Today my wife did the 36th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run in Mt. Pleasant/Charleston SC. She signed up to do the walk/run with some ladies from our church. After last year’s debacle of the race, I chose not to do this run this year. Luckily I did not sign up because we had our 1 1/2 year old niece this weekend, so I stayed home with her! My FIRST diaper changing experience. I think I passed!
As I said, Jennifer ran with friends from our church. She ran with Melanie, Alex, Kari & Janet Beck & Angie & Rebecca Shipley. They have now done this for three years. However, this year they stepped it up and added a theme. Melanie & Kari made tie dyed shirts!
Because of construction at the Gaillard Auditorium this year, the expo was moved to the North Charleston Convention Center. This has been needed for a long time. It can handle the amount of vehicle & human traffic there. Well done on this decision. I did not attend the expo, but Jennifer said it seemed bigger than previous years because there was more space! Let me repeat, awesome decision!
So in a nutshell, Jennifer said the race seemed much better organized this year. The added shuttle service from the North Charleston Convention Center, so it helped spread the crowds out more. Jennifer and her posse’ went downtown as usual and parked in the SC Aquarium parking garage. It was only $5 for participants. They also moved the shuttle pickup service behind the garage, so they could quickly get on the shuttle. In previous years you had to walk a good distance to Calhoun to get the shuttle.
Another positive, she said the race started ON TIME this year!! Not a 1 1/2 hour delay like last year. She said the weather was good. It was in the upper 40s and increased to the mid 50s by the race end; however, there was a good wind so it kept the temperatures feeling a little cooler.
During the race they were passed by the Hunley Submarine!!! Actually is was Alumni from Bishop England. Their goal was to win the best costume. I hope they did, because that was just awesome.
The finish was again at Marion Square in downtown Charleston. It was crowded as ever she said. This is another reason I just don’t want to do this race anymore. It is a poor place for filtering the crowd. It is very difficult to find others if you want to meet up with people.
So that concluded another year of someone in the Geddings family doing the Cooper River Bridge Run!