Cooper River Bridge Run 2009

My sore muscles and aching shins are finally recovered after my first Cooper River Bridge Run on Saturday.

What an awesome experience! It was a classic, beautiful Charleston today. And a classic Charleston event: 38,000 + people running, jogging, walking through Mt Pleasant across the landmark Ravenel Bridge, and through the streets of Downtown Charleston.

It took me, my friend, and Live5’s Hatzel Vela an hour and 50 minutes to walk the 10k.

Looking back on the experience, I realize even though we walked only 6 miles, we really criss crossed our entire market.

We met all types of people, young and old, rich, poor, and struggling. College students, professionals, hard working guys and gals, the unemployed and laid off, and retired folks. We passed locals, out of towners, and natives who came back to town just for the Bridge run.  We saw people in great shape, and those who aren’t. Even a few extra pounds didn’t keep them from giving the Bridge their best.

We started in Mt Plastic’s upscale shopping and restaurant district, made our way across the landmark bridge that’s’ the symbol of our city, down into the poorest neighborhoods of downtown Charleston, and ended up in the shadows of the city’s historic buildings in Marion Square, the small town square in the midst of our big bustling city.

When I signed up for my first bridge run, I didn’t know what I was getting into.

Now I know its one of the best things about the city of I love. I won’t miss it next year!

If you haven’t seen our great coverage of the 2009 Cooper River Bridge Run, click back to our homepage for an awesome collection of video and personal stories, the winners, the participants, and a great slide show.

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