Whether you are a runner, walker or spectator, the Cooper River Bridge Run is an amazing event for all to participate in. This famous 10-K race starts off of Coleman Boulevard near the Old Village in Mount Pleasant and ends at Marion Square in Downtown Charleston. This is the 40th year anniversary of this treasured event that brings in people from all over the World. Thousands congregate to Charleston each year to not only run, but participate in the after party which is what I’m looking forward to most. This race is one of Charleston's biggest events all year and is expected to bring in nearly 75,000 people. Because of this event's popularity there a few things to keep in mind that may help make this weekend a little less chaotic for you. Downtown will be flooded with visitors shopping at our shops, eating at our restaurants and touring our beautiful city so make sure to avoid downtown all together if large crowds are not your thing. And if you do venture downtown, think twice before bringing your car downtown because parking will be a nightmare and every parking garage will most likely be jammed up. Don't bother trying to reserve a hotel anywhere around the city because they have all probably been sold out for months in advance. Dining downtown and at other local hotspots will be very difficult too. I tried making a reservation for my family for an 8:30 pm dinner and was told the earliest they could take us is 9:30. I might be stating the obvious, but another thing to keep in mind is the fact that the Ravenel Bridge will be shut down for several hours during race day starting around 5am. Make sure that you avoid Coleman Boulevard in the morning and have an alternative route planned out. The Cooper River Bridge Run is an amazing event that's fun for the whole family but it certainly can create some delays and frustration. Being prepared is crucial in surviving this remarkable event. For more information on the Cooper River Bridge run, real estate inquiries and all things Old Village, contact Pat Gallant at 843-790-4PAT!