Tufts Health Plan to Sponsor the Rhode Races Half Marathon Series and the RI Corporate Fit Challenge

Rhode Races & Events is excited to announce Tufts Health Plan as the Official Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Rhode Races Half Marathon Series and The Corporate Fit Challenge. Tufts Health Plan is a leading regional not-for-profit health insurer recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage.

“We are honored to have Tufts Health Plan as part of our running community,” said Susan Rancourt, co-owner of Rhode Races. “As I member, I know first hand that Tufts Health Plan’s mission of improving the health and wellness of its diverse communities is a natural fit for Rhode Races. Together, we can get more people moving and inspired to run so that they can accomplish their fitness goals.”

Tufts Health Plan is sponsoring the five half marathons that comprise the Rhode Race Series. In addition, Tufts Health Plan will work with Rhode Races on its Corporate Fit Challenge, with the goal of encouraging more worksite wellness and helping Rhode Island become one of the healthiest states in the nation. This Corporate Fit Challenge is a year-long fitness effort, encouraging companies and their employees to participate in a variety of races, all in different locations, with distances for every type of runner.

“We know first-hand the benefits a worksite wellness program can bring to local businesses. Not only does it improve the health of their employees, but can also lead to higher productivity and presenteeism for employers,” said Marc Backon, president of Tufts Health Plan commercial products. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Rhode Races on their half marathon series as well as The Corporate Fit Challenge and support Rhode Islanders live a healthy lifestyle.”

The Rhode Races Series kicks off with the Newport Road Race at Easton’s Beach on Saturday, April 14, 2018.   Rhode Race’s flagship race will take place in Providence in May. Both races offer a full USATF certified marathon, half marathon and 5k distance, appealing to both casual and competitive runners. The series continues with the Bristol Half Marathon in June, Jamestown Half Marathon in September, and Narragansett full marathon, half marathon and 5K in October.

To learn more or sign up, visit http://runri.us/.


About Rhode Races & Events

Iconic races, authentic experiences

At Rhode Races & Events, a Rhode Island Benefit Corporation, we are seasoned sports event professionals. We believe in creating events that allow our participants to create life long memories and achieve long-term goals. Additionally, these events will allow potential sponsors compelling marketing objectives as well as fundraising opportunities for charities and non-profits. Please visit http://www.RunRI.us for more information.


About Tufts Health Plan

Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage.  Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.1 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance.


We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction:

  • Our private HMO and Massachusetts PPO plans are rated 5 out of 5 and our Massachusetts Medicaid plan is rated 4.5 out of 5 by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.[i]
  • Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest rating possible.[ii]


To learn more about how we’re redefining what a health plan can do, visit tuftshealthplan.com/connections. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

[i] The National Committee for Quality Assurance Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings and Medicaid Health Insurance Ratings 2017-2018. This rating references Tufts Health Plan’s Massachusetts Medicaid plan. Tufts Health Plan’s Rhode Island Medicaid plan has not yet been rated.

[ii] Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. For more information on plan ratings, go to http://www.medicare.gov. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans received 5 out of 5 stars for contract years 2016 -2018.

Winter Running

This winter has been particularly difficult for running (although we may say that every year).  Record cold, snow bombs, ice – Mother Nature is giving us lots of reasons to stay inside.  fullsizeoutput_5acc

But for some of us – the weather doesn’t stop us, not running outside is not an option.  Whether you are training for a spring marathon, streaking (run streaking, not naked streaking – that would be crazy in this weather) or just trying to keep up with your NY’s resolution, you just layer up and head outside.  For the most twisted – the rougher the weather, the more we embrace the badass-ness.

Personally – I LOVE winter running!  Give me a 30 degree snowy day any time and I will take it over any August morning with 90% humidity.  I love the way the cold makes you feel alive, the clean fresh air, the way everything is so peaceful and quiet.  You can always get warm in your winter running but you can never get cooler in your summer runs.  Last winter, I was injured and couldn’t run outside and it was KILLING me.  My PT kept telling me how I would be ready to go just as the weather was going to improve but every time it snowed and I couldn’t be out there in it, I was heartbroken. When it snows, every thing in nature seems so pristine and white, and it is almost as if it provides an insulating layer.

The first few minutes can be tough – the shock of the cold air as it hits your lungs, the way you are a bit stiff in the joints, how you feel a bit heavy in all your clothes – but then you warm up and you breathe in that fresh air and you notice the beauty around you.  I believe the cold actually helps you zone out a bit and allows you to focus on other things – numbs your body but heightens your brain.

For those of you training for Spring marathons – like our Newport or Providence races (!!!), it can be tough to get in those miles in winter weather – but if you embrace it, and start to appreciate the beautiful snowy days, the sharp cold days and all the days in between that can be a bit of a challenge, this will help you in the latter miles of your race.  You trained through the worst, nothing will stop you in your marathon quest! fullsizeoutput_5abb.jpeg

For those of you still looking to kick off those resolutions – it is never too late. Find a friend who will help you get out that door.  I guarantee that you will feel better running in the cold than if you skipped it and sat on the warm couch.  But a friend can help hold you accountable to that plan – you can both be crazy together.  When one of you isn’t feeling it, the other can drag you out – and vice versa.  If you need a bit of help – check out our Corporate Fitness Challenge.  Talk to your employer about starting a team and go all in together!

Enjoy winter’s beauty (but be careful out there!)