Independence Race Information

01/07/2017 06:30

Race Info

The Bristol Independence Rhode Race will be held on Saturday, July 1st.  In partnership with the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, this half marathon will follow the beautiful downtown streets of America’s quintessential community when it is decked out in its finest – during the Oldest 4th of July Celebration in America.  The course includes incredible historic homes, a town common and  the America’s Cup Museum before heading out along the scenic coastline, through Colt State Park and finishing along the water at Independence Park.

We have added a Kids’ Obstacle Course Run!  Working with our partners at Complete Athlete – the course will be age appropriate with the emphasis on FUN!  The Kid’s Run will take place starting at 7am in Independence Park!

Race Weekend

Weekend Itinerary

Schedule subject to change

  • Thursday, June 29th
    • Half Marathon Packet Pick-up & Registration
      • Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
        Location: Rhode Runner, 657 N. Main St., Providence, RI
  • Friday, June 30th
    • Half Marathon Packet Pick-up & Registration
      • Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
        Location: Colt School, 574 Hope St., Bristol, RI
  • Saturday, July 1st
    • Half Marathon Packet Pick-up & Registration
      • Time: 5:00 – 6:15 AM
        Location: Independence Park, Thames St., Bristol, RI (in case of rain – Colt School)
    • Half Marathon Race Start
      • Time:  6:30AM
        Location:  Independence Park, Thames St., Bristol, RI
    • Kid’s Obstacle Course Fun Run
      • Time: 7:00 AM
        Location:  Independence Park, Thames St., Bristol, RI

Parking

  • Guiteras School
  • There are a number of municipal lots on Thames St.
  • On street parking on Hope St.
  • Across from Town Hall on Court St
  • Across from Oliver Bldg, near the Town Common on State St.

Race Amenities

Free Photos

As a thank you for joining us for this event, you will be receiving FREE high quality photos from GameFace Media. After the weekend, be sure to keep an eye on your e-mail for a link to view your photos on both desktop and mobile devices. You will be able to download, e-mail and upload these awesome pictures to Facebook with one-click- at NO cost-and share them with all of your fans and friends.

Live Athlete Tracking

We are pleased to share Live Runner/Participant Tracking for the Bristol Half Marathon is available in the RaceJoy mobile app! Participants must carry their phone and activate tracking within 30 minutes of the race start. You can learn more at www.racejoy.com.

Pace Groups

Pace groups for the half marathon will be provided by Rhode Island Road Runners. They will have pacers running at half marathon paces of: 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30 and 2:45.

Course Limits

In order to qualify as an official finisher participants must complete each of the courses within their designated time limits listed below. If you are unable to run within the alotted time, you will be asked to finish the race on the sidewalks while adhering to all traffic laws and on course support and aid stations will be closed.
Half Marathon – 3.5 hours

Race Specific Medals and T-shirts

Gender and Race Specific tech t-shirts will be included in your race registration.  Early registration guarantees your selected size.  Registration after June 1, only available shirt sizes will be listed.  Shirts may be exchanged for size at the conclusion of the race.

Race specific finisher medals will be handed out at the finish line to participants of the Bristol Half Marathon.
*Awards must be picked up in person

THE GREEN EFFECT

Rhode Races & Events is committed to recycling at this year’s Independence Rhode Race. Road races create a lot of waste, but we’ll reduce our footprint by diverting hundreds of pounds of cardboard boxes, water jugs, and plastic bottles from the landfill. To learn more about our race day efforts and how you can help – please click this link.  Additionally – all clothing discarded at the start of the race will be donated to North American Family Institute.

Aid Stations

Aid Stations will be available throughout the course. Please review the course maps to see the exact location of all medical and water stops. Some aid stations will have Clif energy gels, energy drink and bananas.  Port-a-potties will be available at every aid station.

Post Race

Join us along the water for a family friendly post-race festival with music and fun!

Awards*

  • Top 3 Open Men/ Women

  • First Place Men/Women (age 19 and under)

  • First Place Men/Women (age 20-29)

  • First Place Men/Women (age 30-39)

  • First Place Men/Women (age 40-49)

  • First Place Men/Women (age 50-59)

  • First Place Men/Women (age 60-69)

  • First Place Men/Women (age 70+)

    *Awards must be picked up in person

CORPORATE FIT CHALLENGE

Rhode Races offers a variety of discounts and packages for companies looking to foster their corporate health and wellness initiatives.  Employees training and participating together helps promote team camaraderie, increased branding and a sense of good will.  Join our Corporate Fit Challenge and compete to be the the “Most Fit” or the “Most Philanthropic” business.  Learn more here.

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