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Final fitness preparations for the Cooper River Bridge Run | #KellysCharlestonChallenge

Day of the Race

"Is it really that time again?" The amount of times I've been asked that the last two weeks has led me to write these quick facts heading into the Cooper River Bridge Run.

41 years in the making, the Cooper River Bridge Run now is one of the largest 10K races in the United States.

About 40,000 participants will be walking or running Saturday, April 7, race officials say.

As part of my #KellysCharlestonChallenge initiative, I lead group fitness workouts under the Ravenel Bridge on Saturday mornings. The workout for Saturday, March 31, will be a bridge workout of sorts to help people get ready for the bridge run.

No, you will not be running the whole bridge, but it will be a good last push to help prepare you for the big day.

Here are some other training tips and general information for the race to help you be as prepared as possible.

THINGS TO KNOW PRE-RACE:

  • Registration is currently still open for $55 per person.
  • A 10K is 6.12 miles
  • The run starts at 8 a.m. on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant by Moultrie Middle School.
  • Runners and walkers will be grouped into different corals at the starting line based on their expected completion time.
  • The finish line is at King and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston at Marion Square.
  • Bus transportation is available pre-race to the starting line, and post-race from downtown.

PREPARING FOR THE RACE:

  • Training
    Training for the event is suggested, but not necessary. You shouldn't do any strenuous or long runs the week leading up to the Bridge Run.
  • Hydration
    Hydration is very important. Hydrating just the day before or the day of the race is not going to do the trick, and might make matters worse. Make sure you are hydrating throughout the week prior, always having a water bottle nearby and constantly drinking. It will help you perform better on race day. They will have multiple water stations available throughout the run, so no need to bring a water bottle unless you prefer.
  • Diet
    It is a 10K race, so I would suggest that no “carb loading” needs to happen. If you have been training or feel prepared, then eat your normal dinner the night before. Switching things up could cause for a long wait in the portalet line mid-race!

DAY OF THE RACE:

Make sure you wake up early enough to drink some water, have a snack (predominately carbohydrate and protein based), wake your body and mind up, and stretch so you are ready to crush it!

There will be 25 bands playing this year, so no need for headphones this time around!

The finish line is the place to be, so try to get there as soon as possible, but remember to pace yourself!

Once there, you will receive a medal for finishing the race. Plus, there will be bands, vendors, post race snacks, awards and much more!

I am excited to see the outcome this year. I am grateful and proud to say I've trained hundreds of people over the past few years to help achieve greatness by finishing the bridge run. I am excited to see many of their proud accomplished faces do it again this year. Everyone is an athlete, and I have faith everyone will do their best.

For more information, please reach out via email or send me a message on Facebook. I'm always open to questions, comments, and concerns as well!

If you have any questions or concerns about the race itself, contact Cooper River Bridge Run officials as soon as possible. If you are unable to get in touch with someone that way, go to the CRBR Health and Wellness Expo for any questions or concerns.

The Health and Wellness Expo will be Thursday and Friday, April 5-6. This is where the participants pick up their race day packets. It's also a large vendor event offering lots of merchandise, giveaways, and valuable information about local vendors and businesses.

(Kelly Thompson is a certified personal trainer who writes a fitness blog, Kelly's Charleston Challenge, for ABC News 4. If you have any questions, or need any suggestions, reach her via email at personaltrainingforlife@gmail.com, or use the hashtag #KellysCharlestonChallenge on social media.)

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