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2,500 Athletes Complete Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run

22 Coventry residents participated in the run.

 

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:

Place Name Bib # Age  Gender Time 120 Christina Lorenson 1335 40 F 28:58.1 126 David Meegan 1519 47 M 29:05.5 142 Michelle Moon 1568 31 F 29:28.4 220 Megan Cady 300 28 F 30:38.6 245 Jennifer Hawkins 981 31 F 31:00.8 509 Kerry Tellier 2183 37 F 34:11.0 644 Tammy Ferland 729 41 F 35:43.8 765 Michaela Ware 2297 32 F 36:55.9 819 Ashley Buglio 272 25 F 37:29.0 823 Fred Zuleger III 2410 74 M 37:30.4 841 Erica Watson 2299 24 F 37:38.1 1031 Amanda Richardson 1871 25 F 39:22.0 1123 Amy Ritz 1885 35 F 40:15.7 1444 Carol Beach 119 47 F 44:40.1 1459 Melanie Morris 1576 38 F 44:53.6 1549 Corey Bate 114 26 F 46:40.9 1570 Dean Bate 113 53 M 47:03.2 1573 Jackie Bate 112 51 F 47:04.4 1638 Jason Tellier 2182 38 M 49:08.1 1769 Mason Wilson 2357 26 M 54:56.7 1865 April Duffy 645 30 F 58:01.8 1878 Nancy Nester 1635 61 F 58:33.8

Click here for a complete list of participants and their times or see the attached PDF document.

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