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Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run
Local runner Cedric Jaggers tells the complete history of the 33 year old race
CHARLESTON, S.C. – FEBRUARY 2011 – One picture says it all about Cedric and Kathy Jaggers’ love of Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run.
They are running together across the old bridge — before the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge was built — shortly after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. They are smiling, enjoying another of their favorite days of the year.
Nobody cares more about Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge run than Cedric Jaggers. He has been inducted into the event’s hall of fame for his determined efforts to document the race every year and keep a record of the results, beginning with a box of newspaper clippings and his newsletter, the Low Country Runner.
Jaggers’ new book, Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run, will be published this March by Evening Post Books, a division of Evening Post Publishing.
Jaggers has run in every race except the first one in 1978 — he broke his leg playing soccer that year — and this book details his own decline from a runner who broke the 40-minute barrier to one just happy to participate. His wife, Kathy, may be a more determined runner.
She ended up in the medical tent at the end of the race more than once, yet in 1998 she won third place Grand Master prize money the first year it was offered.
“I never thought of myself as an historian,” Jaggers says, “only as a runner. My highest overall finish in any Bridge Run was 60th and my highest age group placement was third. But I kept up with the race every year and added another paragraph or two summarizing each race.”
It is those 33 years of observing and running that make Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run such a unique book. Nobody has a better perspective or more information.
The book contains the names of every prizewinner ever recognized in the race. Jaggers says people used to call and ask him to look up a time and place that they ran sometime in the mid-’90s. Impossible, he would explain. By that time the race had grown too big — there were more than a thousand finishers every year after the first race — and the record keeping had not yet been computerized. With this book, runners can look up their own prize-winning times.
In 1993 race director Benita Schlau asked Jaggers to write a history of the race for the Bridge Run Committee. He included photocopies of results from 1978 to 1987 that the committee did not have.
Jaggers was inducted into the Cooper River Bridge Run Hall of Fame in 2002.
“When I consider the great runners and contributors to the race, I feel inadequate and unworthy of the honor,” he says, “but it is one I really appreciate.”
Jaggers loves the Bridge Run and brags on its organization and accomplishments, including:
• The BR was an early adopter of timing every runner and mailing the race results.
• The BR was an early adopter of using a certified course to ensure an accurate race distance.
• The BR was a leader in presenting Masters Division and then Grand Masters Division awards.
• The BR was an early adopter of presenting proportionately deeper age group awards in the larger age groups.
“A race that grows from 766 finishers in 1978 to 33,057 finishers in 2010 is obviously doing a lot of things right,” Jaggers says. “And good races do not happen by accident but due to the hard work of a lot of people, and I wish I could thank them all. I love the Expo. I love the race. I love the post-race crowd in Marion Square waiting for or ignoring the awards ceremony. I love it all. So now here is my chance to tell you, not about my Bridge Run, but about everybody’s Cooper River Bridge Run.”
The book will be available mid-March at www.EveningPostBooks.com, inside Post-Courier building at 134 Columbus Street in Charleston and in local book stores. The price is $21.95. Discounted bulk sales are available upon request by contacting EveningPostBooks at 843-958-7367.
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