In the wake of unprecedented problems with last weekend’s Cooper River Bridge Run and Walk, the event’s board of directors has put on the brakes – at least for 2013.
The board has capped next year’s race at 40,000 registrants, down from a cap of 44,200 this year.
“We felt like we might have grown too much,” board chairman Ken Ayoub said. “This (event) showed us that we do have limited resources that we have to work with.”
Besides the cap, Ayoub said the board also plans to hire a logistics manager to coordinate transporting about 25,000 people from downtown Charleston and likely other satellite shuttle sites to Mount Pleasant in the few hours before the race.
The race, one of the largest in the nation, began an hour late Saturday due largely to transportation issues. This created a domino effect with communication breakdowns, water shortages and other problems leading to chaos at the normally well-run event. Ayoub said, notably, some buses in the front of the lines were not filling to capacity before departing.