This week local runners plus plenty of out-of-town racers will converge on Charleston for the 38th annual Cooper River Bridge Run. On Saturday, thousands of people will run, walk and jog from Mount Pleasant, across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and into downtown Charleston, completing the 10K that attracts runners from around the world.
If you’re in town visiting and want to get in some practice runs, there are plenty of places to take a scenic jog and get warmed up for the Bridge Run.
- If you really need some intense practice, you can run the bridge along the bike/pedestrian path that is always open for biking, walking and running. You’ll get a good feel for the bridge and, trust us, those inclines are much steeper on foot than in your car.
- Jog through Hampton Park for a peaceful run in a beautiful park setting. Just over 60 acres, this is the largest park on the Charleston peninsula and is located near residential neighborhoods and The Citadel. Its large trees, lagoon and meandering paths make this a perfect place for a morning jog.
- You can’t go wrong with a run on the beach. Head to Sullivan’s Island, the Isle of Palms or Folly Beach for an invigorating morning run complete with the wind in your hair, sand on your shoes and the taste of saltwater on your lips.
Do you have a favorite running spot in Charleston? For a few more ideas and local groups run, check out the Charleston Running Club.