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Runners leave the starting line during the annual Super Dolphin Day run on St. Simons Island in February. Various races will be held through the winter and into the spring, prompting runners to begin training.

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Runners across Glynn County are preparing to lace up their racing shoes for two big races this month. The first will be the Southeast Georgia Foundation’s Bridge Run which will return this weekend.

Participants will scale the state’s longest and steepest bridge, the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, in one of several races. The first is a half marathon — 13.1 miles — which will begin at 7 a.m. The first ever at the event, it will incorporate the bridge as an additional challenge for athletes. The traditional 5K, 3.1 miles, will begin at 9:30 a.m. It is certified by the U.S. Track & Field Association as the toughest 5K in Georgia. There will also be an option option for walkers to span the bridge after the runners.

First responders will have their own special challenge, starting at 8:30 a.m., in which they run the bridge in full equipment.

Registration for runners ends at noon today. Walkers can register at the pasta party, which will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the foot of the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick. They can also register at 7 a.m. at the race site.

Costs of registration vary depending upon length, ranging between $80 and $38. The money goes to benefit the Southeast Georgia Foundation, which helps supplement hospital programs and care. For more information or to register online, visit the-bridge-run.org.

Tthe bridge run isn’t the only race happening in February. Super Dolphin Day, a fundraiser for St. Simons Elementary, will be Feb. 24, beginning at Neptune Park on St. Simons Island. The first race, a 10K, or 6.2 miles, will start at 7 a.m. followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m. and a fun run an hour later. Both the 10K and 5K will include points damaged by Hurricane Irma which will demand a sense of caution on the part of the runners. This year, the fun run will be on the beach. Fun run participants are asked to cross over the boardwalks to the beach at approximately 9 a.m. so that the access points do not get clogged.

Times will be recorded for each of the races and winners for various age groups will be awarded. Racing costs vary depending on the length and time of registration. For the 10K, the cost is $30 per person before Thursday. It is $35 after that. The 5K costs the same with the same date stipulations. The fun run is $30 for adults and $12 for children, those 18 and under. To register online, visit www.superdolphinday.com.

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