Third Annual Delaware Memorial Bridge Run to Acceptance for Special Olympics Set for Sunday, October 6, 2019
NEW CASTLE, Del. – On Sunday, October 6 at exactly 7:00 a.m., more than 225 men and women from several neighboring states are expected to participate in the Third Annual Delaware Memorial Bridge Run to Acceptance for Special Olympics. For this special 5k run across the iconic span, three of the four lanes on the northbound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge will close for approximately three hours early Sunday morning.
"As a result of the Bridge Run to Acceptance, more than $68,000 has been raised to further the noble goals of Special Olympics Delaware,” said Tom Cook, Executive Director of the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA). “Participants not only get the opportunity to do something many have never done – walk or run on the Delaware Memorial Bridge, they are also supporting a great community organization that is committed to positively impacting and transforming lives of both athletes and their families.”
"We are excited to welcome the largest number of participants in this event's short history and look forward to providing them a first-class race to coincide with the unique opportunity -- and a first for many -- to run or walk over the bridge," said Ann Grunert, Special Olympics Delaware Executive Director. "Our hats go off to the officials of DRBA for making this happen for the third straight year, enabling us to not only provide the public with a unique event, but just as importantly continue to spread the awareness of the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities."
The “Delaware Memorial Bridge Run to Acceptance for Special Olympics” 5K will take place on the New Jersey-bound span of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. On Sunday, October 6, 2019, three lanes will be closed to traffic at 5:00 a.m. The benefit run will start at 7:00 a.m. All lanes will re-open to traffic at 8:30 a.m. The participants will begin their 3.1 mile run at the New Jersey x-ramp; onto the New Jersey bound span heading south into Delaware; onto the Delaware x-ramp and then through the DRBA complex parking area to the finish near the maintenance garages. A recognition program will take place following the event at the Bridge’s Veterans Memorial Park.
Motorists heading north on the New Jersey – bound span may encounter minor delays during the early morning hours of Sunday, October 6. Motorists heading south on the Delaware –bound span will not be affected by the 5K benefit run.
About Special Olympics Delaware
Special Olympics Delaware has been changing the lives of Delawareans since 1971. Through sports training and competition in 19 sports, more than 4,200 athletes with intellectual disabilities have proven that, given the chance, no disability is too great to overcome. Using sports as a platform, Special Olympics strives for acceptance of all people, regardless of ability, not only on the playing fields, but in their local communities.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, please visit www.drba.net.
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