Monday, March 29, 2010

cooper river bridge run 2010  

posted by Michael Piwonka 9:24 PM
On Saturday, Martha and I participated in the 33rd annual Cooper River Bridge Run. The 10-kilometer run starts in Mount Pleasant, SC, crosses the Cooper River on the beautiful Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and ends in Charleston.

I took a little over a hour to complete, but I'm already planning for next year, with a sub-54 minute time as my goal. (Martha and I ran together, even though she could have completed the run sooner.)

The third mile was the bear, being an uphill climb for the entire mile. However, once we reached the peak of the bridge, we had probably 1.5 mile of descent. The final couple miles were flat and easy.

With over 38,000 runners, there were people everywhere. It was quite cold and breezy on Saturday morning, but the mass of humanity helped to deflect the wind during the hour-long wait for the starting gun. It took us 6 minutes to get to the starting line once the race officially began; people at the back of the pack took upwards of 15 minutes to reach the starting line.

The winning time was 27:49 (4:29/mile pace), and the last finisher was 2:58:50 (I believe there was a 3-hour time limit before they closed down the race). The winning wheelchair time was 25:56 (4:11 pace)! I've been wondering how fast the wheelchair contestants go on the downhill side of the bridge...perhaps 40 mph?

We had a great time. Charleston is a wonderful city to visit, providing a fun venue for the run.

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