Athlete Information

Sunday - September 11, 2016

Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI

Start Time:  7:30 AM


Quite simply, the course. Competitive runners will relish the long straightaways, gentle turns and course elevation. Come and set your PR at Surftown.

For those less concerned about their finish time, come to drink in the beauty of the area. Misquamicut features miles of sand, surf and sun and is the perfect family destination. Watch Hill is truly a step back in time with its picturesque lighthouse, impressive Victorian homes and gabled cottages that look out over the beach to both Block Island Sound and Little Narragansett Bay.

We promise you a memorable race. You will want to make the Surftown Half an annual tradition.


5K Athletes cannot exit Misquamicut State Beach parking area before 8:30 AM. Any athlete leaving before 10:30 AM must use this route.

Schedule of Events heading

Race Day Schedule

8:15 am   Post Race Party
10:15 am
Awards Ceremony

Post-Race Festivities

Enjoy our post-race party featuring great local food at the finish line.

Complimentary sports massages for runners will be provided following the race. Thank you to the following sports massage volunteers:

Runners:  Save your bib!

It will give you free entry ($7 value) to the annual Misquamicut Fallfest, featuring amusements, music, food and fun on September 16-18. Please visit www.misquamicutfestival.org for complete Fallfest details. 

Directions and Parking heading

Arrive early! Atlantic Avenue will close to traffic at 7:15 am.

Map - Race day access to Misquamicut State Beach

HMF provides FREE parking to all athletes at Misquamicut State Beach. Please follow direction of volunteers and signs to access the free parking area. Other parking lots are available that will charge a fee.

 Local Hotels heading

Hotels and motels are all located within one block of the Surftown finish line at Misquamicut Beach, Westerly, RI (with the exception of the Hilton Mystic & Watch Hill Harbour House).


     Pleasant View Inn
65 Atlantic Avenue


Sandy Shore Motel
149 Atlantic Avenue


Sea Spray Inn
99 Shore Road

Sandcastle Beachfront Inn
141 Atlantic Avenue
logo_mystic_hilton   Hilton Mystic
20 Coogan Boulevard
Mystic, Connecticut 06355
Watch Hill Harbour House   Watch Hill Harbour House Inn
Reservations: Phone (401-596-7500) or
Email watchhillharbourhouse@gmail.com
Bellissimo Grande Hotel   Bellissimo Grande Hotel
Group Code: SHM16
Reservations: Phone (860-535-9924)
Two Trees at Foxwoods Resort Casino   Two Trees at Foxwoods Resort Casino
Reservations: Phone (800-369-9663)
Hampton Inn Groton   Hampton Inn Groton
Reservations: Phone (860-405-1585)


logo_RI_road_runnersOur pace teams, sponsored by the Rhode Island Road Runners, is here to support you in achieving your finish goal at the Surftown Half! The Pace Team is available to you, free of charge. Click here for detailed information regarding pace teams.

A pace team is a group of runners led by an experienced long distance runner known as the pace group leader. The pace group leader will coach the pace team runners to their set time goal. The leader will run a steady pace throughout the race that keeps runners on track of their marathon goal time.

On race day it’s easy to find your pace leader. All pace leaders are located in the start staging area before the race start and will be holding their respective pace sign. Pace leaders will be wearing a highly visible race singlet.

Pace Leaders will be available for 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45.


The Hartford Marathon Foundation has an emergency texting service in place to be used in situations such as event cancellations or other emergencies where information needs to be delivered directly to you. We will be using this system for this event.

If we have changes to a race at the last minute, we can text you and inform you of the issue and what the plan is for the day of the race, and potentially save you time, money and sleep.

NOTE: We never use this information for anything other than real emergencies.

Sign up today!

Text SURFTOWN to 84483 to receive Surftown Half & 5K alerts from HMF Events.


logo_mobile_lockerHMF has partnered with The Mobile Locker Company to offer complimentary secure storage during the event. Store your belongings safely and access them easily any time before and after the race with their locker service. Storage in this facility will be available on a first come first serve basis. The Mobile Locker Company is fully staffed and will be conveniently parked near the start line for you!


The Surftown Half Marathon & 5K is offering real-time athlete updates on Facebook, Twitter and SMS for free. Athletes or spectators can search and select an athlete and receive real-time updates with course time and pace from the splits and the finish line.

As a spectator or athlete, click the button below and search for an athlete. Then decide if you want updates to Facebook, Twitter and SMS (click here to view sample updates for each of these options). 

Please note:

Athletes who have recently registered for the Half Marathon and 5K may not be immediately available in the Athlete Tracking system. Please allow up to 48 hours from the time of race registration for the participant to appear in the Athlete Tracking system. If you need assistance, contact regsupport@chronotrack.com with your questions.


Divisions and Awards heading

This event is timed by Bay State Race Services and uses the B-Tag timing system (timing chip is attached to the back of your race bib). Please wear your race bib on the front of your shirt.


  • Male Age Group
  • Female Age Group
  • Clydesdale (men 200+lbs.)
  • Athena (women 150+lbs.)
  • Wheelchair

Half Marathon:
  • 5-year age groups from 16-80+
  • 12-15
  • 5-year age groups from 10-80+
  • 9 & under

  • Top 3 overall male/female
  • Top 3 in each male/female age division 
  • Top 3 Wheelchair

  • All registered runners in the Half Marathon and 5K will receive a finisher medal.

No "double dipping"


Please click here to view important information for disabled athletes at all HMF events.

In addition, the following applies to disabled athletes participating in the Surftown Half & 5K:
  • No early race start for any event
  • Congested roads with runners in both directions
  • Specific meeting area before and after race (if secured by partner organization)




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