Interesting Facts about the Cooper River Bridge Run

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This Saturday, April 6, Charleston will open its doors to the Cooper River Bridge Run for the 43th year.  This event, which is heralded as one of our most prestigious events in the area, is saturated with history and traditional.  An event where fitness, Southern hospitality, family, silliness, music and spectacular achievement come together for one memorable weekend.

As you prepare for this weekend, we want to share stories of hope, inspiration, accomplishment and just unique little facts about this most rewarding event.

Facts, Achievements, Accomplishments and Milestones

  • The first Cooper River Run occurred on April 2, 1978
  • In 2011, Cedric Jaggers published  Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run: A Complete History in Words and Photos
  • 766 Runners finished the first race in 1978
  • The first entry fee was $3.00 and that included a tee-shirt designed by the race director
  • In the first seven years, the winners of the men’s and women’s division were all Americans
  • The last American to win was Laura LaMena in 1995 on the women’s side and Jeff Cannada in 1991 on the men’s side
  • Race records:  James Kimutai Kosgei (Kenya) – 27.40 (2000) / Elana Meyer (South Africa) – 31.19 (1997)
  • A Cooper River Bridge Run app was launched in 2016
  • Hanahan’s Leroy Miller did the Cooper River Bridge event in 2015 at the age of 93
  • Adam Gorlitsky will become the first paralyzed man to walk the Cooper River Bridge event ever in 2016 – Follow his I Got Legs Story
  • The Cooper River Bridge is the 3rd Largest 10K in the United States
  • The first person to break the 30 minute barrier occurred in 1983
  • Average starting temperature of the race is 58.6 Degrees
  • 1986 was the first year over 1000 women registered and completed the race
  • First year where prize money was awarded was 1984.  That year, $800 was awarded to top male and top female.  In 2016, the winners will receive $10,000.
  • Oprah Winfrey ran the race in 1994 and finished with a time of 55.48
  • First year of using computer timing chips was 1997 and Bill Murray served as starter that year firing the cannon at the start of the race
  • The first year of the wheelchair races was 2012.  The winner broke 29 minutes
  • The first race related death occurred in 2004
  • The first time it rained during the race was 2005 and 6183 registered runners did not participate
  • The first year that more women registered than men was 2006
  • Zettie Little, the Ridiculously Photogenic Male got national attention after 2012 run
  • The first year a cap on registrants was placed was 2013
  • Four runner (4) has broken the 28 minute barrier
  • 36,755 runners registered in 2012 – Largest single year registration for this event
  • 1980 was the only year there was a tie for the win.  Florida Teammates Kim Burke and Steve Littleton finished at 31.26.
  • Benji Durden who won the first race in 1978 with a time of 30.22 was on the 1980 US Olympic Team for the marathon but did not participate because President Carter boycotted the Olympics that year held in Moscow, USSR.

Personal Blogs / Accounts

Cooper River Bridge Run – The Tiny Terror – Personal Blog

Cooper River Bridge Run 2014 (That’s One Big Bridge)

10K to the Bar: Charleston’s Cooper River Bridge Run

Cooper River Bridge Run Tips (from a local)

Cover Photo Credit:  Eas Coast Aeriel

Where's the finish
Where’s the finish
Look from up above
Look from up above
Zettie Little
Zettie Little

Mount Pleasant Couple Takes Over CrossFit Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – One of the Charleston area’s longest-running CrossFit facilities has new owners. Mount Pleasant couple Clint and Holly Fisher have purchased CrossFit Charleston just off Clements Ferry Road.

They purchased CrossFit Charleston from Joshua Hartzell, who helped start the local affiliate almost 10 years ago. Hartzell is a former active duty military veteran, private security specialist, and police officer. He accepted a new job opportunity out of state, so was looking to sell the “box” as it’s known in the CrossFit world.?
With more than 80 members, CrossFit Charleston is located at 450 Deanna Lane off Clements Ferry Road in Wando. It offers a variety of group class times plus a detailed on-boarding process for those looking to try CrossFit for the first time.?
CrossFit is a fitness regimen developed by CEO and founder Greg Glassman over several decades. CrossFit is defined as constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. All the WODs (workout of the day) are easily scaled to accommodate all fitness levels or physical limitations.?
Clint Fisher is a cybersecurity contractor at Cambridge International Systems, supporting the U.S. Department of Defense. He became interested in CrossFit in 2010, earning his Level 1 certificate for coaching as well as certifications in CrossFit Mobility and CrossFit Endurance.?
“I grew up on a small farm in Arkansas, working long hours outside. When I left for college and then later joined the Air Force, I never found anything fitness related that I really enjoyed or felt was really making me fit,” Clint Fisher said. “When I found CrossFit, it was like a homecoming, and it not only became my workout, but my lifestyle. If you want lifelong fitness and longevity, you can’t go wrong with CrossFit.”
Holly Fisher is the CEO of Fisher Creative, a marketing and public relations firm in Mount Pleasant. She attended her first CrossFit class in 2010 and was immediately hooked.?
“I was never an athletic person who grew up playing sports, but when I found CrossFit, I became an athlete,” Holly Fisher said. “I love how CrossFit makes you better physically and mentally. And that’s largely thanks to the community of athletes at our local box. I’m excited to invite even more people into CrossFit Charleston where we can help them become the very best version of themselves.”?
For more information about CrossFit Charleston, visit or call 843-790-5811.

O2 Fitness Clubs Unveils Flagship Facility on James Island

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28,000 square foot gym is O2’s largest facility to-date

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (Oct. 13, 2017) – O2 Fitness Clubs is pleased to enhance and expand its footprint in the Lowcountry with the unveiling of the company’s largest, flagship facility on James Island. Now open for memberships, the 28,000 square foot club features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor functional training turf, Kids Club, a robust set of fitness classes and a Mind-Body studio for yoga, barre, pilates and stretching.

“As the largest of 24 facilities across the Carolinas, this new club is a major step towards our mission of making a healthy lifestyle more attractive and accessible in the Lowcountry,” said O2 Fitness Clubs CEO Michael Olander, Jr. “Whether you’re looking for an energizing group fitness class, one-on-one session with a personal trainer or child care while you get your ‘me time’ in, this new facility has more options than ever for all ages and fitness levels. The most important aspect of this club to note though is the welcoming, inclusive and fun fitness community that anyone who walks in our doors will experience. That’s what matters.”

In addition to indoor and outdoor turf areas, there is a dedicated cycle studio, TRX, functional training space, Mind-Body studio, unlimited group fitness classes and a cyber lounge with free Wifi. The club also offers luxurious locker rooms, towel service, Kids Club and two free Program Design sessions (fitness assessment, goal setting and a path for success) with a personal trainer.

The O2 Fitness Club is located at 848 Folly Road on James Island and offers memberships starting at $49 per month with access to all 10 other locations in the Lowcountry. For more information on joining, call (843) 641-7773 or visit

About O2 Fitness Clubs

Home to more than 20,000 members in the Lowcountry, O2 Fitness Clubs offers access to state-of-the-art equipment, more than 250 weekly classes and customized personal training services at 11 South Carolina locations. The club is dedicated to offering the ultimate fitness experience, providing something for everyone, including tailored programs to help meet health and fitness goals. O2 Fitness is a company that cares about giving back and will often be seen out and about supporting local events and charities. Learn more at



Press Release: Crunch Gym to Open First South Carolina Location in North Charleston in December 2016


Charleston, SC (December 6, 2016) NAI Avant is pleased to announce that Crunch North Charleston, a franchise of Crunch Gym (Crunch), will debut its first fitness center in South Carolina this month (December 2016). NAI Avant broker Jered Wilkerson represented the tenant in the transaction, while Peter Vick of Divaris Real Estate Inc. represented the landlord, Hawthorne North Rivers, LLC.

Crunch North Charleston will occupy 27,000 square feet of the Promenade at Northwoods retail plaza at 7800 Rivers Avenue, joining anchor tenants Gander Mountain and Toys ‘R Us, among others. This premier location will serve as a full service fitness facility, offering personal training, exercise classes, a tanning bed, a HydroMassage machine, a fitness studio, locker rooms, a kids’ area, over 70 pieces of cardio equipment, a wide variety of machines, free weights and a nutrition program.

Originating in Manhattan in 1989, Crunch has over 160 locations across the United States and Australia. Renowned for providing luxury fitness at affordable pricing, the franchise has grown to serve over 400,000 members.

“I am honored to have helped bring Crunch to North Charleston for its first location in South Carolina,” said Wilkerson. “It is exciting to see the influx of national and international retailers migrating to the greater Charleston area, reflecting the unparalleled opportunity that the market has to offer.”

For more information, please contact Jered Wilkerson at 843-518-5383 or

About Crunch Gym

Headquartered in New York City, and co-owned by New Evolution Ventures (NeV) and private-equity firm Angelo Gordon, Crunch serves over 400,000 members with both corporately owned and franchised locations (Crunch Essential) in cities throughout the U.S. and in Australia. Crunch continues to expand across the U.S. and around the globe. In particular, the Crunch Essential model represents an incredible opportunity for those interested in owning their own business where the potential rewards are immeasurable. For more information about owning a Crunch Essential location, go to

About NAI Avant

NAI Avant’s commercial real estate business is one of the largest in the Southeast. With over 65 professionals, the firm provides comprehensive brokerage, leasing, development, property and project management services. For nearly three consecutive decades, the group has had more of its brokerage professionals recognized as top producers or recipients of the top awards than any other firm in South Carolina. As a member of the NAI Global Network, NAI Avant is affiliated with more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific, with over 6,700 local market professionals, managing over 380 million square feet of property. NAI Global is the single largest, most powerful global network of owner-operated commercial real estate brokerage firms and is a wholly owned subsidiary of C-III Capital partners.? NAI Global Member firms, leaders in their local markets, are actively managed to work in unison and provide clients with exceptional solutions to their commercial real estate needs. NAI Avant’s Property and Project Management Group currently manages a multi-million square foot portfolio of properties across South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. Through its Avant Healthcare Division, the firm provides comprehensive services to hospitals, clinics, and physician groups. NAI Avant, founded in 1966, is headquartered in Columbia, SC with an office in Charleston, SC. Find out more about NAI Avant and its services at Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NAIAvant and like us on Facebook.

Tips for Holiday Time Fitness from O2 Senior Fitness Director

“A lot of clients go into the holidays resigned to possibly putting on a few pounds.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little planning and the right attitude, anybody can stay merry and light.”
Prath Burton, Senior Fitness Director, O2 Fitness Clubs


Prath Burton, Senior Fitness Director, for O2 Fitness Clubs shares five tips for holiday fitness.

1. PREPARATION IS KEY:? Establish holiday obstacles (the pies!) and
goals, such as maintaining your current weight, before jumping into
those holiday treats.

2. EAT, PAPA, EAT! (ON A NORMAL SCHEDULE):? Santa is at his best when
he sticks to a holiday eating plan and you are too. Don’t try to make up
for future indulging by skipping meals. This only causes greater hunger
and overeating.

3. SWEAT BEFORE YOU GET STUFFED:? Here’s a quick workout to try before
a big meal: 3 Rounds of 5 burpees, 20 pushups, 30 squats, 40 crunches,
60 second plank. Now pass the (reasonable amount) of gravy.

4. GO AHEAD AND BURN THE TURKEY:? Only 10 minutes a day of activity,
like the circuit above, has been shown to help increase overall calorie
burn. Even a quick walk is worth something – and it comes with the added
bonus of getting you out of awkward conversations with your in-laws._

5. JUST RELAX:? The holidays can cause stress, whether it’s family,
travel or worrying about destroying your hard work in the gym. Relax and
enjoy the holiday by preparing, being mindful of portions and being

Great advice to take into the holiday season.