On the morning of Nov. 11, Geoff Nelson of Providence was first to cross the finish line of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority’s Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run sponsored by Newport Hospital. The top female finisher was Kristin Bull of Melbourne, Australia, who had entered the cancelled New York City Marathon and decided to give the Newport Pell Bridge a try.
Of the 2,500 people who entered, 2,218 athletes crossed the finish line of the four-mile course. The youngest competitors were four eight-year olds, and the oldest was Helen DiDonato of South Kingstown, who celebrates her 88th birthday today.
The views of the sunrise over Narragansett Bay were a reward for the runners and walkers, especially after they completed the ascent to the top of the Newport Pell Bridge.
Clay Pell, grandson of the bridge’s namesake – Senator Claiborne Pell – ran the race and met his fianceé, U.S. Olympian and World Champion figure skater Michelle Kwan at the finish line.
Registration for the event ranged from $35-50, depending on the date of registration, and all proceeds will benefit non-profit organizations such as the YMCA of Newport County, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center of Newport, Special Olympics of Rhode Island, Meeting Street, and March of Dimes Rhode Island.
The title sponsor of the race is Citizens Bank, and Newport Hospital is one of the principal sponsors. More information about the race can be found at www.PellBridgeRun.com.
Coventry participants included:
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Click here for a complete list of participants and their times or see the attached PDF document.