The Providence Ronald McDonald House Women’s Classic – A Celebration of Empowerment, Passion and Accomplishment
Get ready for the second annual Providence Ronald McDonald House Women’s Classic 5K and Shape Up RI 3K Walk and Wellness Fair; it is truly a testament to the power of women and a celebration of women’s health and fitness.
Posted Monday, 28 September, 2009
This event is named “Classic” for a reason. Running through one of America’s great cities, Providence, Rhode Island, it begins and ends at Brown University Stadium and empowers women for a terrific cause. This event is outstanding in only its second year. And it is coming up on Sunday, October 4, with a 10:00 a.m. start for both the 5K run and 3K walk.
This race welcomes all women of all ages, aspiring beginners, seasoned veterans, and all runners and walkers in between. They will run and walk together amid a scenic Providence backdrop, the historic east side. It is for individuals and teams. Runners will test themselves with a 5K; and walkers will power through 3K, and all will enjoy the Wellness Fair. Most of all they will enjoy supporting a great cause, the Providence Ronald McDonald House. http://www.prmh.org/
Get ready to lace up on Sunday, October 4, for this signature women’s event and see why in only its second running it is sure to be a memorable racing experience for women runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Yes, 10:00 a.m. at Brown University Stadium is the time and place to be as hundreds of women runners will have the opportunity to revel in a race that honors and celebrates their dedication and commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. The Wellness Fair, packet pick up and registration get underway at 8:00 a.m. http://www.prmhclassic.org
The Women’s Classic has a lot to cheer about. An Olympic style finish on the track at Brown, a cash prize structure for individuals and teams (including cash prizes for age group winners), terrific tech-shirts or unique long sleeved T’s, merchandise gift certificates, commemorative awards to the top 25 runners, an excellent raffle, and a special gift if you are among the top 1,000 to sign in on race day. In addition, the Providence Ronald McDonald house has a commitment to excellence, a commitment to a signature experience for all those runners and walkers who choose to participate and support its mission. These are some of the contributing factors to the race’s success.
Before the main event there will be non-competitive kids’ races from 100 to 400 meters on the stadium track. All will enjoy and benefit from the Wellness Fair with dozens of health, fitness, and service related vendors. Learn about non-profit organizations providing social services for women. Receive free health screenings. And learn more about traditional and alternative health care services and their availability.
It will be impossible to stand at this starting line and not feel a surge of excitement, anticipation and camaraderie with the crowd around you. What an encouraging and safe atmosphere a women’s race provides. This race is really different--really special! All who participated last year cannot wait for the start this year.
Scenic, Historic Course
The 5K run begins on Elmgrove Avenue near the stadium and heads north to Blackstone Boulevard. After a right on Blackstone runners will pass the one-mile mark, followed by a right on Upton Avenue. A third right on Cole continues the clockwise loop, with the two-mile mark at 341 Cole Avenue. Continuing on Cole, the field will then turn left on Westford, which takes the race back to Elmgrove. Heading south on Elmgrove, runners will pass the stadium then turn right on Sessions Street followed by another quick right to enter the stadium. The Olympic style finish line awaits after rounding the track amid cheering spectators, families and friends with hopefully your strongest ever 5K finish! Yes, we are in it together!
The race will be along beautiful tree-lined streets with gorgeous New England foliage in bloom. The course is a loop around the historic residential east side, and is relatively flat. The gem of this race is the Olympic style finish at the end in Brown’s beautiful stadium on their elite track.
The 3K walk uses some of the same course, including Elmgrove, Westford, Blackstone, and Upton. It comes back to the stadium via Cole with a left on Sessions and another turn into the stadium for that thrilling finish.
Team Competition and Age Groups
All teams are eligible to compete, although scholastic teams are not eligible for cash prizes (cash prizes to top three overall teams). The top three racers score, and those who score on the first three teams also get individual merchandise awards. There is no size limit to teams.
As noted, there will be cash awards for the top five individual runners. Additionally there will be 10-year age groups 20-29 through 70+, and the winner of each group wins a cash prize, which is very rare for 5K races. And age group prizes go five deep, with second through fifth place athletes receiving merchandise or gift certificate awards. The top five 19 and under will receive merchandise or certificates.
To top it all off, all participants will be eligible for the excellent raffle. View raffle prizes here: http://www.prmhclassic.org/raffle.htm and the first 1,000 to check in will get a special “classic” gift.
There are many events and activities planned on race day so get there early! Don’t miss out on a terrific fun filled morning. Get ready to race; get ready to participate. Join in this unique celebration of health and fitness for women. Come join the festivities and family fun in Providence. Experience for yourself why the thrill of this starting line is like no other. Feel the excitement that only this finish line can bring. This is the race where your commitment to healthy living deepens, where courage and confidence grow. Enjoy the camaraderie. Those 5K or 3K steps could well lead to much bigger things for hundreds of women.
For registration and information, visit the website at http://www.prmhclassic.org