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Irish Music Festival 5k

The Guinness Irish Music Festival 5k is set for Saturday September 9, 2017. Enjoy a fun 5k followed by 12 hours of non stop Irish Music in the Festival tent. T-shirts for all entrants and a BONUS Guinness pint glass for the first 150 to register. See all details at www.irishfestival5k.com

Amica Downtown Jingle 5k & Kids Elves Run

Amica Downtown Jingle 5k & Kids Elves Run
Ehode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St. Providence RI
Start at 11:00 a.m. (Kids Start 10:30 a.m.)
December 4.


Looking for a fun holiday season running event to do with family and friends?
Then join us at annual Amica Downtown Jingle 5k and Kids Elves Run on December 4 in Downtown Providence.
There will be a Santa's village inside the RI Convention Center and live entertaimnt too!
Enjoy all the comforts of the RI Convention center before and after the run. Parking is easy at Providence Place and cost only $2 for 5 hours parking.

Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5k & Kids Run

Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5k & Kids Run
Pawtucket Rhode Isalnd
Early start at 10:00 a.m. (Kids Start 9:30 a.m.)
Thanksgiving Day November 24.


Looking for something fun to do with Family and Friends early on Thanksgiving morning?

Then join family and friends at Rhode Island's largest Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning in Pawtucket RI. The RI Family Turkey Trot will start
and finish at Pawtucket City hall.
There will be a post race party with live music at Murphy's Law located within walking distance from the finish starting at 10:45 a.m.
Don't forget to bring the kids too for the Kids run at 9:30 a.m.

Long Sleeve Technical t-shirts for the first 1,300 to register. Easy parking too at the city parking lots located next to the start/finish area.

Website: www.familyturkeytrot.com

Providence Monster Dash 5k and Kids Monster Dash fun run. Run through the Scary RIPTA Bus Tunnel in Downtown Providence.

Let's have some fun!

This is a unique event where participants once a year get a chance to run/walk through the dark and scary RIPTA bus tunnel which will be infested with Zombies. So start thinking of a fun costume to wear for this annual event. (costumes are optional )

You can also save $6 when you select any combination of two RunRhody events or $9 when your select all three RunRhody Events. The additional events include the annual Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5k (Thanks giving Day, Thursday, November 24, Pawtucket RI) and the Amica Downtown Jingle 5k (December 4, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Downtown Providence RI)

The Providence Monster Dash 5k and Kids Monster Dash fun run will start and finish at the Wild Colonial Tavern located at 250 S Water St, Providence, RI 02903 on Sunday October 30, 2016. The 5k will start at 11:00 a.m. and the Kids fun run will start at 10:30 a.m.

Blackstone Valley Half Marathon & 5k set for April 24, 2016. Co-race director is two time Boston Marathon Champion Geoff Smith

The annual Blackstone Valley Half Marathon and 5k will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2016. This is the first half marathon in the New England Half Marathon Grand Prix series.This is a new half marathon race series, developed by two time Boston Marathon Champion Geoff Smith. Geoff will be present at all three races to make sure all participants have a great experience. Both the half marathon and the 5k will start and finish on Roosevelt Avenue in Pawtucket RI. The Blackstone Valley Half Marathon will start at the Pawtucket City Hall at 8:00 a.m. and take participants on one of the most beautiful half marathon courses in New England. Experience the beauty of the Blackstone Valley as the half marathon heads west along the Blackstone river. The return journey eastward will start from the George Washington bridge along the Blackstone Valley Bike Path along the banks of the Blackstone river and the Blackstone canal. Enjoy the views as you cross several bridges. This is a mostly flat course with one hill worth noting around 4 miles in. If the Blackstone Valley Half Marathon is too far for you....then consider registering for the Blackstone Valley 5K which will start at 8:15 a.m. This course will also run the first 1.5 miles on the half marathon course before heading back to the finish at City Hall in Pawtucket. All details, race course routes and registration for the Blackstone Valley Half Marathon and 5k are available at: www.bvhalf.com SAVE $20 to $30 by choosing a combo race offer when registering for one, two or all three half marathons in the New England Half Marathon Grand Prix.

The Shamrock Shuffle 5k. March 25, North Kingstown RI is the final 5k in this year's Tour de Patrick.

The Shamrock Shuffle 5k will start at 11:00 a.m. from the North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Dr, North Kingstown, RI 02852

POST RACE PARTY. Gillian's Ale House
LIVE IRISH MUSIC by Sean Connell Band.

Shamrock Shuffle 5K: www.shamrockshuffle5k.com

The Washington Trust Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot 5K & Youth Run. Walk or Run and make this part of your family tradition on thanksgiving day.

The annual Washington Trust Rhode Island Family Turkey Trot will take place on Thanksgiving morning November 26 at 10:00 a.m. There will also be a kids run at 9:30 a.m. The races will start on Roosevelt Avenue next to the Pawtucket City Hall. All participants will receive a race t-shirt but the first 1,500 to register wll receive a long sleeve technical t-shirt.

After the Run/walk there will be a post race party at Murphy's Law which is located at 2 George Street and is within walking distance to the start and finish of the Turkey Trot. This event will be supporting the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen is a local organization that provides meals to those in need. The Washington Trust RI Family Turkey Trot will also host a food drive for the the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen. Please consider bring a non perishable food item. Additional donations for the Pawtucket Soup Kitchen may also be made online when registering.

FORMER MARATHON WORLD RECORD HOLDER STEVE JONES WILL RUN WITH TWO-TIME BOSTON MARATHON CHAMPION GEOFF SMITH IN THE NARRAGANSETT BAY HALF MARATHON & 5K

This year's Narragansett Bay Half Marathon and 5k will feature Steve Jones, the former world record holder for the marathon who won the Chicago, New York, Toronto and London marathons. Steve Jones set the world record twice for the marathon. Joining Steve Jones will be Geoff Smith, a two-time winner of the Boston Marathon and a two-time Olympian.

The Narragansett Bay Half Marathon and 5k will be held on May 28, 2017. The half marathon will start at 7:00 a.m. and the 5k will start at 7:15 a.m. This is a beautiful course along the Narragansett Bay with an Olympic style finish at Pierce Stadium in East Providence.

All entrants will receive a race t-shirt, and all finishers in the half marathon and 5k will receive a finisher's medallion. Register now at www.nbhalf.com.

Special offer on three great half marathons. Save $55 when you register for all three half marathons at the same time or save $35 when you register for two at the same time. Prices increase April 1.

Here are three professionally organized half marathons in 2015 and you can register for all three for a total of $120. Each race will have at least ten support stations, great courses, technical t-shirt and finisher medallions (Half Marathon and 5K participants too!) and of course great entertainment. Enter any one of these half marathons or save when you select a multiple race options at any of the three websites.

The Blackstone Valley Half Marathon and 5k is first up on the list on April 26, 2015. This is a beautiful course through the historic Blackstone Valley of Rhode Island and along the Blackstone river and canal. All races start and finish at Pawtucket City Hall. Visit www.bvhalf.com for event details.

Second up is the National Grid Worcester Half Marathon and 5k on June 21, 2015 in Worcester, MA. This events starts and finishes in Downtown Worcester at City Hall and takes runners through a beautiful course all close to the Downtown area of Worcester. Visit www.runworcester.com for event details.

Finally the Narragansett Bay Half Marathon and 5k will be held in conjunction with the the famous East Providence Heritage Festival on July 19.2015 This will be held on the final day of the Heritage Festival that brings some of the best performing bands in the country to East Providence, RI. Visit www.nbhalf.com for event details.

Ronald McDonald House of Providence Women's Classic

The 7th Annual Ronald McDonald House of Providence Women's Classic will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

The flat course through the scenic East Side of Providence finishes inside the Brown University Stadium. 100% of profits go to the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, a home-away-from-home for families of hospitalized children. The Amgen 5K Race and the Cardi's Furniture 3K Walk kick off at 10:00 AM.

Prize money is awarded to the top 5 overall plus the winner in each age group from 19 & under through 80+; over 150 raffle prizes will be drawn.

A Health and Wellness Fair with 40+ vendors will take place from 8:00 AM – Noon; live music begins at 9:30. Activities for boys and girls begin at 8:45 with middle school mile races on the track followed at 9:15 by races for kids ages 2-12. Prizes for all. Don't miss the climbing wall, obstacle course and soccer kick.

A post race meal for everyone includes pizza, homemade scones, fruit, muffins, yogurt, and much, much more.

For additional information, check the web site: RMHProvidenceClassic.org, or call: 401-294-9946

Finish for a Guinness 5K

For the last few years,that has pretty much been the case for organizers of the 7th annual Finish for a Guinness 5K road race, to be held on Sunday September 6 2015. The popular 5K event, which starts and finishes at the Old Warren Marina in Warren, has averaged about 600 participants each year. Besides offering a scenic course, one of its top draws is what awaits runners and walkers at the finish line.

All participants are invited to a post-race celebration that features music, Blounts famous clam chowder, pizza, other goodies and FREE beer, which includes, of course, the featured Irish stout. This years post race will include new Guinness Blond for the runners that want the light version of the stout. All pre-registered runners will get the famous long sleeve-t-shirts which features a new color and design each year.

Now the most important reason for Finish for a Guinness.

Five sisters, Tara Thibaudeau, Erin Kopecky, Amy Stone, Holly DaSilveira and Shannon Cisneros hold this event each year in order to bring awareness to ALS (Amyotrophic Sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig Disease. In 2008 Christopher Stone (husband of Amy) was diagnosed with ALS and this race was started to help support the Stone family. Unfortunately, Christopher Stone lost his battle with ALS a year later, but the sisters continue with the event to support others that are affected with the disease. Money is also distributed to other charitable causes.

In 2014 the perfect weather welcomed over 650 runners and hundreds of more spectators to the race and post race activities. Local families fighting the battle with ALS come to the event which is a highlight for the organizers of the race. "Raising awarness and funds for ALS is our first and foremost mission." "The great weather and seeing everyone enjoy their morning on the Warren Waterfront is just an added bonus." says one of the race organizers, Erin Kopecky.

The Finish for a Guinness 5K road race is on Sunday, September 6. It starts at 10 a.m. and utilizes chip timing. The entry fee is $27 prior to September 3rd and $30 on race day. For children under the age of 12, the fee is just $15. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed an attractive, long-sleeved T-shirt.

For your convenience, number pick-up is available on Saturday, September 5 from 12-3 p.m. at the Marina, located on 66 Church Street in Warren. It also can be done on race day. Registration is done online at www.lightboxreg.com/finish-for-a-guinness.

For additional information, check out the event's website

Irish 5k with Irish Music Festival and a special FREE custom Guinness pint glass for the first 300 to register. Technical T-shirts for all entrants.

The Irish Music Festival 5K and the Irish Music Festival will happen at Murphy's Law in Pawtucket Rhode Island on Saturday, August 27, 2016. The 5k run/walk will start at 10:00 a.m. and the music festival begins right after the 5k run/walk. All entrants will receive a technical race shirt and the first 300 participants to register will also receive a custom race Guinness pint glass. The music tent will be located at the 5k start and finish area. Here is the line up of musicians that played at the Irish Music Festival last year and many are expected to return with some new bands. This year the following are playing with more bands to be added. The GARDA, DONNELLY AND CARMICHAEL, MOSS BOSTON IRISH, SEAN CONNELL BAND, IRISH PIPERS - IRISH DANCERS. This event is shaping up to to be a fun day. There will also be an Irish expo at this event. Register now at www.irishfestival5k.com before prices increase.

The Tutu 5k. A unique and colorful event!

REHOBOTH, MA, AUGUST 24, 2014. The Tutu 5k Run/Walk event is coming to Francis Farms in Rehoboth on August 27. This event promises to be colorful event with great entertainment. There will be a fun post race party and all participants will receive a beer (must be 21 or older) and a burger. The 5k run is open to men and women. There are many ways to make a tutu and they can also be easily purchased online. Making your own tutu can be fun. And to make it more fun... there will be a prize for the best tutu and a prize for the best team tutu's. Wearing a tutu is optional. The course is not difficult over the country roads of Rehoboth. Francis Farms is a fantastic facility with plenty of parking and lots of covered areas for parties. Francis farms is located at: Francis Farm, 27 Francis Farm Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769.

For complete details and to register.... visit www.tutu5krun.com

Bobby Doyle Summer Classic

The Bobby Doyle Summer Classic in Narragansett has been a popular race for a wide range of participants each and every summer.
This year just might be its best.

The entries are coming in at record pace for the eighth annual event, to be held on Sunday, Aug. 9 at Narragansett Pier School. Co-race director Jim Doyle expects a field of at least 800 to answer the gun for the 9 a.m. start.

The five-mile event, which will also feature a new 3K walk this year, has consistently attracted some top-level competition since its inception in 2008. That should increase substantially next month. For the first time in its history, the Bobby Doyle Summer Classic will be part of the USATF-NE Grand Prix Series and will offer more than $7,000 in prize money.

"I am excited about this being part of the USATF-NE championship series," Doyle said. "It has certainly sparked a lot of interest. It accomplishes two things. There will be a great race going on and it attracts more competitors. We want runners of all abilities. It's always a fun event."
As part of the Grand Prix, awards will be given out in several different age categories, including a $150 bonus for any course records that are set. The current course marks were established last year. Ben Connor claimed the men's crown in 24:09 and Heather Capello was first for women at 27:20. The event records are 23:39 by Ethiopia’s Abiyot Endale in 2011 and 26:14 from former Providence College great Mary Cullen in 2008. All those records are in jeopardy of falling this year.

The Bobby Doyle race was created to honor one of Rhode Island’s most prolific marathoners, who died at age 58 in 2007. It was formed to also contribute back to the running community, particularly the youth. In the past seven years, the Bobby Doyle Foundation has distributed more than $50,000 to enhance youth and high school running. It has provided multiple scholarships to high school students as well as grants to assist schools and running clubs with their needs. New this year is a Holly Walton Scholarship awarded to a minority student based on his or her academic and athletic achievements. The race also raffles off a $1,000 award to a school that has at least 15 or more athletes entered in the race. In its initial year in 2014, Woonsocket High was the recipient and utilized the money to purchase new uniforms for its teams.

The five-mile race takes place on a scenic, out-and-back course that finishes and ends at Narragansett Pier School on 232 South Pier Road. Chip timing will be utilized. In addition to a digital clock at mile 1 and 4, participants will also have the opportunity of getting their 5K splits with another digital clock and a mat that will record their time at that checkpoint; a great feature for high school coaches who are interested in using the race as a quick tempo run for their athletes. The 3K walk will incorporate the opening 1.8-mile loop of the five-mile course and then turn left back to the finish at Pier School.
Registration for the Bobby Doyle Summer Classic can be done online at www.bobbydoyleraces.com. The cost for the five-mile race and 3K walk is $27 until Aug. 7 and $32 for on-site registration on race day. For high school students, the cost is just $20 until Aug. 7 and $25 on race day. Participants in both races receive a USATF-NE Championship medal, an attractive Tech T-shirt and are also entered in a post-race raffle that includes several prizes.

USA 5K

Looking for a great 5k Run on the 4th of July? Then check out the new USA 5k in Seekonk MA at the Newman YMCA just over the state line on Route 44. This is a great way for families to get together and celebrate the birthday of our country. The course is not difficult and there will be a cookout after the race. This 5k is open to runners and walkers and participants are encourage to wear red white and blue. The race will kick off at 8:00 a.m. so you have plenty of time after to spend with families and friends. See you on the 4th at the USA 5K! www.usa5k.net

Worcester Running Festival to include a Half Marathon, 5k and a youth run.

The Worcester Running Festival is coming to Worcester MA on Sunday June 15, 2014. This running event helps the City of Worcester furthered its goal of becoming the healthiest City in New England by 2020. The inaugural Worcester Running Festival will take place on Sunday, June 15, 2014. The event expects to draw runners from around the northeast and aims to become a cornerstone in building community based fitness events in Worcester. The festival includes a Half-Marathon, 5K and a Youth Fun Run. We are so excited to be a part of this annual event! Teaching our children at a young age to move more and encouraging them to be physically active are lessons that set a pathway for a long lasting healthy lifestyle." said Derek Brindisi, Division of Public Health Director. All three races included in the Worcester Running Festival will begin and end at the Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main Street. The Worcester Running Festival is being organized by Charles Breagy, who has a proven track record as a race director. He is well known within the running community across the country having organized race events for over two decades. In recent years, Breagy has successfully promoted the "Tour de Worcester", which consists of the Jay Lyons Memorial Road Race, the Worcester Firefighters Memorial 6K, and the Canal Diggers 5K. Nearly 2500 runners have participated in each of those annual races. Breagy also created the "Tour de Patrick" a two state, three race series, including Worcester's Celtic 5K. This past March, over 3150 people ran in the CITY OF WORCESTER Celtic 5K... a record number for the event. Breagy has also organized the Scary Monster Dash in October and the Worcester Jingle 5K in December. Each race includes a youth run to support the City's Mass in Motion Initiative. "I am delighted to be a partnering with the City of Worcester by bringing great running and walking events to the City. As a former member of Central Mass Striders, I know the great history and tradition of running in Worcester," said Charles Breagy. "I would like to thank the City for its tremendous cooperation. I would also like to thank our sponsors, National Grid, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Bay State Savings Bank and Atlas Distributing." In addition to promoting active lifestyles, the Worcester Running Festival is expected to have a significant economic impact on the City. Similar road races have brought in tens of thousands of dollars to the local economy as participants frequent area restaurants, shops, and hotels. "Destination Worcester is proud to collaborate with the City of Worcester, sponsors, local vendors and race directors to support and grow our existing events and to establish new ones," said Robert Murdock of Destination Worcester. "Our goal is to foster economic growth and further healthy initiatives for our residents and visitors to our City. Events such as the Worcester Running Festival prove that Worcester is a City on the move." The Worcester Running Festival is already receiving widespread community and corporate support. National GRid is sponsoring the Half Marathon and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has announced it will sponsor the 5K race and Bay State Savings Bank has signed on as the Fun Run sponsor. On-line registration forms, times, and entry fee information for the Worcester Running Festival are available at www.runworcester.com.

We Run This Town

The We Run This Town running group was established in 2011 by David Curry, MaryAnn Fonseca, Nancy Ruffin, and Anthony L. Sanders, Sr. to promote fitness, walking and running as a healthy lifestyle for individuals of all abilities through camaraderie, education, group training and participation in local running events in the New England area (RI, Massachusetts, Connecticut and VT).The We Run This Town group's primary focus is to improve and promote healthy lifestyles within the minority population but our group is an ALL inclusive group which welcomes members of all ethnicities & sexual orientation. The group's secondary focus is to promote and educate our members on making healthier meal choices. We Run This Town entered our 3rd year and we continue on with our mission statement. We are based out of RI but since 2011 we have grown to chapters in other states to our team such as AZ, GA, TX, VA, NC, and CO (just to name a few) as well as expanding our athletes pool to also include weightlifters, tri-athletes, and bikers. And most importantly the We Run This Town group has a rainbow of members of all ethnicity and sexual orientation. The WRTT supports group members through weekly group walk/runs; by providing online resources; and online chat groups and forums. Formal weekly runs are hosted every Sunday & informal runs are held throughout the week in areas which members live in.In the 3 years of our existence WRTT has grown from 6 members in cotton t-shirts to 200+ strong members with a full apparel line which includes everything from compression socks to waterproof jackets. These items are sold to help our grassroots efforts at furthering the organization and our community efforts. The group also offers members multiple race discounts and various discounts from running vendors.Our training philosophy is to always #HustleHard Our motto which best describes us is "We Run This Town is a place where regular people do extraordinaire things" To obtain more information about joining WRTT:
Email: WeRunThisTown401@gmail.com
Telephone: 401-400-2043
Twitter: @we_RunThisTown
Instagram: WeRunThisTown401
Webpage: coming soon

Tour de Patrick. Run or Walk one, two or all three 5k's

THE BEST ST PATRICK'S 5K RACE SERIES AND BEST PARADES/POST RACE PARTIES!

THE 2014 TOUR DE PATRICK IS A 3 PART 5K RACE SERIES OVER 8 DAYS WHERE RUNNERS AND WALKERS CAN RUN AND ACCUMULATE THEIR TIMES AND SCORE IN THE OVERALL TOUR DE PATRICK IN ADDITION TO SCORING AT EACH INDIVIDUAL RACE. 8,000 PARTICIPANTS TOOK PART IN THE 2013 TOUR DE PATRICK RACES.

The first race in the 2014 Tour de Patrick will start in Pawtucket, RI on March 1, 2014 and then the Tour de Patrick moves to Providence the following Saturday March 8, 2014 and the final race will conclude on Sunday, March 9, 2014 in Worcester MA. Each race is staged before the local cities annual St Patrick's Day parade and utilizes the parade route which is usually well supported with cheering spectators
Irish 5K: www.irish5k.com
Celtic 5K: www.celtic5k.com
St Pat's 5K: www.stpats5k.com

And if you would like one additional Irish race then check out the Shamrock Shuffle 5k in North Kingstown RI at www.shamrockshuffle5k.com FREE PINT for all participants 21 and older.

The annual Downtown Jingle 5K is a holiday season run/walk in Downtown Providence on Sunday, December 8,2013.

The annual Amica Downtown Jingle 5K is a holiday season run/walk in Downtown Providence on Sunday, December 6,2014. This event will be hosted at the RI Convention Center.
"The last three months of the year can offer a cold day... so by securing the RI convention center for the participants and their family and friends , we can offer a place where participants can be comfortable before and after the run. There are also 2,000 parking places at the RI convention center and a further 4,000 at Providence Place. Participants can park indoors and walk indoors to the convention center and enjoy the entertainment or just hang out with friends." states race organizer Charles Breagy.

There is also a youth run at 10:30 a.m. and Santa will be on-site to meet all the kids and to pass out hot chocolate. The youth races is approximately 1K and all participants receive a race t-shirt.

The Downtown Jingle 5K will once again be supporting Toys for Tots ( http://www.toysfortots.org ) and Project Undercover ( www.projectundercover.org ). Please consider bringing a unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or a packet of disposable diapers or new children's socks for Project Undercover to the packet pickup locations.

The Downtown Jingle 5K is a colorful run/walk where many participants dress up in holiday season costumes and have fun with their friends and family. All participants will receive jingle bells to wear on the run/walk. This creates a very special race as jingle bells can be heard throughout the entire course. To register for the Downtown Jingle 5K please visit www.downtownjingle5k.com

All entrants will receive a long sleeve technical shirt.
Online registration will be is available at www.downtownjingle5k.com

Downtown Jingle 5K details.
Website: www.downtownjingle5K.com
Date: 12/6/2015
Time: Youth 1K 10:30a.m. 5K 11:00a.m.

8th Annual NEARI 5K Run/1 Mile Walk to benefit the NEARI Children's Fund Set for November 2, 2013

When runners and walkers take part in next month's NEARI 5K/1 Mile Walk they will not only have the opportunity to race at Warwick's picturesque Goddard Memorial State Park, but will also get the satisfaction of knowing that their registration fee is being put to good use.

The eighth annual event will be held on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. New this year is a kids race that starts at 9 a.m. The event supports the Children's Fund of the National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI).

NEARI is a unionized group of more than 11,000 members of educators and public employers. It includes teachers, municipal workers, higher education and education support professionals (custodians, bus drivers, teacher aides, secretaries, etc.). Formed in 1985, the Children's Fund was their answer to assist less-fortunate students that they see on a day-to-day basis with the necessities that most of us take for granted.
The NEARI 5K is one of four fundraising events for the Children's Fund. According to race director Raymond J. Pouliot, the race has raised nearly $20,000 in its previous seven years with 100 percent of its proceeds going to students in need for the purchase of such things as food, clothing and funds to participate in class trips.

"Its goal is to help students who show up to school without the things they need to function comfortably in school," said Karen Comiskey Jenkins, Communications Director of NEARI.

"We have even given tickets to some students to go to the prom," said Mary Jo Pouliot, a retired teacher and President of the Children's Fund Board. "We don't want anyone to fall through the cracks. If the school can't do it, we want to."

Pouliot states that before the Children's Fund was created it wasn't quite as easy for some students to get their basic essentials with teachers often paying out-of-pocket to assist them. Fund-raisers like the road race have helped a great deal.
Even though it assists union members of their organization, NEARI and its Children's Fund have also gone the extra yard in assisting others. Every year during Christmastime, union members buy presents for all the children of a poverty-stricken public school in Providence.

"It's more than just clothing and food," Pouliot said. "We once even bought a mattress for a student that was sleeping on the floor."

The NEARI 5K takes place on a USATF-certified course that starts and finishes at the beach. The overall male and female winners will receive a $100 cash prize. Awards will also be given to the top three finishers in seven different categories.
In last year's event, North Attleboro�s Brendan Dagan won the men�s title with a time of 16:33. His wife, Jennifer Dagan, placed sixth overall at 17:47 to claim the women�s crown. The course records are held by Connecticut's William Sanders and former Providence College great Stephanie Reilly, who posted times of 15:11 and 16:56, respectively, in 2011.

The pre-registration fee is $20 online by midnight on Oct. 31 at www.runrhody.com. Registration the day of the race, held at the Carousel at Goddard Park between 8:30-10 a.m., is $25.
T-shirts will be given to the first 200 entrants. There will also be live music, a raffle (race number will act as your ticket) and post-race refreshments, including hot soup provided by Millonzi Fine Catering in West Warwick.
The race owes a wealth of gratitude to the NEARI Public Awareness Committee, a group that helps out with the planning of the 5K event and whose members volunteer the day of the race. Just like in previous years, the primary goal for the NEARI 5K is for a crowded field to populate the starting line.

"I don't really run the road race," Pouliot said. "I only want to make it bigger and better every year to help more kids."

Donations are accepted at any time for the Children's Fund. Call Val Staples at 401-463-9630 or e-mail at vstaples@nea.org.


Zombie Invasion for regional Monster Dash 5k's! Providence Monster Dask 5k and Youth 1k and Worcester Scary Monster Dash 5k and Youth 1k!

Zombie Invasion..... Providence and Worcester!

SAI-CON Film Productions who are currently creating a new movie "Plaga Zombie, American Invasion" are coming to the Providence Monster Dash 5k in Providence on Sunday October 27 and the Worcester Scary Monster Dash 5k on October 26 to register extra's for this new movie production. This year the best Zombie in each race will win a small role in the new movie currently being produced by SAI-CON Productions. SAI-CON will judge winning zombie. So expect many Zombies, Super Heroes, Vampires, Werewolves, and many many creative fun costumes at these two fun races.

The best place in New England to find creative costumes and Zombie make up is the World Famous Halloween Outlet in Worcester MA. Worth a trip just to see this unique store which is like a haunted house. This store has been featured on the Travel Channel and in the Wall Street Journal.

Check out the following link on NECN which recently featured the Halloween Outlet .
http://www.csnne.com/sportsnetNewEngland/search/v/76726162/halloween-outlet-in-worcester-mass-celebrates-25-years-with-competition.htm

For details, directions..... goto www.halloweenoutlet.com. The Halloween Outlet is located at: 540 West Boylston Street,
Worcester MA 01606

Registration is available at the following websites.

Providence site www.providencemonsterdash.com

Worcester site www.scarymonsterdash.com

31 Year-Old Says Motivation Behind Participation is Spreading Message that Breast Cancer is Survivable.

PAWTUCKET, RI (September 18, 2013) - Coventry resident Corey Calligano will be featured in the 2014 'Celebrate Hope, Celebrate Life' Calendar, released annually by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation.

The theme for the latest calendar, which will be unveiled at the opening reception of the Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life event in October, is women undergoing breast cancer treatment. 31 year-old Calligano received her breast cancer diagnosis in September 2012, shortly after noticing a lump.

"I went through chemotherapy for 5 months, had a lumpectomy with lymph nodes removed, spent six and a half weeks going to daily radiation treatments, and I am currently undergoing Herceptin treatments - a form of chemo - once every 3 weeks until this December," explained Calligano, mother of three. "After that, I’m going to take Tamoxifen for five years."

Ironically before Calligano's diagnosis, she met another breast cancer survivor who at the time was undergoing treatment herself. "Mandy was my daughter's preschool teacher and I noticed that she didn't have much hair," Calligano recalled about Mandy Zito, who is now the Young Survivors Program Coordinator at the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. "At first, I didn't know she had breast cancer."

Calligano, originally from Cranston, added, "My kids liked Mandy a lot and so we kept in touch, occasionally meeting to catch up with each other even after she left teaching to go work for the Foundation."

Calligano was a little hesitant when she was asked to be in the 'Celebrate Hope, Celebrate Life Calendar. When Mandy approached me, I didn't have much hair at the time," Calligano said, admittedly. "But I eventually agreed because I felt that it was important to let other women know that breast cancer is something that you can get through."

Register today for the Gloria Gemma 5K and support the fight against Breast Cancer at: http://www.FlamesOfHopeSeries.org

Holiday Season Races...... Providence Monster Dash 5K (2,000 LIMIT)- Family Turkey Trot 5K - Downtown Jingle 5K. Save $12 by entering three races. Save $6 by entering two races. Set your goal to run all three races.

The First Home Mortgage Monster Dash 5k through the RIPTA bus tunnel is LIMITED to 2,000 participants.
The 2015 Holiday Race Series is a collection of fun 5k races in Rhode Island. Run any one, two or run all three! The choice is yours.

SAVE when you select more than one race.

The Holiday season includes the following races.

1. First Home Mortgage Providence Monster Dash 5k and youth run. OCTOBER 25
2. Washington Trust Family Turkey Trot 5k and youth run NOVEMBER 26
3. Downtown Jingle 5k and youth run DECEMBER 6

All of the above races will include a youth run before the 5k.

ONE RACE IN OCTOBER, ONE RACE IN NOVEMBER AND ONE RACE IN DECEMBER. Run all three and set up your racing schedule for your end of year schedule.

The holiday series kicks off in Providence on Sunday October 25 in Downtown Providence. The First Home Mortgage Monster Dash 5k will be RUNNING THROUGH THE RIPTA BUS TUNNEL and is the most colorful and fun event in Rhode Island as the majority of participants dress up in Halloween Costumes. The First Home Mortgage Monster Dash 5k is limited to 2,000 participants. The series then moves to Pawtucket RI on Thanksgiving Day on November 26 for the annual Washington Trust Family Turkey Trot 5k and Youth Run. Celebrate thanksgiving morning with your family and friends at the Washington Trust Family Turkey Trot 5k. The series then returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence on Sunday December 6 for the Annual Amica Downtown Jingle 5K.

Save $6 when entering two races.
Save $12 when entering three races.


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It is possible to register for any one, two or all three races from any of the three website. Just select the multiple race option from the list of races when registering and save.

Billy Gilman Will be singing the National Anthem at the Kent Hospital NK5K 5K Run/Walk on Saturday September 7 at North Kingstown High School.

The annual Kent Hospital NK5K road race will be held at North Kingstown High School located at 150 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown on September 7, 2013.

National recording artist Billy Gilman will be entertaining runners before the start of the run as he is schedule to sing the National Anthem. There will be a post race party at the high school stadium after the race. There will also be an additional post race party at Gillian's Ale house where entertainment will be provided by the Tom Lanigan Band. Gillian's Ale House will be offer a FREE FIRST PINT to all participants aged 21 and over. A soft drink will be available for those participants under the age of 21.

So plan on a grewat race with great entertainment at this year's Kent Hospital NK5K in North Kingstown. Online registration closes on Wednesday September 4th. On-site registration will also be available at packet pickup on Friday and the day of the run. See www.nk5k.net for details. On-line offers the lowest cost to register and the first 500 entrants will receive a custom technical race t-shirt.

Registration is available at www.nk5k.net

This is a great family oriented event with several youth races before the main 5K event at 10:00 a.m. The youth races will start on the running track at the high school stadium at 8:30 a.m. There will be entertainment inside the stadium and at the start and finish of the 5K race. As always there will be a great post race party with lots o refreshments for every one.

Sad day for the Boston Marathon and runners all over the world.

Our condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones at the Boston Marathon and to all those that were hurt and had to see what happened. Thank you to all the medical people and volunteers that helped save lives at the Boston Marathon. Our running community will work together to help those in need from yesterday's tragedy.

Narragansett Bay Half Marathon & 5k to Rock East Providence August 17, 2014

The Narragansett Bay Half Marathon is set for August 17,2014 in East Providence, Rhode Island (7:00 a.m. start). This half and 5k events will have several bands along the routes with a great post race party and concert at Pierce stadium.

Bands on the run will include the following....

Link Street Orchestra
21 Guns
Mixed Emotions
Shred Of Salvation

The Narragansett Bay Half Marathon will start and finish at Pierce Memorial Stadium in East Providence. The course will take participants along Veterans Memorial highway to Bullocks point before returning along the East Providence bike path to an Olympic style finish inside Pierce Memorial Stadium on the track.

Both the half marathon and the 5k routes will run along the bike path which is adjacent to beautiful Narragansett Bay.


To register and view event details, please visit:
www.nbhalf.com

Shamrock Shuffle 5K set for March 16, 2014. North Kingstown RI.

Online registration for this event ends March 14, 2014 at midnight.

If you are looking for one more additional Irish race in March, then look no further. The annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K will take place in North Kingstown on March 16, 2014. This is a great course and once again there will be great Irish music by Skip Donnelly, Rhode Island premier road race DJ. All entrant will receive a race t-shirt. And after the race why not stop to the Gillian's Ale House post race party located at 7835 Post Rd North Kingstown, RI 02852. Gillian's will be offering a FREE PINT or a soft drink to all participants 21 and older. You must show your number for this offer. There will also be live Irish music by the Tom Lanigan Band at the Gillian's post race party
On-site registration will be available along with packet pickup on race day March 16, 2013. There will also be onsite registration at the West Bay YMCA on Friday March 15, located at 7540 Post Road,North Kingstown, RI 02852 from noon to 3:00 p.m.
The race will start at 9:00 a.m. from the North Kingstown high school located at 150 Fairway Dr, North Kingstown, RI.
Visit www.shamrockshuffle5k.com to register for this race

Amica Downtown Jingle 5K and Elves Kids Run. A great family run/walk event in Downtown Providence

The annual Amica Downtown Jingle 5K is a holiday season run/walk in Downtown Providence on Sunday December 6.

All participants will receive a long sleeve technical shirt and Jingle Bells for the run.

There is also a kids run at 10:30 a.m. and Santa will be on-site at Santa's Village inside the Rhode Island Convention Center where pictures can be taken with Santa. Santa's Elves will also be serving hot chocolate to all children.

This time of year can offer a cold day... so by securing the RI convention center for the participants and their family and friends, the Amica Downtown 5k and Elves Kids run can offer a place where participants can be comfortable before and after the run which starts and finishes at teh RI Convention Center. There are also 2,000 parking places at the RI convention center and a further 4,000 at Providence Place. Participants can park indoors and walk indoors to the convention center and enjoy the entertainment or just hang out with friends.

The Downtown Jingle 5K will once again be supporting Toys for Tots ( http://www.toysfortots.org ) and Project Undercover ( www.projectundercover.org ). Please consider bringing a unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or a packet of disposable diapers or new children's socks for Project Undercover to the packet pickup locations.

The Downtown Jingle 5K is a colorful run/walk where many participants dress up in holiday season costumes and have fun with their friends and family. All participants will receive jingle bells to wear on the run/walk. This creates a very special race as jingle bells can be heard throughout the entire course. To register for the Amica Downtown Jingle 5K goto www.downtownjingle5k.com

All participants will receive a race t-shirt.

Online registration will be is available at www.downtownjingle5k.com

Amica Downtown Jingle 5K details.
Website: www.downtownjingle5K.com
Date: 12/6/2015
Time: Youth Run 10:30a.m. 5K 11:00a.m.

Something different for 2013 Tour de Patrick. SPECIAL music CD by Irish recording artists

Above: Tom Lanigan and Jenn Wettergren head up the Tom Lanigan Band.

1. IRISH 5K, March 2, 2013 Pawtucket RI www.irish5k.com
2. ST. PAT'S 5K, March 9, 2013 Providence RI www.stpats5k.com
3. CELTIC 5K, March 10, 2013 Worcester MA www.celtic5k.com



All participant's that register for all three races online by selecting the "Tour de Patrick All 3 Races" option will receive the official "Tour de Patrick" music CD by the brilliant Irish recording artists... The Tom Lanigan Band. The CD consists of many of the Tom Lanigan Bands original songs along with many covers of famous Irish songs. Participants must use the option "Tour de Patrick All 3 races" when entering to receive a CD and to receive an overall score in the 2013 Tour de Patrick.

Tom Lanigan was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to America when he was sixteen. He grew up developing a great love for both Irish and American music. In the early 90's, he started the folk/rock band Screaming Under Stars, which went on to open for The Commitments and Black 47. Since then Tom has been working full time, often in a band capacity but he has developed an extensive solo schedule also. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with acts such as Solas, Makem and Spain, The High Kings and Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones. Playing 5 nights a week for the last 10 years from Connecticut to Vermont, Tom has recently played The Canton Irish Music festival, The Worcester Irish Music festival and The Dorchester Irish Music festival. In addition to the countless numbers of bars, theaters and concert halls along the way, Tom has developed a strong following with his unique take on traditional and contemporary Irish music, and his ever growing collection of original compositions. Moving forward Tom continues to share his passion for Irish music while entertaining audiences throughout New England.

All races will be run on St Patrick Day Parade routes before the annual parades. www.tourdepatrick.com

The family tradition continues in Providence RI with the Willow Tree Providence Family Turkey Trot 5K and Youth 1K

Thanksgiving Day is the busiest road racing day in America and New England leads the country with the most number of races on Thanksgiving morning. 1500 hundred runners and walkers registered for the inaugural Willow Tree Family Turkey Trot 5K and youth 1K in Downtown Providence last year and this year's event is hoping for a similar or larger crowd. This is a family oriented event where families can reunite from all over the country on Thanksgiving morning and do something special together as a family. The race starts at the convient time at 10:00 a.m. and the youth 1K starts at 9:30 a.m. so there is plenty of time to participate and return home in time for the family thanksgiving meal.

The race will start and finish at the Rhode Island Convention center on Sabin Street (at the RI Convention Center). The Rhode Island Convention Center will also be available before and after the race to the participants and spectators. It is possible to park at the RI Convention Center parking lot or Providence Place parking lot and walk indoors to the Convention Center where the run will be staged from.

As an incentive to register early, the first 1,000 entrants in the 5K run/walk will receive a custom long sleeve technical t-shirt. After the first 1000 entrant register, all partici[pants will receive a race short sleeve t-shirts. All youth runners will receive a race a t-shirt.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.familyturkeytrot.com

Children's Fund benefits from NEARI 5K on Nov. 3

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
When runners and walkers take part in next month's NEARI 5K/1 Mile Walk they will not only have the opportunity to race at Warwick's picturesque Goddard Memorial State Park, but will also get the satisfaction of knowing that their registration fee is being put to good use.
The seventh annual event, to be held on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m., supports the Children's Fund of the National Education Association Rhode Island (NEARI).
NEARI is a unionized group of more than 11,000 members of educators and public employers. It includes teachers, municipal workers, higher education and education support professionals (custodians, bus drivers, teacher aides, secretaries, etc.). Formed in 1985, the Children's Fund was their answer to assist less-fortunate students that they see on a day-to-day basis with the necessities that most of us take for granted.
The NEARI 5K is one of four fundraising events for the Children's Fund. According to race director Raymond J. Pouliot, the race has raised more than $15,000 in its previous six years with 100 percent of its proceeds going to students in need for the purchase of such things as food, clothing and funds to participate in class trips.
"Its goal is to help students who show up to school without the things they need to function comfortably in school," said Karen Comiskey Jenkins, Communications Director of NEARI.
"We have even given tickets to some students to go to the prom," said Mary Jo Pouliot, a retired teacher and President of the Children's Fund Board. "We don't want anyone to fall through the cracks. If the school can't do it, we want to."
Pouliot states that before the Children's Fund was created it wasn't quite as easy for some students to get their basic essentials with teachers often paying out-of-pocket to assist them. Fund-raisers like the road race have helped a great deal.
Even though it assists union members of their organization, NEARI and its Children's Fund have also gone the extra yard in assisting others. Every year during Christmastime, union members buy presents for all the children of a poverty-stricken public school in Providence.
"It's more than just clothing and food," Pouliot said. "We once even bought a mattress for a student that was sleeping on the floor."
The NEARI 5K takes place on a USATF-certified course that starts and finishes at the beach. The overall male and female winners will receive a $100 cash prize. Awards will also be given to the top three finishers in seven different categories.
In last year's event, Connecticut's William Sanders set the men's course record of 15 minutes, 11 seconds. Former Providence College great Stephanie Reilly broke the women's mark by placing fourth overall at 16:56.
The pre-registration fee is $20 online by midnight on Nov. 1 at www.active.com. Pre-registration by mail is also $20 if received by Oct. 30. Registration the day of the race, held at the Carousel at Goddard Park between 8:30-10 a.m., is $25. Checks are made payable to NEARI Children's Fund, 99 Bald Hill Road, Cranston, RI 02920.
T-shirts will be given to the first 200 entrants. There will also be live music, a raffle (race number will act as your ticket) and post-race refreshments, including hot soup provided by Millonzi Fine Catering in West Warwick.
The race owes a wealth of gratitude to the NEARI Public Awareness Committee, a group that helps out with the planning of the 5K event and whose members volunteer the day of the race. Just like in previous years, the primary goal for the NEARI 5K is for a crowded field to populate the starting line.
"I don't really run the road race," Pouliot said. "I only want to make it bigger and better every year to help more kids."
Donations are accepted at any time for the Children's Fund. Call Val Staples at 401-463-9630 or e-mail at vstaples@nea.org.

Special offer from the Willow Tree Family Turkey Trot and the Downtown Jingle 5K. Save $10 when you register for both races at the same time.

The Willow Tree Family Turkey Trot 5K and the Downtown Jingle 5K are both offering a combined $10 discount on registration to participants that register for both races at the same time. This $10 savings option is available at www.familyturkeytrot.com or www.downtownjingle5k.com
For the $10 savings on both events, just select the race option to run both races when registering.

Both races will once again be staged from the Rhode Island Convention Center and both races will start and finish at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Sabin street. There will also be a youth 1K run at both events. So check out these two great events and enjoy the comforts of the Rhode Island Convention Center before and after the runs/walks.

Last year the Willow Tree Family Turkey Trot attracted nearly 1,500 participants in the inaugural year and the Jingle Bell 5K now in its third year attracted nearly 2,000 participants.
Thanksgiving day is the largest running day throughout the country as families run or walk a Turkey Trot as part of the thanksgiving day tradition with the families. To join the Rhode Island tradition of running a Turkey Trot on thanksgiving morning at 10:00 a.m. go to www.familyturkeytrot.com to register.

The Downtown Jingle 5K is a colorful run as many participants dress up in holiday season costumes and have fun with their friends and family. All participants will receive jingle bells to wear on the run/walk. This creates a very special race as jingle bells can be heard through the entire course. To register for the Downtown Jingle 5K goto www.downtownjingle5k.com

Willow Tree Family Turkey Trot
Website: www.familyturkeytrot.com
Date: 11/22/2012
Time: Youth 1K 9:30a.m. 5K 10:00a.m.

Downtown Jingle 5K
Website: www.downtownjingle5K.com
Date: 12/2/2012
Time: Youth 1K 10:30a.m. 5K 11:00a.m.


Gloria Gemma 5K

A diagnosis of breast cancer is a life altering event, not just for the patient, but also for the spouse/significant other and especially the children. It was very difficult for me and our children to see how Christine had to struggle with the effects cancer can have on one's mind, body and spirit. There were many times that our love and support or just our being there for her was not enough. She battled depression. She couldn't sleep, and even with the support of family, friends and her medical team she continually felt very much alone.

On the day before Thanksgiving, 2007, she endured the radical surgery that was a medical necessity. She underwent the loss of her breast with dignity and courage, but she would never be or feel the same. A few months later, the chemotherapy caused her to lose her hair, her fingernails turned black and fell off, and on many occasions she believed she would not live to see her children grow up.

Christine continued to work throughout her treatment. There were days she came home exhausted but happy that she had enough energy to continue to contribute financially. She also welcomed a distraction from her illness. She enjoyed her job as a nurse and felt good about knowing that others could still depend on her.

With the help and encouragement from her health care team, Christine came to realize that she had the ability to overcome this. Through the Gloria Gemma Foundation Christine found support from other women who went through or were going through breast cancer as well. She was able to express her feelings through laughter, tears or just by having fun. The Gloria Gemma Foundation was there for her and her family and was a major contributor toward her recovery.

Gloria Gemma (GG) also has support and activities for husbands, partners and children of every patient. That is why our family participates in the 5K to support the Foundation. We want women and their families that are suffering through this experience to know that they are not alone, and to have the resources that GG made available to Christine. Every family affected by breast cancer needs to know that there are hundreds of families just like them affiliated with GG who can help with all of the obstacles along the way.

Whether it's coping with the fear of the unknown, learning where one can seek professional help for depression or anxiety, understanding the complexities of health insurance, or picking out a wig, there are compassionate people ready to help. The Foundation is a happy place, a celebration of life. It helps those afflicted with this terrible illness to see a new world of opportunities, compassion and hope.

The caring and supportive staff of the Foundation and the hundreds of wonderful people we have met through the Foundation have helped us every step of the way on this journey, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Christine is now nearing five years post treatment and to date there is still no evidence of disease. We hope and pray that she will continue to remain cancer free.

Today our entire family continues to be involved with the Gloria Gemma Foundation, hoping to give something back and help others and their families cope with the trauma of breast cancer, and most importantly, to let them know that they are not alone.

Joseph J. Yanish
Cranston, RI

For more details and registration for the Gloria Gemma 5K, please visit www.gloriagemma5k.org

Run for your life at Providence Monster Dash!

It's time to start thinking about your Halloween costume!
One of the most fun and exciting running/walking events in Rhode Island will once again take place in downtown Providence on Sunday, Oct. 28. Over the past two years, thousand of runners and walkers have donned costumes to take part in the annual Providence Monster Dash 5K and Youth Monster Dash 1K. This is a great family event for all. There will be a kids 1K Monster Dash, starting at 10:30 a.m. with a "Trick or Treat" immediately following the Monster Youth 1K for all youth participants at the RI Convention Center . The youth race will be followed by the 5K, which will start at 11:00 a. m. Close to 2,000 people will traverse the streets of Providence in one of the most colorful events seen in the city. There will be zombies, vampires, werewolves, super hero's and many other strange characters to be seen.

The first 1,200 entrants in the 5K will receive a custom long-sleeved technical T-shirt. Short sleeved T-shirts will be given to all other entrants in the 5K and the Youth 1K.
Both races will start and finish at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Sabin Street. Participants can enjoy all the comforts of the RI Convention Center before and after the race. One of Rhode Island's premiere dance bands CUZIN' EDDY will be providing a entertainment to all the participants before and after the race inside the RI Convention Center. After the race there will be a Monster Bash at RI Ra Providence, located at , 50 Exchange Terrace Providence, RI 02903.

The are more than 2,000 parking spaces at the R.I. Convention Center and an additional 4,000 parking spaces at the Providence Place Mall. It is possible to walk indoors from both locations to the R.I. Convention Center where the race will start.

To REGISTER and for EVENT DETAILS, please go to www.monsterdashrace.com.


Sikorowicz, Lapierre take "Yo" Raymond Memorial 5K

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
Everyone has their own agenda before competing in a road race.
For individual men's winner Ray Sikorowicz of Lincoln, he achieved his goal of running a time in the "low 18s" at the sixth annual "Yo" Raymond Memorial 5K Saturday morning. The 45-year-old Sikorowicz finished the out-and-back Cumberland course with a victorious 18:08 clocking.
Women's champion Lauren Lapierre didn't quite meet her expectations. The former Cumberland High standout crossed the finish line, situated at Camp Ker Anna, with a time of 21:06, 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Betsy Dumais (eighth overall, 21:29) of Burrillville.
Lapierre, a sophomore at the University of Rhode Island, is currently training for her first season of collegiate running. She was aiming for a time near 20 minutes.
"My PR for the summer was 20:38 and I really wanted to get close to 20 minutes," she said. "I am very disappointed."
The 19-year-old Lapierre held the lead for nearly the entire distance, but never felt completely comfortable. In preparation for the Rams' cross-country season, she has been running as much as 55 miles per week.
Just a day prior to the "Yo" Raymond race, she didn't exactly take an easy day. Instead of logging some low mileage, she went out for an eight-mile run on a hilly course.
"I am probably thinking that didn't really help me too much," said Lapierre, who was sixth overall. "I have to take what I do in stride and push myself. I think I tried my best today. I think I could have done better. I actually like it when there is another girl in front of me. When there are guys in front I don't really expect to go as fast as the leader. I expect to go as fast as the fastest girl."
Sikorowicz, who also claimed the master's title, adjusted his pace to the humid conditions that faced the 123 finishers. He averaged 5:51 mile pace on the moderately-challenging terrain that finished with a quarter-mile incline at the end.
"I didn't want to go too fast at the first mile," he said. "I had a feeling it would get hot."
Sikorowicz, a member of the Rhode Runner running club, was a good 150 meters in front of second-place finisher Glenn Miller of Uxbridge. The 50-year-old Miller was timed in 18:37 and was the first senior in the field. Paul Prewitt, 31, of Greenville, was third at 19:24.
Sikorowicz did most of the pace-setting.
"I didn't really want to do that," he said. "But I felt good. It did get humid. It surprised me a little bit, but it was nice. I was definitely conserving a little for the hill (at the finish). I have been trying to work on my form up hills, recently, so I was able to focus in on that. I didn't want to lose track of that."
Participants in the "Yo" Raymond race enjoyed plenty of post-race refreshments as well as a generous raffle that included several attractive prizes.
Complete results are posted on RunRhody.com.

Registration Open for the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run Sponsored by Newport Hospital on November 11

JAMESTOWN, R.I. (August 16, 2012) - On Sunday, November 11, runners will get the rare opportunity to run across the Newport Pell Bridge right at the break of dawn during the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority's Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run, sponsored by Newport Hospital.

Thousands of athletes and walking enthusiasts are expected to turn out for the unparalleled scenic panoramas visible from the bridge deck. The four-mile run will begin at 6:30 a.m. in Jamestown, next to the RITBA headquarters. At the gun, runners will head over the Newport Pell Bridge and wind through downtown Newport to the finish line at the Gateway Center on America's Cup Avenue.

"The bridge is a gorgeous structure, and the opportunity to participate in a crossing like this is rare, so I encourage anyone interested to sign up and take advantage of this," said David Darlington, chairman of RITBA. "All proceeds from the race will go to Rhode Island non-profit organizations to show our support for their invaluable contributions to the community."


"Citizens Bank is proud to partner with the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority to bring a unique, innovative experience to runners all over New England," said Ned Handy, president, Citizens Bank, Rhode Island and Connecticut. "The race will benefit several of our community partners and have an impact long after the last runner has crossed the finish line."

The title sponsor of the race is Citizens Bank, and Newport Hospital is one of the principal sponsors. Proceeds will benefit several not-for-profit organizations including YMCA of Newport County, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center of Newport, Special Olympics of Rhode Island, Meeting Street, Rhode Island Sports Council, and March of Dimes Rhode Island.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and interested parties should contact Matt Gray at 401-318-2991 or via email matt@pellbridgerun.com.

Entry fees will vary starting at $35 per person through August 31, and $45 per person registering after September 1. Walkers and families are welcome. Go to www.PellBridgeRun.com to register online. Follow race activity on Twitter at @PellBridgeRun and on Facebook.com/PellBridgeRun.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority was created in 1954 by the Rhode Island General Assembly as a body corporate and politic, with powers to construct,, acquire, maintain and operate bridge projects as defined by law. The Authority has no stockholders or equity holders. It is directed by a five-member board of directors, four of whom are appointed by the governor.

13th annual Kent Hospital NK5K set for Sept. 8

The Kent Hospital NK5K on Sept. 8 has being growing in numbers over the past few years. In the 2011 event, more than 700 runners and walkers graced the starting line. The 5K run/walk (10 a.m.) takes place on an out-and-back course that finishes at North Kingstown High. It follows an easy loop through beautiful Wickford Village. Numbers are expected to reach over 700 this year. A program of several youth races will be run on the North Kingstown High track, starting at 8:30 a.m. This event is the perfect tune-up race for the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K.
There will be, once again, a great post-race party with lots of refreshments in the school stadium after the race. Entertainment will be provided by the Rhode Island's No.1 race deejay. - Skip Donnelly.
Last year's winner Eric Lonergan, a graduate of North Kingstown, will be returning to defend his title. Once again, he should be pushed all the way by multiple winner Kevin O'Neil.. Last yea'rs women's winner, Mary Narjarian, was also a North Kingstown grad and is expected to return..
The Kent Hospital NK5K will also be remembering Marissa Hayward through the Marissa Hayward Scholarship Fund and supporting Austin Gaudreau, who is still recovering from a recent serious automobile accident. The race will also generate funds for North Kingstown school sports and extra-curriculum activities at the North Kingstown schools. The first 500 entrants will receive a custom-race technical T-shirt.
Kent Hospital is the new corporate sponsor for a number of road races/walks taking place the next two years in North Kingstown and Warwick. The events will include the Kent Hospital NK5K, the Kent Hospital Ocean State 5K and a new race that will take place in the fall of 2013 at Kent Hospital.
"We are so pleased to play an active role in the health and wellness of so many people each and every day here at the hospital," said Kent Hospital CEO Sandra L. Coletta. "It is an honor for Kent Hospital to now be a part of these events that have been well known in the area for years. I think it only makes sense for the hospital to take an active role in the community encouraging healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, fun and exercise."
The Kent Hospital NK5K, in its 13th year, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at North Kingstown High. In addition, a portion of funds raised through this road race are donated back to the North Kingstown School Department for use in developing the town's high school sports and school extracurricular activities.
The Kent Hospital Ocean State 5K, in its 6th year, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30 at Goddard State Park. It will mark the conclusion of an exciting weekend of race events featuring more than 4,000 runners from schools across New England and beyond. In addition, plans are currently in the works for a third race to round out the Kent Hospital Race Series, which will be held in 2013 and will start and finish at Kent Hospital. Details about that event will be made available next summer.

Location: North Kingstown High School, 150 Fairway Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852-6207
Date: September 8, 2012
Time: Youth races start at 8:30 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start at 10:00 a.m.
To Register for the Kent Hospital NK5K goto.... www.nk5k.net

Pelletier rules Doyle five-miler

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
NARRAGANSETT - Back in the mid-1970s and early 1980s there was no denying the impact that Bobby Doyle had on the rest of his competition. He ruled the roads for one reason, his take-no-prisoner, ram-it-up-your-gut attitude. It was his race, and if you wanted to try and take it away from him, you better be prepared for a battle.
The modern-day Bobby Doyle, 2:17 marathoner and R.I.'s best road racer, Matt Pelletier, graced the starting line Saturday night of a race that bears the name of the late, great legendary runner, the fourth annual Bobby Doyle Summer Classic in Narragansett.
Facing an equally-talented competitor, one that happens to be the son of the race's namesake, Pelletier took control just past the midway point and cruised to his second crown in the popular five-miler with a time of 24 minutes, 52 seconds. Former Bishop Hendricken star and current Northeastern University junior Brian Doyle was second at 25:28. Jake Sienko, another ex-Hawk great, was third at 26:29.
Pelletier made his most decisive move between three and four miles. Holding a six-second edge over Doyle at the three-mile mark near the Point Judith Country Club on Windemere Road, the West Greenwich runner tossed in a quick 4:52 mile down Kinney Avenue and coasted to his second win since proving victorious in the inaugural 2008 event.
Race director Jim Doyle couldn't help but point out the similarities in Pelletier's gutsy effort to that of his older brother, Bobby, a two-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and seven-time Ocean State Marathon champion.
"There is no question," he said. "Bobby would have done the same thing. Bobby would have said, 'Okay, I got a couple of young kids, I am going to dust them.' To Brian's credit, he hung in there for two miles. To Matt's credit, that was a great strategy to do. He was 4:50 at the mile, 9:49 at two miles. You run with the young guy and then you go with your strength. That obviously worked for him."
Pelletier, who qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and was a winner of this year's Blessing of the Fleet 10-miler, also in Narragansett, knew he had to make his move with at least two miles remaining.
"I knew I had to get rid of him as soon as possible," he said. "Brian is much faster than me. He has more leg speed. As far as shorter races go, Brian has me hands down. I needed to get rid of him as early as possible. I tried to do it in the second mile and he came back on me. I tried to do it again in the third mile. He kind of let me go a little bit. Once we were around the corner at the top of the golf course, I had to just pour it on. If I didn't go by mile four, he probably would have reeled me in."
"I kind of got the sense he was going to take off," said Doyle, who plans to red-shirt this season at Northeastern and has been logging about 100 miles a week. "They say you only have one move in a race and I kind of used it to catch up to him at 2 1/2 miles, which I knew I had to do to hang on. I hung on for as long as I could but he's in good shape right now."
In the women's race, former Barrington High all-stater Sarah Barry, 20, claimed the top prize, finishing 22nd overall among the 184 finishers with a winning time of 31:18. Stephanie Beaudette, a 21-year-old from Johnston, was second and 28th overall at 32:16. Maddy Berkson, 17, a top middle distance runner from Classical High, was third and 33rd overall with a 33:02 clocking.
"My coaches told me to do a tempo run, to try not to race it and go at a conservative pace," said Barry, a junior at Yale University. "The downhill start is very helpful. It felt pretty easy. I just kept it really conservative until like three miles and then I was feeling good so I pushed it a little bit. At four miles I was like I just got to go up this hill and kicked it in. I was happy with my time. It's a five-mile PR."
For the first time, there was also a 5K race. Held prior to the five-miler, Bishop Hendricken sophomore Mike Potter was the first male finisher with a time of 16:22. Trish Hillery, 45, a frequent winner on the road-racing circuit and a onetime Providence College All American, took the women's title, placing 18th overall with a time of 18:49. The race drew 150 finishers.

Crawley, McNulty breeze to wins at Cumberlandfest 5K

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
CUMBERLAND - With their respective cross-country seasons approaching, Trevor Crawley and Abbie McNulty are winding down their summer training and fitting in an occasional tempo run with their weekly mileage.
One of those tempo runs was used on Saturday morning and equated to a pair of victories for the localites at the 22nd annual Cumberlandfest 5K.
Crawley, a senior at Cumberland High, led shortly after the gun was fired near Diamond Hill State Park and held that position to the finish line, posting a winning clocking of 16 minutes, 27 seconds. A junior at Bishop Feehan in Attleboro, McNulty had a similar trek en route to her first-place time of 19:53.
McNulty ran alongside her dad, Tom, as she approached the final 200-meter stretch inside the park.
"We just wanted to do a tempo," she said. "We picked it up at the end and just strided in. Otherwise, it was pretty good."
The 16-year-old McNulty is preparing for another successful fall campaign at Feehan. She finished third in the MIAA Division II state cross-country meet last year and posted a best of 18:42 for the 5K distance.
McNulty was nearly a minute ahead of her closest pursuer. Former Cumberland High standout Lauren Lapierre was the runner-up and 15th overall with a time of 20:46. Blythe Gould, 35, also of Cumberland, was third and 25th among the 108 finishers at 22:31.
Crawley is coming off a stellar junior year for Cumberland where he was the individual titlist in the 3,000-meter run at the outdoor track and field state championship. He was also third in last year's cross-country states.
He's currently running about 55 miles a week with limited speed work. His performance at Cumberlandfest proved his training is right on pace for his final year with the Clippers.
"I have been training a little harder (this summer) than the last few years," he said. "I feel good. I feel like I can do very well in the upcoming season. I have been putting in a little more mileage and little faster tempos during my normal runs."
Two of Crawley's former teammates at Cumberland occupied the next two spots. Brian Sullivan, 20, placed second with a time of 16:32 and 18-year-old Matt Sutcliffe, who graduated this past spring, was third at 17:42. Past winners and CHS alumnus David and Devin Holgate were fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 17:50 and 18:10.

MIssion Accomplished! Leslie breaks four-minute barrier at RunRhody.com Exeter/West Greenwich Mile

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
WEST GREENWICH - Consider it done.
Cory Leslie, a 22-year-old Ohio State All American and U.S. steeplechaser, became the first runner to register an outdoor sub four-minute mile on R.I. soil Tuesday night, accomplishing the feat at the RunRhody.com Exeter/West Greenwich Mile. The race, held at Exeter/West Greenwich High, was formed specifically by RunRhody.com founder and road-racing guru Charlie Breagy to make an attempt at the milestone clocking.
Leslie beat a talented field of six world-class runners with a time of 3 minutes, 58.98 seconds. Northeastern senior Eric Jenkins finished second at 4:00.13 and University of Notre Dame grad Daniel Clark was third with a 4:00.29 clocking.
Leslie, a ninth-place finisher in the steeplechase at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, led the pack through a 59-second opening 400 split. The pack remained tight with California's Christian Hesch (sixth, 4:28.36) resuming front-running duties at the half-mile mark, passed in 1:59. Leslie regained the lead just past the 1,200 checkpoint (3:01) and held that position to the finish line.
"I kind of went out in the lead and made sure we were on pace," said Leslie, who owns a personal best of 3:56.85 for the mile. "We just traded off leads until the last 400. I was fortunate enough that I was able to get to the front and break four (minutes), which is what this crowd and everyone wanted to see. I was happy to be a part of it."
Also toeing the line on a beautiful night for racing was Sean Brosnan (fourth, 4:07.06) and A.J. Acosta (fifth, 4:07.36). Five of the runners in the field had previously run under four minutes in their careers with Acosta the quickest among the bunch with a 3:53 best.
Leslie's sub four-minute effort was not the first time that anyone has ever dipped under the mark. It was also done on an indoor track. On Feb. 1, 1987, Irish Olympian Frank O'Mara led three runners under the milestone in a special event to christen the new track surface at Brown University's Olney Margolies Athletic Center. O'Mara was timed in 3:53.42. Jim Spivey of the U.S. was second at 3:55.71 and Jose Abascal was third in 3:56.74.
Leslie was confident that the feat would be accomplished on the outdoor surface.
"This is a small, talented field. We were 100-percent sure that someone would do it," he said. "We thought a few guys would and fortunately I was able to."
The mile event was held in conjunction with the Exeter/West Greenwich Sports for Kids Track Meet. More than 600 fans witnessed the race, including a multitude of youths that were competing in the weekly track series.
"What an inspiration for the kids and what an inspiration for Rhode Island athletics," Breagy said. "We said we were going to have a sub four-minute mile, and that's what we delivered. I am very, very pleased and very, very pleased to see the track enthusiasts in the crowd tonight enjoying this piece of historical running."
Runners in the Exeter Mile dedicated their race to North Kingstown High senior runner Austin Gaudreau, who was critically injured in a car crash on July 20.
"I told the guys about Austin in the hospital and actually Daniel Clark went up to the hospital to see Austin Sunday evening," Breagy said. "On the way back he suggested, 'Why don't we do this for Austin?' I thought it was a great idea. I talked with the guys. They are all runners and Austin is a fellow runner. It's a running community. They wanted to dedicate it to Austin. We are all hoping that Austin will have a successful and speedy recovery and will be back on the North Kingstown track team next year when we defend our state (outdoor) championship."

Alexander, Collins earn titles at Run4Kerri race

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Sam Alexander, one of the newest members of the BAA, and Kailin Collins, a onetime star at Mansfield High, were the respective men's and women's winners at the 11th annual Run4Kerri road race in South Kingstown, held under humid conditions Sunday morning.
Alexander, 22, of Waterford, Conn., demonstrated patience in his victory, maintaining control with a mile remaining and then holding off runner-up Nate Jenkins of Andover, Mass., down the final stretch en route to a time of 19 minutes, 26.9 seconds for the four-mile distance. Jenkins was just a few strides behind in second with his time of 19:27.9.
Jacob Edwards, 25, of Montclair, N.J., took the pace out strong, passing the mile mark at 4:33. Alexander and the chase pack were about 12 seconds behind.
"He took it out hard the first mile, and we were all hanging back," Alexander said. "We reeled him in and about mile three Nate and I separated and it was pretty much him and I until the finish."
Edwards eventually finished 17th in the race, posting a time of 22:37.7. The top six runners in the field cracked 20 minutes. Following Jenkins in third was Chris Croff of Montclair, who was timed in 19:39.5. Connecticut's Chris Zablocki was fourth at 19:42.6, past winner Matt Pelletier finished fifth in 19:46.4 and former East Greenwich all-stater Nick Ross was sixth, crossing the line at 19:46.5.
As an added bonus to entice fast times on the mostly flat Matunuck course, race officials awarded money prizes to the lead runners at each mile. That indirectly affected the strategy of the 25-year-old Collins in her race.
She was six seconds ahead of her closest pursuer, Laura Brustolon of Mystic. Collins broke the tape at 23:19.2, placing 12th among the 692 finishers. Brustolon was 22nd overall at 23:25.8. Providence's Diana Davis, a Brown grad student, was the third female, placing 25th at 23:41.1.
"Honestly, I did exactly what I said I wasn't going to do," Collins said. "I felt good after the first mile and I said I was just going to run for the checkpoints, which I said I was not going to do before the race. That was, very honestly, helpful to me in keeping the race honest throughout the course of the race. By the time it was the last mile, I had a little bit left, probably just enough to finish. I was lucky that (Brustolon) passed me with like a half mile to go. That kind of stirred a last burst."

Complete results of the Run4Kerri race are posted at RunRhody.com.

Finish for a Guinness 5K makes it worth the trek

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
The chance of some late summerlike weather, supporting a good cause, an opportunity for a PR performance and, of course, a nice, cold Irish beer at the finish line.
That (and more) is offered to participants that toe to the starting line in Warren for the fourth annual Finish for a Guinness 5K on Sept. 2.
The 3.1-mile event, which drew a record field of 350 last year, follows a relatively flat, out-and-back course that ends near the Old Warren Marina. It is held to bring awareness to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig disease, donating a majority of its proceeds to the Christopher Stone Fund.
Stone was the husband of Amy Stone, one of five sisters that created Finish for a Guinness. After he was diagnosed with the dreaded disease in 2008, the sisters - Amy Stone, Tara Thibaudeau, Erin Kopecky, Holly DaSilveira and Shannon Cisneros - formed the race to raise money to help offset the Stone family’s costly medical expenses.
Unfortunately a year later Christopher Stone lost his battle with the disease, one that affects more than 30,000 people nationwide. But the sisters continued with the event in support of others that are affected with ALS.
"We decided to continue it because not many people are aware of ALS," DaSilveira stated. "The event brings awareness as well as raises funds both important in the fight against the disease."
The race, which raised more than $6,000 last year, offers an attractive package to potential runners. First of all, it takes place on a scenic, waterfront course in historic Warren.
"It's a nice course," said DaSilveira, an avid runner. "There are a few hills but otherwise it is relatively flat. It's a good 5K for beginners as well as seasoned runners. The race continues to grow which tells us that people enjoy the event."
All participants are also treated to a post-race party at the Marina that features music provided by a DJ and plenty of goodies, including chowder, pizza and food donated by Panera Bread. To quench the thirst, all registered participants (of legal age, of course) can also enjoy a free Guinness beer at the completion of their 5K journey.
"The majority of the proceeds (for the race) go to ALS in different capacities," DaSilveira said. "The remainder is used to support local community causes in need of some assistance."
The race offers a $100 cash prize to the overall male and female winners and awards to the top three finishers in seven different age categories. The cost for the event, which includes an attractive, long-sleeved T-shirts to the first 250 registrants, is $22 prior to Aug. 29 and $25 on race day. Participants can register online (http://www.active.com/running/warren-ri/finish-for-a-guiness-5k-road-race-2012) or by mail. Checks should be made out to The Christopher Stone Fund.
The course is USATF certified by Ray Nelson. Results are provided by Organization Plus. The race begins at 10 a.m.


"Yo" Raymond 5K offers beautiful scenery, plenty of amenities

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
Location, location, location.
If that's one of your prerequisites when choosing a road race this summer then the sixth annual "Yo" Raymond Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Aug. 25 should fit the bill.
The 3.1-mile event takes place at Camp Ker Anna, a picturesque youth camp near the Diamond Hill Reservoir in Cumberland. Except for a challenging, quarter-mile incline during the final stretch, participants have the luxury of competing on a relatively flat, out-and-back terrain with the scenic reservoir in clear view through most of their journey.
"When I was young, we used to run it all the time," said race director Steve Raymond. "It offers a great view. Hopefully, people will come and really appreciate it. I think it's a great course."
Camp Ker Anna, located on 500 Reservoir Ave., has special meaning to Raymond. It's a camp that he attended for years as a youth and one that has also been a family affair for more than seven decades. It was formed in the late 1940s by his grandfather and St. Matthew's Parish in Central Falls.
Raymond's late father, Maurice "Yo" Raymond, was also involved in the camp at a young age and was a tireless volunteer from the 1970s until his passing in November of 2006. In an effort to help raise funds to support the camp, Steve Raymond felt it was only fitting to create the race in his dad's honor.
"My father's real claim to fame is he was a food inspector for the Army. He was a great cook and had great contacts with the Department of Agriculture. He used to get a lot of great produce and meats for the camp," Raymond said. "He was a big contributor and volunteered a lot of his effort. For many years, he cut the lawn for the camp. He did that right up until two months before his passing."
In its five previous years, the "Yo" Raymond 5K has raised about $25,000 with most of the proceeds supporting the popular camp, which offers day and overnight camping for area youths throughout the summer. Recently, some of the money was used to help install a new septic system.
The younger Raymond's goal for the race is to enjoy a steady incline. The event has averaged between 125-150 participants each year. He's scheduled the race in late August to hopefully lure potential high school runners to the field that are looking for good indicator on how their summer training has been going for the upcoming cross-country season.
He's also had it this time of year because the weather is often cooperative for the early-morning, 9 o'clock start.
"We have really enjoyed decent weather," Raymond said.
Two-time champion Chris Magill of Cumberland holds the men's course record of 16 minutes, 14 seconds, which he did in capturing the race in 2008. The women's mark was set last year by Cranston's Holly Mathewson, who won with a time of 20:40.
The price is right for the "Yo" Raymond 5K with registration at $18 before Aug. 23 and $20 the day of the race. All participants receive a tech T-shirt, post-race refreshments and a ticket to a generous raffle that includes several gift certificates and other amenities donated by local merchants.
To register for the "Yo" Raymond Memorial 5K go to http://www.active.com/running/cumberland-ri/yo-raymond-memorial-5k-run-2012.

Brandon Motta race supports worthwhile cause

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
Brandon Motta is a typical 10-year-old kid. He enjoys video games and the computer. He also enjoys hockey and the Boston Red Sox, particularly David "Big Papi" Ortiz.
The only difference between Brandon and most of the kids his age is he's confined to a wheelchair. At the age of two, he lost the mobility in his legs after he was clinically diagnosed with CMT disease, a neurological disorder affecting the peripheral nerves of an infector's limbs.
According to his uncle Ron Coleman, the happy-go-lucky Brandon still takes part in activities of a child his age and attends school with the assistance of a nurse. But the expenses of making life deservingly better for a child with CMT can often be astronomical.
Thus was born the Brandon Motta Fund 5K Race and two-mile fun walk to be held on Aug. 26 at Colt State Park in Bristol. The fifth-annual event was created by Coleman to assist his sister, Trish, and her husband, Mike, with the expenses of taking care of their son the best way possible.
Brandon, who also underwent life-saving surgery at the Hasbro Children's Hospital back in 2007 to insert a tracheotomy due to problems with his diaphragm and muscle weakness, weekly undergoes physical therapy. His young life has included numerous doctors' visits and continuous care.
"In 2009, (my sister and her husband) basically tore down their whole house and re-did it to make it handicap accessible," said Coleman, the race director of the Brandon Motta 5K. "They have an unfinished basement. The idea is to have it with physical therapy equipment and with an elevator so that Brandon can do physical therapy at home. The race is basically to raise money for him to have that kind of stuff...A lot goes to medical expenses."
The 35-year-old Coleman, a computer software engineer and avid runner, first began raising money for his nephew in 2006 when he competed in the R.I. Amica Marathon. Alone, he collected more than $5,000. Additionally, The Brandon Motta Fund raised about $35,000 more from a silent auction and dinner provided by the local American Legion.
In the previous four years of the Motta race, $20,000 has been raised. Coleman's goal is to not only utilize the money collected from the event for his nephew, but to assist others in need. He's hoping to attract more than 300 participants to the starting line.
The race had a top field of 196 runners a few years ago.
"One day, I would like to expand this and basically give back to CMT Foundation and Hasbro Children's Hospital," he said. "We are never going to be like the CVS Downtown 5K (the state's top road race), but we want to get bigger and make money for Brandon and other people."
The event takes place among a scenic, ocean-side background at Colt State Park. The course is fair.
"There's just one little hill that you have to go up at about mile one," Coleman said. "Everything else is pretty flat."
The cost for the race is $30 online (http://www.active.com/5k-race/bristol-ri/the-5th-annual-brandon-motta-fund-5k-and-2-mile-fun-walk-2012) prior to Aug. 25 and $40 on race day. Children under 12 are free. All participants will receive a T-shirt, a goody bag that includes such things as a water bottle and discount coupons to local merchants, and a ticket for a post-race raffle. This year's raffle features tickets to the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Coleman, who resides in Virginia, looks forward to the event every year.
"It's definitely good for me," he said. "Brandon gets a really big kick out of it. He has a big smile. It's really good. We made a lot of friendships and connections. But I enjoy mostly seeing Brandon there and people going up to him and giving him high fives. It's good. It's a fun morning."
For more information, please go to http:://www.helpbrandon.com

Historic mile event coming to R.I. on Aug. 7

The smallest state could be making some big noise next month.
A collection of the best milers in the country will be coming to Exeter/West Greenwich High in Rhode Island on Aug. 7 for the RunRhody.com Exeter Mile. The sole purpose of their visit is to break the four-minute barrier for the men's outdoor mile, a milestone clocking that has never been accomplished on R.I. soil.
Among those scheduled to compete in the 6:30 p.m. event is AJ Acosta, 24, of Eugene, Ore, who owns a personal best of 3 minutes, 53.76 seconds. Other elite runners in the field are Eugene's Jordan McNamara of Team Nike Oregon TC Elite (3:54.89 PB), John Jefferson, 29, of Brooks Team Indiana Elite (3:56.82 PB), NIke's Christian Hesch, 33, of Hollywood, Calif. (3:58.68 PB) and Sean Brosnan, of Delray, Fla. (4:02.0 PB).
There will also be a R.I. flavor to the event with some past and present high school standouts toeing the line. Former East Greenwich star Nick Ross will be part of the historical race. Organizers are also hoping that ex-high school all-staters Mark Feigan of East Greenwich and multiple state record-holder Andrew Springer of Westerly will join the field. Springer, a junior-to-be at Georgetown University, was a national mile champion on the indoor surface his senior year for the Bulldogs and has run the fastest high school mile in R.I. with a 4:02 best.
Also set to compete are recent Chariho Regional grad and All-American runner Mike Marsella and teammate Bryce Kelley. Marsella and Kelley were both members of the Chargers' national record-setting indoor 4x1 mile relay squad.
There is no charge to come to Exeter/West Greenwich and watch the potential for history to be made. The track is located at 930 Nooseneck Hill Road (Rte. 3) in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Follow updates for this event on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Exeter-Sub-4-Milers/377920538942602

Ocean's Run Half Marathon & 5K offers scenic backdrop

Take part in one of the most beautiful running races in Rhode Island at the annual Ocean's Run Half Marathon & 5K on Sept. 23. The shorter race winds through Matunuck's quiet beach communities, while the half marathon takes runners on a scenic, out-and-back course that starts at the Matunuck Elementary School and passes by East Matunuck Beach and Moonstone Beach . The 2011 race was an instant classic with its incredible on-course support and amazing volunteers. Become part of your new favorite fall race! This is a flat and easy course to run along the beautiful beach roads of Southern Rhode Island.

Check out the following course amenities:
Visible mile markers at every mile.
Road arrows and turn signs to clearly mark the course
Fluid stations at every mile
Hammer Gel, water, flattened soda and HEED on course from Mile 6 and up.
Animal crackers, pretzels and oranges on course from Mile 6 and up
Water is also available at the race start and finish line
Toilets at start and finish area and at various points along the route
Top-notch medical and volunteer support along course
HAMMER on DEMAND + Water on DEMAND bike support provided by NBX Bikes
Lead Biker and Sweeper Biker

Event information:
Date: Sunday, Sept, 23
Location - South Kingstown Town Beach; Matunuck, RI
For more information and to REGISTER.... Goto http://www.trimomprod.com/The_Ocean_s_Run.html

Kent Hospital To Host September Series of Community Road Races/Walks In North Kingstown, Warwick

Warwick, RI ... Kent Hospital is pleased to announce that it will be the new corporate sponsor for a number of road races/walks taking place this year and next in North Kingstown and Warwick. The events will include the Kent Hospital NK5K, the Kent Hospital Ocean State 5K and a new race that will take place in the fall of 2013 at Kent Hospital.
"We are so pleased to play an active role in the health and wellness of so many people each and every day here at the hospital," said Kent Hospital CEO Sandra L. Coletta. "It is an honor for Kent Hospital to now be a part of these events that have been well known in the area for years. I think it only makes sense for the hospital to take an active role in the community encouraging healthy lifestyles, physical fitness, fun and exercise."
The Kent Hospital NK5K, in its 13th year, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at North Kingstown High. The race averages about 800 runners and walkers. In addition, a portion of funds raised through this road race are donated back to the North Kingstown School Department for use in developing the town's high school sports and school extracurricular activities.
The Kent Hospital Ocean State 5K, in its 6th year, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30 at Goddard State Park. It will mark the conclusion of an exciting weekend of race events featuring more than 4,000 runners from schools across New England and beyond. In addition, plans are currently in the works for a third race to round out the Kent Hospital Race Series, which will be held in 2013 and will start and finish at Kent Hospital. Details about that event will be made available next summer.
Said race organizer Charles Breagy, "It is an honor to welcome Kent Hospital as corporate sponsor for this race series. This will be a great partnership and it will further serve to enhance these established events. Kent's participation helps raise these events to the next level of success."

For more information or to register for these upcoming events please log on to:

www.nk5k.net and/or www.oceanstate5k.com.

New Team in R.I. - "We Run This Town"

This week RunRhody.com features a local running group "We Run This Town". WRTT has been noticible at many of R.I. races over the past year. The team is growing and has fun together at local races.
The WRTT team was formed in April of 2011 and has 102 team members. Presently, the team is located in five states, including R.I. Other states include Connecticut, Vermont, Florida and Georgia.
The "We Run This Town" running group was developed to promote fitness, walking & running as a healthy lifestyle for individuals of all abilities through camaraderie, education, group training and participation in local running events in the New England area.
The "We Run This Town" group's primary focus is to improve and promote healthy lifestyles within the minority population. But the group is all-inclusive and welcomes members of all ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation. The group's secondary focus is to promote and educate members on making healthier meal choices.
WRTT will also serve as a support group for its members through weekly group walk/runs, by providing online resources and with online chat groups and forums.
To find out more about Team WRTT call 401-305-0157 or email asand71@msn.com
Go team WRTT!

Magill ends six-year drought, captures Arnold Mills race again!

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
www.runrhody.com

Even though it appears that way every Fourth of July, multiple winner Chris Magill had not won the historic Arnold Mills Road Race in Cumberland since 2006 when he out-dueled fellow BAA teammate and past champion Jim Dandeneau to the finish line.
Under wet and humid conditions for the 44th annual four-mile event Wednesday morning, the 39-year-old Magill finally returned to the victory stand in his hometown, winning his sixth crown with a time of 21 minutes, 6 seconds.
Magill, who owns a long list of top-three placements in the popular race, was a comfortable 75 yards ahead of runner-up Scott Twardowski, 23, of Rehoboth, who crossed the line in front of the North Cumberland Fire Station in 21:19. Bishop Hendricken star Colin Tierney, 16, of East Greenwich, was third in 21:29.
Magill was among the lead pack from the start. He surged to the front for good about a mile and a half into the race.
"I was just trying to stay calm and keep an even pace," said Magill, a second-place finisher in 2011. "When I got out on my own it was tough to keep the pace, but I was happy I ran faster than last year. Last year was better condition than this year. I am very pleased to get another title in my hometown."
Magill, who has had a trio of runner-up finishes and a pair of thirds since his last win, maintained steady splits. He was 5:05 after the first mile, hit two miles at 10:24 and was 15:45 at the three-mile checkpoint.
Magill had to contend with somewhat slippery conditions made by a steady rainfall that ended mere seconds after the gun was fired.
"Everybody has to run in the same conditions," he said. "Certainly I thought the humidity was brutal out there. It's okay standing around, but especially in the middle miles (it's tough) trying to stay focused and keep my lead. I thought the humidity played a factor in the time, but certainly not in the outcome of the race."
In the women's race, another past champion broke the tape with Cumberland's Katie Libby, 34, earning the title with a time of 25:21, good for 33rd overall among the 542 participants. Selena Scott, 35, of Cumberland was second at 25:47 (41st overall). Former Cumberland High standout Lauren Lapierre, 19, was third (55th overall) in 27:01.
"I had no goal," Libby said. "I was just hoping once I started, 'Let's just see what I can do.' The third and fourth miles were my slowest. The first two were better."

Complete results of the Arnold Mills race are posted on RunRhody.

Two CVS Caremark Downtown 5K winners and last year's runner up sweep at the USA Olympic Trials

At the recent US Olympic Track & Field Trials, held in Eugene, Ore., last year's CVS Caremark Downtown 5K winner Julie Culley and 2010 winner Molly Huddle from Providence took first and second in the 5,000-meter run to secure the top two spots for the U.S. team. Culley ran 15 minute,13.77 seconds for the victory with Huddle finishing less than a second behind for the runner-up spot with a 15:14.4 clocking. Kim Conley, who took second at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K in 2011, took the final slot for the team with a time of 15:19.79.
Culley, who competes for NYAC, exploded onto the running scene last year when she held off Conley of Sacramento, Calif., at the CVS race to win her first national US 5K road championship. Culley will now lead the women's 5K US team at the London Olympic Games.
Huddle currently resides in Rhode Island and is coached by Providence College track and cross-country coach Ray Treacy. Molly is also the current US record holder for the 5K distance with a personal best time of 14 minutes .44.76 seconds.
The CVS Caremark Downtown 5K is the USATF National Championship for men and women. Each year the best athletes in the U.S. come to Providence to compete for the national titles. This year race will be held on Sept. 16. Visit www.cvsdowntown5k.com for event details and to register.

New 5K featured at Doyle five-miler

For the past three years, the Bobby Doyle Summer Classic has been a five-mile race only. This year the organizers have introduced a 5K race to be run prior to the five-miler. This will give participants a choice to run one of two distances. Runners may also register to run both races to contend for the new Superman and Superwoman awards. Both race will be held on August 11 in beautiful Narragansett.
Long-sleeved, technical T-shirts will be available to the first 1,000 participant to register. Baseball hats will also be available to participants that donate $15 or more to the Scholarship fund.
Bobby Doyle was Rhode Island's premier marathon runner for more than two decades and the scholarship fund now supports young runners to attend college and many local area youth track clubs.
Once again, there will be a great post-race party that includes music and plenty of food to all participants.
To register and review event details, visit www.bobbydoyleraces.com

Worcester Firefighters 6K. Another great day for the Worcester Community.

The Worcester firefighters delivered another first-class event on June 10 when they hosted the annual Worcester's Firefighter's 6K. A record crowd was on hand to remember the firefighters that were lost over the past years. Race director John Franco and his army of volunteers are to be congratulated on delivering a great event.
The WFD6K was started after the loss of six firefighters at the Worcester Cold Storage Fire on Dec. 3, 1999. It has evolved into Worcester's biggest community and family event. This year's race also recognized the loss of FF John Davies and Lt Maurice "Mo" Zingarelli.
This year also saw the introduction of the WFD Youth 1K. All races started and finished at the beautiful Institute Park. After the race, participants and the community were all treated to a fantastic barbeque and entertainment.
Results can be viewed here on RunRhody.com



Popular Gaspee Days 5K on June 9

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
For nearly five decades, this Saturday's Allan and Edna Brown 5K Gaspee Days Road Race has been a staple event in the Pawtuxet Village.
It's held in conjunction with the Cranston/Warwick community's Gaspee Days' celebration, a series of festivities that honors a significant event to the American Revolution with the burning of the British schooner, the HMS Gaspee, on June 9, 1772.
The popular 5K race will turn 47 this weekend on what will be the 240th anniversary of the Gaspee Affair. During its history, one of Rhode Island's oldest races has consistently drawn the masses to the starting line, including nearly 1,000 finishers the last few years.
The Gaspee Days 5K, which utilizes all its proceeds to support the expenses of the race and its preceding parade, has also attracted its share of top-class talent mixed in with serious-minded and recreational runners and walkers. The course records are held by ex-Providence College stars Martin Fagan and Amy Rudolph. In 2007, Fagan covered the 3.1-mile distance in 14 minutes, 10 seconds. Rudolph, a former U.S. Olympian, broke the women's mark in 2003 with a time of 16:22.
Last year's race had 918 finishers with William Sanders of Wethersfield, Conn., claiming the men's title with a time of 14:47.2 and Mariko Holbrook of Somerville, Mass., winning the women's crown at 17:52.4.
"The Gaspee Days parade and 5K footrace is a wonderful event that honors our country's history and the men and women that sparked the American Revolution with the first blow towards freedom," race director Matthew Tsimikas said. "We honor those men and women by commemorating the event through reenactment, and inspire our parade watchers with a 5K run for freedom, symbolizing that we challenged the British on that day of June 9, 1772 with the purpose to free ourselves from British rule."
Participants in the Gaspee Days 5K will follow a moderately-challenging, out-and-back course that begins near the Scottish Rite Masonic Center on Broad Street and Rhodes Place in Cranston. Accurately measured by Ray Nelson, the route goes south on Broad Street and into Warwick via Narragansett Parkway. It then turns onto General Hawkins Drive and returns north to the finish.
"I think it's a fun race," Tsimikas said. "It's a great course to run, and you have thousands of people cheering you on."
As usual, there are plenty of amenities. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first five male and female finishers with $300 awarded to the overall winners and an additional $100 for a course record. Money will also be awarded to the top two runners in five different age categories and the first male and female finisher from Cranston and Warwick. Other prizes include gift certificates in the junior categories (age 19 and under) as well as $25 for the fastest runner wearing a colonial outfit.
Registration for the race can be done online before midnight on Friday at www.gaspee5K.org. The cost is $27 and includes refreshments and a long-sleeved, tech T- shirt. Participants can also register the day of the race ($30) from 8-9:30 a.m.
For additional information about the race and other festivities for the Gaspee Days celebration, check out the event's website at www.gaspee.com.

New Relay Option, Course Updates Announced

As Rock 'n' Roll Providence Returns

New Two Person Half Marathon Relay Offers Fewer Miles
Course Updates to Lessen Community Impact, Highlight Scenic Routes
Registration available online at www.Competitor.com

Providence, RI - May 25, 2012 - Known for a unique blend of live entertainment and fitness, the second annual Rock n Roll Providence Half Marathon will take place Sunday, August 19th, returning with an updated course and a new relay option. The 13.1 mile race will feature local bands and motivating cheerleaders every mile of the course, entertaining runners along with the cheers of hundreds of spectators. Rock n Roll Providence debuted in 2011 as the largest half-marathon in New England, with more than 7,000 entrants.

The race will once again start and finish in downtown Providence near the State Capitol Building on Gaspee Street, and travel past many of Providence's major landmarks such as the Roger Williams Memorial and the Athenaeum Library. Runners will get a brief tour of three of the city's major universities, and travel along Swan Point, Blackstone Park and India Point, with scenic views of the Seekonk River.

In 2012, the course has been re-routed behind Miriam Hospital, which will lessen the impact on the hospital and allow runners to enjoy the scenery along Stenton Road. Drivers inside the race course area will be directed to metering points that will safely allow residents to cross the runner path. Runners will enjoy waterfront views along the second half of the course as the moving block party loops back toward downtown for an exciting finish.

For those looking for an introduction to distance running or a way to run with a friend or family member, Rock n Roll Providence will also offer a two person half-marathon relay. The first runner will complete approximately 5 miles, and the second will complete approximately 8 miles, exchanging batons near Lippitt Memorial Park. Relay runners will enjoy the full Rock n Roll experience with the same perks as those completing the full 13.1 miles.

"We wanted to highlight the beauty and history of Providence while also improving the experience for neighboring residents and businesses," said Doug Thurston, Vice President of Course Operations. "We're excited to offer the half marathon relay option and allow more people to participate in what is truly a unique running experience through one of New England's most charming cities."

No matter what distance they complete, runners will be invited to join friends and family for a post-race concert and finish line festival on the State House grounds. Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center. A runner's ultimate resource, the Expo brings together nearly 100 exhibitors offering the best in gear, nutrition, and training along with legendary running experts and athletes hosting interactive clinics.

Registration and more information is available online at Competitor.com.

About Rock n Roll Providence
A Competitor event, the 2nd annual Rock n Roll Providence Marathon Half Marathon will return on Sunday, August 19, 2012. Live bands and cheerleaders will entertain participants along every mile of the scenic course, which starts at the State Capitol in downtown Providence and travels past many of city's historic landmarks, universities and the scenic Seekonk River. The race concludes with a finish line festival and headliner concert on the State House grounds. A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18. The free expo is open to the public and will feature the latest in running apparel and nutrition products. Online registration for the event is open at Competitor.com.

Rhode Island's premier running and walking store Rhode Runner expands to a running state of the art new store

Rhode Runner has recently opened its new store at 657 North Main St. in Providence, R.I. The staff loves having so much new space to better serve Rhode Runner's customers! The store has expanded from 1,200 square feet up to 4,000 square feet.

Eric Lonergan states: "The added space allows us to have more community events! We have begun our Yoga and Zumba classes. Yoga is Monday at 5:30 p.m, Zumba is Tuesday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. We will soon be starting cooking/nutrition classes as well as free regularly scheduled Good Form Running clinics.

"This jump in square footage allows Rhode Runner to carry more great running and walking brands. One
of which is Moving Comfort, the number one selling sports bra in the country! We have also brought in some great North Face apparel and footwear. These new brands fit in well with our existing lines and create more choices for Rhode Runner customers."

Rhode Runner will be hosting fundraisers as well, one of which is to benefit the New England Distance Project on July 1st from 6-9 p.m. There will be food, drinks, an auction and a screening of the Olympic Trials! Admission is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit www.nedistance.org for more info.

All of these events take place in the new New Balance community room. This room is open to use by anyone in the area so feel free to contact us by email, phone, or visit www.rhoderunner.com to use the space!

The Rhode Runner Running Club has become official! There are weekly workouts on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for club members and also a second run on Saturday at 8 a.m.

Each member receives a singlet, personalized training and a 15% discount to all who sign up, click here for more info. We hope our customers enjoy our new space as much as we do and we look forward to better serving our customers into the future! " Visit www.rhoderunner.net to find out store hours and driving directions.

Solid efforts at Navigant Credit Union Cherry Tree Running Festival

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
Under a hot sun, the Lone Star State shined brightly Sunday morning as Texas runners Robert Edmonds and Caitlin Masse earned the respective men's and women's individual titles at the Navigant Credit Union (NCU) Blackstone Valley Half Marathon.
The 22-year-old Edmonds, a former Trinity University star, was never seriously challenged on the out-and-back course and toured the 13.1-mile distance in a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, 37.5 seconds. Finishing a distant second was Cranston's Matt Gingras in 1:21:58.1. Cumberland's Jeff Mutter, 52, was third and the first senior with a time of 1:23:42.8.
Masse, 23, also a Trinity grad, was 19th among the 506 finishers with a 1:32:02.3 clocking. Julie Collins of Cranston was second and 26th overall at 1:34:23.9.
The race, which started and finished at the Pawtucket City Hall, went through four communities, including Cumberland, Central Falls, Lincoln and Pawtucket. The half marathon was the first of three races of the Cherry Tree Running Festival that also featured a 5K and a 1K kids' race
Cumberland's Chris Magill, seven months shy of the big 4-0, claimed the individual title in the NCU Cherry Blossom 5K. Magill, who competes for the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), led from the opening gun and won with a time of 16:24.3. Providence's Alan Bernier, 37, was the runner-up in 16:59.3.
"I just went out quickly and after about 800, 1,200 meters, I was all by myself," Magill said. "I kind of just ran a hard tempo run."
The former St. Raphael Academy standout has overcome a few setbacks in his career recently and appears to be back on track. On April 15, he cracked five-minute pace at the BAA 5K with a time of 15:26.
"Things are going well," Magill said. "I am 39 and I'll be 40 in December. I am really trying to ramp it up and be competitive in the masters."
Bernier, of Rhode Runners Inc., was running his second race in as many days. He realized almost instantly that the odds for a victory were slim.
"Right when I saw Chris on the line," Bernier said. "He beat me at the (Willow Tree Turkey Trot) on Thanksgiving in a close race. I know that he has been doing a lot of work and is pretty fit now. I knew he was going to outclass me. I was pretty sore and he is definitely a little faster than I am."
Brown University grad student Diana Davis, a frequent winner on the local road racing circuit, copped the women's title with a time of 20:00.8, good for ninth overall. She outlasted 59-year-old Zofia Wieciorkowska of Stratford, Conn., who finished second and 10th overall at 20:04.8.
"This girl with headphones went out really fast at the beginning," Davis said. "I followed her and then going up the hill (at .25 miles) I went by her and (Wieciorkowska) went by me on the right pretty fast so I just tucked in behind her. We ran together for about two miles and then I wanted to get a little bit ahead. I got a little bit ahead going down the downhill (at the end), but she really kicked down the hill and caught me again. About the three-mile mark I had to really, really run fast. It was tough."
In the NCU Youth 1K, Cumberland's Emma Tziachris captured the overall crown in a time of 2:40.7. Taking second was Julian Aristizabal of Pawtucket at 2:44.7.

10K by the Bay (May 26) offers scenic, fast course

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
RunRhody.com
The first year nearly 100 graced the starting line. Last year, about 150 answered the gun.
Race director Stephen McGuire is hoping that upward climb continues on Saturday, May 26 for the third annual 10K by the Bay (and 5K walk) - a flat and fast 6.2-mile event in the Buttonwoods section of Warwick.
"We'd love to see 300," McGuire said. "I would be really happy with that."
There are several reasons to mark the 10K by the Bay on your race calendar. With an overload of 5K races, it's rare to find the more-challenging 10K distance in the state (or beyond). The race also takes place on a scenic course in one of Warwick's most affluent neighborhoods, offering majestic views of Narragansett Bay.
To top it all off, 10K by the Bay donates most of its proceeds to The Children's Dyslexia Center of Rhode Island (dyslexiari.org). Formed in Cranston in 2001, the Center, located on One Rhodes Place, provides multi-sensory reading and written language tutorial service to children suffering with dyslexia. It also offers a training course for qualified adults, who wish to work with individuals with dyslexia. All of the above are free of charge.
During its initial 10 years, 165 children have received services and 85 individuals have been trained to become tutors. The Center is partially funded by the Scottish Rite Masons and other charitable organizations. More than $5,000 is needed to support one child for a one-year program.
McGuire, a board member of The Children's Dyslexia Center of R.I., recognizes its importance.
"I think it's vital that youths learn to read," he said. "Disabilities, such as dyslexia, make it difficult for some youths. I think it is great that we are able to fix it at no cost to the family."
The 10K race, sanctioned by USA Track & Field, follows an out-and-back route that begins and ends at the Shrine/Masonic Family Center on 116 Long Street. The course traverses through several streets in the Buttonwoods area, including Long Street, Asylum Road, Steven O'Connor Boulevard, Wethersfield Drive and Capron Farm Drive.
"It's a really flat 10K," McGuire noted.
In last year's event, William Sanders of Wethersfield, Conn., set the men's course record with a time of 32 minutes, 7 seconds. He defeated one of the state's best runners,North Kingstown native Eric Lonergan, who crossed the line at 32:29. Brown University grad student Diana Davis of Providence defended her title in 2011 with the current women's mark of 38:29.
Once again the race will offer prize money to the top three male and female finishers with $200 awarded to the individual winners. Second place will receive $100 and third place will be given $50. Prizes will also be given to the victors in six different age categories, including age 19 & under, 20-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus.
The race begins at 10 a.m. with the walk following shortly after. There will be post-race refreshments, such as hamburgers and hot dogs. All entrants will also be eligible for raffled prizes. Pre-registration for the race is $25 for the 10K and $15 for the 5K walk. For walkers 12 and under, the cost is $5. Early registration must be received by May 24 to guarentee a T-shirt. Race day registration, beginning at 8 a.m., is $30 for the 10K.

Registration is available online at: http://www.active.com/running/warwick-ri/10k-by-the-bay-2012

For more information goto: http://oplusracemanagement.com/pdfs/12bythebay10k.pdf



Navigant Credit Union Running Festival May 20, 2012 includes the Blackstone Valley Half Marathon, the Navigant Cherry Blosson 5K and the Navigant Kids 1K

The second annual Navigant Credit Union Running Festival will take place on Sunday, May 20, 2012. All three races will start and finish on Roosevelt Avenue in Pawtucket RI. The Navigant Credit Union Blackstone Valley Half Marathon will start at the Pawtucket City Hall and then take participants on one of the most beautiful half marathon courses in New England. Experience the beauty of the Blackstone Valley as the half marathon heads west along the Blackstone river and then starts the return journey eastward back from the George Washington along the Blackstone Valley Bike Path along the banks of the Blackstone river and canal. Enjoy the views as you cross several bridges. This is a fast course and should generate a lot of personal best times for participants.
If the Blackstone Valley Half Marathon is too far for you....then consider registering for the Navigant Credit Union Cherry Blossom 5K. This course will also start on Roosevelt Avenue and head east before changing direction north to run past the Pawsox stadium.
And don't forget to bring the kids for the Navigant Credit Union Youth 1K race.

All running festival details, race courses and registration for the Navigant Credit Union Running Festival races is available at: www.ncurun.com

South County Food, Fun and Fitness race coming soon

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
The South County Food, Fitness and Fun 5K, to be held on April 22 at 9 a.m., follows a "gently rolling" out-and-back course in downtown Wakefield.
But more importantly the inaugural event, which also includes a One-Mile Family Stroller Walk, supports a very, worthwhile cause.
All proceeds from the five-kilometer race will benefit the South County Food, Fitness and Fun (SCFFF) Program, a fitness and nutritional counseling program for children between the ages of 7-11 that was formed three years ago by a group of dedicated and committed community members and pediatricians.
Recent statistics indicate that nearly 50 percent of children in Rhode Island have weight issues. In conjunction with the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Rhode Island and Busy Bodies Studios, LLC, SCFFF provides those youths and their parents a valuable source to learn about healthy lifestyle.
Presently, the program consists of two 16-week sessions that are held in the fall and spring. The sessions include various fitness activities for the kids and nutritional counseling for both the parents and their children.
Among the highly-qualified organizers that are involved in the program are local pediatricians Dr. Celeste Corcoran of Coastal Medical Narragansett Bay and Dr. Heather Dibiaso of Wakefield Pediatrics, Dr. Stephanie Marchand, a Hasbro Children's Hospital Nutritionist, Dr. Geoffrey Greene, Director of Nutrition and Science at URI, and Rachel Clough, owner of Busy Bodies Studio, a family-friendly dance and fitness studio in Wakefield.
"We are very dedicated community members that have given countless hours to the program," Clough said. "It's a program we are very invested in and are going forward."
Clough, who is the race director of the 5K race, indicated that children are referred to the program by their physicians. If the qualified children and their parents choose to participate, the fee is no cost. In order to make this possible, fundraising events like the upcoming road race are necessary.
"The program is free to participants, but obviously it costs a great amount to provide this quality program," she said. "The program itself is basically done as a study. People can learn how to make changes in their future. It's a 16-week program that parents and children can do together. The kids do fitness activities and the children and their parents learn about healthy nutrition and about food options. Each week it's a different subject. It's all about learning healthy lifestyles."
In keeping with the theme of fitness, SCFFF members decided last year on the 5K event. The race begins and ends at Busy Body Studios, located on 12 High Street. The course takes place alongside a scenic route through Wakefield. There will be a generous raffle that will include such things as a one-week cottage rental at Narragansett Beach, a three-month membership to Anytime Fitness, restaurant gift certificates and many other great prizes. Refreshments will also be available as well as an abundance of activities for the kids after the race, including a Bounce House. T-shirts will be given to all entrants pre-registered before April 19.
The race will also offer cash prizes to the top three male and female finishers and awards to the top three finishers in seven different age categories. Ribbons will be given to all participants in the Stroller Walk.
"This is going to be a very, family-friendly race," Clough said. "Our goal is we'd like to see 200 participants between the runners and walkers. I think it's going to be a real fun day for the families. It should be a really fun day."
The cost for the South County Food, Fitness and Fun 5K is $20 before April 22 and $25 the day of the race. Pre-registration for the walk is $10 and $15 on race day. Registration on race day will begin at 7:30 a.m. The race is managed by Organization Plus and is accurately measured by Ray Nelson.
To register on-line, go to Active.com and search for South County Food, Fitness and Fun Race. For race information, contact Narragansett Bay Pediatrics at 789-5924 or send an e-mail to scfoodfitnessandfun@gmail.com.




Brightman, Jaswell take titles at Jamestown Bridge 10K

By STEPHEN MAZZONE
Unlike the inaugural event where a nor'easter greeted the participants, the more than 700 runners and walkers at Saturday's Jamestown Bridge 10K were welcomed to ideal weather for racing with a bright sun and a cool breeze.
"We had 40-mile-per hour winds, driving rain and we still had 900 people do it last year," said race director Kathy Robbins. "I am actually thrilled with the great weather and the fact that we got a lot of people to come back even after they ran in last year's race with really hideous conditions. We planned for in climate weather. We brought out the big tent, the hot food. So of course it's beautiful and sunny."
In the men's race, it was a two-man battle between Providence's Steve Brightman and John Mentzer of Portsmouth, N.H. After running within a stride of each other for most of the scenic course, Brightman put on a surge with a little more than a mile remaining en route to a winning net time of 35 minutes, 44.48 seconds. Mentzer snared the runner-up spot at 35:51.11.
"My original strategy was to take it out easy until the first hill and see what happened on that hill," Brightman said. "(Mentzer) pushed me a little harder for the first part of the race."
The two runners immediately broke from the field on the opening downhill stretch and already built a sizable gap over their competitors on the first uphill portion on the Jamestown Bridge. After running nearly side-by-side the next four miles, Brightman was finally able to distance himself from Mentzer at the crest of the Bridge for the final mile.
Mentzer kept within striking distance the last half mile to the finish, an uphill climb that finished on the exit ramp of Boston Neck Road. But the 43-year-old Brightman managed to secure his title by maintaining a consistent pace and his 50-meter lead the last challenging stretch.
"Right on the last hill (on Jamestown Bridge), I thought I had to make a move," Brightman said. "I train a lot on hills so that's my strong suit so I figured that's the best place to go. I wanted to put a gap in case he came back at the end."
Former Johnston High standout Megan Jaswell, 24, claimed the women's crown, placing 12th overall with a time of 40:14.66. Middletown's Kellie Tabor-Hann was second and 24th overall with a 43:03.3 clocking.
"Those hills were a killer," Jaswell said. "But it was a great run, one of the most beautiful that I have done."
The Jamestown Bridge 10K is one of seven events created Robbins and her company, TRIMOM Productions LLC. Next on the agenda is The Battle of Burlingame Mountain Bike Classic at Burlingame State Park in Charlestown. That event will feature a high school invitational race on May 5 and the Mountain Bike Classic on May 6.
All events in the TRIMOM series benefit various organizations.
Robbins said. "I am an athlete and I am here for the athletes and we try to give back to the local communities...Whatever town I am in I try to give back to locally to the recreation departments and that kind of thing."

Shape Up RI and Girls on the Run to Partner For Providence 5K Walk/Run in June

March 23, 2012 - [Providence] Shape Up RI, the award-winning Rhode Island wellness campaign, and Girls on the Run Rhode Island, a non-profit program that encourages healthy lifestyles among preteen girls, are partnering for a 5K (3.1 miles) walk/run event on Saturday June 2, 2012. The event will begin at 9:00 AM at The Temple to Music at Roger Williams Park. The 5K is open to the public - women, men, girls and boys are welcome to participate.
Since 2006, Shape Up RI has been harnessing the power of social media and healthy competition to encourage Rhode Islanders to lead healthier lifestyles. Now in its seventh year, Shape Up RI has reached 70,000 participants, becoming a welcome feature of wellness programs at some of Rhode Island's largest employers.
Girls on the Run is a volunteer-led after school program that weaves training for a 5K run with fun, experience-based lessons that improve self-awareness, build a collection of positive experiences and inspire life-changing confidence through accomplishment for preteen girls. Founded by four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete Molly Barker in 1996, the program began in Charlotte, North Carolina with 13 girls. To date, the program has served hundreds of thousands of girls and is now offered in nearly 180 cities across North America. Girls on the Run Rhode Island launched in spring 2012 and is serving 36 girls. The 10-week curriculum concludes with the girls completing a 5K.
- We're thrilled to help Girls on the Run Rhode Island celebrate its inaugural season, said Shape Up RI Founder & Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar. -Molly Barker\'s remarkable program introduces fun exercise to girls at an age when kids are still reliant on adults for information related to health and wellness.
Girls on the Run Rhode Island Executive Director Hannah Colestock said, -Collaborating with Shape Up RI for this inaugural 5K event is a natural fit for Girls on the Run.
Colestock added, -Both organizations share the mission of using teamwork to make Rhode Islanders healthier and happier - no matter their age. We look forward to celebrating each participant as they cross the finish line.

Nearly time to hop over the Jamestown Bridge 10K!

The Jamestown Bridge 10K
Race day is April 7th, 2012

Once again, runners from all over will get the opportunity to run over one of the greatest and most beautiful landmarks in Rhode Island and New England - The Jamestown Bridge!

Starting on the North Kingstown side of the bridge, runners will head down the bridge on-ramp and begin the first of race's three climbs. Once runners reach the peak of the bridge for the first time, they will be treated to the spectacular view the Jamestown Bridge offers of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge. Runners descend the bridge and exit at the Tasshtassuc exit ramp in Jamestown.
A quick pass through the quiet and quaint streets of Jamestown, along the water and under the bridge, brings the runners to the Helm Street entrance in Jamestown for the return of the run. The second of the climbs awaits runners here, but rewards are a plenty again with the stunning views. Then, a quick descent and the final finish climb to the off-ramp in North Kingstown and the finish line of this USATF-Certified Course!
Runners will enjoy a finisher's party in the Park N' Ride featuring chowder from Chelo's, a commemorative mug of coffee from UN Coffee, fruit, pizza, bagels, cookies and muffins.
Online registration is available until April 5th. After that, you can register at the NKHS from 3pm - 7pm on April 6th and from 6:30am - 8:30am on April 7th at the Park N' Ride!

Goto

http://www.trimomprod.com/The_Jamestown_Bridge_10K.html

for all the details!

Bunny Hop 5K serving multiple purposes

Story by the RunRhody Scribe.
Contact The Scribe at: Scribe@RunRhody.com
EAST GREENWICH - Back in 2003, Peter Dion reinstated the boys' cross-country program at East Greenwich High after a 10-year hiatus from the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.
It didn't take Dion's Avengers too long to get noticed among their peers. During his nine years as the head coach, E.G. has won five Class C titles as well as a state crown in 2007.
With his new East Greenwich Track Club (EGTC) that he formed this past February and a soon-to-be youth summer track series, Dion wants to continue the momentum of his resurgent program and the equally-successful girls' team, a squad that has amassed nine Class C cross-country titles since 1997.
One way he hopes to finance these current endeavors is with the inaugural Bunny Hop 5K and one-mile fun run. The event is set to take place on Saturday, April 14 at Goddard State Memorial Park in East Greenwich. Proceeds for the race will be used primarily to sponsor the upcoming track series on the high school grounds.
"The whole idea behind the race is to fund the track series for the young kids so they can go at no cost," said Dion, who has also been the head boys track coach the last five years. "We need runners to run to get support. If we do it right, we should be okay."
The race will follow a sanctioned, fast terrain at Goddard Park, home to several other races of its kind throughout the year. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers in seven different age categories. There will also be team awards, including multiple high school categories.
The fun run, open to youths between the ages of 5-14, will begin at 9 a.m. with the 5K run/walk starting at 10:30. Also featured among the day's events is an egg hunt for the little tykes at 9:30.
Registration for the race can be done online at egtrackclub.com or on racewire.com. T-shirts are guaranteed to all participants that sign up before March 14.
"If we can have a race that supports our summer series, that's our goal," Dion said. "We are a non-profit organization. It's all about keeping the balance sheet above zero."
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The 46-year-old Dion, a top hurdler for North Kingstown in the 1980s, expressed excitement in his upcoming track series, which will be held Wednesday nights during the summer months on the school's brand-new track. The series is open to youths from Pre-K to age 14. Some of the events that will be featured are the 50-meter dash for the young ones as well as the 100, 800, mile and the turbo javelin.
Several volunteers and coaches, such as Dion and girls' coach Erin Newman, will be on hand during the track meets. Ribbons will be awarded.
The track series will serve multiple purposes. In addition to exposing the youths to competition, information will also be provided by qualified individuals on exercise, diet and proper training.
A health and physical education teacher at Cole Middle School in E.G. , Dion stressed the importance of his cross-country and track and field programs, and the sport in general.
With obesity and Type 2 diabetes experiencing a rapid climb among youths, an aerobic sport such as track and cross country is something that can diminish the numbers.
That's another reason behind his track club and next month's road race.
"I want to promote an active healthy lifestyle and get kids to be part of track and field at a young age," he said. "We are trying to give them a (tool) to do that."

It's deja vu! Lonergan, Bohlke make it 2-for-2 in Tour de Patrick, win St. Pat's 5K

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PROVIDENCE - The opening mile of the St. Pat's 5K is somewhat challenging, featuring a substantial incline after the first 600 meters.
Eric Lonergan knew all about the course and its tough start, having competed in the Providence event last year.
But the North Kingstown native wasn't about to hold back in Saturday's race, especially after what happened in 2011 when he was denied a sweep in the three-race Tour de Patrick series by finishing less than four seconds behind individual winner Stephen Pretak of Connecticut.
Blitzing his first mile at a sizzling 4:45 clip, Lonergan was far ahead of the field by the time he crossed the finish line in front of the R.I. State House, capturing the individual crown with a time of 15:17.3. The 26-year-old runner was nearly 200 meters ahead of his closest pursuer, runner-up Scott Twardowski of Smithfield (15:41.7).
In the women's race, Joan Bohlke of Waltham, Mass., was a convincing victor by finishing 21st overall among the nearly 4,000 participants with a 17:34.5 clocking. Providence's Madeline McKeever was second and 45th overall at 18:46.8.
In terms of the Tour de Patrick, it was deja vu for Lonergan and Bohlke. Both runners captured the overall titles in the first race of the series on March 3 by breaking the tape at the Irish 5K in Pawtucket. The triumphant pair can now make it 3-for-3 and a trip to Ireland by outlasting the field at the Celtic 5K in Worcester on Sunday, the series' final event.
With thoughts of last year still fresh in his mind, Lonergan established his position up front quickly by ignoring the strong crosswind with his fast opening mile, a sub five-minute split that instantly gave him a sizable lead.
"Last year it came down to a little kick at the end and I lost," he said. "I didn't want it to happen again."
With spectators for the race and the preceding St. Patrick's Day Parade lined along the mostly Smith Street course, Lonergan gradually increased his sizable cushion.
By the time he reached two miles at roughly 9:50, it was clear he wouldn't have to reach down with another strong spurt to the tape.
"I felt a little beat after that first mile. I am not going to lie," he said. "It took a little bit out of me. I was still a little tired coming back. But other than that, I was alright."
Smithfield's Ryan Busby was third overall at 15:41.7 and Ashaway's David Hurley also cracked 16 minutes, running 15:51.6 to place fourth.
The 33-year-old Bohlke was more than nine seconds faster than her win last week. She also took care of business after the first mile.
"It was pretty much the same (as the Irish 5K). I felt pretty good," said the former Providence College harrier. "I went out a little fast, like 5:20 something. I had no idea what the course was going to be like so that was a little surprising. The wind was worse than I thought it was going to be on the way out. I think by the time we came back I just tried to relax and enjoy the last mile. I really didn't want to push it too much because I am going to run (the Celtic 5K) tomorrow. I really didn't want to push it too much. Overall, I felt pretty good."
McKeever was a bridesmaid for the second straight race of the series. Tiffany Spearman of South Boston was third and 51st overall in 19:12.6.
Lonergan and Bohlke are now the overwhelming favorites to win the Tour de Patrick - based on cumulative times in the series - and the grand prize of a trip to Ireland. The all-expense paid trip was somewhat of a surprise to Bohlke when she first signed up for last week's Irish 5K.
"It was totally by chance," she said. "I was going to see my parents in Connecticut and I wanted to do a workout on the way to Connecticut so I looked for a road race. I found one in Rhode Island that was right off of (Route) 95 and said, 'Why don't I do that. It has an Irish theme.' I thought that was awesome. I then looked at the website and said, 'Wait a second. It's a whole series and I can win a trip to Ireland.' It was totally by chance."

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After a two-year hiatus from running, the 30-year-old Spearman has been enjoying some success once again on the track and the roads. The former Woonsocket High star, who competes for New Balance-Boston, gained her inspiration to return to her passion after the untimely death of her high school coach, the late great R.I. marathoner Bobby Doyle.
"His brother, Jim, and Holly Walton, Bobby's best friend, took me under their wings," Spearman said."Holly started calling me every week and giving me training regiments. I moved up to Boston and started training on my own. I ran the Brendan Doyle Brain Injury race and ran 18:42 and I kind of figured I was back…That was the first race that signified the training was doing what it was supposed to do."
Spearman misses her late coach, the eight-time Ocean State Marathon winner who died of a heart attack on Dec. 14, 2007.
"Bobby was like a father to me." she recalled. "His two youngest sons, Connor and Brian, I used to baby sit. I was at his house. Before his daughter, MacKenzie, was born I was like the daughter he never had. He took me under his wings. I dearly miss Bobby. I am still really good friends with his son, Brendan Doyle. He held significance in my life."
Spearman, who logs about 60 miles a week, ran two marathons last year with a best of 3:07 at the ING Miami Marathon. She's aiming to do another one this year with her eyes set on the Potomac River Marathon on May 6.
"My goal is to break three hours and to win a marathon,"said Spearman, who competed in multiple events while at Woonsocket. She ran the 5K distance in the 19-minute range and had a best of 5:30 for the mile. "That's what I would really like to do."

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Participants of the St. Pat's 5K were introduced to an innovative new timing device at the conclusion of the race, provided by Yankee Timing and Race Management. Located on their portable headquarters near the course was a small TV screen. Participants stepped on a toe board below the screen and were able to view their own personal race results.
"Anything I can put in the data base I can put out there," said Bill Rozen, Director of Operations for Yankee Timing.
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The Irish theme continues on St. Patrick's Day this Saturday with the inaugural Shamrock Shuffle 5K at North Kingstown High.Online registration is still open for this exciting, new race that begins at 9 a.m. and supports school sports and activities at the high school. To register online, go to shamrockshuffle5k.com.

Lonergan, Bohlke claim titles at Irish 5K

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PAWTUCKET - When Joan Bohlke looked out her window Saturday morning, just a few hours before the start of the Irish 5K in Pawtucket, she wasn't exactly thrilled.
The conditions were raw with a steady rainfall and the temperature barely 40 degrees.
"I don't particularly run well in this weather," stated the 33-year-old Waltham runner. "I have a real hard time staying warm. My legs get really tight."
Luckily for the nearly 800 participants in the 5K event, the first of three races in the popular Tour de Patrick series, the weather improved with only a slight drizzle by the 11 a.m. start. And Bohlke, a former Providence College graduate, took full advantage of the 'gift' she was given, claiming the women's crown with a time of 17 minutes, 43 seconds, good for eighth overall.
Eric Lonergan, of North Kingstown and Rhode Runner, Inc., defended his men's title, holding off a challenge from Worcester's Paul Noone to break the tape a winner with a 15:54 clocking. Noone, 28, finished second at 15:58, while Cumberland High grad Brian Sullivan placed third at 16:44.
Bohlke, a middle-distance specialist with 2:05 800-meter speed, was never contested on the out-and-back course that starts and finishes in front of the Pawtucket City Hall. She established her front-runner position with a quick, opening mile and was never challenged. Providence's Madeline McKeever, 25, was a distant second and 18th overall at 19:04.
"I was 5:35 for the first mile and the second mile was slower," Bohlke said. "I thought I was keeping up the pace. The last mile was like 5:20, so I was able to bring it down, which is actually good."
Bohlke, who ran her 800 best just two years ago when she qualified for the USATF Outdoor Nationals, is currently training for the track. She s focusing her attention on the 1,500 at the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina at the end of the month.
But before heading south, she'll hit the roads two more times. Bohike plans to compete in all three races of the Tour de Patrick with the St. Pat' s 5K in Providence on March 10 the next event on her agenda. The Celtic 5K in Worcester the following day, March 11, concludes the series.
"Today, if the weather had been better, I would have liked to have done 17:30 or under and next week get a little faster," she said.
Even though the weather wasn't completely to her liking, Bohlke never considered being a no-show.
"I knew I had to do a workout anyways,"she said. "I was going to be outside in the rain anyway, so I thought if I am going to be out doing a workout this looked like a fun way to get a workout in."
Despite his victory last year, Lonergan didn t decide to defend his crown until recently.
"I actually didn t plan on running today," he said. "(Race director) Charlie (Breagy) had a number pick-up at Rhode Runner, and since I work there I figured I might as well pick up a packet.
"I have been consistently training. I actually had a workout yesterday and had one three days ago. (This race) fell right after the workout so I wasn't sure if I was going to race."'
The 26-year-old Lonergan, a former North Kingstown High School and Rhode Island College standout, didn't take the outright lead until just before two miles. He was in third after the first mile, which he passed in 5:05.
"I figured I was going to stay at a consistent pace throughout the race," he said. "I wasn't too concerned about what place I was going to come in. I was more concerned with staying consistent the whole time."
Lonergan made his move for the title on the fast 5K course with a mile remaining. Noone never let him get in the comfort zone, however.
"I made a little surge and then he came back to me," he said. "I figured he was in it. I put my head down and said just stay at what pace I am at and finish strong. That was kind of the goal."
Lonergan is presently logging about 70-80 miles a week and indicated he could be back next weekend at the St. Pat s race. He's also looking for something longer.
"I think I am shooting for a half marathon in the spring; maybe the Navigant Credit Union Blackstone Valley Half Marathon race (in Pawtucket)," he said.
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Steve Brightman, 43, of Providence (sixth, 17:37) and Jennifer Hogan, 41, of Fitchburg, Mass. (77th, 22:23) captured the respective master's titles. Among other notable performances was a seventh-place finish from 51-year-old Cumberland native Jeff Mutter (17:41) and a tenth-place showing from Brendan Doyle, the son of the late marathon great Bobby Doyle. The 30-year-old Doyle, a R.I. State Trooper who suffered a near-fatal head injury attempting to stop a reckless driver while off-duty nearly five years ago, cracked 18 minutes with a time of 17:55.

R.I. sparkles at New England meet; Keating uncorks 4:54 mile

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ROXBURY, Mass. - Rhode Island made its presence known at the New England Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday night by winning seven events, including an impressive victory by La Salle Academy senior Molly Keating in the mile run.
Keating highlighted the night for Little Rhody by dipping under the five-minute barrier for the first time in her career with a nearly nine-second personal best and meet record of 4 minutes, 54.57 seconds. Senior teammate Madison Meehan was third at 4:59.78.
Keating battled Maine's Bethanie Brown for most of the race. Brown did most of the pacesetting with Keating just a half stride behind. The duo, along with Meehan, was 2:27 at 800.
Keating forged to the front with 200 meters remaining, was passed by Brown shortly after, and regained the lead for good with 150 meters left with a decisive surge.
"The plan was to go out like she normally does in Rhode Island and just go out and lead," said La Salle coach Kelly Martin. "If the other girl was going to go with her, just battle her; just battle her and stay consistent with the splits. She was super consistent. She went 2:27 and 2:27. That's just amazing. You don't see that very often. (Three) athletes going under five minutes, it's just incredible."
Keating also sizzled to a 2:12 to anchor the Rams' winning 4x800 relay squad of Madison Meehan (2:16), junior Caitlin Marino (2:20) and senior McKenzie Meehan (2:16) to a state record of 9:07.28, smashing the existing mark by more than nine seconds.
Charhio Regional senior Mike Marsella captured the two-mile run by taking his first and final lead with 600 meters remaining. Breaking away from the field with a final 200 split of 30 seconds, Marsella broke the tape at 9:16.2. Earlier in the meet, the gifted Charger anchored his team's victorious 4x800 squad to a meet record of 7:51.22 with a final leg of 1:52.75. Senior Dan Kilcoyne (1:59.91), junior Jake Kilcoyne (2:02.31) and junior Bryce Kelley (1:56.01) comprised the remaining members.
The Hope girls of Royal Cheatham, Shyniece Sanders, Jarnae Royster and Quashira McIntosh earned a dominating victory in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:42.2.
In the high jump, senior Dakota Dailey-Harris continued her impressive undefeated season by taking the title with a height of five feet, nine inches, just an inch shy of her R.I. record set at the state meet two weeks earlier.
Running in the unseeded heat, Classical sophomore Maddy Berkson was victorious in the 1,000 with a meet record of 2:50.11, a more than seven-second PB.
Another notable performance occurred in the 300 where East Greenwich senior Jaimee Dorsey finished third overall with a state record of 39.92. Dorsey, who also was fifth in the 55 (7.27), defeated multiple R.I. state champion Royal Cheatham of Hope. Cheatham placed fourth at 40.51.

Fight for Air Climb continues to grow; Providence event attracts nearly 700 entrants

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Do not look up; keep your head down, and just keep plugging away.
That's the strategy that Debbie Anbra of Riverside used in a unique running/walking event on Feb. 25.
It is not the type of strategy that would be advisable for your everyday road race, but for the Fight for Air Climb - Peak the Plaza in Providence, it worked out just fine.
"I did not want to look at the floor numbers," she said." I just kept walking and it went by really fast."
Anbra was among 680 entrants in the stair-climbing event, sponsored by the American Lung Association and held inside One Financial Plaza (Sovereign Bank Tower) - a 29-story building in the heart of downtown Providence.
Participants were asked to raise a minimum of $100 for the cause and then take on the challenge of the demanding uphill adventure.
Elise Kerrigan, who is the Director of Development for the R.I. chapter of the American Lung Association, says this year's event is close to its projected goal of $150,000. It is one of nine of its kind in the northeast and one that just keeps growing.
"This is the biggest one so far," Kerrigan stated. "Last year we probably had over 500 climbers. I think it is just word of mouth. It's a unique fitness challenge and it's held in the winter. I think people are looking to do something in the winter and it is not your typical race. I think really just word of mouth that attracts people to the event. I think people think it is really cool to try and do something challenging like this."
The Fight for Air Climb in the northeast region began six years ago in Boston where participants ascended up the 41 stories of the BNY Mellon Center at One Boston Place. In its event on Feb. 4, the Race Up Boston Place had more than 1,400 participants and raised $350,000.
According to Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the northeast region of the American Lung Association, the initial race in Beantown had about 200 people. The substantial increase in participants is a similar trend by the other races in the series.
"There is 100 percent growth from year to year," Seyler said. "There is definitely upward projectory for the stair climbs in the country. And the northeast has pretty much been the leader for the stair climbs for the lung association. It's been good."
Anbra was competing in her first stair climb and made the trip with 36 other members of the Center Steppers, a group formed by the Rehoboth Sports and Fitness Center. She elected to walk briskly up the state's second tallest building.
"I spin. I am a little too old for running," Anbra said. "(This) is much, more difficult. It is a different kind of challenge. Spinning is really intense and you really work hard, but this is different. The climbing is definitely a different aspect. Even though I walked, the incline of the challenge made it all that more difficult. It was great.”
Dan Kahn, 55, of Seekonk, enjoyed his experience in the event.
"It was pretty good," he said." I do a lot of hiking and backpacking so this was a pretty easy climb. I did it to raise money and to just do something different."
Participants in the event gathered on the 10th floor of One Financial Plaza before embarking on their upward journey. Beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m., groups of 30 (based on Bib No.) were directed to the event's start on ground level. There was several fitness clubs represented as well as members of the police and fire departments.
This year the event attracted 195 firefighters.
"I think there are a couple of things that draws them here," Seyler said. "There's the training part of it. They like the fact it links into something that they do for a living. There is also the camaraderie and kind of brotherhood within the fire departments, and then there is just the competition."
Betty-Lou Goodwin, a member at CrossFit Gym in South Kingstown, is a veteran road racer that has also competed in the Warrior Dash, a similar kind of franchising fundraiser. This one has participants run through challenging obstacles, such as mud and fire, for five kilometers. It raises money for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
"It's crazier than this so I figured I could this," said the 54-year-old Goodwin, who resides in Charlestown. "I am expecting to have a good time. I am not really nervous, which is surprising. I am usually scared of everything."
Goodwin was with four of her teammates from CrossFit, including South Kingstown's Mary Ann DiMartino, Erin Mulanaphy of Warwick and Wakefield's Marie Perrone.
Perrone stated it's not a race to see which one in the group can make it to the top first.
"Just like, no child will be left behind," she said. "No one will be left behind!"
Mulanaphy's goal before she ascended down to the first floor was like a good portion of the field that one by one staggered to the finish line on the 29th floor.
"I just want to finish," she said. "It is always to finish."

For information about the climb, check out the event's website at http://www.lung.org/pledge-events/ri/providence-climb-fy12.

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Fight for Air Climb - Peak the Plaza
Providence, R.I.
Top five male finishers
1. Paul Curley, 56, Taunton 3:08
2. Erik Jensen, 26, Lincoln 3:14
3. Frank Pearson , 25, Westerly 3:23
4. Philip Hartnett, 54, Providence 3:39
5. Nicholas Messinger, 25, Providence 3:39
Top five female finishers
16. Kellie Tabor-Hann, 42, Middletown 4:03
19. Patricia Prew, 36, Cranston 4:05
22. Emily Curley, 17, Taunton 4:07
28. Kate Hirsch, 31, North Kingstown 4:16
35. Nancy Santopadre, 44, Providence 4:27
38. Carla Cavanaugh, 28, Warwick 4:27



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