There is something for everyone at the Cox Providence Rhode Races weekend May 5-6, 2012

The 2012 Rhode Races weekend features a full marathon, half -marathon, 5K and kids' fun run. With over 6,000 participants in 2011, Providence is one of the fastest growing, affordable races in the northeast! The fifth annual will be better than ever.

Terrific organization and strong, supportive sponsorship, commitment to charities and awesome venues and facilities, make these races a big hit with the New England running community and beyond.

There are a few enhancements planned for the Cox Rhode Races in 2012. A $5,000 prize purse has been added this year. The top three male and female finishers in the 2012 Cox Sports Marathon will receive a cash prize.

"The addition of a prize purse will enhance the 2012 Cox Providence Rhode Races and is certain to attract elite runners to the Cox Sports Marathon field this year," said Brewer Rowe, race director.

The Cox Rhode Races weekend kicks off with the 5K on Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 a.m. at Roger Williams Park in Providence. The Kids' Race, a short, non-timed run, begins at 9:00 a.m. Now entering its second year, the fun-filled Kids' Run allows the entire family to take part in Cox Rhode Races weekend.

The race-filled weekend continues on Sunday, May 6 with the Cox Sports Marathon and the half-marathon. Both races start and finish in downtown Providence. The 26.2 race, a 2013 Boston Marathon qualifier, kicks off at 7:30 a.m. followed by the half-marathon at 8:00 a.m.

Beautiful courses are always a plus. The Cox Sports Marathon and half-marathon run together along the Providence River until the two-mile mark, and then split as the half heads into the historic and pleasant East Side toward several of the schools and lovely homes, including Blackstone Boulevard. Meanwhile the marathon course heads generally east southeast along the East Bay, much of it on the bike path, before returning downtown to the finish. The Cox Sports Marathon course is generally flat and fast and considered to be a very good Boston qualifier.

And if friends and family cannot or do not wish to compete, they can still participate as volunteers and enjoy the event from a different perspective. Please see the Race Website for additional race details, race sponsors and partners, volunteer opportunities, previous results, schedule, excellent course maps, attractions, hotel accommodations, participating charities, training information, directions and transportation.

There will be a two-day Health and Wellness Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center, conveniently located in downtown Providence. Registration and packet pickup will be available during Expo hours, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Cox Rhode Races is instrumental in raising money for charities as well, including Leukemia Lymphoma Team in Training, Cox Charities and others. This year, Cox Rhode Races has partnered with Crowdrise to extend its reach from a few dozen runners raising money for charity to the entire field. You can raise money for one of our Official Charity Partners or for any cause you care about deeply. There are no minimums and no requirements and all of the money collected rolls up into the total amount raised for the Cox Providence Rhode Races. So if you are participating in the race or not, raise money for a cause you're passionate about and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. For more info visit:

A Lot to See and Do in Providence
Sightseeing and shopping can be cross training in Providence. Participants and spectators alike should take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time in the area. There could not be a more interesting course in any downtown, in any city. The courses travel along both historic and modern streets that are as dynamic as they are varied. There are revitalized retail shops, the Providence Place Mall, historic canals, the Riverwalk, and 18th century homes and shops. And there is the State House.

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