Ninth Annual Bridge Run to Benefit Cancer Programs

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Jan. 31, 2011 – It’s time again to push your fitness levels to new heights.

he Ninth Annual Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run across the scenic Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Ga., is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19. This year’s run will benefit the Health System’s cancer care programs and promises to be a bigger and better event with more entertainment and a larger group of firefighter challengers.

The Run is considered the toughest 5K run in the state of Georgia and was certified in 2009 by the United States Track & Field Association. Competitors will run across and return over the Sidney Lanier Bridge, the tallest span in Georgia at an impressive 480 feet at the apex and 7,000 feet long. The event begins on the southbound side of the bridge on Highway 17. The bridge’s southbound lanes will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. To accommodate the anticipated crowd of approximately 2,000 runners and walkers, there are new start times for the 2011 event:

  • 8:30 a.m. Runners (Individuals)
  • 9 a.m. Fire Fighter Challenge
  • 9:10 a.m. Teams (Runners & Walkers)
  • 9:30 a.m. Walkers (Individuals)
  • 11 a.m. Awards Presentation

Although the Run is considered quite challenging and should not be attempted by those who have not properly trained, there will be plenty of other activities for the entire family. These include:

  • 5K Walk
  • Live Entertainment from the top of the bridge and at the bottom of the bridge with Mason Waters & Friends and Soul Gravy
  • Live Radio Remote by Wave 104.1 and Magic 105.9
  • Food & Vendors

There are awards in 18 different categories. New this year is the “Fast but Last” category which will be presented to the last registered runner on the Bridge. There are also awards for “Fastest Team,” and “Best Team Spirit.” Cash prizes, provided by sponsor Pinova, will be awarded in the men’s and women’s overall fastest finish categories—First Place: $1,000; Second Place: $500; and Third Place: $250.

“We look forward to once again hosting this fun, healthy family event,” says Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, Southeast Georgia Health System President and CEO. “This health-focused event benefits our cancer care programs and fits into the Health System’s mission of providing quality health care to the communities we serve. We are excited to welcome back runners and walkers who have participated before, some from as far away as Germany, and to meeting new participants as the event continues to grow and get better each year. ” There will also be a pre-race Pasta Party where participants will be able to pick up their pre-registration packet, along with their bib numbers and Run T-shirts. The party will be held Friday, Feb. 18, from 6-8 p.m. on the deck of Coastal Kitchen Seafood and Raw Bar at the Golden Isles Marina, St. Simons Island. The cost of the Pasta Party is $5. For more information, contact Susan Bates at 912-466-5165 or 912-258-8220.

All packets must be picked up no later than 30 minutes prior to a participant’s start time on Saturday morning. Registration is required to participate in the Bridge Run. Participants can register on-line at www.sghs.org or www.active.com. The cost is $25 before Feb. 12 and $35 thereafter. For persons joining a team of 10 or more members, the fee is $23 per person. The fee for the Pasta Party is $5. All runners must register prior to the race—there will be no race day registration for runners this year. Walkers, however, will be able to register the day of the event between 7 and 8 a.m. at Glynn Middle School, 635 Lanier Blvd. Only participants who pre-register will be guaranteed a commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt. Because of the steep grade of the bridge, no baby strollers, running strollers or roller blades will be allowed during the Bridge Run. For more information, contact Susan Bates at 912-466-5165 or 912-258-8220.