Race Schedule

2021 SCHEDULE

Complete 7 of the races.   Races may be adjusted due to weather/availability. Please be sure to check for updates.

1. Winter/Spring Half Marathon Series (Pick One)
— Friday, Jan. 1, Chilly Willy Half Marathon, East Providence, R.I. — DONE
— Sunday, April 11, Coffee Milk Half Marathon, Quonset Point, No. Kingstown, R.I.
— Sunday, May 16, Crazy Clam Half Marathon, Deerfield Park, Smithfield, R.I.
2. Winter/Spring 5K Series (Pick One)
— Friday, Jan. 1, Chilly Willy 5K, Pierce Field, East Providence, R.I. — DONE
— Sunday, April 11, Coffee Milk 5K, Quonset Point, North Kingstown, R.I.
— Saturday, April 24, Pomham Rocks Lighthouse 5K, Rose Larisa Park, Riverside, R.I.
— Sunday, May 16, Crazy Clam 5K, Deerfield Park, Smithfield, R.I.
3. The “2021 Should Be Better Than 2020” 10K Series (Pick One)
— Saturday, April 24, Pomham Rocks Lighthouse 10K, Rose Larisa Park, Riverside, R.I.
(Two more 10Ks later this year will complete this series)
4. The Colt State Park Wednesday Night 5K Series (Pick One)
(Series is expected to start in May, more information will be forthcoming)
5. The Mike Proto/John Santillo Four-Mile Run Series (Pick One)
(We’ll pick 12 Sundays during June-August, more information will be forthcoming)
6. Summer Half Marathon Series (Pick One)
— Sunday, June 6, East Bay Half Marathon, Pierce Field, E. Providence, R.I.
— Saturday, June 26, Bristol Independence Half Marathon, Independence Park, Bristol, R.I.
— Sunday, July 11, Sour Apple Half Marathon, Deerfield Park, Smithfield, R.I.
— Sunday, August 8, Funky Monkey Half Marathon, Quonset Point, No. Kingstown, R.I.
7. Summer 5K Series (Pick One)
— Sunday, June 6, East Bay 5K, Pierce Field, East Providence, R.I.
— Thursday, June 17, Narragansett Summer Nights 5K, Mount Hope Farm, Bristol, R.I.
— Sunday, July 11, Sour Apple 5K, Deerfield Park, Smithfield, R.I.
— Sunday, August 8, Funky Monkey 5K, Quonset Point, North Kingstown, R.I.
A few notes …
1. As you can tell, these are all Rhode Island races. Who knows if or when Massachusetts will break down and have races again?
2. I know more road races are popping up on the schedule for this spring and summer, but I’m going to play it safe with the first eight months of this year and just schedule races that I know who the race directors are and I can trust them to put on a safe, quality event. Hopefully by the fall, the road racing schedule is at least 80 percent normal and I can reschedule some of our “old favorites” and a few new races on my radar.
3. A quick addition to the schedule is the Pomham Lighthouse 5K and 10K in three weeks because I know there will be a lot of RIRR runners at this event. And there is still time to register for this event at pomhamrockslighthouse.org. 4. Yes, there will be a 10K series this year, but the rest of the 10Ks will be added after Sept. 1st. I know there are six-mile races and even a 6.1-miler out there, but that 0.1 or 0.2 of a mile actually makes a difference, especially when it comes to age-grading!
5. The Wednesday Night 5K and Sunday Morning 4-Mile Series at Colt State Park, which pretty much saved the Grand Prix series last year, are back, and there will be at least a dozen opportunities in each event to pick up Grand Prix points! No excuses if you fall a race short of the series at the end of the year and you didn’t take part in these runs! They are timed, and everyone should hit at least one run this summer, even if it’s not for Grand Prix glory. More information on the start of these runs will be forthcoming, noted the race director and “Ambassador of the Red Cooler”, Mike Proto!
5. Only dues paying-members and RIRR Hall of Famers are eligible for the series. Visit the club’s website if you plan to rene w your membership.

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Per Eric Benevides – as for the races that were selected, they were picked because …

A. they have truly outstanding post-race festivities (beer, food, etc.).
B. they were attended by 20 or more RIRR runners in 2019.
C. a few of the race directors were more than generous enough to donate race entries to our banquet’s raffle.
D. the Grand Prix director wanted some in his part of the state.
E. the Grand Prix director decided to “go retro” and pick a couple of half marathons that once graced this schedule many moons ago.