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Cooper River Bridge Run is gearing up for Saturday

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The excitement is in the air as thousands converge on the Charleston Area Convention Center to get their packets for race day. The expo opened on Thursday, and remains opens through 8 pm on Friday night.

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

Traffic alert ahead of Cooper River Bridge Run

The runners - about 44,000 of them - are both young and old, old pros and first-timers. One runner said, "This year is actually my first year to do the Bridge Run. I've been training hard, working hard to get ready, and I am very excited about it."

For those who have never ran, or never attended, the crowds on race day are huge. Last year an overcrowding snafu pushed back the start time and delayed the race, but this year looks to be clearer sailing. The Bridge Run is also now offering an app download on the phone that would give updates on race information. In addition, the app has a feature for the cost of $1.99, that allows someone to track a runner on the route based on the time they are estimated to finish.

Crowds are to be expected on race day, but as one eager 13 year old first-time runner said, "It's like being at the fair. You are going to be squished and squeezed, but it's going to be fun."

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