Cox Sports Marathon

Providence, RI

Race Dates

2015: Sunday, May 3, 2015
2014: Sunday, May 4, 2014

Course Information

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

Miscellaneous Information

Early Entry Fee: $90
Pace Groups?: No


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.68
Course Score: 98.68

Race Day Weather

Mean Temperature: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)
Historical Weather

Race Size

2014: 1,334 Finishers

2013: 1,254 Finishers

2012: 1,355 Finishers

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Elevation Chart

Maximum Elevation: 124 feet

Minimum Elevation: 4 feet

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.

Runner Ratings & Reviews

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.

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.)