35th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run

The 35th annual Cooper River Bridge Run is this Saturday! If you’re not accustomed to this event yet, you should probably prepare yourself. The event is capped at 43,000, meaning that at least 43,000 people will be hanging out in Marion Square and around the downtown area Saturday morning. If you’re not running the race, you should join in the celebration afterwards!

The 10K race starts on Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant and goes over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge into the historic downtown Charleston. This annual race is both a competitive event for serious runners and a leisurely event for those who want to enjoy the scenic view and do a little exercise. Either way, 6.2 miles away from the start, you will be ready to celebrate.

Packet pick-up will occur during the Expo at the Gaillard Auditorium on Thursday, March 29 from 12pm – 8pm and Friday, March 30 from 8am – 8pm. For any additional information, please visit http://bridgerun.com/.

Below is a list of road closings you need to be aware of:

Friday, March 30

  1. Hampton Park / Mary Murray Blvd – 2PM to 7 PM [KIDS RUN]
  2. George Street between Meeting and Anson Streets will be closed at 8 PM until 2 PM Saturday, March 31.  Neighborhood traffic from Menotti Lane will have access to egress east on George Street, as well as, residents parked on this portion of George Street.
  3. Meeting Street between Calhoun and Wentworth Streets will be closed  at 10 PM.  The Northbound Lane of Meeting Street from George Street to Calhoun Street will remain open; the southbound lane of Meeting Street from George Street to Calhoun Street will be closed for traffic.

Saturday, March 31

  1. Towing along the race route begins at 4 AM!
  2. Calhoun Street, between King and East Bay Streets, will be closed at 5 AM.  Calhoun Street will be closed from King Street to East Bay Street until the participants are in a manageable location and out of the roadways, streets are cleaned and bus traffic is safely able to be managed, hopefully before 1PM.
  3. Meeting Street will close at 5 AM from John Street to Wentworth Street;   NOTE: George Street will have limited access to the parking lot between King and Meeting Streets only from King Street prior to 7AM and will not re-open until King Street is open following the race.
  4. Arthur Ravenel Bridge Bike Lane will be closed at 6:30 AM to clear the bridge of pedestrian traffic.  This Lane will re-open when the Bridge re-opens.
  5. The Race Route and support streets will be closed at 7 AM until the participants are finished and the roadways are cleaned.
    1.  Both directions of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge will be closed until the participants have cleared the bridge, support staff removed, barricades removed, and the bridge cleaned of any debris.
    2. Meeting Street will be closed from Romney Street to Woolfe Street and John Street to Hasell Street with early openings following the participants safely off the route and the route cleaned.
    3. Woolfe Street will be closed from Meeting  Street to King Street
    4. King Street will be closed from Spring Street to Wentworth Street
    5. Wentworth Street will be closed from King  Street to Meeting Street

An alternative route will be made to allow traffic to flow north and south for traffic affected by the King Street closures via St. Philip Street to ensure traffic can move easily around town .  Traffic east of Meeting Street will have full access to East Bay Street to travel in each direction.  The Charleston Police Department has perimeter traffic control setup on entrances to the route and will be working to minimize your confusion.

Please be reminded that the Ravenel Bridge will not be open in either direction during the Race beginning at 7 AMWe would ask you to inform your customers, guests and neighbors to be aware of the road closures and have a plan to get to your businesses, homes or destinations.  You will be able to get through the City in all directions, but it may be time consuming so please plan ahead.

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