More than 225 men and women from several neighboring states are expected to participate in the second annual Delaware Memorial Bridge Run to Acceptance for Special Olympics, set for 7 a.m. Sept. 30 at Delaware Memorial Bridge.

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.

"Last year’s event was such a tremendous success with more than $34,000 raised for Special Olympics Delaware,” said Tom Cook, executive director of the Delaware River and Bay Authority. “For the authority, we have the opportunity to help a great community organization raise money to further their mission goals. For participants, it’s an opportunity to do something not many get a chance to do — walk or run on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.”

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. Three lanes will be closed to traffic at 5 a.m. The benefit run will start at 7 a.m. All lanes will re-open to traffic at 8:30 a.m. 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, 163 Cherry Lane, New Castle.

Motorists heading north on the New Jersey-bound span may encounter minor delays during the early morning hours of Sept. 30. Motorists heading south on the Delaware-bound span will not be affected by the 5K benefit run.

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