FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nearly 7,000to Compete in Fourth Annual
Cox Providence Rhode Races This Weekend
Biggest Losers Mark Kruger & Jay Kruger Among Those to Compete in Cox
Sports Marathon &Eident Sports Half Marathon, May 1 in Providence
Providence, RI- Nearly 7,000 runners are expected to converge in
Providence, April 30- May 1 to take part in the 2011 Cox Providence Rhode
Races. This weekend long-event features the Cox Sports Marathon, Eident
SportsHalf Marathon, Shape Up RI 5k and the inaugural Munroe Dairy Kids
"The city of Providence is pleased and honored to host the fourthannual Cox
Providence Rhode Races," said Providence Mayor AngelTaveras. "Runners who
are coming from near and far are sure to enjoythe course, the spirited
competition and time well-spent in ourstate's incredible Capital City."
The fourth annual Cox Providence Rhode Races kicks off on Saturday, April
30 at Roger Williams Park with the ShapeUp RI 5k at 7:30 a.m. Then Dora &
Diego will be on hand to launch the inaugural Munroe Dairy Kids Marathon at
Cox Providence Rhode Races weekend continues onSunday, May 1 in Downtown
Providence. Runners, ranging in age from 13-78 years-old, are coming from
as far away as Austria, Puerto Rico, Canada and Great Britain to compete
the the Cox Sports Marathon and Eident SportsHalf Marathon on Sunday. Both
races showcase Providence and its surrounding communities.
The highlight of the weekend is the Cox Sports Marathon. A 2012 Boston
Marathon qualifier, the Cox Sports Marathon runs through the capital city
and scenic East Bay.
The 26.2 mile race kicks off at 8 a.m. on Exchange Terrance, next to
Burnside Park (adjacent to Kennedy Plaza) in Downtown Providence. The
course will wind through downtown and head out to the East Side. Runners
will continue to Gano Street, past India Point Park, over the Henderson
Bridge and continue on to the East Bay Bike Path. The course continues
through Barrington to the YMCA. Runners then head back towards Providence,
via the East Bay Bike Path and then continue over the Washington Bridge
back through India Point Park towards the Capital City. The marathon
concludes on Exchange Terrace in Downtown Providence.
The Cox Sports Marathon and Eident SportsHalf Marathon begin at 8 a.m. on
Exchange Terrace. Full course descriptions of all races are located at
Among the notable participants include:
"Biggest Losers" Mark Kruger and Jay Kruger - Season 5 "Biggest Loser"
contestants Mark and Jay Kruger will participate in the Cox Providence
Rhode Races on Sunday. Mark lost 129 pounds and his brother Jay dropped 103
pounds when they competed on the NBC show in 2008.
Mark, the Season 5 finalist, will appear at the Cox Providence Rhode Races
Health & Wellness Expo at the RI Convention Center in Providence on
Saturday, April 30, 10-12 p.m. He will compete in the Cox Sports Marathon
Sunday. Jay will participate in the Eident Sports half marathon.
Josie Hubschman-The Brown University senior from Greenwich, CT is running
the Eident Sports half marathon in honor of her dad, Henry Hubschman, who
lost his 13-year battle with cancer in Jan. A member of Leukemia Lymphoma
Society's Team in Training, Josie has currently raised more than $40,000 -
the most any marathon runner in RI has everraised for the Leukemia Lymphoma
Chris Geagon - Once homeless and an abuser of drugs and alcohol, Chris has
turned his life around. The owner of Main Street Fitness in Warren, RI,
Chris is running the Cox Sports Marathon to raise money for Crossroads RI.
John Gallo - A teacher at Hope High School, John is running the Cox Sports
Marathon in an effort to raise money for one of his students whose mom is
battling brain cancer.This initiative is part of the newly launched Hope
for Hope, which is designed to support families in need at the high school
located on Providence's East Side.
Back on My Feet- Back on My Feet, is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as
a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem.
More than 60 members of the Boston BoMF chapter, which just launched a year
ago, will participate in the Cox Providence Rhode Races.
One of BoMF resident members, Karl Holen, who is currently serving in the
reserves, was the Honor Guard for Dennis Poulin. Back on My Feet has
decided to dedicate their participation at the Cox Providence Rhode Races
to Spc. Poulin.
Dreamfar High School Marathon Team - The first high school marathon team in
New England, the DreamFarTeam will bring 80 members to Providence on Sunday
to compete in the Cox Providence Rhode Races. The program's mission is to
train athletes of all abilities in a variety of sports and help them
achieve their dreams.
Carrie Wesolowski - A member of Team Lung Love, Carrie became a lung cancer
advocate after losing her Dad to Stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer on May
29, 2009. She will run the Cox Sports Marathon Sunday in her dad's memory.
Carrie was one of over 75 advocates from around the country who
participated in the Capitol Forum last February to advocate on Capitol Hill
on behalf of the recently introduced Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of
There is still time to register for the Cox ProvidenceRhode Races. Runners
can register at the Health and Wellness Expo at the RI Convention Center,
April 29, 1-7 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. On race day,
Sunday, May 1, registration will be open from 6:30- 7:30 a.m. at the RI
Cox Communications is the Title sponsor of the Cox Providence Rhode Races.
Charitable partners include Cox Charities New England, The Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society Team in Training, American Cancer Society, Lung Cancer
Alliance, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Melanoma Foundation and the
March of Dimes.
About Eident Sports Marketing
Eident Sports is a full-service event management and sports marketing
company based in Providence, Rhode Island. Eident has several properties in
the region, ranging from turn-key sporting events to sponsorship sales
alliances with key partners. For more information on Eident's events and
offerings, please visit www.eidentsports.com