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Cooper River Bridge Run canceled because of COVID-19

Staff Report //May 18, 2020//

Cooper River Bridge Run canceled because of COVID-19

Staff Report //May 18, 2020//

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The Cooper River Bridge Run, originally scheduled for April 4 and later rescheduled for Aug. 1, has been canceled because of concerns over COVID-19.

This year would have been the 43rd annual running of the 10-kilometer foot race.

“While we share in the disappointment of having to cancel, we appreciate everyone’s understanding and support during this unprecedented time,” race director Irv Batten said in a news release.

The 2020 Cooper River Bridge Run has been canceled as a live event; registrants can participate in a virtual bridge run. (Photo/Provided)Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie said in a joint statement that the cancellation decision is in the best interest of all citizens and visitors. The race had attracted around 40,000 runners and walkers.

People who had registered for the 2020 race have the option of participating in a virtual Cooper River Bridge Run; donating their registration fees to support the Cooper River Bridge Run and its charities and grant program; or deferring their registration to the 2021 or 2022 race.

Participants must make their selection by June 15 or their registration fee will be considered a donation. All registered participants will still receive the official 2020 race shirt and swag, and virtual run participants will also receive a finish medal.

Next year’s Cooper River Bridge Run is set for March 27, and the 2022 race is set for April 2.