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The CVS Caremark Downtown 5K Continues to Grow and Create Excitement!
On Sept. 19, 2010, this New England tradition will provide its unique combination of world-class racing and a family running weekend in beautiful Providence, Rhode Island.

The CVS Caremark Downtown 5K Continues to Grow and Create Excitement!

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By Christopher Russell
Posted Thursday, 19 August, 2010

The CVS Caremark Downtown 5K has always been a world-class race, ranking high on runners’ calendars consistently over many years. At the same time, the event brings together recreational runners, walkers and families from southern New England.

The organization is superb, beginning with Race Director Charlie Breagy and right on down through an expert and experienced organization and great volunteers. Year after year the excitement builds as elite athletes from across the US and around the world gather in Providence to compete for fast times, big prizes and bragging rights. This is a unique opportunity for New Englanders to race with and rub elbows with some of the best runners in the world. Make no mistake, this is a world-class event.

World-class family event too
With 21 different youth races, the Tufts Health Care High School 3K and the CVS Caremark “All Kids Can” race event, there is something for everyone in the family—for every age, and for every pace. There’s no excuse to not bring the whole family to this one-of-a-kind weekend for runners, families and running families. This is something you and your family are not going to want to miss. How many times do average runners get to participate in a true National Championship? And there will be live music to keep things rocking and rolling.

The organizers do a great job of making the Youth Races more than just another ‘fun run’. It has the look and feel of a class running event, and the participants appreciate that. The kids really get into it, and you might be surprised at how competitive they can become. It is a taste of the healthy, active lifestyle and has a huge impact on each child. This is a great way to give something back to the local schools and it gives the kids true self esteem and pride in their accomplishments—and instills a love of running.

There will be great collectible technical shirts and popular CVS Caremark goodie-bags for the first 5,000 registrants. Time is running out to get yours!

Everybody gets a shirt at this race, but the first 5,000 to register get a super-collectible, two-tone tech T-shirt, as well as the famous CVS Caremark goodie-bag. This shirt is a good looking reward that you can train and race in or just wear with pride. The goodie-bag is produced by the sponsors, of course, and is chock-full of useable toiletries and gifts that everyone clamors for.

Both of these items are crowd pleasers, but you need to register soon. The goal for attendance is to exceed last year’s total of 6,500, but space is limited. At this writing the numbers are already approaching 3,500, and marketing for the race kicks into high gear in August; so if you want to get these cool gifts you need to act soon and register for the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K to ensure you get yours.

Attention Bostonians!

If you’re from the Boston area this race is for you. It’s convenient and well organized. You can hop on the train in Boston and pop out right at the start and finish line in Providence. Or you can make a weekend of it by taking advantage of the Marriott Providence host hotel, where the elites will be staying, a five minute walk away. It’s so convenient for Boston area runners that there just is no excuse not to come to Providence with your family or friends, hang out and run the race.

Boston area runners can take the train from North Station or South Station and roll into Providence for the race easy as pie.

Numbers don’t lie
There are 2,000 kids running one of 21 age-appropriate youth races. There are another 2,000 set to run the Tufts Health Care High School 3K. The "All Kids Can" 200-Meter Run/Walk, an inspiration run for physically and/or intellectually challenged kids, rounds out the weekend of racing. There is no other set of races in the New England area that are so inclusive. There is truly something for everyone at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K and related events.

Meet the Elites at the Host Hotel Providence Marriott
The CVS Caremark Downtown 5K race has always been a big attraction for elite runners from across the USA and around the world. The field each year is populated with Olympians and other elite runners who vie for dominance on the fast city course. This is a great opportunity to see how the pros race and be impressed by the exceptional talent that comes to Providence each year.

Race organizers have negotiated a block of rooms at the host hotel Providence Marriott for racers and their families. The hotel is just a 5-minute walk from the train station making it a perfect venue for runners and their friends and families traveling in from Boston and the rest of New England. You can rub elbows with the pros if you stay there too.

There is a planned event to have the elite runners available for a ‘meet and greet’ session for those staying at the hotel; a chance to shake hands, talk and sign autographs. This is something you don’t want to miss out on. Pick up the phone, call the Marriot and get your special-rate room while they last.

Eat, drink and be merry (and park) – all within walking distance of race HQ
If you choose to drive to the race it has easy access off Route I-95 and convenient parking right near the start. There are 1,000 free parking spaces at the Rhode Island State House – just above the start and finish. There are another 4,000 spaces at Providence Place - the large shopping and dining center a short walk from the start and finish.

Providence has all the amenities you need right within walking distance of the race hotel and the start/finish. If you go for the weekend you can walk over to the Federal Hill area and enjoy one of the many great restaurants there. Providence is a walking-friendly city and everything you could want is within reach with a short stroll.

A small state, a big 5K and a big heart
In 1636 a religious dissident from the Massachusetts Bay Colony named Roger Williams broke away and stuck his new town at the head of Narragansett Bay. This town he named “Providence”.

The CVS Caremark Downtown 5K runs through the center of Providence, Rhode Island. The whole city supports it. Providence is the capital of Rhode Island, known and loved for its abundance of historic and cultural attractions. Providence is famous for its beautifully preserved historic architecture throughout the city, with many, many buildings on the National Historic Register.

The night before the event there is a party on the newly renovated ‘Riverwalk’ that runs through downtown and provides a romantic atmosphere. Sponsors host this event called ‘Water Fire’. The weekend activities do a good job of showcasing Providence, an historic town with terrific modern amenities and convenience. In a sense, the history and growth of the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K parallels the revival of Providence.

Come, bring your family and enjoy Providence at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K Runner’s weekend
On the weekend of September 19 runners will arrive in Providence by the thousands, with their kids and other family members for a tremendous runners’ weekend. The city will be bursting with elites and runners of all stripes who have come to Providence to race and have a good time.

Race Information - ]
Remember, the Downtown 5K has limited space available for 2010. There is no limit on youth races, however. Here is the schedule (see the website for more details):

CVS Caremark Downtown 5K starts at 11:15 a.m.

Tufts Health Plan High School Inspirational 3K run starts at 12:15 p.m.

Youth Race Start Times
8:00 a.m. 1 to 3 year old girls 50M (Ages 1 to 3 on race day)
8:05 a.m. 1 to 3 year old boys 50M (Ages 1 to 3 on race day)
8:10 a.m. kindergarten girls 100M (Ages 4 and 5 on race day)
8:15 a.m. kindergarten boys 100M (Ages 4 and 5 on race day)
8:20 a.m. girls 1st grade 100M
8:25 a.m. boys 1st grade 100M
8:30 a.m. girls 2nd grade 200M
8:36 a.m. boys 2nd grade 200M
8:42 a.m. girls 3rd grade 400M
8:49 a.m. boys 3rd grade 400M
8:56 a.m. girls 4th grade 800M
9:04 a.m. boys 4th grade 800M
9:12 a.m. girls 5th grade 800M
9:20 a.m. boys 5th grade 800M
9:28 a.m. "All Kids Can" Inspirational 200M Run/Walk
9:40 a.m. girls 6th grade 1500M, includes middle school teams
9:50 a.m. boys 6th grade 1500M, includes middle school teams
10:00 a.m. girls 7th grade 1500M, includes middle school teams
10:10 a.m. boys 7th grade 1500M, includes middle school teams
10:20 a.m. girls 8th grade 1500M, includes middle school teams
10:30 a.m. boys 8th grade 1500M, includes middle school teams
Youth race awards will be presented immediately after each race at the finish area
Participants in all youth races will receive T-shirts and medals.

Note: The "All Kids Can" 200-Meter Run/Walk is an inspirational event.

The 5K awards will be presented starting at 1:00 p.m. on the stage located on State House lawn with live music before and after.

All races start on Francis Street in front of the Rhode Island State Capitol.

Notes on the championship:
Athletes will be competing for both individual and team championship honors in the USATF 5 km National Championships.

Individual Championship:
USA Championships are limited to U.S. citizens only. To be eligible for championship awards, including prize money, athletes must have current USATF membership and be a U.S. Citizen. Top placers also earn points in the USA Road Circuit scoring. There is no further entry requirement beyond the race. The top six individuals will receive USA Championship medals. The top 10 eligible USA athletes will also receive prize money. USA Championship Prize Money: 1st-$5,000 2nd-$3,000 3rd-$2,000 4th-$1,500 5th-$1,000 6th-$900 7th-$700 8th-$500 9th-$300 10th-$100

Team Championship:
The USATF Team Championship is scored on the basis of the total time of the top five finishers for men and top three for women (not place). Teams must enter runners individually, as well as declare their teams. Declaration is the process of stating the list of the club's runners who may figure in their club scoring. A club must declare up to maximum of eight possible scorers for a men’s team and five for a women's team. In the men’s race the top five club members will score by time. In the women's race the top three club members will score by time. Declaration cards will be available at registration on Saturday, and on Sunday until 30 minutes before the race start. (This may also be done online.) Team scoring is limited to USATF member clubs. All team members must be U.S. citizens and USATF members. The top six teams will receive championship medals. For further information on USA Long Distance Running Championships, membership applications or online membership info, visit

USATF Web site: National USATF

Other championship questions can be directed to the USATF New England office at New England USATF



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