How to Finish First at the Cooper River Bridge Run!

One of Charleston’s most iconic landmarks hosts one of Charleston’s most iconic events. The Cooper River Bridge Run returns to Charleston this April! Whether you’re running for fun or you’re competing for first prize, focus on the race and leave the planning to us. Here is everything you need to know about race day! While you’re here, don’t forget to download our complimentary Destination Guide. Our guide is full of all of Charleston’s best-kept secrets and will save you hours of searching for the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and events!

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Everything You Need to Know Before the Cooper River Bridge Run

About the Race

Every year on the first Saturday of April, the Cooper River Bridge Run closes down the Ravenel Bridge for one of the most well-known races in the country. The 10k race is point to point, starting in Mt. Pleasant and ending in downtown Charleston. The event isn’t just about running, however. More than anything, this race is a way to support the community and raise money for some notable charitable organizations. Participants have the option to donate to over 13 local and national charities upon registration, including the American Cancer Society, The Alzheimer’s Association, the Special Olympics of SC, and more!

How to Register

Registration can be completed online at the Bridge Run’s website! There are six categories that competitors must choose from when signing up. If you want to compete in anything under the one-hour race, time verification is required. For runners that think they have what it takes to compete in the elite race (under 40 minutes), you must contact the Elite Coordinator to be considered for an invitation. For more information visit the registration page!

Where to Go on Race Day

After preparing for months, it’s finally time to run! Competitors must report to Coleman Blvd. at 8 a.m. wearing the given race bib to be allowed on the course. Runners will be positioned based on pace and bib color. There will be shuttles located halfway between Shem Creek and the Sea Island Shopping Center that will take you to the starting line. The rest is up to you! If you still have questions, check out the race map.

What Else Is There to Do in Charleston

If you’re visiting for the race, don’t forget to explore the rest of The Holy City. Charleston is full of incredible restaurants, breweries, beaches, and more! Take some time to peruse the shops on King Street or check out some of Charleston’s historic landmarks.

Where to Stay in Downtown Charleston

interior view of hotel bella grace's kingroomYou did it! The race is over and now it’s time to relax. Recover in style at Hotel Bella Grace. Our boutique hotel is located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district and offers guests the perfect blend of modern elegance and southern tradition.

For example, our King Room offers a chance to experience the high-end side of Charleston for a reasonable price. Enjoy views of Marion Square, a luxurious king-size bed, evening turndown service, and a delicious complimentary breakfast each morning. Elevate your Charleston experience by staying with us on your next visit!

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