The 2016 Pell Bridge Run will be held on Sunday, October 23rd at 7:15 a.m.
The Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run is a 4 mile run/walk produced by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. This event is not-for-profit and 100% of proceeds will go to support local not-for-profits.
This event is the most unique road race experience in the northeast! Once a year pedestrians are allowed to run or walk across the Claiborne Pell Bridge from Jamestown to Newport, R.I.
The primary goals of the Pell Bridge Run are to fundraise for local not-for-profit organizations and to promote a healthy/active lifestyle.
When: The race will be held on October 23, 2016 at 7:15 a.m.
Where: Race starts in Jamestown and ends in Downtown Newport.
Who: Open to runners or walkers. Must be able to do three miles in an hour pace.
Parking: There is NO PARKING at the race start in Jamestown. All athletes must use the shuttles from Newport or be dropped off at the designated athlete drop off locations. Parking Locations Map.
Free parking will be available at the Gateway Center until 9:30 AM. Space is limited in this lot so we encourage you to consider all parking options throughout Newport, but please be aware that parking meters and major lots are still charging at this time of year.
Shuttles: Shuttles will run from the Newport Convention and Visitors Bureau in Downtown Newport to the race starting line in Jamestown beginning at 5:30 a.m.
Drop Off Location: Athletes wishing to be dropped off near the starting line coming from Newport will take the East Shore Rd exit just after the toll plaza and head north on East Shore Road until they arrive at the designated drop off location. Drop-Off Locations Map.
Athletes coming from the West Bay will take the first exit in Jamestown and follow signage to the designated drop-off location. NO PEDESTRIANS ARE ALLOWED TO EXIT THEIR VEHICLES ON Route 138.
Runners and walkers will be asked to organize by pace time with elite runners going off first and walkers going last.
We ask all participants to align themselves by the appropriate pace so we can ensure a smooth race. There will be volunteers and members of the race staff assisting with the pacing process.
• First Wave (7:15AM): 9 minute pace and faster
• Second Wave (7:18AM): 9 to 11 minute pace
• Third Wave (7:22AM): 11 to 14 minute pace
• Fourth Wave (7:27AM): 15 minute pace and slower
Please Stay in the right lane and Do not delay while onthe bridge.
With the presence of the median barriers we are no longer able to divert traffic to the Westbound lanes on the bridge. Rhode Island State Police will now escort traffic over the Pell Bridge during the race in the East bound high speed lanes while runners/walkers will only have the right hand lane on the bridge to run/walk. It is critical to the success of the event and for the safety of all participants that you remain in the right hand lane throughout the race. We also ask that all participants please resist delaying for too long at the top of the Bridge to take photographs. We have hired additional photographers that will be stationed on the Bridge to take pictures of participants. Please enjoy the views, but keep moving throughout the event.
Due to the early start time and race distance, there will be no free gear drop off at the start or finish before the race. Dress appropriately for the cold and wind. It is required that athletes wishing to shed layers do so before they get on the bridge. Do not leave any items on the bridge. All clothing collected will be donated to charity.
Note: An additional free gear bag storage area will be available at race-day onsite registration in Fort Adams for those just wishing to place their bags in a un-staffed, tented area.
The Newport/Pell Bridge Run will not be shut down on race day. Athletes will cross the Pell Bridge in the east bound lane while the bridge will remain open for two way traffic traveling in the two west bound lanes. Slight delays can be expected on the bridge from 5:30 a.m. thru 9:00 a.m. Small parts of East Shore and Canonicus Roads in Jamestown will be closed from 7:00-7:45 a.m. on race day. In Downtown Newport, small portions of Farewell St. and America’s Cup Avenue will be closed from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
The top male and female finisher along with the top three age group award winners will be recognized at the post race festival. More Info.
Water, hot chocolate and coffee will be offered at the starting line in Jamestown. We will host one on-course water stop at the base of the Pell Bridge in Newport. This year we will host a post race festival at the Newport Yachting Center. Participants will be provided with water, bagels and fruit in a designated athlete only tent.
Due to the unique nature of the race course and the time of the year, there is a potential for race cancelation due to the weather. Please dress appropriately for potential wind and cold temperatures. Unfortunately there is no rain date and no refunds will be permitted. Please review our cancelation policy.
On behalf of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and Gray Matter Marketing we would like to thank Citizens Bank and all of our sponsors, the thousands of runners, walkers, law enforcement agents and volunteers that helped make the third annual #PellBridgeRun our best race yet.
Thank you all and see you next year!
OCTOBER 23, 2016