2011 Bridge Run to start in waves to avoid traffic jam

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A popular bridge race that brings thousands to coastal South Carolina each spring will start in waves next year.

According to race officials, runners and walkers are going to be split into 12 waves of 3,000 to 5,000 participants for the 34th annual Cooper River Bridge Run. Three minute intervals will elapse between each wave's start.

Runners have complained for years about the human traffic jam that forces them to walk, job and stop over the 6.2-mile course.

More than 40,000 people participated in the race last April.

Next year, groups of up to 5,000 people will start in three-minute intervals. Walkers will be in the back.

The race crosses the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River, which links Mount Pleasant and Charleston.

The longest cable-stayed bridge in North America was finished five years ago.

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