If You Loved Running Over the Ben Franklin Bridge, You’ll Love This Race

The Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge is right up your alley.

Cooper Norcoss Run the Bridge | Photo via Facebook

Cooper Norcoss Run the Bridge | Photo via Facebook

I heard from a lot of people this weekend who were absolutely tickled pink after running — or walking, or biking — across the car-free Ben Franklin Bridge, which was shut down to motor traffic while Pope Francis was in town. “What a once in a lifetime opportunity!” they said to me.

Er, no, actually it’s not. There’s a very awesome race every year that shuts down the Ben Franklin Bridge, and — guess what! — it’s coming up in November. 

So consider this your PSA if you’ve never heard of or thought to participate in the upcoming Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K on November 1st. The race starts at the toll gates on the New Jersey side of the bridge. You’ll run over the bridge towards Philly in the westbound lanes, then hightail it back to Jersey in the eastbound lanes. From there, you’ll run through Camden for a finish in center field at the Camden Riversharks’ Campbell’s Field.

If you’re not up for the 6.2 mile run, no worries: There’s also a two-mile walk that takes you about halfway across the bridge and back.

Registration is set at $55 for the run and $25 for the walk. The race benefits the Larc School, a Bellmawr-based school that serves children and young adults with disabilities.

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