Jan. 21, 2015 – As the Southeast Georgia Health System 2015 Bridge
Run approaches, Mike Tigani, director of Marketing at King & Prince®
Seafood, continues to recruit participants for his company’s team.
“As a company we focus on health & wellness. Our goal is to
have the most participants for running or walking and to defend our title
for the overall fastest team,” says Tigani.
King & Prince® Seafood recently joined forces with h2o creative
group, their downtown Brunswick-based marketing agency, to form a joint
team to defend their title. Last year, the team had over 25 participants
and placed first in the team competition, with a total time of 1 hour,
4 minutes, 31 seconds.
Tigani has run in the event since 2012 when his family moved to the area
and looks forward to this year’s event on Saturday, Feb. 14. “My
first year running was most memorable for me since I just didn’t
know what to expect. Last year, our daughter ran her first 5K at the Bridge
Run,” says Tigani.
Certified by the U.S. Track and Field Association as “the toughest
5K in Georgia”, the Bridge Run is unique in that it takes place
entirely on the 7,780-foot long Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Ga.
At its center, the bridge measures 480 feet high above the Brunswick River,
the tallest span in the state.
An experienced runner who has participated in Boston and New York City
marathons, among others, Tigani has some advice for runners: “For
a 5K course, it’s quite challenging and requires strategy in setting
your pace for running up and down the bridge. Runners need to think at
the start and push themselves physically at the top of the bridge coming
Leo Martinez, fulfillment specialist at h2o creative group, agrees: “What
separates this race from many is the bridge itself. The Sidney Lanier
Bridge doesn’t offer a period of rest between running up or down
the bridge, which makes it challenging for every runner.”
The Bridge Run offers many activities for the entire family to enjoy,
including the 5K Walk and Vendor and Runners’ Expo. Because of the
steep grade on the bridge, baby strollers, running strollers or roller
blades are NOT permitted on the bridge.
“We’re very excited about the number of groups forming teams
this year,” says Krista Robitz, director, Development, Southeast
Georgia Health System Foundation. “Several teams from schools, businesses,
and even community groups, have issued challenges to each other, whether
it’s to show up in the best team clothing or to have the most number
of runners. The Bridge Run is great fun for everyone and a wonderful way
to raise funds for the Health System’s cancer care programs.”
Registration is a bargain at $25 per person prior to January 13, with
a $2 discount offered per person for teams of 10 or more. Registration
increases to $30 January 13-February 3; and $40 February 4-11. Entry is
free for firefighter teams participating in the Firefighters’ Challenge.
For more information, please call 912-466-BRUN (2786).
Participants must register by Feb. 11, through
, or by calling 800-537-5142, ext. 2786.