants will receive an invitation in the mail. Note: The winning Artist will be contacted by telephone by August 1st, all others will be invited to the reception by mail and/or email.
The jury will be looking for one dynamic image to represent the Bridge Run as both a poster and a T-shirt. The winner will receive $1000, a lot of recognition, 100 posters and 24 shirts. The jury reserves the right to pick a separate poster and T-shirt winner, with each receiving $500; and the CRBR reserves the right to reject the selected image if it is deemed to be inappropriate or of insufficient quality to represent the event (such a decision by the CRBR would be extremely unlikely).
Children and student entries will be entered — and are eligible to win — the open competition. After the open judging, these will be grouped by age and considered for gifts.
*Jury to meet late July. Display of all work, awards and reception for all the artists will be in August. (date TBA; all entrants will receive an invitation in the mail. Note: The winning Artist will be contacted by telephone by August 1st, all others will be invited to the reception by mail and/or email.
Last year The Music Initiative and The CRBR curated 24 bands, representing over a dozen of genres of music, that played along the 10K route. Based on the terrain and the difficulty along the course, live bands (selected based on tune, tempo, and style) serenaded runners approximately every quarter mile, resulting with more music per square mile than any other race in the country!
The Music Initiative and This Is Noteworthy, the proud music partners of the CRBR, have started planning what will be an even more awesome musical experience next year!
But if you loved the music from the 2013 run, you can purchase “Run With Me”, the official CD of the 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run at http://www.themusicinitiative.com/store/. Each band that performed along the 10K route contributed a track. Please help us support live and local music!
Official CRBR bands include: Schema, College Lounge, Irene Rose, Hibachi Heroes, Savage Tongues, Forrest Baldwin, DTSMB, Heartfelt Hinges, Heyrocco, Salem Lake, Synergy, Pierce Edens, Bad Drew Baldwin, Jefferson Coker Band, Lionz of Zion, Yellowknife, Will Hastings, The Grand Folks, Luke Cunningham, Call Momma Band, Tyler Boone.
Visit http://www.themusicinitiative.com/store/ to purchase the official CD of the 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run, "Run With Me."
Over 300 people attended the Charleston Area CVB’s Travel Council Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
During the luncheon The Cooper River Bridge Run was among seven local businesses that were named the 2013 Golden Pineapple Winners. Since the CACVB’s inception in 1985, the Golden Pineapple Awards have recognized individuals who promote positive growth of tourism, the Charleston area’s largest industry.
Cooper River Bridge Run Director, Julian Smith was honored to receive this award! We are proud of our work in the community, and continue to grow our efforts year after year!
The 2013 Golden Pineapple Winners:
- Cooper River Bridge Run
- Kiawah Island Golf Resort
- College of Charleston
- BB&T Charleston Wine & Food Festival/Patrick Properties
- Akilah Edwards and Walter McCants
- Mayor Dick Cronin – Barrett Lawrimore Tourism Leadership Award
Pictured are Cooper River Bridge Run Board Members Perrin Lawson, Race Director Julian Smith, Mike Seekings, and Kathleen Cartland.
Runners run for so many reasons: Health, physical strength, personal strength, happiness, inspiration, motivation, and on and on. Whatever inspires you to lace up your shoes and go on a run, we are happy that you are doing it!
Now it's time for a run...
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