Runners from all over the world are gathering in Charleston Saturday to run a world-class 10-K foot race– the Cooper River Bridge Run. Since 1978, thousands of people have flocked to Charleston every April to run the world-renown Cooper River Bridge Run. With a mission to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, the bridge run not only attracts locals, but tourists from as far as Kenya.
The race is a sure bet to boost the state’s economy, with visitors paying for lodging, restaurants, and even shopping in Charleston’s finest shops. This year, runners get an extra special treat, as American Idol runner-up Ruben Studdard will sing the national anthem to start the race. The race begins at 8 a.m. on the Mt. Pleasant side of the bridge, and will take runners and walkers 6.2 miles across the Cooper River, finishing the race in the heart of downtown Charleston.
After the run there will be race awards and a Finish Festival with live music, food and many activities for participants to enjoy.