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.

Get your BQ in PVD

We often view the Boston Marathon as the BIG brother to the north for our Providence Marathon.  While not in the same size or scale, we are close in date and proximity – and that’s ok. 🙂 #marathongoals

When the bombs hit in 2013, we were struck especially hard.  It hit me personally as it was the first year I wasn’t running it after a number of years of being there and I was so shook by the thought that my kids could have been standing there when it happened.  So scary.

But is also incredibly frightening as we had our own marathon in a few short weeks, just 45 minutes down the road.  It was a scary time for sure.  Long story I will spare you with – but the race went off (albeit with a TON of security) and we had a number of the Boston participants who were unable to finish in the weeks before,  reach their marathon goals in Providence.  It was so amazing to watch the tears of joy, accomplishment, empowerment and relief. It was incredibly moving.

Since that day, it has been a personal goal to help more runners get their BQ at PVD.  We have noticed that we are slowly creeping up the list of the fastest BQ races.  In 2014, we were 84th, in 2015 we were 74th and last year we were 57th!  We want to keep moving up that list!

Providence has a relatively flat course, it is still small enough that you are not weaving through thousands of people to ensure you stay on pace (let’s face it, in a marathon EVERY STEP counts), and we have a great small city vibe!

This year – we have a special prize for those of you that get your pvd-bq-mugBQ in PVD.  Come to the awards tent after the race with your results and we will have a memento of your accomplishment!

Learn more about the race and register here.