The Cooper River Bridge Run & What You Need to Know

The Cooper River Bridge Run is one of Charleston’s most anticipated yearly events. Each year, nearly 40,000 people flock to the Holy City for this race across the Ravenel Bridge. Will you be one of the thousands to cross the finish line in 2019? Read on to discover everything you need to know before you lace up your running shoes, including information on shuttles, the best places to stay, and more. Afterward, if you are looking for more ways to make your Charleston getaway memorable, download our free Charleston Area Vacation Guides. Our guides are full of recommendations on restaurants, historic sites, shopping, and more.

Your Guide to the Cooper River Bridge Run

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Based on the number of runners, the Cooper River Bridge Run is the third largest 10k in the United States. Nothing prepares you for the excitement of race day! Crossing the Ravenel Bridge is always a treat when traveling by vehicle, but nothing compares to the breathtaking views you’ll see when traversing the bridge by foot.

The race begins in Mount Pleasant and finishes in downtown Charleston. Once you cross the finish line in the Holy City, you can look forward to entertainment, food, vendors, souvenirs, refreshments, and plenty of fun. The race takes place on the first weekend of April. Proceeds from the event benefit a variety of charities.

For the Kids

The Cooper River Bridge Run is a race for young adults and adults. It is important to note that strollers are dangerous among such a large crowd. Baby strollers are only allowed in the last corral of walkers across the bridge on race day, but it is discouraged. If you would like to bring the kids for a race across Charleston, the Kids Run is perfect for you.

The Kids Run is the day before the main event. Bring the kids out for a fun day of face painting, magic shows, pony rides, live music performances, and more.

Important Information for Your Trip

  • The Cooper River Bridge Run often sells out, so don’t wait to sign up! Tickets and registration for the April 2019 race are now available. However, it is important to know that visitors begin booking hotel rooms and vacation rentals up to a year in advance. If you are visiting from out of town, we recommend securing your accommodation as soon as possible.
  • On race day, take advantage of bus and boat shuttle services. Several shuttle spots are available and will save you from the headache of finding a place to park.

Enjoy the Best of What Charleston Offers

After a fun-filled day of racing and celebrating at the Cooper River Bridge Run, head home to Charleston’s most beloved sea islands. Take a refreshing swim in the Atlantic Ocean, enjoy an evening stroll on the beach, and indulge in the finest Southern cuisine. Championship golf, world-class tennis, and resort-style shopping are just a few reasons why you’ll love visiting Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island year after year.

If you are ready to plan your race day weekend, browse our handpicked collection of Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island vacation rentals today. If you have any questions, contact us at Pam Harrington Exclusives. We can't wait to help you plan your next Charleston getaway!