2012-11-15 / News

More than 100 islanders compete in bridge run


Erin Schmidt of Middletown was one of 2,200 runners who crossed the finish line in Saturday’s Pell Bridge Run. She finished 1,224 overall. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF RDW GROUP Erin Schmidt of Middletown was one of 2,200 runners who crossed the finish line in Saturday’s Pell Bridge Run. She finished 1,224 overall. PHOTO COURTESY OF RDW GROUP Of the 2,500 people who entered Saturday’s Pell Bridge Run, 2,218 crossed the finish line, including islanders David Marshall and Allie Dolce, the first male and female finishers of more than 100 Jamestowners to complete the 4-mile race.

Marshall, 25, finished 35th overall with a time of 26 minutes, 43 seconds. Dolce, 24, posted a time of 28:20 seconds. She finished second among females in her age group. Rounding out the top three finishers from Jamestown was 14-year-old Jack Gamble, who finished 140th overall with a time of 29:25. He took fourth in his age group.

The overall winner was Providence’s Geoff Nelson, 27, who finished the course in 20:39. The top female finisher was Kristin Bull of Melbourne, Australia. Her time of 25:04 was good for 11th overall. Bull was in the United States to run in the New York City Marathon, which was canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The youngest runners were four 8-year-olds, and the oldest was Helen DiDonato of South Kingstown, who celebrated her 88th birthday the day of the race. She finished the race in an hour, 20 minutes.

Clay Pell, the grandson of former Sen. Claiborne Pell, the bridge’s namesake, ran the race and met his fiancĂ©e, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, at the finish line.

Rounding out the top 10 Jamestown finishers were Dan Wurzbacher (183rd overall, 30:11), Sean Fitzgerald (197th, 30:21), Petranella Napolitano (215th, 30:37), Andrew Kallfelz (217th, 30:38), Julie Kallfelz (218th, 30:38), Joe Tamburini (225th, 30:42), and Steph Cotsonas (263rd, 31:18).

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