Bridge run participants brace for rain during race

Bridge run participants brace for rain during race
You could have thousands wearing your design at the next Cooper River Bridge Run. (Source: Live 5 News)

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - After a soggy Friday night and overnight showers, participants of this year's Cooper River Bridge run are bracing for a soggy day.

There has been only one other day in history that it rained during the race, and that was back in 2005, according to Cedric Jaggers, author of Charleston's Cooper River Bridge Run: A Complete History in Words and Photos.

The Bridge Run is the third-largest 10K in the United States and the fourth-largest in the world. It attracts tens of thousands of people each year to the Lowcountry and pumps millions of dollars into the local economy.

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Some runners said they were changing their outfits and expectations Friday ahead of the race. Others said they planned to add a few more layers, like water proof gear or even trash bags.

As runners carb-loaded and rested leading up to the race, Mother Nature dumped heavy rain and thunderstorms across the area Friday. For several hours, the Tri-County was under a tornado watch, but it was canceled an hour earlier than originally planned when severe storms seen further west did not materialize over the Lowcountry.

"I'm excited, I'm doing it with two of my nieces and we said rain shy sleet or snow - no thunder and lightning. That's about it, that's the only thing that's going to keep us away," runner Pat Ellison said.

Bridge Run expo vendors were busy helping runners prep for the rain.

"Some people are asking for ponchos, we do have wind breakers that shed some of the water," Bridge Run expo vender Dennis McWhorter said, Bridge Run expo vendor.

For some, keeping their feet as dry as possible, during the race, is a priority. Moisture-wicking socks were flying off the shelves Friday ahead of the expected rain.

"You're just sloshing the water, your feet are soaked, shoes are rubbing - it's miserable and you just can't shake that off," said Debbie Luke of Outer Banks Tri Sports.

Most runners say they're going to enjoy it, no matter how wet they get.

"I think it could make it more fun," said Natalie Murphy, who is running the Bridge run for the first time.

Race organizers say if you plan to wear a poncho or garbage bag, for security screening purposes, wait to put that on until you're in position at the starting line. Also, be sure that your bib number is showing over whatever you wear.

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