Chilly Bridge Run starts on time; Kenyan man, Ethiopian woman win

Simon Ndirangu of Kenya male winner of the elite division. Finished in 28:05. (Tom Spain/ Buy this photo

Unlike last year's Cooper River Bridge Run and Walk, this year's started on time — at 8 a.m. — thanks to a multi-pronged effort to transport participants to the starting line in Mount Pleasant and went off practically without a hitch.

“Everybody's happy, smiling and having a good time,” said Race Director Julian Smith from the scaffolding over Coleman Boulevard as waves of runners passed underneath.

Today's race was the chilliest since 1999 when the temperature was 48 degrees at the start. The Weather Channel reported 49 at 7:52 a.m. But with abundant sunshine and a slight tailwind, from the northeast, the race was comfortable for most in the middle and back of the pack.

In the front, the 36th annual Bridge Run was won by Simon Ndirangu, 27, of Kenya, in 28 minutes, five seconds, for males and Hiwot Ayalew, 23, of Ethiopia, in 32:17, for females.

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