Despite drop in numbers, race director views Bridge Run as success

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Race organizers for the Cooper River Bridge Run are commenting on the drop in numbers this year. A total of 33,000 people registered for the 2015 run, that's six-thousand less than last year.

Right now a 2015 race satisfaction survey is on the bridge run website. It's asking runners to rank how satisfied they were with the registration process, the expo, to the physical run itself.

While some may suspect the weather and cost are behind the drop in numbers, the director of the event says he's not disappointed at all.

"It was probably the best, perfect race we've ever put on," Julian Smith, race director, said.

Smith said numbers were down this year compared to past years, but that the overall experience of the race is all that matters.

"It's an event to go to, to be entertained," Smith said. "We have more bands on the course than any other race in the country."

Besides the bands, there were sky divers this year.

Smith said there are a lot of reasons why numbers were down; it's earlier this year, and a lot of local colleges are on spring break, and left town.

"We've had so many local events here in Charleston every weekend, and I think people may have decided to take a break this year," Smith said.

Those in the area say the prices may have also been a reason.

"I come to expect that it's going to be around that price," Jay Alexander, who ran in the race, said. "But yeah it was surprising."

"I guess it seems a little high, but makes sense that it would be more expensive closer out," Summer Kerley, who lives in Mt. Pleasant, added.

For people who were stuck working during the big race, those number also could be seen in their work day.

"This year was definitely down 100," Jacob Dye, a server at a restaurant, said. "So it was down to 150."

But as for Smith's outlook on the entire weekend, he said he's not disappointed at all.

"At 33,000 were still one of the biggest races in the country," Smith said. "To me that's not even a story because we are such a special race. We might have one out of ten people whine about something, but the average person is going to say it's one of the best raves they ever ran in."

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