2013-11-14 / News

Thousands run across Newport Bridge


Of the 3,559 runners who entered the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run, 3,024 finished the 4.2-mile race. The winner was Geoff Nelson of Bristol (in front on left, bib No. 814). 
Courtesy/RDW Group Of the 3,559 runners who entered the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run, 3,024 finished the 4.2-mile race. The winner was Geoff Nelson of Bristol (in front on left, bib No. 814). Courtesy/RDW Group More than 3,500 runners were at the starting line Sunday of the annual Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run, and Geoff Nelson of Bristol was the first to break the tape at the finish line.

The defending champ’s time for the 4.2-mile course was 22 minutes, 25 seconds. The top female finisher was Sandy Spitler of Newport with a time of 24:31. She placed third overall. The secondplace finisher was Matthew Wilks, a 15-year-old from Warwick who finished in 24:21.

Of the 3,559 people who entered, 3,024 athletes crossed the finish line.

Despite the dark clouds and threat of rain, the views of the sunrise over Narragansett Bay were a reward for the runners and walkers. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (55:08) and state Sen. President Teresa Paiva Weed (1:06:25) both completed the run much easier than any political race.


Above, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed crossed the finish line in 55 minutes, 8 seconds. He finished 26th of 47 men in the 60-64 age group. Below, islander Bill Alexander (center) came in second in the same division. The 60-year-old finished in 33 minutes, 32 seconds. 
Courtesy/RDW Group Above, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed crossed the finish line in 55 minutes, 8 seconds. He finished 26th of 47 men in the 60-64 age group. Below, islander Bill Alexander (center) came in second in the same division. The 60-year-old finished in 33 minutes, 32 seconds. Courtesy/RDW Group Jamestown was well represented – 128 islanders completed the Pell Bridge Run. Notable performances came from 16-yearold Emily Kallfelz, who finished 160th overall. She was the second fastest female runner in the U-19 age group. Emily finished the course in 31 minutes, 16 seconds. Charles Mauze, 34, also ran an impressive time. He finished the race 19th overall, including second in the 30-34 age group. Mauze finished the course in 26:35, less than a minute behind Deniz Karakoyunlu, who won the age group.

Other notable islanders were Carol Crafts, who placed third in the 65-69 age group; Joseph Darrigo, who placed second in his division; Bill Alexander, who finished second in the 60-64 age group; and the Jamestown Press’ own Steph Heelan Cotsonas, who finished 182nd overall, and eighth in her age group.




Islander Jess Wurzbacher had a baby on board for Sunday’s Pell Bridge Run from Jamestown to Newport. The little guy, Benjamin, is 4 months old. Martha Neale (bib No. 2433), owner of Windmist Farm, trails the mother and son. 
Courtesy/RDW Group Islander Jess Wurzbacher had a baby on board for Sunday’s Pell Bridge Run from Jamestown to Newport. The little guy, Benjamin, is 4 months old. Martha Neale (bib No. 2433), owner of Windmist Farm, trails the mother and son. Courtesy/RDW Group

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