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Bridge Run organizers say they've worked for year to prevent problems

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More than 40,000 runners will take part in this weekend's Cooper River Bridge Run.

"It's the biggest weekend of the year," said CRBR Board Chairman Larry Schrecker.

Business owners and runners spend months prepping for the big 10-K run, but last year they also faced some big problems.

"A big portion of the delay came from the way we started the race," Schrecker said. "We let the wheelchair athletes go as normal, but then we had the sponsor trucks that still had to get across, so we couldn't send those trucks on the bridge with the wheelchair athletes still on the bridge. That was about 35 minutes of the delay."

During the 35th annual Cooper River Bridge Run, about 44,000 runners were delayed due to technical difficulties. But thanks to a year of meetings and preparation, organizers say there won't be any issues at this year's Bridge Run.

This year's run is sold out with 40,000 walkers and runners.

Schrecker says while they lowered the number of participants, they increased the number of bus loading locations.

Bus shuttles are free to walkers and runners, although they must be in line by 6 a.m.

For more information, head to http://bridgerun.com/.  View the course map here.

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