CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Organizers with the Cooper River Bridge Run announced all participants will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result at the pre-run expo.
Participants will also be required to wear a face mask at the expo, during bus loading, on buses and in start corrals on race day.
The race, which was moved to September 25 from its original spring date, will have 25,000 participants this year compared to the average 40,000 racers.
Bridge Run officials say prior to bib number pick-up, race participants will be required to provide either proof of a complete vaccination series or a negative COVID-19 test received within 72 hours of the start of the Expo. Participants may bring an original paper copy, digital copy, photo copy or digital photo of their vaccination card.
“The fastest path to picking up bib numbers for the 44th annual Bridge Run is being fully vaccinated,” organizers said. “Upon successful verification of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, participants will gain access to their bib numbers, which can be picked up from the Bridge Run Expo at the Charleston Area Convention Center on September 23 from 12-8 PM and September 24 from 8 AM to 8 PM.”
There will be an increased number of handwashing stations at both the expo, along the race route, and in all port-o-lets. All participants and volunteers will receive a mask and personal bottle of hand sanitizer.
Participants will not be required to wear masks while wheel chairing, running or walking the 10k course.
Organizers say the post-race finish festival will be closed to spectators and only racers will be allowed to enter the park.
Any registered participants who no longer wish to participate will be transferred to the virtual run. Refunds cannot be issued, and the Bridge Run is not able to defer participants’ entry to a future year.
To learn more about the race’s COVID-19 protocols, please click here.