Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 21st for the 8th Annual Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. This iconic event is the only day of the year pedestrians are permitted on the famous Claiborne Pell Bridge, and 100% of the proceeds from this event benefit local nonprofits through the RITBA Foundation. The event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing, and registration will open soon.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority Foundation grants funds to local and regional organizations with the proceeds generated the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run and the 4 Bridges Ride. The Foundation partners with local communities and nonprofit organizations that positively impact the lives of Rhode Islanders.

Last year, more than $115,000 was granted to RITBA Foundation beneficiaries, while an additional $44,000 was raised online in support of participants. Since 2014, more than $525,000 has been contributed to local nonprofits in conjunction with the two events.

Applications are open for 2018 grants at http://www.ritba.org/ritba-foundation. Local and regional organizations are encouraged to apply until June 1, 2018.

For more information on the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run, visit www.pellbridgerun.com

The 4 Bridges Ride, another RITBA Foundation event produced by Gray Matter Marketing, is also open for grant applications. This bike ride starts in North Kingston and finishes in Bristol, taking bicyclists across four of the state’s bridges; the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge, the Claiborne Pell Bridge, the Sakonett River Bridge and the Mt. Hope Bridge. This non-competitive, but challenging ride, takes place in September. Registration dates will be announced soon at www.4bridgesride.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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