There is something for everyone at the Cox Providence Rhode Races weekend May 5-6, 2012
The Cox Sports Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5K and Kids' Fun Run provide great options for runners of all ages and skill levels. The fifth annual Cox Providence Rhode Races will be held May 5-6 2012.
Posted Tuesday, 24 April, 2012
The 2012 Rhode Races weekend features a full marathon, half -marathon, 5K and kids’ fun run. With over 6,000 participants in 2011, Providence is one of the fastest growing, affordable races in the northeast! The fifth annual will be better than ever.
Terrific organization and strong, supportive sponsorship, commitment to charities and awesome venues and facilities, make these races a big hit with the New England running community and beyond.
There are a few enhancements planned for the Cox Rhode Races in 2012. A $5,000 prize purse has been added this year. The top three male and female finishers in the 2012 Cox Sports Marathon will receive a cash prize.
“The addition of a prize purse will enhance the 2012 Cox Providence Rhode Races and is certain to attract elite runners to the Cox Sports Marathon field this year,” said Brewer Rowe, race director.
The Cox Rhode Races weekend kicks off with the Kids' Race, a short, non-timed run, on Saturday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. at Roger Williams Park in Providence. This will be folowed by the Shape Up Rhode Island 5K race at 5:00 p.m.. Now entering its second year, the fun-filled Kids’ Run allows the entire family to take part in Cox Rhode Races weekend.
The race-filled weekend continues on Sunday, May 6 with the Cox Sports Marathon and the half-marathon. Both races start and finish in downtown Providence. The 26.2 race, a 2013 Boston Marathon qualifier, kicks off at 7:30 a.m. followed by the half-marathon at 8:00 a.m.
Beautiful courses are always a plus. The Cox Sports Marathon and half-marathon run together along the Providence River until the two-mile mark, and then split as the half heads into the historic and pleasant East Side toward several of the schools and lovely homes, including Blackstone Boulevard. Meanwhile the marathon course heads generally east southeast along the East Bay, much of it on the bike path, before returning downtown to the finish. The Cox Sports Marathon course is generally flat and fast and considered to be a very good Boston qualifier.
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 www.coxrhoderaces.com for additional race details, race sponsors and partners, volunteer opportunities, previous results, schedule, excellent course maps, attractions, hotel accommodations, participating charities, training information, directions and transportation.
There will be a two-day Health and Wellness Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center, conveniently located in downtown Providence. Registration and packet pickup will be available during Expo hours, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.
Cox Rhode Races is instrumental in raising money for charities as well, including Leukemia Lymphoma Team in Training, Cox Charities and others. This year, Cox Rhode Races has partnered with Crowdrise to extend its reach from a few dozen runners raising money for charity to the entire field. You can raise money for one of our Official Charity Partners or for any cause you care about deeply. There are no minimums and no requirements and all of the money collected rolls up into the total amount raised for the Cox Providence Rhode Races. So if you are participating in the race or not, raise money for a cause you're passionate about and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. For more info visit: www.Crowdrise.com/coxprovidencerhoderaces2012
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, the Providence Place Mall, 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 Rhode Island 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, Rhode Island School of Design ( 224 Benefit); and 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.
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. TF 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. Make your plan with friends and family and run Providence in early spring.
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