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The Third Annual Ronald McDonald House of Providence Women's Classic Amgen 5K Race & Cardi's Furniture 3K Walk
Women Unite for a Great Cause! Join over a thousand other women in Providence, Rhode Island, and take part in the historic New England 2010 Grand Prix! Run the Amgen 5K or walk in Cardi's Furniture 3K. Ladies, it's all about you, your health and fitness on October 3rd, 2010.

The Third Annual Ronald McDonald House of Providence Women's Classic Amgen 5K Race & Cardi's Furniture 3K Walk

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By Traci Joy
Posted Thursday, 30 September, 2010

This is the third annual 'Women's Classic,' an event that started off with a bang in 2007 and has only garnered more recognition and support, as well as more participants and volunteers, over the years since. Women of all athletic abilities will take to the streets of Providence in solidarity for fitness, wellness, and a terrific cause: The Ronald McDonald House of Providence (RMH Providence).

The Place to Be
Join us Sunday, October 3rd, 2010! Festivies begin at 8:00 a.m, and race gun-time is 10:00 a.m. for both. You won't want to miss this running adventure! Both individuals and teams are invited to race. And definitely join the festivities at the impressive Wellness Fair for Women. The RMH Providence Women’s Classic 5K offers a packed punch: An Olympic style finish on Brown University’s track, cash prizes for individuals and teams (including cash prizes for age group winners), high-end tech-shirts or unique long sleeved T-shirts, commemorative awards to the top 25 runners, tons of merchandise gift certificates, and an excellent raffle for all who participate. In addition, the Ronald McDonald House of Providence has a track record of excellence in organization for this event. It will be a memorable experience for all women athletes who participate and support the RMH Providence mission.

Part of the 2010 USATF Grand Prix!
Another exciting feature to this year’s race is that the Women's Classic is part of the 2010 USATF (USA Track and Field) New England Grand Prix – a popular annual road-running series that receives a lot of support and attention from the running community. It is the New England USATF Championship for Women. So expect a large turnout for this event, including some big names in running—some true regional stars--as well as women traveling to Rhode Island from all over New England and beyond. In fact, we urge you to pre-register for this event! Reserve your spot now and be part of this historic occasion. Register here: Providenceclassic

Supporting an Excellent Cause
The RMH Providence has been helping families of hospitalized children by offering programs, housing, and emotional support since 1989. By registering and racing in this event, you will be contributing much-needed funds to the RMH Providence, and to the health and welfare of families and patients at Providence area hospitals. Importantly 100% of all proceeds for this event are donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Providence, Rhode Island. To learn more about this great cause, visit:

In addition to contributing to the welfare of families, the RMH Providence has also formed a running club! If you are interested in running/jogging or walking with other individuals, need some running advice, need a more structured training routine, or just want cool people to socialize with -- join this running club! Joining their club would be a great way to prepare for the Amgen 5K or Cardi’s 3K Walk and make some new running or walking buddies along the way. For more information about this the club and schedule, visit and see what you are made of.

The Main Event…and More!
There are two certified and timed races: the main event, the Amgen 5K (open to both runners and walkers) and the Cardi's Furniture 3K Walk (walkers only). Both begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., and are similarly laid out. The Women's Wellness Fair begins at 8:00 a.m., and there are non-competitive kids’ track races, which begin at 9:15 a.m.

The races follow beautiful tree-lined streets where you will enjoy gorgeous New England autumn foliage. The course is a loop around the historic residential east side, and is flat and fast. The jewel for these races is the Olympic style finish in Brown’s beautiful stadium on their elite track. The courses are designed for athletes of all abilities.

Amgen 5K: The start line is at Brown University on Elmgrove Avenue, and athletes will sprint, run, jog, run or walk through the historic east side. For the first half mile, runners will head north on Elmgrove Avenue toward Rochambeau Avenue, then continue northeast on Elmgrove toward Blackstone Boulevard. You will then take a sharp right onto Blackstone and begin the journey southward toward the 1-mile marker. In the 2nd mile, you will continue on Blackstone until turning right on Upton Avenue, heading west toward Cole Avenue; and then take another right onto Cole, rushing northward toward the 2-mile mark. You will then cross Rochambeau Avenue where you will be well past the 2-mile mark and into your last mile. At Westford Road athletes take a left and head west back to Elmgrove where you will make another left back toward Brown University. After your third pass of Rochambeau Ave, start gearing up for a strong finish. You are almost to the awesome track in the stadium! Follow Elmgrove just past the Brown University Stadium then take a right onto Sessions Street where you will experience that Olympic-style stadium finish!

To view a video of this exciting 5K course, visit:

Cardi’s 3K: The course is very similar to the 5K, but without some of the turns. Walkers will begin this 1.86-mile treat at Brown University on Elmgrove Avenue, heading north toward Rochambeau Avenue along with the 5K field. Shortly after passing Rochambeau, you will take a right on Westford Road. You will then head west toward Blackstone Boulevard with a right on Blackstone. After passing Rochambeau Avenue, you will be very close to the 1-mile marker. Continue south on Blackstone until you reach Upton Avenue where you will take another right. Continuing the clockwise loop there is a following right onto Cole and then a left onto Sessions Street. At this point you are very close to the finish. Begin the countdown and prepare yourself for a strong Olympic-style finish!

Aid Stations: There will be a water and aid station at the corner of Cole and Upton Streets, at about the 2 mile marker. There will also be water and refreshments at the finish line.

Bring the Kids! There will be free, fun track races for kids starting at 9:15am. Over 200 kids are expected this year, and they will run in non-competitive 100-400 meter sprints. Girls and boys ages 4-12 are welcome and encouraged to participate in the fun! There will be lots of enjoyment on the track including snacks and prizes for all, and perhaps some surprises as well.

Women’s Wellness Fair: Get there early; you do not want to miss this! The Wellness Fair begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and runs until noon on race day. The Wellness Fair will be located on the Brown University Stadium grounds and there will be dozens of health, fitness, equipment, apparel and service related vendors. Enjoy free massage therapy and check out the stylish athletic apparel! At the fair you will also learn about some important non-profit organizations providing social services for women, and receive free health screenings. You can certainly find out more about traditional and alternative health care services.

Awards, Prizes, and Raffles – Oh My!
There are some amazing prizes, awards and raffles offered at this event:
There will be cash prizes to the top FIVE overall women finishers in the 5K:
1st = $300, 2nd = $200, 3rd = $100, 4th = $75, 5th = $50

There will be a $50 cash prize to the 1st place woman finisher in each of the following age divisions: 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80+

Merchandise prizes will be offered to the top 10 individuals in the open division and the top 5 individuals in each of the age groups listed above, plus the 19 and under.

Your team is also eligible for prize money! Cash prizes to the top New England running clubs. (only USATF-NE registered clubs are eligible):
In the Open Division: 1st = $600, 2nd = $400, 3rd = $300, 4th=$200 and 5th=$100.
In the Masters and Veterans Divisions: 1st=$400, 2nd=$200and 3rd=$100.
Also, the top 3 runners of the top 3 teams will get a merchandise prize. This prize is in addition to the team cash awards!

All cash winners must be USATF registered.

Stick around –there will be many raffle prizes with special “Grand Prize” raffle drawings sprinkled in! You never know when your number might be called. (All runners and walkers are eligible for raffle prizes.)
For more information on prizes and raffles, visit the prize boutique:

Race Day Registration* for RMH Providence Women’s Classic 5K and 3K begins at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 3, 2010. You can also save paper and pre-register online at
*Reebok Technical Shirts go out to the first 250 paid registrants, and all pre-registered athletes receive a long sleeve cotton shirt. Don’t wait until race day; you want your morning to be hassle free.

Get to Brown University early and celebrate a day filled with fun, family, health, and wellness; and support this terrific cause. When you register for this event, you can feel good knowing you are supporting children and families in need of housing and emotional strength during long-term hospital care and a traumatic time for individuals and families. Unite with other women and create a day of personal victory by participating and doing your very best. Set your goals and achieve them at this unique 2010 women-only USATF Grand Prix event. And most of all make this day about you, your friends and relatives! Feel the camaraderie, the power of women in motion!

The RMH Providence Women's Classic 5K and 3K Walk:
Registration: Providenceclassic
Ronald McDonald House:
Providence, RI Website:



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