Bridge back open; 36th Cooper River Bridge Run in the books
UPDATE (10:54 A.M.): The bridge has been reopened to traffic and the 3rd annual Cooper River Bridge Run is wrapping up. Stay tuned to postandcourier.com for full results and a overview of how the race went.
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UPDATE (10:28 A.M.): Andrew Miller reporting via Twitter that the Charleston Police Departments hopes to have the Arthur Ravenel Bridge reopened to traffic by 11 a.m.
UPDATE (10:09 A.M.): Stream of finishers has slowed down considerably. Bridge set to reopen at 10:30 a.m. Will keep you posted.
UPDATE (9:20 A.M.): 10,000 runners have crossed the finish line so far.
UPDATE (9:16 A.M.): Marcus Newberry Award winners: Michael Banks 30:14; female winner still TBD.
UPDATE (8:59 A.M.): More than 2,500 people have crossed the finish line so far.
UPDATE (8:53 A.M.): More than 1,200 people have crossed the finish line so far.
UPDATE (8:34 A.M.): Hiwott Aliyu of Ethiopia female winner of the elite division. Finished in 32:17.
UPDATE (8:28 A.M.): Simon Ndirangu of Kenya male winner of the elite division. Finished in 28:05.
UPDATE (8:06 A.M.): Wheelchair winner Alex DuPont's wife, Ilana, is female wheelchair winner
UPDATE (8:00 A.M.): Race to start on time. Reports on social media are that some runners still aren't at the starting line, stuck at dropoff locations waiting for shuttles. Might have to start at the back of the line.
UPDATE (7:52 A.M.): Alex DuPont wins wheelchair division. With minutes to go until the planned start time, it's still 49 degrees in Mount Pleasant, according to The Weather Channel.
UPDATE (7:32 A.M.): Reports on social media are that there are still a number of runners waiting on shuttles to leave from the Charleston Area Convention Center, site of this year's expo. The wheelchair division got a prompt start at 7:25 a.m.
UPDATE (7:23 A.M.): Several shuttles are having to take I-526 to starting area.
UPDATE (7:11 A.M.): The wheelchair division is about 20 minutes from starting.
UPDATE (7:00 A.M.): With an hour to go before the race, it's 49 degrees in Mount Pleasant, according to The Weather Channel.
UPDATE (6:45 A.M.): Beckman designates the last bus to go over Ravenel bridge, all others must take I-526.
UPDATE (6:15 A.M.): The lines for the shuttles are backed up but moving smoothly.
UPDATE (5:50 A.M.): The first 32 buses, carrying 60 runners each, have departed for the starting line. Beckmann says loading will be faster now.
UPDATE (5:30 A.M.): Carl Beckmann said as of about 5:30 a.m., not as many people had shown up for the shuttles as he had hoped. Coming up on the 6 a.m. arrival deadline for the shuttles, it looks like a good number of people will have to take Interstate 526 to get to the starting line.
Today marks the 36th running of the Cooper River Bridge Run and Walk — the Charleston area's single largest rite of spring and one of America's biggest road races.
The Ravenel bridge is expected to re-open by 10:30 a.m. To that end, Bridge Run officials will tell walkers who have not crossed the bridge by 10 a.m. to board a “sweeper” bus or move over to the pedestrian lane of the bridge. All walkers will be asked to be off the bridge by 10:30 a.m.
Twenty-one bands will line the 6.2-mile course and American Idol finalist Elise Testone is set to sing at the starting line and at the post-race celebrations in Marion Square.
Those celebrations also will feature the first-ever, official Cooper River Bridge Run Beer Garden, which will be held on Hutson Street, a block north of Marion Square between King and Meeting streets.