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The 12th running of the Providence Marathon will be held on May 5, 2019. This exciting race day in DownCity will host a marathon, half marathon, 5k and kids fun run.

How to enter the Providence Rhode Races

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  3. 5k

    Run 5km
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  4. Kids Run

    Run 0.4km
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Providence Rhode Races routes

The course is mostly flat with some gradual elevation changes. There is a slight upgrade on Wickenden Street at 3 miles. There is a challenging hill just after the 5-mile mark. The next short hill (about 50 meter is at 19 miles). There is also another short 50-meter hill around 20 miles.  The last hill is approximately at 23 miles. The rest of the course is mostly flat running.


The course is a nice mix of historic urban and rural neighborhoods as the race starts in Downtown Providence and heads south towards the East Bay and Barrington, Rhode Island. The tree lined East Bay Bike path provides plenty of shade and scenic views of the Providence river and skyline.

Half Marathon:

The course is a nice mix of historic urban and rural neighborhoods as the race starts in Downtown Providence and heads along the Providence River to India Point Park before heading down tree lined Blackstone Boulevard towards Pawtucket. The course then winds through Pawtucket before heading back down the famous Boulevard and down along the Providence River, and finishing back downtown.


The 5k course will follow the start and finish of our larger races but enjoy a turn around in beautiful India Point Park. The race will kick off 15 mins after our half marathon at 8:15 am at the same start banner as the rest of the Rhode Races.  The course follows Memorial Blvd and South Water St to India Point Park paths before heading back to the finish arch.

Kids Race:

The Kids Run presented by Girls on the Run RI is a fun run for children of all ages. The short out and back course caters to Rhode Island’s pint sized runners and their families.

Event Details

What’s Included

With the registration fee you will receive entry in the race, official race shirt, finishers will receive a medal, finish line food and beverage, on-course support, GPS Athlete Tracking via RaceJoy, and free race photos.

Raceday Logistics

Friday, May 3

Race Packet Pick-up/On-Site Registration/Expo
Time: 1:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, Providence, RI

Saturday, May 4

Shake Out Run and Racing Strategies with Coach Peter Russo
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: India Point Park

Race Packet Pick-up/On-Site Registration/Expo
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, Providence, RI

Sunday, May 5

Race Day Packet Pick-up ONLY (MUST be reserved in advance)/On-Site Registration
Time: 6:00 – 7:45 AM
Location: Waterplace Ballroom, Omni Hotel, Providence, RI

Marathon Race Start
Time: 7:30 AM
Location: Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI

Tufts Health Plan Half Marathon Race Start
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI

5K Race Start
Time: 8:15 AM
Location: Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI

Kids Race Start
Time: 8:20 AM
Location: Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI


Can I pick up a friends registration packet?

Runners need to show a driver’s license when picking up their race packet. When picking up a packet for a friend you need a signed note from the runner and a photocopy of their license. 

Will there be medals?

Yes. Medals will be awarded to all full and Tufts Health Plan half marathon finishers.

Are there Age Group Awards?

Yes, we will have an awards ceremony once most of our age group categories have filled in.

What is provided at the aid stations and where are they located?

Aid stations are located throughout the half and full marathon course at approximately 2-mile intervals. Please reference course map for exact locations. Aid stations will have water and Nuun Hydration. Some additional aid stations will have Clif energy gels and bananas.

What do I do with my belongings at the start?

There will be a gear bag check at the start of the Marathon and Tufts Health Plan Half Marathon. All gear must be placed in bags and any unattended bags will be discarded. Please do not leave anything valuable in our gear check, as Rhode Races & Events are not responsible for lost or damaged items. Any clothing discarded at the start of the race will be donated to a local group home.

Will there be medical stops on the course?

There will be finish line medical and on course support at various locations throughout the route.  Aid stations will have assistance.

Can I push a stroller?

No.  USATF insurance does not cover strollers on the course, so they are not permitted.

Once I finish can I go back and run in with my friend?

No. If you cross the finish line twice the slower time will be recorded.

Can a friend or family member cross the finish line with me?

Due to the size of this race, it is allowed but not encouraged.  We would like to give all our participants ample room to finish safely.

Are there restrooms along the course?

Yes. There will be port-a-johns located at various locations around the course, generally every 2 miles.  Please see the course map.

Providence Rhode Races weather forecast

Light rain throughout the day.

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