31 March 2012

Cooper River Bridge Run - Competitive Wheelchair Racers

Cooper River Bridge Run - Wheelchair Racer, King St., Charleston, S.C.
I aimed to catch the first runners going by in the Cooper River Brridge Run this morning since I will be heading out shortly to get to a friends funeral. The run was delayed so what I did get to see were the competitive wheelchair racers. Wow! I can't even imagine the arm muscles they need to do this. Quite impressive. A few more photos in this category added here.

Good luck to everyone else out there wheeling, running and walking today!



9 comments:

Marcheline said...

Even more impressive than their arm muscles is the strength of their spirits. What must it take to throw off self-pity and excel beyond what most physically whole people ever do! And I bitch and moan about anything in my life? Really? Pfffft.

sparky witte said...

I could not help by cry as I watched them climb up the hill. To say it was hard would be an understatement! I know they were competing and that was a good thing, but it was a real struggle and I could tell!!
I am sure when they went down the other side it was much better!
I have watched from Meeting street before, but to see the real battle, come on the Bridge and watch them climb that first incline!!
You will feel the way I did,I bet!

Ashley said...

As a participator in the race, I've never had the privilege of watching the wheelchair racers finish. I have stood at the front of the starting line to watch them begin. It's inspiring!

And yes, it is appropriate to take a post-race nap. If you're a runner, that is ;) But it'll be our little secret. :├×

Charlestonjoan said...

They were amazing!

Charlestonjoan said...

I was impressed as heck! Wish I was a real sports photographer to do them justice.

Charlestonjoan said...

Hi Ashley! Congrats on doing the bridge run/walk! I'll walk it any day that doesn't have 40,000 other people on it, but I sure do love watching y'all!

Brenda Brown Parent said...

I was actually happy the race was slightly delayed except that I sincerely felt the pain & discomfort these elite athletes had to experience sitting in these specialized wheelchairs longer than necessary. Happy that more people got to experience this part of the race that often gets overlooked by the media. Congrats to all!

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Charlestonjoan said...

Hi Brenda. I was glad to get to see them. I hadn't even thought of how uncomfortable those wheelchairs would be but I imagine they would. I am still mind blown that they raced all that way in them.