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Cox Sports Marathon

Providence, RI

Race Dates

2016: TBD
2015: Sunday, May 3, 2015

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.68
Course Score: 98.68

Race Size

2016: No Results
2015: 1,107 Finishers
2014: 1,334 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 12.7%
2014: 9.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

From the race website - As a relatively flat and fast course, it has become a favorite local qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. The course is a nice mix of historic urban and rural neighborhoods as the race starts in Downtown Providence and heads south towards the East Bay and Barrington, Rhode Island. The tree lined East Bay Bike path provides plenty of shade and scenic views of the Providence river and skyline.

Marathon Rankings

The Cox Sports Marathon was the 85th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 81st largest in 2014.

Last year 12.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Cox Sports Marathon the 120th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 202nd highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.68 ranks it as the 218th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Rhode Island.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Cox Sports Marathon a PR Score of 98.68. This PR Score ranks it as the 163rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Rhode Island.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 124 feet (37m)
Min Elevation: 4 feet (1m)


Ratings & Reviews:

CAR's review of 2014 race.   


There were many water stops and port-a-potties along the course. There is a lot of running on a bike path that is nice and flat. The wind on 5.4.14 was brutal on the bike path heading back to finish. There is not much to look at on course and there were some bad pot holes to watch out for.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

WH's review of 2013 race.   


Great course. Steeper hills than expected though. Aid stations were as promised. BIG CON was the weather. It got pretty warm. Started in the low 60's... ending in higher 60's. However, that has nothing to do with the race director or the flow.

Race Tips

A good bit of the course is on a bike path... The rest is on open road. The race can be evenly paced if you are trained well. (I have a tendency to have a positive split. :-(

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed at the Providence Biltmore. Very nice hotel. A two room suite was discounted to $144 a night. We flew in from SC and rented a car.

Finish Time Equivalent

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