Photo courtesy Cooper River Bridge Run

The 2021 Cooper River Bridge Run has been rescheduled for September 25, race officials said Tuesday. Organizers hope postponing the 2021 event will help one of the nation’s largest 10K races make a big return as COVID-19 cases wane and travel restrictions loosen.

With health experts warning that it will take months for most Americans to receive coronavirus vaccines next year, race officials said in a press release the September date is thought to be a more practical window, safely past the days of COVID-19.

“We are hopeful that this change will allow for fewer limitations imposed by COVID-19 guidelines now that vaccines have begun to be distributed,” said David Bennett, chairman of the Cooper River Bridge Run board.

The race was originally scheduled for March 27 and is said to attract at least 30,000 finishers each year.

The 2020 event was scrapped altogether after originally being scheduled for early spring and bumped to August in hopes the virus would drop off.

“We are excited to be able to offer this new date so that the Bridge Run can return with all of its traditions, when people can feel safer gathering together again,” said race director Irv Batten.

Those already registered for the 2021 race were notified by email Tuesday morning and are good to go for the new date.

Organizers say more details on the multi-day event, culminating in the Saturday morning race, will be available in January.