The Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge Half Marathon and 5K in Beautiful Foster, Rhode Island
This will be the inaugural, and it’s on Mothers Day! And what a beautiful location it is for this outstanding first-time event. Get those running shoes ready and head to beautiful, historic Foster in the northwest corner of Rhode Island for a unique half marathon and 5K with historic villages, parks, woodlands, wetlands and that quintessential covered bridge. This is Rhode Island’s newest half marathon. This inaugural event starts and ends at the Foster Fairgrounds adjacent to the Foster Center Historic District.
Posted Sunday, 20 April, 2014
Make it a Mothers Day celebration. Bring Mom, bring the family, or give Mom the day to indulge her running passion. This is the inaugural, so get in on the ground floor. It runs in loops with out and back portions around the “forgotten quiet corner” of Rhode Island with farms, fields, orchards and historic buildings, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. The half marathon has an accompanying 5K (which starts and finishes in the same location) and all the amenities.
It is one of the 14 events that make up the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 and seven of them are new to the Series. There is a lot of buzz about running this inaugural event, which will no doubt become an annual classic in the Ocean State. Foster, named for Senator Theodore Foster, sits about a third of the way between Providence and Hartford, Connecticut. The town borders Connecticut about 17 miles west of Providence, 12 miles west of Interstate 295 on Route 6; and it is just 7 miles east of Interstate 395, which runs north-south in Connecticut. This town has a unique history going back to before the Revolution, and the region is very rural—hard to believe it is so close to major metro areas.
It is easy to get to and the address is: 181 Howard Hill Road, Foster, Rhode Island 02825. Take I-295 or I-395 to Route 6 east or west to Route 94 south—it is two miles south of Route 6.
Half marathoners will receive custom tech shirts and finisher medals and 5K runners get unique cotton T-shirts. Overall winners and age group winners will receive pint glasses, and there will be pastries and fresh fruit and other refreshments at the post race celebration at the Fairgrounds. You will want to remember this inaugural event. Please visit the race website for details: http://www.swampmeadowcbhm.com/
The Yankee Timing Company will be using the “B tag” Chronotrack system (timing chip built into the race bib) so the results will be both accurate and immediate. A well supported course with six aid stations for the half promises fast times on this mostly flat course, and runners will be rewarded before the race with the unique make-your-own-goodie bag. It is presented by 3C Race Productions of Merrimack, New Hampshire and is part of the unique New England Half Marathon Tour.
The event benefits various local charities with 20% of proceeds going to the Foster Volunteer Fire Department and the Rhode Island Road Runners. So know that part of your registration fee will go to strengthen the running community and to worthwhile charitable causes. This is a really lovely rural, quiet course and mostly flat along fields, orchards and forests.
The Half Marathon will start at 9:00 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9:30. The races begin and end at the fairgrounds with the scoring/timing chute registering Chronotrack B-tag chip time at the conclusion of this interesting and scenic course. The half marathon and 5K course maps are located on the website. Half Marathoners cross the covered bridge twice between miles 6 and 7.
Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge
This is one of only two covered bridges in Rhode Island and the only one on a public road. It is on Central Pike (the half marathon course) and only a few hundred yards off Route 94, Foster Center Road, and runners will cross it twice. It spans about 40 feet and is built from lumber sawn from the surrounding forest.
Foster, Rhode Island
The town was established by early colonists with a purchase from the native tribes of the area in 1662 and was incorporated with neighboring Scituate in 1730. The town has approximately 4,700 residents, and is know for its many historic structures and landmarks. The Foster Center Historic District is only one of several with its Colonial, Federal style, Victorian and Greek revival structures. This includes the “Town House”, which is still used as the town offices and for town hall meetings. It was built in 1796 and is the oldest town meeting house still in continuous use. Also interesting is the old jail and the early town pound.
Not only is Foster Center on the list of historic places. Other parts of Foster listed are the Moosup Valley Historic District, the Captain George Dorrance House (1720), Claysville Historic District, the Breezy Hill Native American archaeological site, Mount Vernon Tavern (1775), the Mount Hygeia estate and farm (1806), and more.
Jerimoth Hill, the highest point in Rhode Island, lies in Foster just east of the Connecticut border (812 feet). The North-South Trail runs through Foster, and there are 150 historic cemeteries within its borders.
The Foster Fairgrounds hosts the oldest country fair in Rhode Island.
3C Race Productions
This company produces many races, including the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon and the Freeport Half Marathon in Maine, the Colt State Park Half Marathon in Rhode Island, the Lime Rock Half in Connecticut, the Fall River Half Marathon in Massachusetts, and many more in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 as outlined below, along with numerous other events. This is a full service and very professional organization that manages and produces events all over New England and sometimes beyond—over 125 events per year, including road races, trail races, triathlons, biathlons and snow shoe competitions. Founded in 2002, this company has helped provide funds and donations for many non-profits totaling about 1.5 million dollars for a variety of charities thus far.
Please visit their website for information on the race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more: http://www.3craceproductions.com/
New England Half Marathon Tour 2014
Begun in 2013, the already popular New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 is greatly expanded. It includes 14 excellent events in seven states, up from eight races last year. Each has both a half marathon and a 5K so that all participants have an event to their liking. There will be one each in New York and Connecticut; two in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont; three in Rhode Island, and four in New Hampshire. Races for this year begin with the Moose on the Loose Half Marathon in Nashua, NH on April 13. Here is the full schedule:
+Moose on the Loose Half Marathon and 5K, Nashua, NH (April 13, 2014)
+Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge Half Marathon and 5K, Foster, RI (May 11, 2014)
+Lime Rock Half Marathon and 5K, Lakeville, Connecticut (June 8, 2014)
+Killington Half Marathon and 5K, Killington, VT (June 15)
+Catamount Half Marathon and 5K, Brattleboro, VT (June 29, 2014)
+Saratoga Springs Half Marathon and 5K, Saratoga Springs, NY (July 13, 2014)
+Twin Reservoirs Half Marathon and 5K, Holyoke, MA (July 20, 2014)
+Monadnock Half Marathon and 5K, Jaffrey, NH (August 8, 2014)
+Black Bear Half Marathon and 5K, Waterville Valley, NH (August 24, 2014)
+Freeport Half Marathon and 5K, Freeport, ME (September 7, 2014)
+Old Orchard Beach Half Marathon and 5K, Old Orchard Beach, ME (October 12, 2014)
+Fall River Half Marathon and 5K, Fall River, MA, (October 19, 2014)
+Colt State Park Half Marathon and 5K, Bristol, RI (November 9, 2014)
+Wolf Hollow Half Marathon and 5K, Nashua, NH (November 23, 2014)
Several of these events are brand new, which is very exciting. Check it out at: www.nehalfmarathontour.com
Be a Part of Something New, a Half Marathon to Remember
Celebrate Mothers Day with a terrific half marathon or 5K. You said you were going to do it! Well here it is. Come and enjoy the fun at a very different and enjoyable event. The awards, the amenities and post race festivities with fruit and pastries will be very enjoyable, headed by race director Michael Amarello. For additional information you can contact Michael at 603-429-8879 or by e-mail at michael@3Craceproductions.com.
Get in on the ground floor for this inaugural event and make some Mom’s Day memories!