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Runners say prepare now for Cooper River Bridge Run

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The countdown continues to the 40th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run, people in and around the Lowcountry are gearing up for the race on April 1, 2017. The path for the annual 10K includes a making it over the Ravenel Bridge, experienced runners say you should be prepared.

Not all prep for the Cooper River Bridge run is the same. Some runners say they've had to focus on their diets to prepare for the race.

"If you ask my coworkers, it's eating rice cakes and skipping out on fun things like going out to the bar! For me it's running 4 to 5 days a week, and then I have varied distances days that I do. So, on Saturdays are my horrible long distance runs that range anywhere from 10 to 15 miles and then during the week, it's probably anywhere like 3 to 8 miles," said Elliot Volkman.

Volkman said he's used to running long distances.

"I'll be honest, 10Ks are kind of light as far as what I do."

He's run in half-marathons up and down the East Coast. He's been living the Charleston area for just over a year and is looking forward to meeting new people, "Just being able to meet other runners. I haven't been in the area that long so it's kind of hard to meet other healthy folks,"

David Shuford has lived in the Lowcountry for the last five years. He's an experienced runner but has never run in the Cooper River Bridge Run.

"Historically, I've run half marathons," he said.

This will his first 10K, and he's looking forward to the challenge.

"Start training today and drink lots of water before hand," he said of those thinking about making the bridge run their first running event.

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE. The 40th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run takes place on April 1.

ABC News 4 is your official Cooper River Bridge Run television partner. Be sure to frequently check with us for updates and coverage of the event.

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