CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – The long-time race director for the Cooper River Bridge Run has announced his resignation from the organization.
Julian Smith, who has been the race director for more than 20 years, resigned following the diagnosis of a rare brain cancer last fall.
“It is with deep sadness that last week the Cooper River Bridge Run Board of Directors received and accepted the resignation of our Race Director, Julian Smith,” the organization said in a press release. “Julian has been our leader, our mentor and our friend; for this, the Board would like to express its profound sense of gratitude.”
They went on to say, “It was unanimously agreed upon by the CRBR Board that Julian would be given the title of Race Director Emeritus. We wish Julian all the best and offer our eternal thanks for a career of unparalleled success pursued with uncommon wit, wisdom and grace.”
Members of the board say Julian is a force of nature whose leadership will be missed by the entire Bridge Run family and community as he moves on to the next phase of his life and the inevitable challenges it will bring.
Charleston County councilman, Mike Seekings, who also operates at the Board of Director’s Vice Chairman, will immediately step in as Interim Race Director.
The 2019 Cooper River Bridge Run will take place on April 6, 2019.