Surftown Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, September 10, 2023 • Westerly, RI • Course Map

One of a series of more than 20 marathon, half marathon, triathlon, 10K and 5K distance races put on throughout Rhode Island and Connecticut each year by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, the Surftown Half Marathon makes its 12th annual running as summer is transitioning to fall here along the southwestern Rhode Island coast in 2023.

Recommended Race: Providence Marathon & Half Marathon on May 7, 2023

The race takes runners on an out-and-back 13.1-mile loop that starts in and finishes near Misquamicut State Beach, a half-mile-long beachfront area that’s one of the state’s more popular summertime beach resorts, just a few miles south of the town of Westerly.

Runners will start the race on Atlantic Avenue, right outside the entrance to Misquamicut State Beach, and head first northeast along Atlantic in the direction of Weekapaug.

Just after passing the mile 2 marker, runners will turn right off Atlantic and onto Wawaloam Drive, which will bring them along a stretch that looks out onto the rocky beaches of Weekapaug.

This breezy, sunny stretch along the beachfront lasts for about a mile as Wawaloam becomes Spray Rock Road, and then runners follow the turn left onto Taylor Lane and then again onto Chapman Road to complete the loop through Weekapaug.

Courtesy Hartford Marathon Foundation

The course re-joins Atlantic Avenue right after runners pass the mile 4 marker, and then head back in the direction of Misquamicut Beach.

Runners next head southwest along the route they ran in the early going, heading down past the cottages and beach homes that line either side of Atlantic Avenue on their way through Misquamicut and past the Atlantic Beach Amusement Park, toward Maschaug and Little Maschaug ponds.

Before reaching the ponds, however, the course turns right on Lawton Avenue and heads north, taking runners up to Shore Road, where they’ll turn left and head west again for about a mile along Shore Road before turning onto Watch Hill Road.

The next stretch of the race unfolds for nearly two miles along Watch Hill Road in the direction of the village by the same name, which lies at the end of the island, just off Little Narragansett Bay.

Courtesy Hartford Marathon Foundation

Runners loop through the neighborhoods and waterfront areas here, passing by Watch Hill Cove at the easternmost point of the course, on the way to turns on Westerly Road, Ninigret Avenue and Ocean View Highway.

Once runners are on Ocean View, they’ll follow it for about the next mile and a half to the last couple of turns in the race, which are Bayberry Road and Maplewood Avenue, leading in to the finish line on Atlantic Avenue.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled just a few miles from the Atlantic here in the Ocean State’s southeastern corner, right on the border with Connecticut and about 45 miles southwest of Providence, Westerly typically sees cool to moderately warm weather in September.

On race day (Sept. 10) the average low is 57°F and the average high is 75°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Surftown Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:30 AM – half marathon
  • 7:45 AM – 5K

Course Time Limit

3 hours


  • $85 and up for the half marathon
  • $35 and up for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of Westerly’s Surftown Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the Surftown Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments box below.

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8 comments… add one
  • Roe ball October 21, 2018, 8:16 pm

    When is the 2019 1/2 marathon

  • Judy Gachi July 22, 2018, 8:37 pm

    I signed up for a half marathon. But i was wondering if u can change my single entry to a relay? I’ll do whatever it takes. Please let me know.

    Thank you
    Judy Gachi

  • MOE May 9, 2018, 10:41 am

    I am a member of The New England 65+Road Runners Club and I noticed that the age group awards end at age 74???? Are you planning an age group of 75-79and80-85. Let us know.

  • Lori Chamberlain April 9, 2018, 6:58 am

    Good morning – I signed myself and daughter up for Surftown half marathon on 9/9/18 however I cannot find a confirming e-mail. Would it be possible to have one sent to the e-mail provided above. Registration was for Lori Chamberlain and Kylee Teague. Thank you

  • Sandie June 17, 2017, 10:41 am

    Does the 5K run the same day, and what time does that start?

  • JZL September 12, 2016, 12:12 pm

    Plus: the water stops were plentiful.
    Minus: The post-race part of the event was extremely disappointing. Food options were nil (I’m sorry – but who eats creamy seafood after running 13 miles??? YUCK, my stomach flipped just looking at the chowder. Luckily there were bananas at least) And no beer tent?? Overall this was an expensive half for such little post race…

  • Elizabeth R Beyer August 31, 2016, 11:37 am

    Hello..I Registered a month ago and paid Extra To have my packet sent to me But haven’t Received it Yet&My Friends have. Please let me know.

  • Michael L Peska April 3, 2016, 5:07 pm

    I haven’t seen my confirmation for signing up for the race. Should be Mike Peska and Betsy Peska.


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