#Run401 – The RI Running Tour

I used to travel for work quite a bit and my favorite way to explore the new locations was to run.  I felt you never really got to know a city unless you ran through the streets,  expecially before anyone else really was awake.  You smelled the various scents, get a little lost on some side streets, checked out the restaurants you wanted to try and really get the vibe of thrunning-into-npte whole scene.  These intangibles can’t be found from the back seat of a taxi cab or navigating through pedestrian traffic.  You got to explore the city as the locals did – on foot and intimately.  There are some amazing cities to run in (Seattle, Philadelphia and Austin being my all time fav) and some not so great cities (HELLO – Las Vegas, yikes!) – but I wouldn’t trade any of them for the running we have here in RI.

Most people think RI running and then think OCEAN!  Well, yes – we have miles of that, we aren’t called the Ocean State for nuthin’.  But my favorite part of running throweb-sized-promo-120ugh RI is the sheer variety of beauty that can be seen while out for a jog. The awe-inspiring coastal views are certainly selfie-worthy but I love the quiet backroads of the farms, incredible architecture of the colonial homes, the birds in the estuaries and the historic bridges that abound.  Most of this can all be seen in the same run.

Rhode Races is incredibly lucky to be able to produce events in the most iconic locations Rhode Island has to offer.  From the gilted mansions and famous Ocean Dr. in Newport to the funky arts and cultural capital of Providence with the river running through it.  Out to Bristol where it just feels like the town bleeds the red, white and blue of patriliz_3422otism, to Jamestown with its quaint island life, finally to Narragansett – the Happiest Seaside Village as rated by Coastal Living Magazine.  These five locations are the best RI has to offer for running with such a variety of views along the wayrace_1960_photo_45797472

It is our hope to take you on a tour as a local – show off the backroads and paths that can only be reached without a car, provide a course that highlights the best of each location, share the vibe of each different locality and enjoy some of the best running RI (ok, I will say it – the US) has to offer!

Hope you can join us for one – or all 5!  Learn more the RI Running Tour here. happy-in-foliage

Spring in Newport

April in New England conjures up many images – daffodils blooming, the grass turning greener, nature shaking off its winter coat and unfurling out its limbs. But for memorial-drive-uphill-startthose of us that are runners – it means marathon season!  Everyone gets into the marathon spirit in New England in April!    Many are either ramping up marathon training for a fall event or tapering for a Spring race.

It is a beautiful time to run – finally getting to reduce the layers, watching the flowers bloom on your favorite running route each day, seeing the animals come out of hibernation all “twitter-pated.”  The days are getting longer and warmer and everything feels fresh and new. The air feels clean and clear and we can enjoy being outside.

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There is no better place to celebrate running in New England and get into that marathon spirit than at our Newport Rhode Race.   Race weekend hosts 3 different distances for your Spring race goals.  You can use the full marathon to help qualify you for Boston, run the half marathon as part of your training for a later race or toe the line in the 5k as a great way to kick off the outdoor running season.

All 3 races start at beautiful Easton’s Beach and enjoy some of the best sights Newport is famous for – Memorial Blvd., wrought iron gates, historic mansions and sweeping ocean views.   This course was named the Most Scenic in the NorthEast by Competitor Magazine.

So we hope that you can join us in stunning Newport in April – see the daffodils
bloom, witness nature come alive and enjoy the awe inspiring Ocean Dr. as you welcome racing season and launch the start a new running adventure.