Bridge Run organizers to cap entries at 40,000

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Organizers with the Cooper River Bridge Run decided Thursday to cap the amount of participants allowed at 40,000 people following the hour delay that occurred last weekend during the 35th annual run.

Organizers met at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday afternoon and identified 3 main problems surrounding the delay: the loading of the buses; communication between Bridge Run officials and runners, and a wheelchair racer breaking down on the bridge.

Along with capping future entries, organizers said they plan on hiring a logistics coordinator and will look at setting up satellite locations for runners to catch buses to the start line.

As for improving communication with runners, a mobile command center will be set up next year, organizers said.

A letter of apology was sent out to all of the runners on Wednesday.

The letter, signed by Directors Ken Ayoub and Julian Smith, apologized for "unprecedented problems" and stated they "will be taking the necessary steps to help ensure this will never happen again."

"We want this to be a quality race," Ayoub said."You have a small congested area quite frankly in downtown Charleston. You get to a point and it just can't handle it. We're going to make sure that we can.

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