Providence Race Information

Race Info

The tenth running of the Providence Marathon will be held on May 7, 2017. This exciting race day in DownCity will host a marathon, half marathon, 5k and kids fun run.

The Marathon will start at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 7 in Downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Half Marathon will start at 8:00 a.m. from the same location.  The 5k will follow at 8:15 am and the kids race with take off at 8:20 – all from the same great downtown running festival.

Dates and Locations are subject to change.

The marathon course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier.

Team Registration and Fundraising!!!

This year, registrants will be able to create teams and/or fundraise for their favorite charity! It’s a great morale builder and fundraiser for all types of companies, organizations, schools or even friends!

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Race Weekend

Weekend Itinerary

Schedule subject to change

Parking & Spectator Locations

  • Friday, May 5
    • Marathon/Half Marathon/5k Packet Pick-up/Expo
      • Time: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
        Location: Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, Providence, RI
  • Saturday, May 6
    • Shake Out Run and Racing Strategies with Coach Peter Russo
      • Time: 9:00 AM
        Location: India Point Park
    • Running Strong & Injury Prevention: Information Session presented by Coach Peter Russo and Mike Silva of Foundation Performance
      • Time:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
      • Location: Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, Providence, RI
    • Marathon/Half Marathon/5k Packet Pick up/Expo
      • Time:  11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
      • Location: Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, Providence, RI

Parking on the course is strictly prohibited. Parking is available at the RI Convention Center at a $15 day rate. Additional parking is available at the Providence Place Mall and other lots throughout the city for a fee.

Expo Parking

Parking will be available at the Rhode Island Convention Center at a $15 day rate. Additional parking is available at the Providence Place Mall and other lots throughout the city for a fee.

Race Day Parking

www.parkdowntownprovidence.com

Parking on the course is strictly prohibited. Runners are encouraged to park in the Rhode Island Convention Center or the Providence Place Mall parking garage on race day. Both lots are walking distance from the race start and will not be blocked by the race course for those looking to leave while the race is still ongoing.

Rhode Island Convention Center Garage

Providence Place Mall Parking Garage

Spectator Locations

There are many beautiful locations to cheer on the runners.  See our aid station map for more suggestions.

  • India Point Park in Providence – for all races
  • Blackstone Blvd in Providence – for the half
  • Veteran’s Memorial Blvd in East Providence – for the full
  • RI Country Club in Barrington – for the full

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.

RACE EXPO

The Providence Rhode Races hosts a 3 day Health and Wellness Expo.  With more than 5,000 participants and 10,000 people including spectators, the expo includes over 2 dozen vendors, yoga sessions and running seminars.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the expo, please contact Expo Inquiry

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 CarbBOOM energy gels, bananas, and Nuun

Race Specific Medals

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

The Mobile Locker Co

Store your belongings safely and access them easily anytime before or after the race with The Mobile Locker Co’s new mobile locker service. Their affordable locker rentals come in four sizes, from small to XL ($5-$12), to fit all your valuables and gear.  The Mobile Locker Co. is fully staffed and conveniently parked near the start line for you!  Add your rental directly at The Mobile Locker Co.

Pace Groups

Pace groups for the marathon will be provided by Rhode Island Road Runners. They will have pacers running at marathon paces of: 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15 and 4:30.  The Half Marathon will have paces of:  1:40, 1:50, 2 hrs, 2:15 and 2:30.

Coaching

Looking for some help and advice to cross that finish line?  Beat your best time?  Qualify for Boston?  We are proud to partner with the experienced coaches at Russo Racing.  They will create a 10 week training plan based on your experience and goals, tailored to the Providence course.

  • Select Training Programs for all Levels
  • Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Options
  • One-on-one Coachcing
  • Personalized Training Plan
  • Customized for Providence Marathon & Half Marathon
  • Accessible from any location
  • Ideal for all levels of athletes
  • Optional Russo Racing gear
  • Benefit from over 30 years of racing and coaching experience

Please be sure to click this link and learn more.

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.
Marathon – 6 hours
Half Marathon – 3.5 hours
5K – 1 hour

LIVE ATHLETE TRACKING

We are pleased to share Live Runner/Participant Tracking for the Providence 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.

ITAB YOUR MEDAL

Every race tells a story…… let iTaB tell Yours!  In recognition of your fantastic accomplishment at the 2016 Providence Marathon, celebrate your fantastic achievement in style with iTaB.  Your skilfully designed finishers medal is purpose built for an iTaB, a small metallic finished plate with your Name and Finishing Time engraved.  Follow this iTaB link place your order, and your custom fitted iTaB arrives in the mailbox days later to proudly share with your friends and family

THE GREEN EFFECT

Rhode Races & Events is committed to recycling at this year’s Providence Marathon. 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.

Post Race

All three races finish on Exchange Terrace in Downtown Providence. The post race recovery area consists of food and beverages for the athletes and one complimentary beer to all participants of age. The Post Race Festival will be held outside in Burnside Park, next to the runners-only recover area, with music, a beer garden (Sponsored by Narragansett Brewery), race vendors, award presentations and food.

Awards*

  • Top 3 Open Men/ Women

  • Top 3 Men/Women (age 19 and under)

  • Top 3 Men/Women (age 20-29)

  • Top 3 Men/Women (age 30-39)

  • Top 3 Men/Women (age 40-49)

  • Top 3 Men/Women (age 50-59)

  • Top 3 Men/Women (age 60-69)

  • Top 3 Men/Women (age 70+)

OFFICIAL POST RACE PARTY

Join us at The Whiskey Republic after your race for the Official Post Race Party.  This rockin’ restaurant is next to the race course and near the historic waterfront district.  Show your race bib for 1/2 off appetizers.

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