2016 Cooper River Bridge Run

In their annual pilgrimage 35,000 runners & walkers descend upon Charleston to take part in one of the biggest events of the year – The 10k Cooper River Bridge Run.

2016 Cooper River Bridge Run Poster

The winning poster for the 2016 Cooper River Bridge Run

The first race was held in 1978 and organized by Dr. Marcus Newberry, an employee at the Medical University of South Carolina who hoped to encourage fellow employees into fitness activities.  Since then it has now become the third largest 10k in the country and fifth largest road race.

The Bridge Run has also given some of our favorite restaurants in Charleston an excuse to open extra early and offer up live entertainment, fantastic recovery food, and of course – bloody mary specials.  Two of our favorite events this year take part on Charleston’s upper peninsula.

The Alley Charleston is hosting their annual ‘Bridge Run After Party‘.  On Friday April 1 carb up from 5-9 and enjoy $6.95 fettuccine with your choice of sauce.  Add on meatballs, grilled chicken, or grilled shrimp for $3.  On race day, show up to the Alley with your race bib and the first bloody is on the house.    They’ll have additional breakfast items along with live music all day, and the final four games playing on the big screens.

Bay Street Biergarten is hosting their ‘Record Breaking Bridge Run After Party‘.  They are going to make the largest bloody mary ever recorded featuring Dixie Vodka and Charleston Mix.  They’ll have other drink specials as well – $3 Michelob Ultra, $5 Sweetwater 420, $4 Curious Traveler and if you’re wearing a costume you’ll have a chance at a $25 gift card.  With music and games all day it’s a party not to miss.

Wherever your legs decide to take you after the run – we hope to see you out and about.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter or like us on Facebook for additional updates.  On your marks, get set, let’s after party.

35,000 runners await the starting gun at the annual Cooper River Bridge Run

Runners wait for the starting gun at the annual Cooper River Bridge Run.