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It is Time to Warm Up for the 2010 Cox Providence Rhode Races
There will be something for everyone on May 2, 2010. Run the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon, or 5K and experience a classic with these terrific races in a world-class city.

It is Time to Warm Up for the 2010 Cox Providence Rhode Races

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By Christopher Russell
Posted Saturday, 12 December, 2009

Come run the Rhodes at the third annual Cox Providence Rhode Races on Sunday, May 2, 2010 in downtown Providence. This well organized, unique set of three complimentary races in Rhode Island’s capital city has become a wildly successful and popular event. This innovative event features three races all rolled into one – the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon and a 5K.

“The course is great-- it has everything. Crowds throughout downtown, quieter stretches by the water, flat sections of bike path and a few rolling hills. The finish was awesome.” – Drew Best, winner, 2009 Cox Rhode Races Marathon

Warm up this winter with the Cox Providence Rhode Races and you could win big!
Register for the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon or the Rhode Races 5K by December 13, 2009 and you will receive a VIP Rhode Races Gift Bag and you will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win the grand prize-- a Cox Providence Rhode Races Weekend VIP Package. The grand prize winner will receive two nights stay (May 1-2, 2010) at the Westin Hotel, a rental car, and two tickets to the Cox Providence Rhode Races pasta dinner. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on December 15, 2009. Don't miss out, register now at and set your goal.

Register early to save up to $15 on fees
Registration is currently open for all three races. Register online for the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon or the 5K and find savings and details at

A great location, a super organization and a compelling course continue to drive popularity!
The Cox Providence Rhode Races is experiencing an explosion in popularity. The combination of three distances with a convenient location and spot-on organization is resonating with runners, including a “green” initiative.

This event drew over 5,000 runners last year– doubling the amount of participants from the inaugural event in 2008. The race organizers expect to exceed last year’s attendance in 2010. This type of growth in a new race demonstrates that participants are not only coming back, but bringing others with them. This event clearly resonates with runners. With this popular momentum you can bet that the Cox Providence Rhode Races will continue to develop into a New England classic. Register now at and see for yourself the best of what Rhode Island has to offer.

A stocking-stuffer or holiday gift for that special runner in your life
Searching for that perfect holiday gift? How about an entry into the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon or 5K? Wouldn’t this make a perfect holiday gift for the running enthusiast on your list? Or maybe even for yourself? How about a New Year’s Resolution? Get something all runners really want, and check that off your list. Plus, you will provide the recipient with a goal and reason to train this spring. It’s timely, thoughtful, and shows that you have a personal appreciation and respect for their efforts. (Of course, you get to go with them if they win the weekend get-away!)

Getting there is easy - The Cox Providence Rhode Races is easy to get to and conveniently located.
The Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon and 5K are located in the heart of Providence. The state capital is close to many East Coast cities and is easy to get to. Providence is within reach of several major airports (T.F. Green just south of the city, Boston Logan and Hartford Bradley) and is conveniently located on the Amtrak line between New York and Boston and is served by the MBTA Commuter Rail. For those of you who want to drive, Providence is right on Interstate 95. Plus the start/finish is within easy walking distance from the Amtrak and MBTA station and bus stops.

Its accessibility makes the Cox Providence Rhode Races a very “green” event to attend. Downtown Providence features hotels, restaurants and shopping – all within walking distance from the start/finish. And it is a very “walkable” city.

Located in the heart of downtown Providence, the host hotel Westin Providence is just a block away from the start and finish, and is host to the race expo and registration. The Westin, which features a short walk to restaurants, theaters and the Providence Place Mall, offers convenient parking within walking distance of the start/finish line. Special hotel rates for marathon weekend can be found through the event website.

Don’t miss out on the Cox Providence Rhode Races pasta dinner on Saturday, May 1. Tickets can be purchased online at

Easy to get to, convenient to stay in and scenic to race in; the Cox Providence Rhode Races is a great way to discover the capital city of Rhode Island.

Event Details – A Pretty Course and a Boston Qualifier
The Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon and 5K all start and finish in one location in downtown Providence. The Cox Sports Marathon and Willow Tree Half Marathon will kickoff at 8 a.m. The 5K begins at 11:15 a.m. The weather in Providence in May is typically beautiful and cool – excellent racing weather. The spring flowers are in full bloom and there is always a salty breeze from the Atlantic to remind you that you are in the Ocean State.

The Cox Sports Marathon, which is a 2011 Boston Marathon qualifier, begins in the heart of the capital. After the starting gun goes off runners head outside the city to the shores of the East Bay and India Point Park, an 18-acre space that showcases the Ocean State’s shoreline with impressive views of the Narragansett Bay. With about seven miles of the Cox Sports Marathon running on the East Bay Bike Path, this portion of the course gives racers a break from the roadways. This scenic ribbon of pavement is a gem; it is off limits to motor vehicles and a comfortable and enjoyable tour along the bay. This scenic open space, filled with trees and walking paths, also gives friends and family a few chances to snap some memorable photos of their runners in action.

The course winds through Barrington, heads back along the bike path, and then loops back into downtown to the finish.

Three races, three distances, a race for every ability and everyone in the family.
“With the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon and a 5K all rolled into one, the Cox Providence Rhode Races is designed for both experienced runners, first-time marathoners and those who enjoy running a shorter distance.” – Charlie Breagy, race director, Cox Providence Rhode Races.

The Cox Providence Rhode Races is uniquely designed to include a marathon, a half marathon and a 5K, providing a distance for runners of every level of fitness. Whether you are a new runner trying your first 5K or a veteran angling for a Boston qualifier in the Cox Sports Marathon, the Cox Providence Rhode Races is a welcoming venue for you to execute your running and racing aspirations this spring. Bring the family. Put together a team of friends or coworkers. Everyone will enjoy the day at the Cox Providence Rhode Races.

And it’s all for a good cause!
Proceeds from the third annual Cox Providence Rhode Races benefit Cox Charities New England, which provides grants for local non-profit organizations that focus on children and education. Since the program’s inception in 2001, Cox Communications has provided more than $2.5 million in Cox Charities grants and in-kind support to local non-profits throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Additional charitable partners include Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, The Julia Cekala Charitable Foundation, March of Dimes and Melanoma Foundation of New England.

Rhode Island, the Ocean State – small in area and big in history
The area around Providence is filled with history. Rhode Island is known for being the smallest US state in land area. It is bordered by Massachusetts on the north and east and by Connecticut on the West. Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, after he was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his religious views, which included freedom of religion, separation of church and state, abolition of slavery, and equal treatment for Native Americans. Rhode Island was the first of the colonies to sign the Declaration of Independence in the American Revolution and the last state to ratify the constitution.

With its multiple bays and beaches fronting the Atlantic Ocean, Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State for good reason. You can soak in the Ocean State’s beauty and deep history when you come to run the Cox Providence Rhode Races in May.

You Have Got to Go to Providence
The Cox Providence Rhode Races will run on May 2, 2010; in only the third year it is clear they are developing into true classics. Terrific organization and committed, supportive sponsorship, commitment to charities, an ideal date and innovative ideas, commitment to green practices, not to mention awesome venues and facilities, have made these races big hits with the New England running community and well beyond.

Now is a good time to sign up for the Cox Providence Rhode Races in May. You can take advantage of the “Winter Warm-up” incentives that the event is offering and perhaps give someone a special holiday gift.

The Cox Providence Rhode Races has been successful and popular in its first two years, and it will continue that trend because it is a professionally run event in a convenient place with a scenic course. Make sure your plans include the Cox Providence Rhode Races in May as you plan your spring running campaigns.



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