I could go on and on about all the amazing running routes in Charleston.
I’ve already showed you three of my favorite routes:
– the historic charm of Running Downtown Charleston
– the coastal beauty of Running the Beaches
– the back to nature feel of Running the West Ashley Greenway
Now it is time to show you one of the most popular running routes in Charleston –
The Copper River Bridge. (AKA – Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge or The Ravenel)
Ever since they knocked the old bridges down (there used to be two separate, very old, slightly, shaky, way too narrow, absolutely terrifying bridges) and put this new beauty up, complete with run/walk and bike lanes, it has been getting a ton of use.
It is a great place to run for a few reasons:
1. We have no elevation to speak of in Charleston, there is a reason it is called the LowCountry, so this is about your only option when trying to do hill runs.
2. Being up so high over the water there is nothing to block the wind, which means you get a good breeze up on the bridge, great for those super hot summer months.
3. The bridge is really well lit, and heavily traveled, which makes it a place I feel safe running at night.
4. It is a great distance for a run. From one end of the bridge to the other is 2.5 miles, so an over and back is a perfect five mile run.
5. You are likely to bump into some fellow runners/walkers who will keep you motivated with a head nod, wave, or hello.
Hill work – love it, hate it, could go either way?
Have you ever run a bridge?
Would hill work be better if it looked like this?
Have I convinced you all to visit Charleston yet?
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*Side Note –
The Cooper River Bridge Run 10K happens every spring, next year’s race is March 28th, 2015.
It is the 3rd largest 10K in the USA with about 40,000 people entering each year.
Registration fees are currently only $35, it goes up to $40 next week.
If you have even considered visiting Charleston this is a wonderful excuse.