CITIZENS BANK NEWPORT PELL BRIDGE RUN
WELCOME Dear Runners, Welcome to the inaugural Citizens Bank Newport Pell Bridge Run. Citizens Bank is honored to sponsor this exclusive opportunity for runners â€“ the first road race over the Pell Bridge in 25 years. Today we join in supporting the communities in which we live and work. As you run over the bridge, remember that a portion of your registration fees will benefit five Rhode Island nonprofit organizations and the good work they do each and every day. From providing youth services to supporting the needs of our brave veterans, todayâ€™s race will have an impact on our community long after the last runner has crossed the finish line. Ned Handy President Citizens Bank Rhode Island & Connecticut
Thank you for participating in this exciting race. See you on the bridge! Best regards,
Ned Handy President Citizens Bank, Rhode Island and Connecticut
WEEKEND SCHEDULE A NOTE FROM THE RACE DIRECTOR Thank you again for participating, and thank you to Citizens Bank and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority for allowing us to run over this historic Rhode Island landmark. In order to put on this unique event, strict time constraints must be met by us, the organizers, but more importantly, by you all - the runners. We understand that the early start time, shuttles, and the point to point nature of the race add some unique challenges. We ask for your cooperation in adhering to your shuttle assignment in order to get everyone to the start line in time. Please allow yourself ample time on race morning to park and load onto your designated shuttles. Dress warmly, and most importantly, enjoy the view! - Matt Gray
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2011
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2011
ON-SITE REGISTRATION PACKET PICK-UP RACE MERCHANDISE
RACE DAY 4:45 a.m. - Registration opens - Newport Gateway Center 5:00 a.m. - Shuttle assignment for bibs 1100-3000
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
5:30 a.m. - Shuttle assignment for bibs 1-1099
Newport Marriott Narragansett Conference Suites 25 Americas Cup Avenue Newport, RI 02840
6:15 a.m. - Welcome and National Anthem 6:30 a.m. - Race Start 6:45 a.m. - Post race fesitivities open 7:30 a.m. - All runners must be off bridge Registration and shuttles will be at the Gateway Center in Newport at 23 Americaâ€™s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840. From here shuttles will take runners over the Newport Pell Bridge to the race start in Jamestown. Post race festivities, including the silent auction, will be held at the Citizens Bank Newport Branch in Washington Square right near the finish line in Downtown Newport. Runners who are not on pace to be off the bridge by 7:30 will be escorted off the bridge by the Rhode Island National Guard pace vehicle.
RACE INFORMATION Thank you all for participating in the Inaugural Newport Pell Bridge Run. Not only will you get to run over one of Rhode Islandâ€™s most iconic landmarks, but you are also supporting some really amazing charities. This years race benefits the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center of Newport, Meeting Street, March of Dimes, Special Olympics of R.I. and Operation Stand Down R.I. Please take the time to review the important details about this weekendâ€™s event.
Runners are strongly encouraged to attend packet pick-up on Saturday, November 12th at the Newport Marriott from 12:00 4:00p.m.
All spectators are encouraged to view the race from the intersection of Washington and Van Zandt, Farwell St. and Van Zandt or at the finish line on the corner of Marlborough and Thames St. Due to road closures in Newport and Jamestown, we do not recommend spectators attempt to view the start or drive over the bridge during the race.
Those who do not pick up their packet (timing chip, bib, shirt, goody bag) on Saturday, can do so on Sunday from 4:45 - 5:30a.m. But again, due to the tight time constraints of race morning it is highly suggested that all runners pick up their bibs on Saturday. Friends or family ARE allowed to pick up bibs for participants.
Crowdrise: There is still time to raise money or donate to one of our charitable partners or the cause of your choice. Runners have already raised more than $7,000 on Crowdrise, our charitable giving platform at www.crowdrise.com/NewportPellBridgeRun.
Because of the unique nature of this race, shuttle times must be strictly enforced. All participants will be assigned to two waves of shuttles leaving from the Newport Gateway Center.
Silent Auction: In addition to Crowdrise, our silent auction has some excellent items donated by our race sponsors. All items are online and bids will be accepted at registration on Saturday as well as post race on Sunday near the finish line. To start bidding, visit: www.32auctions.com/organizations/2445/auctions/2684
All runners must have their bibs in order to ride on the bus. No spectators will be allowed on the shuttles. Wave One: 5:00 a.m. Bib # 1100-3000 Wave Two: 5:30 a.m. Bib # 1-1099
Shuttles are one way. There will be no shuttles returning athletes to Jamestown after the race so please park in Downtown Newport.
One water station will be set up at mile 3.1, just after runners get off the Newport Pell Bridge.
Parking will be available on race morning at the Newport Visitors Center Garage and a number of other local parking lots. Please see the map on page 7 for suggested parking locations.
All runners must be off the Newport Pell Bridge by 7:30 a.m. This requires a 15 minute/mile pace and will be strictly enforced. A race sag vehicle will be picking up participants not across the bridge in this time limit.
On street metered parking is allowed and free throughout all of Downtown Newport as well.
GEAR BAG DROP OFF
THERE WILL BE NO GEAR BAG DROP. Dress appropriately for the cold and wind, it is recommended that athletes wishing to shed layers at the start or during the race wear items they are willing to donate to charity. Race staff will pickup all gear left on course and donate it to charity.
The race will use the B-Tag timing system. This is a disposable timing tag that is attached to the back of your race bib. All runners will receive their B-Tag at registration.