What you need to know about Pell Bridge Run

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The seventh annual Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 7 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.


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 Citizens Bank 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 22, 2017 at 7:00 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.


Mail-In Entry Form* ($5.00 processing fee for mail in registrations)
Additional Registration Info.


Onsite registration and Packet Pick-up will be held on October 21-23 at the Newport Visitors Center.

October 20 – Newport Visitors Center, Newport, R.I. 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
October 21 – Newport Visitors Center , Newport, R.I. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. 
October 22 – Newport Visitors Center, Newport, R.I. 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. (just bib pickup, no onsite registration)

Runners can pick up their bib and timing chip on race morning at the race start/shuttle area, however, it is strongly recommended that all runners attend Friday or Saturday registration to alleviate race morning delays.

There will be no on-site registration on race morning.




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 Newport Visitors 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 Visitors Center 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.


Due to the construction on the Bridge, there will be multiple wave starts this year of roughly 200 – 300 participants in each wave. The first wave starts at 7:00 AM, then sequentially minutes apart, one after the other after that. 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.

Please Stay in the designated pedestrian lane. Do not delay while on the bridge.

Rhode Island State Police will escort traffic over the Pell Bridge during the race in the East bound 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 designated pedestrian throughout the race. This lane will be designated by cones in the roadway.

We also ask that all participants please resist delaying 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, which will be available for free download in the weeks following the event. Please enjoy the views, but keep moving.


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.


Course Map

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Due to construction on the Pell Bridge, the Citizen’s Bank Pell Bridge Run traffic pattern will be slightly different than at past events. Views will not be compromised and the experience will be very much the same! Runners and walkers will have their own lane, and State Police will alternate westbound and eastbound traffic over the bridge. Cars will also be escorted by State Police to monitor speed and keep runners and walkers safe. 

Additional road closures are as follows:

East Shore Road – From 6:45 – 7:45 AM. East Shore Rd. will be closed between the intersection of Conanicus Avenue and the Rt. 138 on/off ramps.

Conanicus Avenue – From 6:45 – 7:45 AM. Conanicus Ave. will be closed from the Jamestown Golf Course north to the Rt. 138 on-ramp (Newport Pell Bridge).

Newport Pell Bridge
Motoring travel on the bridge will be reduced to a single lane. State Police detail will be on site to alternate westbound and eastbound travel from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Farewell Street – From 7:15 – 8:45 AM, Farewell Street will be closed through America’s Cup Avenue

Van Zandt Avenue – Van Zandt Avenue at the corner of Farewell will also be closed to traffic. Expect delays using America’s Cup and Farewell Street until 9:00 AM.


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.

Water will be available at the finish from Polar Seltzer. KIND Snacks, will also be at the finish with samples of their latest tasty products. In addition, the Brick Alley Pub will be hosting their “Post Pell Party” starting at 8 AM, with a hot breakfast buffet and other options.


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.


Save The Bay
Honor Mae Meunier Trust Fund
A Wish Come True
Newport Gulls
Ocean State Waves
Clean Ocean Access
Looking Upwards
Women’s Resource Center
Sail Newport
Boys and Girls Club of Newport County
Newport County YMCA
Salvation Army
Bike Newport
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
C. Thomas Clagett Memorial Regatta
Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation
Payton Elizabeth Watson Memorial Foundation
Fanconi Anemia Research Fund
Special Olympics Rhode Island
Jamestown Rotary
Meeting Street School
Sail to Prevail
RI Pulmonary Hypertension Center
Newport/Fall River Star Kids Scholarship Program
March of Dimes
Jamestown Historical Society
Jamestown Fire Department
RHS Boosters
Jamestown Boy Scout Troop 1
Jamestown Baseball Association


We do not allow strollers or pets on the bridge.


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 fifth annual #PellBridgeRun our best race yet. Thank you all and see you next year!

2016 Results
2015 Results
2014 Results
2013 Results 
2012 Results

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