Running in Charleston

When I was planning my trip to Charleston and asking friends for recommendations on what to do and where to eat, almost every single person told me the one thing I had to do while I was there was “run the bridge.”

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The Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge is a 2.5-mile bridge over the Cooper River that connects Charleston to Mt. Pleasant. It’s also the location of the very well-known Cooper River Bridge Run 10K.

I wasn’t in town during race weekend, but I figured it was still worth it make time to run the bridge. So Monday morning, Meghan, Michelle and I drove from Michelle’s apartment to the base of the bridge to set out on our run.

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Let me tell you, running up the Mt. Pleasant side was not so fun. The hill on that side is definitely steeper and I was moving slooooowly.

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But the views from the bridge were pretty spectacular.

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USS Yorktown from the bridge

After we cruised back down and off the bridge, we looped around under it and ran out on to a little pier that extends into the river.

The sun was shining the entire time we were running, and I actually ended up with some hilarious runner tan lines.

I definitely appreciated the novelty of running over the bridge and loved the views. It was a fun way to kick off my last day in the city.

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