Sunday, May 6, 2018 • Providence, RI • Course Map
Set for its 11th annual running this year, the Providence Rhode Races features a full marathon, a half marathon and a 5K race that typically see more than 2,700 runners cross the finish line in all three races combined, including just under 1,300 runners in the half marathon, part of the Rhode Island’s 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 Burnside 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.
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 cool to mild weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 29 degrees (in 1956) and as high as 95 degrees (in 1996).
On race day (May 6), the average low is 45ºF and the average high is 64ºF.
- 2017 Providence Rhode Races Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Cox Providence Rhode Races Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Cox Providence Rhode Races Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Cox Providence Rhode Races Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Cox Providence Rhode Races Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Cox Providence Rhode Races Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – full marathon
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- 8:15 AM – 5K
Course Time Limit
- 3.5 hours – half marathon
- 6 hours – full marathon
- 1 hour – 5K
- $55 – $85 for the half marathon
- $85 – $120 for the full marathon
- $25 – $40 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Providence Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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