Bridge run clothing: Label and collect or ditch and donate?

(Photo Illustration/Brian Troutman)

By Jon

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- With temperatures forecasted to be in the 50's and lower 60's for Saturdays bridge run, chances are you'll want to bundle up at least at the start.

About 43,000 runners will converge in Mount Pleasant all waiting to cross the starting line. With those staggered starts, you might be standing around Coleman Boulevard for at least a few hours in the cold.

Health and fitness experts suggest that when running a race, be prepared to dress for weather about 15 degrees warmer than when you arrive at the starting line.

But what happens to all those extra jackets, long sleeve t-shirts, wind pants, water bottles and the like once you get going and work up a sweat?

It depends on how much you value your discarded article of clothing.

There are two options for runners getting set to make the six-mile dash -- label and collect or discard and donate.

If you want to be sure to keep that favorite college or high school sweater or that good luck race charm, be sure put your name on it.

That's because the 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run organizers will once again offer what is affectionately known as the "sweat shuttle."

Volunteers along the starting line of the 6.2-mile course will collect bags and belongings and put them into a shuttle, which will then be driven over to the finish line.

"People need to label their belongings. We'll put them in the shuttle, and it goes over to the finish line. You can reclaim them at the finish," assistant race director Tammy Bourne said.

According to the CCBR website, trucks will be at the start taking bags (which must be pre-labeled with your name and phone number) until 8 a.m. Trucks will also be parked at the Finish Festival for bag retrieval.

If you don't make it to the sweat shuttle stop, you can swing by the Cooper River Bridge Run Office in Mount Pleasant at 716 S. Shelmore Blvd. Suite 105, Mount Pleasant, near the Bi- Lo Shopping Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Items not bagged and tagged will be collected and donated to various Goodwill locations throughout the Lowcountry.

Meaning if you want to score some "like new" running accessories, stop by the Goodwill location on Coleman Boulevard a few days after the race.

Clothes won't be the only thing donated. Bridge run officials say any left over fruit, cookies, sports drinks and other perishable items will be donated to local food banks and pantries throughout the greater Charleston area.

* Jon Bruce can be seen weekday mornings as a co-anchor of Good Morning Charleston and Lowcountry Live. Before making his way to ABC News 4, Jon was on the anchor desk at WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York, and then the anchor desk at WNYT in Albany, New York.