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Cooper River Bridge Run Implements “Vaccine or Test” Requirement



Following a requirement from the City of Charleston, and in keeping with other race protocols across the country, the Cooper River Bridge Run Board of Directors has implemented a “vaccine or test” requirement for entrants in the 44th annual Cooper River Bridge Run, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 25th, 2021.

As such, prior to bib number pick-up, race participants will be required to provide either proof of a complete vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test received within 72 hours of the start of the Expo. Participants may bring an original paper copy, digital copy, photocopy, or digital photo of their vaccination card.

The fastest path to picking up bib numbers for the 44th annual Bridge Run is being fully vaccinated. Upon successful verification of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, participants will gain access to their bib numbers, which can be picked up from the Bridge Run Expo at the Charleston Area Convention Center on September 23rd from 12 pm to 8 pm and September 24th from 8 am to 8 pm.

In order to keep Bridge Run participants, spectators, staff and volunteers safe throughout this year’s events, masks will be required on participant transportation (loading and transporting), in the Start corral areas, at the Finish Festival following the races and throughout the Expo on September 23-24. Participants will not be required to wear masks while wheel chairing, running, or walking the 10k course.

Additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts announced earlier this year include: a reduced field size, smaller corrals at the start, added spacing between start times and new hand sanitizing stations at all events. Additionally, all staff and volunteers will be masked, the post-race finish festival will be accessible to participants only, a new open floor plan will be implemented to allow for social distancing and a virtual race option will be included.

Any registered participants who no longer wish to participate will be transferred to the virtual run. Refunds cannot be issued, and the Bridge Run is not able to defer participants’ entry to a future year.

As always, any participant, volunteer or spectator exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.

In the coming week, entrants will receive more information on the wave start corrals, bib number assignments, bus loading times and transportation arrangements.

For more updates and information to the Bridge Run on Sept 25, go to


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