Course Info

Course Overview

The Topsail Realty Mt. Hope Bridge 5k is a timed 3.1 mile run from Portsmouth to Bristol. The race starts on Mussel Bed Shoal Rd., then crosses the one-mile expanse of the Mt. Hope Bridge into Bristol. At mile 1.5 the course turns onto the Roger Williams University campus at Columban Dr. before ultimately finishing at the base of Old Ferry Rd. down by the water with a wonderful look back at the Bridge.

Course Map

Course Details:

Time Limits

Registered runners and walkers are welcome to enjoy the Topsail Realty Mt. Hope Bridge 5k, however, all participants must be off the bridge (1 mile) in 20 minutes. This requires a 3 mph. pace. All participants unable to maintain this pace will be escorted off the bridge by race officials.

Parking & Shuttles

Parking will be provided at the finish line of the event adjacent to Roger Williams University on Old Ferry Road starting at 5:00 a.m. Shuttles will be provided to all participants and will run from 5:40 a.m. until 7:10 a.m. There is NO parking available at the starting line

If runners would like to handle their own transportation to and from the start and finish lines, they can be dropped off at the start in Portsmouth. There are no shuttles from Bristol to Portsmouth after the event.

Traffic Impact

One lane of traffic will remain open on the Mt. Hope Bridge throughout the event, controlled by the Bristol and State police. All participants will be in the right hand lane from Portsmouth to Bristol and will be off the bridge by 8:15 a.m.

Extreme Weather

There is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions. Race organizers will do as much as we can to ensure the experience is as safe as possible. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, race officials reserve the right to alter or cancel the race. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please check the website, our Facebook page and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations. All entry fees are non-refundable, and there will be no-rain date.

NO Strollers or Pets

We do not allow strollers or pets on the bridge.

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