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Weather threat gave way to blue skies for 39th bridge run

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Old Glory provided the only color as cloudy skies draped the Lowcountry landscape and rain-soaked streets near the Cooper River Bridge Run starting line forced the participants to jump puddles.

They also brought ponchos, plastic bags, and plenty of patience.

"We needed the umbrellas from the walk from the hotel to here this morning. It was raining," said Judith Sorrells.

Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant was nearly empty as elite runners took shelter in front of Moultrie Middle School. As many of them warmed up for what could have been a damp journey to the finish line, others wore protection against the elements.

"Well, I plan to ditch this before the race," said Jordan Lybrand. "Just trying to keep a little warmth and dry before the race starts. After that it's, you know, get as light as you can. If you're wet, you're wet, you know."

Clifford Manson said the extra layers, especially if they're wet from rain, might slow some runners down.

As race time approached, the skies cleared and the rain finally stopped. And the thousands of runners who came here to take part in this year's Bridge Run were ready to get started.

Karen Brown of Summerville traded in her rain boots for running shoes as the starting time neared. She took extra steps to stay dry inside the damp corrals, she said.

"It was definitely different. Kind of watching the weather, making sure I was prepared so I wasn't drenched when I got started," Brown said.

By race time, the weather wasn't a factor as runners began their trek to downtown Charleston. For some, Mother Nature never presented a problem at all.

"It doesn't change. Whether it's raining, sunshine, it doesn't matter. We're out here to have fun and we have fun," said Debbie Carter-Draper.

Rain or shine, it was all about enjoying the moment during another Cooper River Bridge Run.

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