Running a marathon requires cardiovascular stamina, leg strength, and the ability to whisk gnats away from one's nose holes using nothing but an energy bar chewed into the shape of a flyswatter. Ready your edible gnat-smacker with today's Groupon, which gets you registration for the 2011 Cox Providence Rhode Races to be held in Providence on April 30 and May 1. Choose from the following options:
- $60 for registration in the full marathon on May 1 (up to a $120 value)
- $42 for registration in the half marathon on May 1 (up to an $85 value)
- $19 for registration in the 5K on April 30 (up to a $38 value)
The Cox Providence Rhode Races, which serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier, follows a fast and relatively flat 26.2-mile, course through scenic Providence. The scenic race starts downtown before heading south toward the East Bay and Barrington, and takes the fleet-footed through historical urban and rural neighborhoods with ample shade and views of the Providence River. The raceway is supplemented with numerous aid stations, restrooms, and food stops serving GU Energy Gels and braised lamb shanks in a red-wine-chocolate sauce.
For racers not ready for the full 26.2, the Half Marathon or the 5K cut down on the number of strides required to reach the finish line. Entrants into these races also get a goody bag, an official race shirt, and a finisher's medal. All entrants and guests will have access to the 2011 Rhode Races Health and Wellness Expo.
All participants of legal age in May 1 races will have their thirst quenched with a complimentary beer from the post-race beer garden, and their hearts warmed by donations made by the event's charitable partners.
Runners must complete registration by March 31.
Sunshine State Races
On January 17, 2014, runners along the water on North and South Flagler Drives will most likely be part of Sunshine State Races. The scenic route hosts a timed 5K race and a more challenging half marathon. Winners from each age division win awards—such as gift certificates and tickets to local events—and, at the end of the race, all participants receive a high-five from their running sneakers.