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Steel Shots: Cooper River Bridge Run
Posted by Alison Trost on March 26, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

Steel Shots: Cooper River Bridge Run

This 2006 photo shows the first Cooper River Bridge Run across the massive Arthur J. Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in North America. The first Bridge Run, held in 1978, crossed two parallel older bridges, portions of which can still be seen here. Photo: Daan Muller


Tomorrow is the annual Cooper River Bridge Run. This year 38,335 runners registered for the 10K event. This sellout crowd makes the 2010 event the largest run to date.


From 2005 through 2009 I sailed for the College of Charleston and was able to experience the grandeur of this massive structure. Of course I was using the bridge for it’s functional purposes-driving over it to practice every day then sailing under it. But it’s a cool thing when you realize that a bridge is not just a way to get from point A to B but it also defines a place.


To all you runners, enjoy the view!


For a complete article on the Arthur J. Ravenel, Jr. Bridge from Modern Steel Construction, click here.


To watch the race live on Saturday morning, click here for the webcams at

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