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It’s Time to Warm Up for the 2011 Cox Providence Rhode Races—Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K
There are three big time races in a world-class city, and there is something for everyone at the Cox Providence Rhode Races weekend April 30 - May 1, 2011. The Cox Sports Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K provide great options for all runners. Register now and be part of the Winter Warm Up Special!

It’s Time to Warm Up for the 2011 Cox Providence Rhode Races—Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Wednesday, 1 December, 2010

The Cox Providence Rhode Races will run for the fourth time on April 30 and May 1, 2011, and they are fast becoming true classics. Terrific organization and strong, supportive sponsorship, commitment to charities, an ideal date and innovative ideas, not to mention awesome venues and facilities, make these races big hits with the New England running community and beyond. And Providence is beautiful in springtime.

There were over 5,700 participants last year, making it one of the largest road racing events in New England, the national hotbed of road racing. Spring marathons are a New England tradition; but there have been few options beyond Boston, especially for southern New England. This top-flight race weekend in a world-class city helps to fill the void and satisfy the enormous demand from the B.A.A. Boston closure.

We suggest that you register early and save. Don’t wait until January to establish that racing goal for 2011—resolve to do it now!

Warm up this winter with the Cox Rhode Races and you could win big!
Register for the Cox Sports Marathon or Half Marathon by December 15, 2010 and you will receive a VIP Rhode Races Gift Bag. You will also 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 (April 29 and 30, 2011) at the Westin Hotel in downtown Providence. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on December 15, 2010. Don't miss out, register now at and set your goal.

Ideal holiday gift or stocking stuffer for that special runner in your life
Searching for that perfect holiday gift? How about an entry into the Cox Sports Marathon, 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!)

With top-notch sponsorship, these races have been national class right out of the gate. And they are running largely in downtown Providence with the start lines and finish lines at Exchange Terrace and Kennedy Plaza. These races are instrumental in raising money for charities as well, including the now famous Leukemia Lymphoma Team in Training, American Cancer Society, and the Cox Charities and others. Pick a distance and make plans to visit Providence the weekend of April 29 - May 1. Enjoy a “Weekend of Family Fun.”

When we say races for everyone that is not an exaggeration; they have three different races, but also competition on many levels. These races provide the framework for a fun-filled weekend with friends, family, and teammates in one of America’s most interesting and historical cities.

And if friends and family cannot or do not wish to compete, they can still participate as volunteers and enjoy the event from a different perspective. Please see the Race Website for additional race details, race sponsors and partners, volunteer opportunities, previous results, schedule, excellent course maps, attractions (what to do in Providence), hotel accommodations, participating charities, training information, directions and transportation.

The Cox Sports Marathon and Half Marathon start and finish in the same location, with both blasting off at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May1. The 5K has been moved to Saturday, April 30 and will serve to kick off the Cox Rhode Races Weekend. Plans are also in the works for a kids’ race so the whole family can participate in a fun-filled weekend.

There will be a two-day Health and Wellness Expo at the state of the art Rhode Island Convention Center, conveniently located downtown Providence. Registration and packet pickup will be available during Expo hours, 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

Jennifer Edelemann (3:01:07) and Scott Leslie (2:35:45) were the marathon winners last year; Diana Davis (1:25:59) and Phil Reutlinger (1:12:36) were the half marathon victors in 2010.

Beautiful courses are always a plus. The marathon and half marathon both offer terrific tours of the city. They run together along the Providence River until the two-mile mark, and then split as the half heads generally into the historic and pleasant East Side toward several of the schools and lovely homes including Blackstone Boulevard; while the marathon course heads generally east southeast along the East Bay and the beautiful bayside bike path down into Barrington before returning along the bay to “Downcity” (downtown) and the finish. The marathon course is generally flat and fast and considered to be a very good Boston qualifier.

A Lot to See and Do in Providence
Sightseeing and shopping can be cross training in Providence. Participants and spectators alike should take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time in the area. There could not be a more interesting course in any downtown, in any city. The courses travel along both historic and modern streets that are as dynamic as they are varied. There are revitalized retail shops, a bonanza called Providence Place Mall, a model for any downtown; there are historic canals, the Riverwalk, and 18th century homes and shops. And there is the State House.

If you have never been to Providence, you are in for a terrific treat with something for every interest. History buffs will love the area, especially the state house and the “Mile of History” on Benefit Street where there is a concentration of original Colonial and early Federal homes and other buildings. And there are many restaurants for those pre or post race meals and refreshments.

A monument on Gano Street (between Power and Williams Streets) marks the site where founder Roger Williams first arrived after spending the winter with the Wampanoags who gave him the land to establish Providence. This was not, despite the name, a religious colony. It was quite the opposite, a place where there was “freedom for the souls of men”, and only civil laws—the foundation of the separation of state and church. Williams is buried at Prospect Terrace, Cushing and Congdon streets, marked by a 14-foot statue overlooking “Downcity”. The Roger Williams National Memorial is located at 282 North Main Street (site of the original settlement).

There is so much history and so many places of interest we can only list a few: Old State House, 1762, where RI declared Independence in May, 1776 (150 Benefit Street); Providence Athenaeum, one of the oldest libraries and cultural centers in the USA (251 Benefit Street); 1774 Market House (Providence Tea Party); Trinity Repertory Theater, 201 Washington St.; Waterplace Park and Cove Basin (1848); the Riverwalk; Brown University; John Hay Library; First Unitarian Church, 1816 (Benefit and Benevolent Streets); Museum of Art, RISDI 224 Benefit); and much, much more.

The State House alone is an attraction, and a national historical landmark. The dome is the fourth largest self-supported dome in the world, topped by the sculpture “Independent Man”. This beautiful building of gleaming marble contains the original colonial charter of 1663 from King Charles II; the large, priceless parchment is visible to all in its glass and steel vault. An array of famous paintings and other treasures are on display.

Rhode Island
The State of Rhode Island, officially named the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, offers a tremendous variety of running opportunities. Known as the Ocean State, as well as Little Rhody, a surprising number of its 1,214 square miles are open to recreation, and that includes some terrific running trails and bike paths—some that will take your breath away.

One of the many great things about Rhode Island is you can get to anywhere in the state very quickly. In addition to tours of Providence, visitors can quickly and easily visit the famous mansions of Newport, walk the Oceanside cliffs, or stroll the beaches of South County. There are hundreds of scenic places to run and walk and some unusual spots as well. Museums and parks abound, and are as varied as the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum in North Kingstown, and the Art Museum at Rhode Island School of Design.

But you will be well served to simply spend time in Providence. And if you wish you do not even have to drive. The Amtrak and MBTA Commuter Rail Station is right in downtown directly below the State Capitol, and you can take advantage of the convenient schedules from Boston or New York. Theodore Francis Green Airport is close to the city as well.

Be sure to visit the Riverwalk, over a mile of paved walkways and several acres of parkland that runs through downtown and gives a romantic atmosphere. The weekend activities will do a good job of showcasing Providence and the growth and change it has enjoyed, especially the past two decades.

You Have Got to Go to Providence
Enjoy May Day in Providence with a race of your choosing. Enjoy the city and the state, and participate in a growing classic road race. Give yourself a gift of running goals for 2011. Plan with friends and family and run Providence in early spring.



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