PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — On Saturday morning, Feb. 3, drivers on the Pensacola Bay Bridge and other roadways will be sharing the road with more than 3,000 runners and walkers participating in the annual Double Bridge Run! The 15K and 5K event has persevered through a pandemic, a hurricane and bridge construction to mark its 27th anniversary! What’s the appeal?
“The double bridge race is a special race for a lot of reasons,” Jeremy Pridgeon, who has run the race multiple times since 2010, said. “It just makes for a world-class experience right there in Pensacola and Gulf Breeze. Going across the 3-mile bridge as the sun comes up, it’s is just one of the best sights ever.”
From start to finish, the race is a 15K which begins in downtown Pensacola, then opens up to a course like none other. The Publix Pensacola Double Bridge Run is one of the premier 15k races in the entire country, and it also provides the runners with some of the most beautiful scenery they will ever see in a race.
The race will make history this year when, for the first time, thousands of runners from all over the country will pound the pavement over the newly completed Gen. Chappie James Bridge.
Amy Marquez, Director of Events for Pensacola Sports said, “They’ll actually be running in the road on the bridge, so they’ll take up the emergency land and probably 1 vehicle lane.”
They’ll cross the bay under the watchful eye of Pensacola traffic Police then head into Gulf Breeze, where they are joined by the 5K entrants.
“When you come over the bridge into Gulf Breeze and you pick up those who are running the 5K, and that’s just the boost of energy you need,” Pridgeon said.
Then, it’s over the Bob Sikes Bridge, finishing at the beautiful Gulf waters of Pensacola Beach.
It’s a unique race for the runners and for those who gather to cheer them on, Pridgeon said and added, “No two races are the same with the double bridges.”
Race organizers are hoping that well-wishers will line the pedestrian lane of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, as well as the streets of Gulf Breeze and onto the beach to give runners and walkers extra encouragement to them to the finish line. Runners have until 7 p.m. Friday to register. If you want to do so, go to pensacolasports.org.