Wow, things were sure different this year. This article almost didn’t happen. Despite my best laid plans to be at the finish line and then the Charleston Running Club tent interviewing runners with one specific question: “Tell me about your Bridge Run”, it didn’t work out that way. In fact due to my cancer surgery and inability to travel, I wasn’t there at all. At least not in person. Thanks to the idea of Ray Hauck, President of the Charleston Running Club to do interviews by Facetime, and VP Rick Rockwell, who set up the hot spot and found the folks to interview. I was there (on screen only) for a while on April 7 after the race.
When the mass of runners finished and went online and with a terrific rainstorm 200 miles north of Charleston in the UpState where I am located. The cyberspace connection failed. At that point Rick took over and conducted the remaining interviews. Thanks, Rick,
I always try to write down exactly what people say. Any errors are mine alone (or maybe Rick’s for the ones he did – he told me on the phone some people talked so fast it was hard to get it down. He’s right.)
I also like to always point out that Chip Time is not a person’s actual finish time. Only Gun time counts. USATF rules require ALL awards and official results to be in Gun time (also called Clock time, meaning the actual order people cross the finish line.) USATF says Chip or Net times (computer recalculated times and places) may be shown just for the runners information.
Start time temperature was 67 degrees. This year the online results show 27,437 finishers. Again, they improperly show the runners by Chip time finish order rather than the actual time and place (Gun time finish order), but both times are listed, so only the overall finish place is wrong as shown below. Chip place means the computer rearranged finish order, not the actual order in which runners crossed the finish line.
So here, in the order interviewed are the folks we talked to in 2018:
Special note: the first interview was at 8:00 AM just as the race began. Rick and I connected on Facetime and he handed the phone to an old friend and fellow member of the Cooper River Bridge Run Hall of Fame – Ed Ledford. Ed was the overall masters winner in 1980, 1981 and 1982. He and I had a long history of him outrunning me uphill, me outrunning him downhill, and then he outran me always, on the last few miles. CJ
ED LEDFORD We can’t chase each other up and down the Bridge anymore. I’ve had heart surgery and I’m recovering . . . . . . (connection broke up) . . . . . . . . connection failed.
PAUL BROWN 45:40. I ran a fast first mile, was 23:20 at 5k, got tired at the 5th mile. Got up to King Street, felt the mountain. Hadn’t expected to get 46 minutes like I did the last 3 years. Great bands on the course, ample water stops; it was awesome. Gun time 45:59, Chip time 45:41, Chip place 678th.
LARRY GENTILE It was excellent. A lot of fun. Ran about 45:40. Pleased with my time for an old man. My feet made a little fast start, then I got smooth and motored all the way. Gun time 45:46, Chip time 45:43. Chip place 749.
MEREDITH NELSON It was really windy. A headwind up the Bridge and gusting. Chip time 46:53, gun time 46:30. I didn’t get what I wanted, but everyone was about a minute slower due to the wind. Gun time 46:45, Chip time 46:35. Chip place 839th.
PATRICK WELCH It was tough. The wind was tougher than we expected: Gusty about 12 knots in our face over the Bridge. I expect a lot were plenty surprised. I ran 54:57. I’m 70 so I don’t have to outrun them, just outlive them. Gun time 54:55, Chip time 55:02. Chip place 3,573rd.
GARY RICKER It was too hot. The hill really got me. Cloud cover helped, the wind was not a factor. Wanted to break 50 and ran 48:50. My 39th straight Bridge Run. Overall, I’m very happy. Gun time 48:57, Chip time 48:40. Chip place 1,343rd.
JOHN EDENFIELD It was pretty good, a little bit breezy. I’m coming back from an injury. People would get out of the way for you. I got there early, at 5:30 and it was really windy. It calmed down some during the race. My time was off a little – 52:30, about 4 minutes slower than last year. I was going to be happy with anything under 55. It’s tough on the bridge, but I’m satisfied with what I did. Gun time 52:41, Chip time 52:30. Chip place 2,451st.
*****CONNECTION FAILED AT 9:20*****
Remaining interviews by Rick Rockwell
I need to start with CLYDE and JAN MIZZELL, They did not run the race. But they wanted me to tell you how much they missed seeing you. They said that they are praying for you and Kathy.
ALAN BROWN It was very windy. My friend Pat beat me by 7 seconds but I saw him hanging on to one of the Kenyans. It was a great day. I enjoyed the race, my time 55:03. Gun time 58:42, Chip time 55:04. Chip place 3,642.
JESSICA BILLINGS Slow and very breezy. I could of done better. But that's why we do these things, to get better. I was happy with my run overall. Time 1 hour 12. Gun time 1:27:17, Chip time 1:10:30. Chip place 12,256th.
NANCY CURRY May have been my worst run. It was very warm. I have no idea if I placed. I'm not pleased. I may not run this again. Time 64 minutes. Gun time 1:07:01, Chip time 1:03:58. Chip place 8,767.
SEAN MCQUILKEN Time 52:09. A P.R. for me. The first mile was easy, a good pace. The first uphill was tough. I stuck to my plan. My energy level was high coming down off of the Bridge. I set a goal and I was surprised that it worked out. Gun time 56:10, Chip time 52:09. Chip place 2,321st .
DAN CLAPPER Time 53 minutes. It was windy. So I drafted a few times. I had a fun time running along with Nina Parks. It was very muggy. I was happy with the run. Gun time 53:02, Chip time 52:43. Chip place 2,540th.
ARNOLD FLOYD I think I won my age group. The wind wasn't a problem for me.
I even had to make a pit stop at a Porta- Jon. Yes I am happy with my run. Gun time 61:34, Chip time 58:30. Chip place 5,599th.
GEARY MCCALISTER I walked. I have an injury and didn't want to make it worse. Gun time 1:36:34, Chip Time 1:36:30. Chip place 20,151st .
FERRIS STEWART Time 1:19. I had good form. It was warm. When we turned on to East Bay the breeze felt good. It's my best run since my last medical procedure. For my age and condition that was great. Gun time 1:40:28, Chip time 1:19:24. Chip place 15,944th .
STEVEN HUNT Time 59 minutes. It was my 35th consecutive Bridge Run. I'm glad to be able to run this race. It was windy and warm. My favorite race was on the old Grace bridge. It had the best course. I'm happy with my run. Gun time 1:02:46, Chip time 59:32. Chip place
EDWARD WASHINGTON I was glad to cross the finish line. Time 65 minutes. I had a good pace and flow. It felt good. I am happy with my time. I didn't get a chance to train. Gun time 1:42:45, Chip Time 1:08:05. Chip place 11,869th .
NOAH MOORE My time 1 hour 7 minutes. I started at the back. I was pushing a stroller with my son in it. Once we got around the walkers it was a great run. I stopped at the top and let my son run for a while. I met a guy from Ohio and he was pushing a stroller too. It was a great run. Now we will run back over it again. Gun time 1:51:33, Chip time 1:03:01, Chip place 8,240th.
DON JAREMA Strong head wind. Time 1 hr. 33 minutes. I am happy with my run. Gun time 2:13:03, Chip time 1:34:45. Chip place 19,787th .
MONTE HANSFORD I started too quick, a 9:11 pace for the first mile. The first uphill was OK. Coming down off the bridge there was no breeze at all. Got very hot. Time 1 hr. 1 minute. I was happy with my run. I had a real good time. Gun time 1:07:44. Chip time 1:01:40. Chip place 7,470th.
BILL THRONEBURG I was able to keep a good pace. Happy with the negative splits. Time 1 hr. 14 minutes. I just started running in October. There was a good breeze. I will do this again. Gun time 1:26:18, Chip time 1:14:18. Chip place 13,981st .