Rhode Race: Providence Half Marathon Is Here

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Cox Rhode Races Guide

I opened my inbox yesterday to find my 2013 Cox Providence Rhode Races
Athlete Guide with official pre-race instructions for the UnitedHealthcare Providence Half Marathon on Sunday, May 12.

I have to say, I’m really excited for this race. It’s only the second race I’ve done in Rhode Island, a place I’ve fallen in love with in the last few years. And there are so many great running puns to be had with Rhode Island, as the “Rhode Races” series attests to.

I’m doing the Providence Half Marathon as a training run. No racing this one for me. My training has been patchy the last few weeks for various reasons—travel, work, all the usual suspects. I’ve been doing more cross training than running in the last month—snowshoeing, aqua jogging, swimming, biking. I have been running too, but not enough to have delusions of running a personal best.

So my goal for the race is to go out there, have fun, and run a steady easy pace. I don’t know Providence all too well and the course visits parts of the city and beyond that I’ve never been to, so I’m excited to just take in the town as a tourist runner and have some fun.

I certainly won’t be alone. Over 2,000 runners will be storming the Providence Half Marathon with me, including my husband. And another 1,500 runners will be tackling the Cox Providence Marathon, including 200 runners who were diverted from the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon and received complimentary entries into the race.

It won’t be the smallest half-marathon I’ve ever done. That distinction belongs to the Yonkers Marathon and Half Marathon with just 1,000 runners combined. But it will be the next smallest. It’s appropriate for the country’s smallest state, nicknamed “Little Rhody.”

In looking at the entry lists, it looks like most runners are coming from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut with plenty of other New Englanders too from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. But there are also a handful of runners from further afield like Texas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Arizona, Oregon and even Canada.

So farewell New York, and hello Rhode Island! I’ll see you on the Rhode! (Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself.)

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


05 2013

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  1. 1

    How fun, have a great time!

    When I was there once we went to a small funky restaurant called Julian’s (where I had the best vegan sausage ever!). Am sending the link in case you’re looking for food and it sounds good to you after. http://www.juliansprovidence.com/menu
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    I LOVE RHODE ISLAND!! I was going to switch my marathon to this race (I heard awesome things and apparently it is a great qualifying race)! It was too soon for me though. Good luck and have fun!!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks! I LOVED the half-marathon course and the marathon course is supposed to be almost totally flat since it hugs the water. Definitely a great qualifying race.
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  3. 5

    Enjoy the race, and I love your attitude going into it. It’s a training run to have fun with…run your own race :):)

    Let me know how you like it and if you would recommend it (Since I am eventually going to tackle all 50 states)~~

    Can’t wait to read all about the race!
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    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks! I definitely ran my own race. It was great. I LOVED the course. I could easily recommend it for 50 states. I haven’t done any other halves in RI, but the course here is really beautiful and relatively flat with just a few low-grade climbs.
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  4. 7

    Hey Karla, it is a half marathon weekend for both of us. Mine will definitely be a small one; the last race newsletter said they were expecting a total of 600 runners for the five different distances. Guess I won’t be fighting for space!
    Best of luck on Sunday!! At least you have a plan, I am still going back and forth on whether to treat it as a training run or not. I think I will make my final decision at about the 10k mark :)
    Have fun!!!

  5. 9

    Hope you have so much fun at this race – sometimes when we’re going for PRs we forget to enjoy the event itself until its over. Of course getting a PR makes it all worth while but you know sometimes you just gotta enjoy yourself!

    I’ve only been to Providence one time but I thought it was beautiful although all the roads I were on were poorly paved so watch out for potholes and have a safe run. Can’t wait to read your race report! :)
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  6. 11

    Enjoy Rhode Island and the half. Good luck!