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Cooper River Bridge Run filled with personal stories and goals

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From the crazy costumes to the serious goal setters, the 36th annual Cooper River Bridge Run was filled with runners who used Saturday morning's 10K as a way to remember their loved ones and to celebrate the success of crossing the finish line.

One group of six friends ran as a six pack of beer to celebrate one of their friends who passed away after losing his fight with kidney cancer. While the group of guys said it was much tougher running while connected to each other, they couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate remembering a friend.

"He was going to run a marathon in every state. After his 7th marathon he was gone after that," one of the members of the group said.

Saturday's race was also time for a family to work together towards completing a goal. The Terrell family of four from Raleigh, North Carolina all completed the bridge run Saturday. Malise Terrell said she wanted to motivate her family to all run the race together as a way to motivate her twins to realize the importance of staying fit.

"We want them to be active. We trained. We committed. We started training in October; it was fun," she said.

Saturday's finish also marked a personal goal for Malise. She used to be an avid runner, but for the last seven years, she has not competed in a race, so her finish Saturday proved to be a personal success. Her twin boys Stanton and Hilton not only celebrated completing the race as a family, they also got the satisfaction of completing their first 10K. Hilton was dressed up as a Star Wars Jedi, and while he said he got sweaty running the more than six mile race, he said it was all worth it.

"I felt really good. My running time was off, but it felt so great to finish this race," Hilton said.

For many of the 44,000 runners, the giant finish line was more than just scaffolding above the crowded pavement, it was a symbol of success. Especially for Simon Ndirangu of Kenya who won the race for the second time, clocking a time of 28:05. And also for Hiwot Ayalew who took the title as the fastest woman in the race with a time of 32:17.

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