Independence Rhode Race Information

Race Info

The Bristol Independence Rhode Race will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021.  In partnership with the Bristol Fourth of July Committee, the 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 Roger Williams University and finishing along the water at Independence Park.

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Race Weekend

Weekend Itinerary

Schedule subject to change


  • 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 JKP Sports powered by Pics2Go. 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 Rhode Race is available via the RaceJoy mobile app! Participants must carry their phone and activate tracking within 30 minutes of the race start. You can learn more at

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, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45 and 3hrs.

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.  As this is a hard time limit, there is an early start option for those that need longer than 3.5 hrs.
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 May 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


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, Nuun electrolyte 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!  Relax and roll out in our Recovery Zone.  OPT Physical Therapy will be on site providing FREE post-race massages.


  • 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+)

    *Awards must be picked up in person


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 goodwill.  Join our Corporate Fit Challenge and compete to be the “Most Fit” or the “Most Philanthropic” business.  Learn more here.

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