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Gwen Fowler

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Saturday was a day for celebrating on Georgetown's Front Street

Posted 10/12/2013 3:28:00 PM

Georgetown’s Front Street, the scene of a fire that destroyed seven historic buildings along the waterfront Sept. 25, was the center of joy and celebration on Saturday.

The start of a race is always exciting, and the finish line is a beautiful sight.

The third annual Georgetown Bridge2Bridge run brought out about 600 runners who enjoyed perfect weather and beautiful scenery along the course.

Immediately after the fire, officials announced the race, as well as the Wooden Boat Show on Oct. 19, would go on as scheduled.

The race includes a half marathon (13.1 miles), a 12K (slightly less than 7.5 miles) and a 5K (3.1 miles). The course winds through the historic district, and then the half marathoners travel up and down both big bridges into and out of the city. The start and finish lines were on Front Street, almost directly in front of where the buildings burned.

I ran the half marathon, and it’s a tough course for those of us used to running flat streets. I always finish with my slowest times there. But still, my slow time was enough to earn me first place in my age group. As Insiders Editor Chrysti Shain says, there is an advantage to being old when it comes to road races.

The race shirts covered by the registration fee are always a nice long-sleeved T-shirt, but I also bought a special shirt today. Bridge the Gap T-shirts were being sold for $15, and proceeds will be donated to the Front Street Relief Fund.

Having a race as the city’s first major event since the fire seems so appropriate. Running takes determination, persistence and stamina, and for many of us, progress is slow but steady. Surely those are some of attributes that the people of Georgetown will be relying on to rebuild from the fire.

Thanks, Georgetown, for letting us all run through your fair city.