Cooper River Bridge Run | FAQS
 

Race Day Is Saturday September 25, 2021

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

No Refunds or Deferrals!  No Race Day Packet Pickup! No exceptions!

DEADLINE to transfer to the VIRTUAL 10K is this Sunday, September 19th at midnight!

Packet Pickup at Expo/ Covid-19 Requirements

To pick up packets at the Expo you must bring either the hard copy, a photo on your phone of your Photo I.D. and Proof of vaccination for you and any person you’re picking up a bib for.  A test result should be from 72 hours or  less and can be any type of Covid-19 test including  Rapid or At Home.

Packet Mailing for 2021 is no longer available! Packet Pickup at our Expo: 2021 (No Race Day Packet Pickup)
Thursday- September 23rd, from noon-8pm
Friday- September 24th, from 8am-8pm –  Charleston Area Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, 29418
Having the Bib Number to pick up packets is the fastest and most efficient way to pick them up. If you forget to look up your Bib Number you can look it up at the Expo.

Instruction For Picking Up another's Packet

Yes, someone else can pick up your packet. Knowing their bib# is the most efficient way.

To pick up packets at the Expo you must bring either the hard copy, a photo on your phone of your Photo I.D. and Proof of vaccination for you and any person you’re picking up a bib for.  A test result should be from 72 hours or  less and can be any type of Covid-19 test including  Rapid or At Home.

Packet Mailing for 2021 is no longer available! Packet Pickup at our Expo: 2021 (No Race Day Packet Pickup)
Thursday- September 23rd, from noon-8pm
Friday- September 24th, from 8am-8pm –  Charleston Area Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, 29418
Having the Bib Number to pick up packets is the fastest and most efficient way to pick them up. If you forget to look up your Bib Number you can look it up at the Expo.

How to Transfer to Virtual 10K
Transfer to the Virtual 10K ENDS this Sunday, September 19th at midnight!
Steps to Transfer to Virtual Cooper River Bridge Run
Discount Code Available at bottom if needed/Your packet will be mailed after the race.

1. Sign-in to myevents.active.com/bridgerun with the account you used to register

2. Find your 2021 Cooper River Bridge Run registration, press Change Event

3. Choose 2021 Virtual Cooper River Bridge Run 

4. Choose Virtual 10K – Individual Registration, press Continue

5. Complete registration details, press Continue

6. Review order details, press Complete

If needed, enter discount code VIRTUAL2021

Capped at 25,000, only Charity Bibs available now.

If you are registered you will be included in the race.  We are sold out of the regular bibs but Charity Bibs are still available. In order to keep our participants safe the entire September 25, 2021 race will be capped at 25,000 people.

New Covid-19 Safety Precautions

CHARLESTON, SC (September 9, 2021) Following a requirement from the City of Charleston and in keeping with other race protocols across the country, the Cooper River Bridge Run Board of Directors has implemented a “vaccine or test” requirement for entrants in the 44th annual Cooper River Bridge Run, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 25, 2021. As such, prior to bib number pick-up, race participants will be required to provide either proof of a complete vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test received within 72 hours of the start of theExpo. Participants may bring an original paper copy, digital copy, photocopy or digital photo of their vaccination card. The fastest path to picking up bib numbers for the 44th annual Bridge Run is being fully vaccinated. Upon successful verification of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, participants will gain access to their bib numbers, which can be picked up from the Bridge Run Expo at the Charleston Area Convention Center on September 23 from 12-8 PM and September 24 from 8 AM to 8 PM. In order to keep Bridge Run participants, spectators, staff and volunteers safe throughout this year’s events, masks will be required on participant transportation (loading and transporting), in the Start corral areas, at the Finish Festival following the races and throughout the Expo on September 23-24. Participants will not be required to wear masks while wheel chairing, running or walking the 10k course. Additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts announced earlier this year include: a reduced field size, smaller corrals at the start, added spacing between start times and new hand sanitizing stations at all events. Additionally, all staff and volunteers will be masked, the post-race finish festival will be accessible to participants only, a new open floor plan will be implemented to allow for social distancing and a virtual race option will be included. Bridge Run leadership remains in close contact with local and state medical professionals and will continue to follow all health and safety protocols related to COVID-19. Any registered participants who no longer wish to participate will be transferred to the virtual run. Refunds cannot be issued, and the Bridge Run is not able to defer participants’ entry to a future year. As always, any participant, volunteer or spectator exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home. In the coming week, entrants will receive more information on the wave start corrals, bib number assignments, bus loading times and transportation arrangements. As this year’s 44th annual race nears, the Bridge Run would like to thank all participants, staff and volunteers for their support in making this year’s event as safe and successful as possible. For more updates and information to the Bridge Run on Sept 25, go to www.bridgerun.com

Hydration

Since our race is in September during warmer weather, we want to insure that our participants are well hydrated.  As always, we will have water stations throughout the race.  However, if you’re not comfortable with this protocol, we urge you to carry enough water to keep you safely hydrated throughout the event.

No refunds or Deferrals. No exceptions!

There are no further deferrals to the 2021 or 2022 races.

If you cannot make it to the September 25, 2021 race, your only option is to email our staff at info@bridgerun.com by August 17, 2021 and request to be transferred to our Virtual 10K.  Your race packets with medal will be mailed after September 25th.  No race bibs are included.

Registration /Only Charity Bibs Available
 September 25th, 2021 registration is open!

We are sold out of the regular bibs but you can still register for a Charity Connection Bib and get free packet mailing and go to any corral you choose. You may choose which charity from our 10 charities that you want to support.

Click HERE to register for the 2021 race

No printed registrations available

10K Race Location and Start Time

The start is at the corner of Simmons and Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant.

Start time is 8AM.

How do I confirm my registration?

Check if you’re registered, here!

What are the logistics of the Shuttle Buses?

Click on the following link for bus info:   https://bridgerun.com/bus-boat-shuttle/

This information can help you determine which shuttle to sign up for after you’ve arranged your accommodations.   You can leave your car at any of the 4 shuttle locations  and we will shuttle you to the start and back to your original location after the race. (parking is limited in Downtown Charleston.  Click on the following link for info about city parking garages that are available.)

https://bridgerun.com/bridge-street-closures/As long as you’re wearing a bib you can get on any of the shuttles! You can ride it one way or both ways!

Race Morning: To Start/Buses run from 5:00 am-7:00 am.  Must be in your corral by 7:00 am.

After Race: Buses take you back to your original shuttle locations to pick up your cars from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.

How can I sign up for the Boat Shuttle if I have already registered?

This option is available when you register, for an extra charge of $10.It is an alternative to the free bus shuttle.

  • Boat Shuttle to Patriots Point leaves Fountain Walk Dock, (on Concord Street, just North of the SC Aquarium at the end of Calhoun Street) at 5:30AM.
  • Shuttle buses will transport participants to Coleman Blvd from Patriots Point to approximately 3/4 of a mile from the start.
  • Return Boats day of race ($10 cash, no tickets required – Charleston to Mt. Pleasant) until 1:00PM

If you have already registered and want to add the Boat Shuttle go into,  My Event through your Active Works account and you can purchase Boat Shuttle tickets.

You cannot register over the phone?

You cannot register over the phone. We are no longer accepting paper registrations.  All registrations must be done online at www.bridgerun.com

There will be no bib transfers for the September 25th race.

There will be no transfers for the September 25th, 2021 race

 

 

I did not receive a confirmation email....?

It is possible that your email was entered incorrectly while registering. You do not need a confirmation email to participate/pick up your packet. Please email us at info@bridgerun.com to update your email or you’ll miss out on the information that you need.

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How do I change my category?

Please contact us at info@bridgerun.com to change your race category.

This must be done by June 15, 2021 and you must provide a verification time for any category under one hour.

Where is my Chip?

Your timing tag is embedded into your bib. DO NOT REMOVE the timing tag.  Be careful not to fold the tag, as this could damage it. Make sure your bib has YOUR name on it, to ensure your results are correct.

What's the slope?

Most of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is limited to a 4.1% slope. On the Charleston side of the main span, the long approach is a 1.8% slope. On the Mount Pleasant side, there is a section three tenths of a mile long that has a 5.6% slope.

Can I run with a Baby Stroller/ Baby Jogger or any wheeled device?

We strongly discourage strollers or wheeled devices of any kind.  For safety reasons (concerning both you and the participants around you), baby strollers/ baby joggers are only allowed in the very LAST corral of the walkers(Corral K): the course is too congested for them to be anywhere else, as are the start and finish staging areas. Be aware that it is VERY dangerous to have a stroller or any wheeled device among such a large crowd of people.
*Strollers or any wheeled devices are not allowed on the shuttle buses or the boat shuttle.

Is there a list of hotels?

Check back the end of January for 2021 Hotel information.

Is there a separate Walk?

This is a combined 10K event- but you can register for the Walk/Run category which is the last category in the run and you can walk at your own pace within the 3 hour time limit.  Walkers will be issued the CHRONOTRACK timing device just like all of the participants and will appear in the full results.

Directions to the 10K start?

Remember that this is a point-to-point race and that the bridge going to Mt. Pleasant will close to all traffic at 7:00 am. Shuttle buses will be running from Calhoun Street (adjacent to the Gaillard Auditorium) from 5:00 am to 7:00 am. After 7:00 am, you will be responsible for your own transportation.

The Interstate 526 bridge (accessible from interstate 26) will remain open, however it is about a 20 mile trip from downtown Charleston to the race start via this route.
The boat shuttle is also an option- you may purchase a ticket with your registration.   Purchaser’s names will be on a list at the dock. The boat shuttle leaves from the Fountain Walk Dock next to the SC Aquarium (although nearby, this dock is not the one behind the Aquarium) and takes you to Patriots Point. A shuttle bus will transport you from Patriots Point to Coleman Blvd. approximately one-half mile from the start.

Cooper River Bridge closes at 7 am.

From the South, take Highway 17 North over the Cooper River Bridges to 526 Business (not interstate 526, which goes to North Charleston), which is a right turn. This road runs into Coleman Blvd (703) at Sea Island Shopping Center, about 3/4 mile East of the start. (a right on Coleman Blvd.)

From the North, take Hwy 17 South and take the exit ramp for 526 Business (South, not interstate 526, which goes to North Charleston). This road runs into Coleman Blvd (703) at Sea Island Shopping Center, about 3/4 mile East of the start. (a right on Coleman Blvd.)

From I-26 and the airport, take I-526 to Mt. Pleasant. This road will turn into Business 526 as it crosses Hwy 17, keep going until this road runs into Coleman Blvd (703) at Sea Island Shopping Center, about 3/4 mile East of the start. (a right on Coleman Blvd.)

Taste of the Bridge Run

No additional Taste of the Bridge Run tickets will be sold for the September, 2021 race; however, we will honor the tickets that were paid for and deferred from 2020 race due to Covid 19.

We will resume selling Taste of the Bridge Run tickets when our registration opens for the April 2, 2022 race. The Taste of the Bridge Run will have your taste buds cheering with over 25 participating restaurants .

Tickets must be bought in advance either when you register or click on the link below to purchase tickets:

Fast Facts

Fast Facts

Cooper River Bridge Run

 

Fast Facts

1978

Founded

 

 3rd Largest

10K in the United States (40,000)

July 16, 2005

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge opens

82,000

Bottles of water

 

4.8%

Grade of Bridge

 

2.5 miles

Length of Bridge

 

35 million dollars

Direct Economic Impact in Charleston, SC

 

32.9

Average Participant Age

3 Bridges

John P. Grace Memorial Bridge – 1929
Silas N. Pearman Bridge – 1966
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge 2005

190 Expo Booths

One of the Largest Health & Wellness expos in the United States

 

82% over 50K

Average Participant Household Income

75%

Travel over 60 miles to participate

Record Holders
27:40

Men’s Running Record

James Koskei  (2000)

 

23:48

Men’s Wheelchair Record

Krige Schabort  (2009)

31:19

Women’s Running Record

Elana Meyer  (1997)

37:10

Women’s Wheelchair Record

Ilana Dupont  (2013)

 

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