What's Happening: Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge

Thousands crossed the Ben Franklin Bridge in the 2012 Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge 10K. The race raised money for the Larc School in Bellmawr. (ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer)

Next Sunday, November 3 brings one of the city’s most unique running events on the calendar.

Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge, presented by AmeriHealth New Jersey will benefit the Larc School, which serves children with disabilities in Bellmawr, N.J. The run is a joint effort between Cooper University Hospital and the Norcross Foundation.

The main event is a 10K run starting at the toll gates on the New Jersey side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Runners will proceed down the westbound lanes before crossing into Philadelphia and turning around at the barriers. They will run the bridge back towards New Jersey, before bearing right at the base of the bridge to run along the Waterfront towards Campbell’s Field.

After entering through the right field gate of Campbell’s Field, participants will race to the finish, located in dead center field. Last year’s winner, Samuel Ndereba of Royersford, finished the race in 29 minutes, 59 seconds.

While the 10K is sold out, interested parties may still participate in the two-mile bridge walk. Walkers will start after the runners and head across the bridge from the New Jersey side to follow a path similar to—but shorter than—the 10K runners.

Finally, the kids’ event will take place entirely in Campbell’s Field, with children 12 and under invited to dash across the outfield of the stadium, starting on the right field warning track and ending on the left field side. What’s more, they’ll be able to watch themselves run via the JumboTron scoreboard! All participants receive a medal and a free ticket to a 2014 Camden Riversharks game.

Registered runners may pick up their race packets in the days leading up to the event at one of the three locations.

  • Haddonfield Running Company, 121 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, N.J.
  • SJ Running & Tri Company, 86 North Main Street, Mullica Hill, N.J.
  • Moorestown Running Company, 115 West Main Street, Moorestown, N.J.

Packets can be picked up between the hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting the Wednesday before the race (October 30). Pick-up will stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday, November 1, but close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.

All packets not specified for one of the other locations via the initial application will be held at the Haddonfield store. Packets will also be available on race day starting at 6:15 a.m. at Campbell’s Field.

While the 10K is sold out, registrations will still be accepted on race day for the two-mile walk and kids’ event. Register on-site at Campbell’s Field, 401 N. Delaware Avenue, Camden, NJ.

For more information on Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge, visit runthebridge.org

The Norcross Foundation is the naming sponsor of the Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge. George E. Norcross III is a managing partner of Interstate General Media, which owns Philly.com.

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