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Spring race planning has begun, and the first race of 2020 is already on the calendar.
@theprovidencemarathon course is a nice mix of historic urban and rural neighborhoods. 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.
I am excited for the city scenery after running through downtown Burlington in May. There is a huge difference between running in cities like Chicago and New York compared to Providence and Burlington. In addition; I get to cross another state off my list!
While i love running hills, there isn’t going to be a whole lot of elevation change at this race! The course is mostly flat with some gradual elevation changes. There is a slight upgrade on Wickenden Street at 3 miles.
According to the race website, there is a challenging hill just after the 5 mile mark; but this is New England we are talking about…it can’t be THAT bad!
The next short hill is at 19 miles and around 20 miles.
The last hill is approximately at 23 miles (makes sense, its an out and back course.)
With this being an out and back course I can easily meet my family at the finish line.
The benefit of bringing my family is we can soak up the scenery and explore a new area together. It’s been 20 years since I have been to RI and I think that it will be really neat to spend the night and watch the bonfires lit along the middle of the city’s rivers with the kids!
The race finishes on Exchange Terrace in Downtown Providence. The post race recovery area consists of food and beverages for the athletes and one complimentary beer to all participants of age. The Post Race Festival will be held outside in Burnside Park, next to the runners-only recovery area, with music, a beer garden, race vendors, award presentations and food.
Join me in the Ocean State on 3 May 2020 and use code “RUN15” it is good for 15% off