Cooper River Bridge Run to address heightened security measures

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Julian Smith, executive director of the Cooper River Bridge Run (CRBR) announced Tuesday that in response to the explosions at the Boston Marathon yesterday the organization will be expanding security measures for the 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run 10K race scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014 spanning from Mount Pleasant to downtown Charleston.

Smith said in a news release: “Our hearts and prayers go out to the runners, families, the city of Boston and everyone affected by the tragedy yesterday. It’s a sad day for all of us.”

Smith posted a similar statement on the official CRBR Facebook page, Monday. The Cooper River Bridge Run has been actively engaged in heightened security measures for over 12 years to solidify the safety of its participants, spectators and Lowcountry residents.

“We want to assure everyone that we have, and will continue, to focus on preventative measures to keep our participants safe,” Smith said. “Safety is our top priority. We will be reviewing our security measures to ensure that we have the very best possible plan in place and will make any necessary enhancements.”

In the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions, the topic of expanded security and precautionary planning has been added to the top of the agenda for the upcoming annual CRBR retreat scheduled for June.

“We work together with the police departments in Mount Pleasant and Charleston as well as appropriate County, State and Federal authorities each year to ensure our streets, event venues, waterways and our bridge is safe and will continue to do so,” Smith said.

For more information on the Bridge Run, visit www.bridgerun.com.

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