"I have so many great memories of growing up in New England, so I always look forward to coming back to Providence and running. The CVS Caremark Downtown 5K draws high quality athletes because of the fantastic organization and support from the city."
Shalane Flanagan, Olympic Bronze Medalist, American Record Holder, 5K and 10K, Winner CVS Caremark Downtown 5K, 2008.
This is a big year for the CVS Caremark Providence Downtown 5K – it’s the 20th anniversary! This year the event will continue to grow and serve the community like never before. This event has become the most competitive 5K in New England, combined with kids’ races, high school competition, and family fun, there is so much going on that you can’t help but get excited!
It takes a special combination of excitement and competition for a road race to make it to the 20th anniversary. It’s a testament to the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K that it has not only survived but thrived to become one of the biggest, most competitive, premier events on the fall calendar.
USATF 5K Championships – Run with the Best!
The race is once again the USATF 5 km Championships for men and women - both individual and team. Come to the center of Providence and watch history being made and see US National Champions being crowned. There is no other sport where world class stars and average runners compete in the same event at the same time. Come and share the experience.
A top slate of US and international competitors will be vying for prizes at the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K again this year, including most of the top runners from both the women’s and men’s races. Last year 21 women ran under 17:00, with the top 6 under 16:00. On the men’s side 24 zipped in under 15:00, with the top three under 14:00. Race Director Charlie Breagy expects the same high level of competition for this year.
If you’ve never seen professional middle distance runners compete, you should come to Providence to check it out. The 2008 race winner, Anthony Famiglietti ran 13:41, averaging 4:25 minutes per mile; and the top 11 men finished under 14:30! That’s a real race, people! These athletes are the best in the world; thoroughbreds – don’t miss this chance to see them in action.
A large, world-class event that is local and easy to get to from Boston and all New England
One of the great things about the event is that it combines the best of a world-class championship with the convenience of a local event. The Amtrak and MBTA station for trains from Boston, New York, and Maine is immediately adjacent to race registration and the race start and finish in Providence – no muss no fuss - a world-class event literally at your door step.
The start, finish, registration and all events are right there in the center of Providence near the State Capitol and unique Providence Place. It’s all super-organized and very convenient. This is one of the best 5K races in the country, the largest one-day event in Providence, and, with 20 years of experience, it is one smooth operation and runs like clockwork.
It’s got easy access for drivers as well. The highways put you right into downtown. Parking is free at the Providence Statehouse lots for the first 1,000, first come first served, and only $1.00 at Providence Place (check their Website at http://www.providenceplace.com/html/MallDirections.asp ), and it is all just steps from the race. For an event of this size and class, it is thoroughly convenient and well organized for both runners and spectators.