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Cooper River Bridge 10K Run - Run10k

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Charleston, South Carolina
United States
72F / 22C
Total Time = 1h 02m 15s
Overall Rank = 9841/28641
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 475/1097
Pre-race routine:

Light breakfast, coffee, and water.
Event warmup:

Walked 1 1/2 miles from hotel to start line. Then walked another 1/2 mile before jumping the fence and getting in line. Race pace categories were not being enforced as far as I could see. Seen a lot of walkers very close to the start.
  • 1h 02m 15s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 01s  min/mile

I had drank about a half bottle of water before the start. Only had about a half mile to the mat and after walking two miles I was sufficiently warmed up. I passed the water station before the bridge not remembering that there would be no water on the bridge. Thankfully it was cool and overcast although a little humid. I could have used a drink of water while on the bridge but they had water available just as you came off the ramp. Streets were a little cramped and warm but at the last water station I grabbed a cup of water and yelled for the volunteer to throw a cup on me so she nailed me in the back with a cup of cold water and it sure felt good.
What would you do differently?:

Carry a small bottle of water on the bridge.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Got my sweat bag. Had water and an orange.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Old age and gravity.

Event comments:

OK for the bad news. After finishing I (along with 1000's) figured I'd walk down to Market St and get something to eat or drink. No such thing. Walked a couple miles for nothing as they were closed. Went back and caught the shuttle back to Mt Pleasant. My hotel was at the foot of the bridge and the shuttle dropped us a paltry 4 miles away. Soooo I enjoyed another long walk as there were no cabs or local buses.
Everything else was good. The course is awesome. I've never been in a run with this many people and it is unbelievable. From up on the bridge I turned and looked back and the runners looked like a 2 mile long human organism snaking along the road.
A friend of mine and I tracked our distance to see how far you'd run around other people and the distance and the time adds up as you are constantly weaving to maintain a steady pace or the pace you desire. We both came up with an extra 2/10 th to nearly 1/4 mile extra.
I will probably do this race again but I'll have my return logistics better planned. I liked staying in Mt Pleasant as the close proximity to Shem Creek puts you near some excellent restaurants and watering holes.
I wanted to break 1 hour but it was not to happen. I know now what I have to to make it happen. It's not just training but strategy.

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Last updated: 2007-02-17 12:00 AM
01:02:15 | 06.21 miles | 10m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 475/1097
Overall: 1097/28641
Performance: Good
Overall Men: 6462/13054
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-04-01 10:08 AM

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In my bunk with new shoes and purple sweats.
Subject: Cooper River Bridge 10K Run

2007-04-01 5:09 PM
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Tiger's Den
Subject: RE: Cooper River Bridge 10K Run

Maybe next year we should pace each other. I would like to break 60 min too. My last 10K was in 1:02:10 and it was pretty hilly- don't know if it would mimic the bridge or not....

I hate having to weave around others.... But I guess you do what you gotta do!

Overall, not too bad for a Gamecock! 

2007-04-02 7:58 AM
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Milton, GA
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Sorry to hear you had a hard time finding food.  I, too, was surprised by the number of places that were closed.  We had to convince the owner of Charleston Beer Works to open early for us a few weeks before the race.  Since we had 80 people from our company participating in the race, we were able to get them to do a food spread and happy hour prices.  Nothing like hot wings and beer at 10AM!

 We finally ended up at Vickery's for lunch later in the day.

2007-04-02 8:41 AM
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In my bunk with new shoes and purple sweats.
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bump for the pic
2007-04-02 8:54 AM
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Simpsonville, SC
Subject: RE: Cooper River Bridge 10K Run
I'm sure you would have broken the hour mark if all those stupid people wouldn't have got in the way!!! It makes me claustrophobic just to look at that picture. You possess great courage to run through such a mob! Good job!

2007-04-02 9:12 AM
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Charlotte, NC
Subject: RE: Cooper River Bridge 10K Run

Cognrats on the race!  I want to run this next year!!!

I had a bunch of friends there.  One had her Garmin and tracked her milage at 6.35 with all the diagonal running to get around folks.  She's in training for IMLP so her friends and her were rather silly and ran 6 miles from their rental house on the beach to get to the start line before doing the 6 mile race.  She still pulled off a 47 min time.... sheesh

Nice work!  Hopefully I'll be there with you next year!

2007-04-03 3:49 PM
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Wow!  Great pic...sorry about all the walking.  Doug and I ran it at like 3:30 that afternoon and passed (maybe) 10 people the entire time.  It was fun...started at the base, turned around at the other base and ran back.  That back side was a bugger.  1:06.......I'm slow, but I sure love it.

2007-04-04 2:33 PM
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Chesapeake, VA
Subject: RE: Cooper River Bridge 10K Run

Wow - unbelievable crowds!  Over 28,000 people on that bridge is insane.  Cool pic too.  I don't think it is possible to PR with those crowds and that tough of bridge.  I was surprised how the bridge kept going up and up and up.  

Great run!  Sounds like a fun race. It might have to go on my list for next year.  

2007-04-05 5:11 AM
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Wilmington, NC
Subject: RE: Cooper River Bridge 10K Run
Great job! I was there as well! The number of people was insane! I get a little overwhelmed with that many. I also agree that the mass start was a little bit messy...and I was a bit confused b/c even though we had race chips they still used your clock time to place you??? I was clock time was three minutes slower than my chip time?

Anyhow...I thought for the amount of people it really ran quite smooth. Can you imagine how much post race food they went through? I saw people grabbing bags of apples, oranges, bagels and muffins!

We were all starving after so by the time we went back to our hotel and showered the crowds had died down. We ate at Mellowmushroom and I must say it was the best pizza ever!

This was a good race can't beat Charleston! (we got engaged there in January!!) I am sure this will be go again next year!

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