PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Approximately 648 runners and walkers crossed the bridge Saturday morning from Portsmouth into Bristol for the first-ever, sold-out Mt. Hope Bridge 5K.
Organized by Gray Matter Marketing and the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Foundation, the race provided participants the rare opportunity to cross the Mt. Hope Bridge, which is typically closed to pedestrians.
The race started on Mussel Bed Shoal Road in Portsmouth before crossing the one-mile expanse of the Mt. Hope Bridge into Bristol. At mile 1.5, the course turned onto the Roger Williams University campus at Columban Drive before ultimately finishing at the base of Old Ferry Road down by the water with a look back at the bridge.
The early rain showers Saturday morning caused many runners and walkers to arrive in raincoats and parkas while holding umbrellas. Many participants waited underneath the bridge while the rain fell.
However, the rain cleared up around 7 p.m., just in time for the race.
Featured below are photos from the inaugural Mt. Hope Bridge 5K, including images of some familiar Portsmouth faces (Mrs. White) and visitors from as far away as Ireland.