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Cooper River Bridge Run race director Julian Smith steps down amid brain cancer battle

Julian Smith (FILE/WCIV)

Julian Smith, longtime race director for the Cooper River Bridge Run, has resigned from the position, Bridge Run officials announced Wednesday morning.

Smith, race director for the Bridge Run for more than 20 years, stepped down last week, according to a statement released by CRBR staff Wednesday.

"For more than 20 years, Julian has been our leader, our mentor and our friend; for this, the Board would like to express its profound sense of gratitude. Julian is a force of nature and his leadership will be missed by the entire Bridge Run family and community as he moves on to the next phase of his life and the inevitable challenges it will bring." - Cooper River Bridge Run Board of Directors

Race board vice chairman Mike Seekings is stepping in as interim race director, CRBR officials. Smith has been given the title Race Director Emeritus, race officials say.

Smith has been battling brain cancer.

The 2019 Cooper River Bridge Run will take place on April 6, 2019.

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