The crisp air and colorful scenery in the fall months make for spectacular running conditions in Rhode Island.
If you’re looking to take advantage of the great running weather to get in a race or two, you have plenty of options. Some races stand out just a bit from all the rest, though, and that’s why they make our Not-To-Miss list:
The Race: East Providence Firefighters Freaky 5K on Sunday, October 23, 2011. The race raises money for the East Providence Firefighters Community Fund, which provides sponsorships and donations to various community groups in and around the city of East Providence.
Why It Makes the List: Halloween isn’t just for the kids! This race encourages all participants to dress up (tastefully), and gives awards for the best costumes.
The Race: The Girls On the Run Rhode Island “Boulevard Dash”, a 1.6 mile run on Blackstone Boulevard on Saturday, October 29. Bring the family! Walk or run; strollers & pets welcomed.
Why It Makes the List: It’s a great way to help raise visibility, support and funds for Girls On the Run Rhode Island, set to launch in Spring 2012. GOTR is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running.
The Race: The Inaugural Citizens Bank Newport Pell Bridge Run, a 4.2 mile run across the Newport/Pell Bridge on Sunday, November 13, 2011. The Veteran’s Day Weekend race will benefit Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, Meeting Street, Special Olympics Rhode Island and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
Why It Makes the List: The race marks the first time in decades that runners will be able to cross the Newport/Pell Bridge since its opening in 1969.
The Race: The 20th Annual Lil Rhody Runaround Trail Race, an 8 mile trail run around Watchaug Pond in Burlingame State Park on Sunday, November 20, 2011.
Why It Makes the List: One of the only true trail runs offered in the area, it covers 5.8 miles of trail through rocks, pine forest, mud and streams, along with 2.1 miles of tarmac. Each participant must wear at least 200 square inches of orange, as it is hunting season.
The Race: The 26th Annual NewportFed Pie Run, a 5 mile USATF sanctioned road race on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24, 2011.
Why It Makes the List: This Thanksgiving Day tradition always draws a big, fun crowd – and why not burn some calories before embarking on the day’s eating festivities!?