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Cooper River Bridge Run

When: Sat., April 5, 8 a.m. 2014

The annual Cooper River Bridge Run brings thousands of runners together — including some pretty photogenic ones — to race from Mt. Pleasant over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge and through downtown. The 10K is arguably one of the biggest events in the Holy City. And each year, they keep adding new events to make it a little bit better than the last. “This year brings new logos, 200 exhibitors at our convention, and a post-race performance from Edwin McCain,” says Julian Smith, executive director of the Bridge Run. All of the running slots are full, but you can still register to walk. The best part of this 10K is the weekend of events. The Friday before the race, there’s the Kids Run and Wonderfest at Hampton Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The kids run costs $10 for children and $15 for adults, but the festival itself is free with activities including obstacle courses, inflatable rides, a rock climbing wall, a Monster Mobile Game Theatre with Wii Fitness and Zumba, yoga, pony rides, face painting, arts and crafts, K-9 dog training, and more. Free hot dogs, water, and healthy snacks will be available in addition to on-site food vendors. On Friday from 5 -8 p.m., you can also carb up for the race with the Taste of the Bridge Run at three different locations — in Mt. P, North Chuck, and downtown. Pay $15 and grab a plateful of samples from one of the 25 participating restaurants — like Jim ‘N Nick’s, Jimmy John’s, EVO, the Alley, Kitchen 208, and Bay Street Biergarten. Then on Saturday, there’s the Finish Festival in Marion Square with Edwin McCain as well as food and booths to celebrate your seven-mile jaunt.

Margaret Vogel

Price: Prices vary

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