Camden Bridge Walkers Ready to Tackle the Bridge

Nicole Goebel and ladies in front of the City of St. Marys signAs the Southeast Georgia Health System 2014 Bridge Run approaches, Nicole Goebel, a Camden County resident, continues to recruit her co-workers at the City of St. Marys to join her for the event, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15.

Goebel has both walked and ran the event several times in the past, but this is the first year she has recruited co-workers to tackle the 7,780-foot-long SidneyLanierBridgein Brunswick with her. At its center, the bridge measures 480 feet high above making it the tallest span in the state. “The bridge can seem pretty daunting, so I have been trying to help people get over their fears about it,” she said. The Camden Bridge Walkers team consists of co-workers and a few family members and friends.

Goebel said she first became interested in the Bridge Run, which benefits the Health System’s cancer care programs, because it is a “unique local event that benefits a great cause.” The Bridge Run has grown tremendously in recent years as word of the event has spread through the running community. “It’s amazing to see how much it has grown since the first year I did it. There’s so much energy and everyone is out there encouraging each other. Whatever the reason, whether it is for fitness or to benefit the cause, it is just a great event.”

The run is considered challenging and should not be attempted by those not properly trained However , there will be plenty of other activities for the entire family, including the 5K Walk, live entertainment, and a Vendors and Runners Expo.

“We are very excited about the number of groups who have gathered together to form teams this year,” said Krista Robitz, director, Development, Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation. “Numerous schools, businesses and even civic and community groups are registering. The Bridge is great fun for all and has been proven to be a very successful way to raise funds for the Health System's cancer care programs. It is not too late for others to create a team and register today!”

The registration fee for both the run and the walk is $40 per person. There is a $2 discount per person for teams of 10 or more. Those competing in the 5K run must register by Feb. 12, through or, or by calling 800-537-5142, ext. 2786.

Those participating in the 5K as a walker may register on the day of the event from 7-8 a.m.Because of the steep grade on the bridge, baby strollers, running strollers or roller blades are NOT permitted during the Bridge Run. For more information, please call 912-466-BRUN (2786).