Everything You Need to Know About the Cooper River Bridge Run

Recently announced, the 2021 Cooper River Bridge Run is postponed to September amid ongoing Covid-19 concerns. Originally scheduled for March 27, it is now slated to take place September 25th, 2021 with hopes that large groups will be able to safely gather for the event.


Following the requirement of the City of Charleston and in keeping with race protocols nationwide, The Bridge Run board of directors has implemented a "vaccine or test" requirement for all runners in the 44th annual Cooper River Bridge Run. 

All participants are required to show proof of complete vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test result received within 72 hours of race weekend.

Upon successful verification, runners can then pick up their bib numbers from the Bridge Run Expo at the Charleston Area Convention Center on September 23rd (12 - 8 pm) and September 24th (8 am - 8pm). 

Visitors from all over the world are drawn to this world-class 10K, which is one of the most anticipated events in Charleston, SC. It's time to start making your plans to attend!

Not your average marathon, the one-way course across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is just as scenic as it is challenging.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your running shoes and come experience it for yourself. Whether you decide to compete in the race or cheer from the sidelines, we guarantee that the Bridge Run will become your new spring tradition. Here’s what you need to know about this year’s event.

For more information on activities and events in the area, be sure to request one of our free Vacation Guides to Kiawah or Seabrook Island. Each directory includes recommendations for things to do during your trip to the Lowcountry for the Cooper River Bridge Run.

What is the Cooper River Bridge Run?

Based on the number of finishers, the Cooper River Bridge Run is the third largest 10K and one of the largest road races in the U.S. The marathon is always held during the first weekend of April, and proceeds from the event benefit a variety of different charities. If you plan to attend, make sure to register and book your travel accommodations in advance.

Nothing will prepare you for the excitement of race day or the breathtaking views you’ll see from the top of the bridge! There is also a Kid’s Run and a free festival held the weekend before the main event. If you are looking for something fun to do with the whole family, bring the kids out for a fun day of face painting, magic shows, pony rides, live music performances, and more.

This year’s race was recently rescheduled to Saturday, September 25th. If you’re thinking about joining the fun, visit the website for 2021 registration information.

The event often sells out, so don’t wait to sign up! You can also view a gallery of past Cooper River Bridge Run photos.


Where Can I find Accommodations Near the Race?

Now that you have added the Bridge Run to your itinerary, you’ll need to find the perfect accommodations for race weekend. If you are searching for an alternative to staying downtown, look no further than Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

Located just 21 miles from Charleston, these gorgeous barrier islands feature untouched natural habitats, luxurious accommodations, and exclusive resort amenities. It’s the ideal choice for visitors who would like to escape the crowds yet be minutes from the race.

Pam Harrington Exclusives offers a wide array of upscale vacation rentals on Seabrook and Kiawah Islands.

Our homes and condos range in size and location to accommodate the desires of each and every guest.

Whether you’re looking for oceanfront rentals with direct access to the beach or a more tranquil location that is tucked away in the marsh or woodlands, you’ll find it with Pam Harrington Exclusives.