Rhode Island > Cox Providence Rhode Races Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Providence, RI • Sunday, May 12, 2013 • Course Map
Set for its 6th annual running in mid-May 2013, the Cox Providence Rhode Races features a full marathon, a half marathon and a 5K race that saw more than 3,900 runners cross the finish line in all three races combined at the event's 2012 running, including just over 2,000 runners in the half marathon, part of the UnitedHealthcare Triple Crown of Running series.
Like the full marathon, the half marathon follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in downtown Providence, on Exchange Terrace next to City Hall Park. From there, the race takes runners on a course that's shaped roughly like the letter "J," along the Providence River and the Providence Harbor waterfront toward India Point Park, where the course then makes a left and heads north along Gano Street.
Runners will make their way north along Gano -- and within just a few blocks of the Brown University campus -- on their way toward Blackstone Boulevard, the city's famous tree-lined roadway that leads north up to Lippit Point Park. There, the course makes a right again onto East Avenue, and continues north in the direction of Pleasant Street Park, taking runners almost all the way into the neighboring city of Pawtucket.
After they make the turn from Pleasant Street to Spencer Street and then again onto Taft Street -- which marks approximately the half-way point of the half marathon -- runners then begin the trek south back toward Providence. Runners pass by a pair of cemeteries along the waterfront of the Blackstone River as it empties into the Providence Harbor, and then rejoin Blackstone Boulevard for a second, mile-and-a-half-long stretch south toward Blackstone Park.
Here, the course makes a left and brings runners along the waterfront again, along the edge of the park on East River Street. They'll follow it all the way down past the Henderson Bridge and then turn onto Pitman Street, which is followed by a left turn back onto Gano Street. There, runners will hit what should be familiar terrain, as they'll run in reverse the first couple of miles they ran early in the race, back along Indian Point Park and the Providence River waterfront.
The home stretch of the race brings runners back to where they started, as they head past the Brown and Rhode Island School of Design campuses to City Hall Park, where they'll cross the finish line. Runners in the half marathon start their race at 8:00 AM, while those running the full marathon start at 7:30 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in eastern Rhode Island at the mouth of the Providence River and the northern end of Narragansett Bay, about 50 miles southwest of Boston, Providence typically sees May temperatures that average between 68°F and 49°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.5 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (May 12), the average high is 67°F and the average low is 48°F.
View the race route map for the Cox Providence Rhode Races Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered before December 31, 2012
$60 between January 1 - February 27, 2013
$70 between Feb. 28 - May 7
$80 at the race expo
$85 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the late spring 2013 running of the Cox Providence Rhode Races Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K, register online at Active.com.
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