FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Start/Finish in Downtown Highlights 2009 Cox Providence
Rhode Races Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon & 5k
Start/Finish in Downtown Providence
Providence, RI - Get ready to lace up your sneakers and pound the pavement.
The second annual Cox Providence Rhode Races is slated for Sunday, May 3,
2009. This unique event, now entering its second year, features the Cox
Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon and a 5k.
"Cox Communications is proud to be the Title Sponsor for the Cox Providence
Rhode Races and participate in this exciting event," said Paul Cronin,
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Cox Communications. "The Cox
Providence Rhode Races is fast becoming a signature event throughout
Southeastern New England. Headlining this unique racing series allows us to
gain tremendous exposure in the communities we serve. Much like all of the
runners, Cox embraces competition as an opportunity to push ourselves
through hard work and dedication to be the very best we can be."
The new feature highlighting the 2009 Cox Providence Rhode Races is the
start/finish area. All three races - the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree
Half Marathon and the 5k - will all start and finish in Downtown
Providence. The Cox Sports Marathon and the Willow Tree Half Marathon will
begin simultaneously at 8 a.m. on Exchange Street, adjacent to Burnside
Park and Kennedy Plaza. The 5k will kickoff at 11 a.m. in that area.
"The new start/finish location is designed for the convenience of the
runners. It's in one location and close to registration and the hotels,"
said Charlie Breagy, race director, Cox Providence Rhode Races.
Registration and the health and wellness expo will be held at the Westin
Providence, located within walking distance to the start/finish line of all
The overall course for the 26.2 mile Cox Sports Marathon is currently being
developed. The Cox Sports Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
"We're developing a very scenic course that will include areas of
Providence and a good portion of the East Bay," said Breagy.
Runners - ranging in age from 10-71 years-old - came from as far away as
Hong Kong and Belgium to compete in the inaugural event last May. Overall,
nearly 4,000 runners participated in the first-time event in the spring.
"With the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon and a 5k all
rolled into one, the Cox Providence Rhode Races is designed for both
experienced runners, first-time marathoners and those who enjoy running a
shorter distance," said Breagy. "We had a great mix of runners last year.
We can expect an even greater amount of participants in 2009 as we continue
to enhance this event."
Online registration is now open for the Cox Providence Rhode Races. To
register online for the Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon or
the 5k visit: www.coxrhoderaces.com.