[image-1] The city is offering a discounted parking rate at three downtown parking garages for anyone running the Cooper River Bridge Run on Saturday.

The run is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on the Mt. Pleasant side of the bridge leading into the Charleston peninsula.

For 21 hours, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and ending at 2 p.m. on Saturday, you can park your car downtown for $5 so that it’s ready to go once you breathe the sweet air of triumph after crossing the finish line.

The three participating garages are:

  • Visitor’s Center Parking Garage @ 73 Mary Street
  • S.C. Aquarium Garage @ 24 Calhoun Street
  • 34 St. Phillip St. Garage

Buses from downtown Charleston, North Charleston, and elsewhere in Mt. Pleasant to the start line will run from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. on the day of the race. (Route info at BridgeRun.com.) Return buses will depart from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.