Cedric Jaggers, author of "Charleston's Cooper River Bridge Run: A Complete History in Words And Photos," knows the event as if it were his family, complete with characters and memories, both good and bad.
He offers the most memorable moments.
1. 1986: The fog and the wreck on the bridge, which led to the second hottest start 72 degrees due to the 30-minute delay of the start. The News and Courier estimated that 300 to 500 runners were still on the bridge trying to get to the starting line when the race began.
2. 2012: Two things happened. First, the race was delayed by 58 minutes, leading to a 72 degree start time (tied for second hottest). Second, it set a record of 36,755 finishers, not matched since then, perhaps partly due to the delay of the race.
3. 2006: The first run on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. It drew a record number of finishers, at the time, of 33,678. This coincided with converting the walk to the full 10k distance, having them start behind the runners and timing (and counting) them in addition to the runners.
4. 2009: This race marked the end of the Kenyan race winning streak, which had begun in 1992.
5. 1997: Bill Murray got up on the starting line scaffolding, cracked jokes, started the race and then joined in. Then he graciously signed autographs afterwards.
6. 1994: Oprah Winfrey ran the race and received more media coverage than the race itself, including some national television and newspaper coverage.
7. 1985: This was the first year the race course was certified (then TAC, now USA Track & Field). Certified courses were first introduced in South Carolina in 1984. Also, it was the first year the race was broadcast live on local television.
8. 1980: This was the first time the race used both lanes of the now long-gone Grace Memorial Bridge, a narrow bridge built in 1929. It also featured the only "tie" finish, something which is not allowed now.
9. 1987: The only year complete race results were not compiled. It was the coldest at 39 degrees and windiest with a steady 20 mph wind gusting to 35 mph. The Sunday Post and Courier estimated between 5,600 and 5,900 runners crossed the finish line. Unfortunately, many of the volunteers abandoned the finish chute and stopped collecting the finish information. The Chronomix finish time tapes showed 5,588 runners finished in the male finish chute and 1,388 went through the female chute. Since 6,976 finished and only 6,997 were registered it was obvious that there were a lot of unregistered "bandits" who crossed the finish line. Partial results, all available (the first 1,899 male and 468 male and female times) were published in the March-April edition of the Charleston Running Club Newsletter: the Low Country Runner.
10. 1990: This year marked some interesting coincidences. It was the 13th race and it was raining. But when the starter fired the starting gun, the rain stopped. The runner wearing No. 13, Sam Obwacha of Kenya, won the race in 29:20.