The Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run sponsored by Newport Hospital is a fun and unique race, unless, of course, the mid-November weather pattern conspires to bring some nasty weather to the top of the Pell Bridge at 7 am on the morning of the race. Last year, during the inaugural Pell Bridge Run, the weather could not have been better – it was mainly clear, with a slight breeze, and temperatures climbing through the 40s. Fortunately, this year’s weather is looking nearly as nice.
Right Weather, as the forecast sponsor of the event, was getting a little nervous with the active weather pattern that brought Hurricane Sandy last week, and will bring a nasty Nor’easter this week, but, things should quiet down very nicely for the weekend. If you’re among the nearly 2,500 registered runners for the event, dress for a cool morning, but, it will actually be a bit warmer than the normal mid-November chill. The temperature around dawn at the base of the bridge looks like it will be in the upper 30s to low 40s. There will probably not be much of a breeze at the start, but once you reach the peak of the bridge, more than 200 ft. above Narragansett Bay, you’ll probably encounter a 10-20 mph wind. Again, that’s not a big deal at all considering how the wind can be a major factor in a different weather scenario on the bridge. Skies will be mainly clear, meaning we’ll get to run toward another gorgeous sunrise on the way from Jamestown to Newport.
We’ll have another detailed forecast for the event later this week. If you have already registered for the event, you can follow The Pell Bridge Run on Twitter at @PellBridgeRun. If you’re interested in getting one of the few remaining spots for this fun 4 mile run/walk, you can visit pellbridgerun.com. Lastly, if you’re not a runner, but want to volunteer at the event, then contact race organizer Matthew Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.