Thousands run across Newport Bridge
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.
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.