Course Information

Sunday - September 13, 2015

Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI

Start Time:  7:30 AM

Course Description heading

We have made slight changes to the 2015 course, to make for an even more enjoyable half marathon run!

Breathtaking! Flat! Scenic! Did we mention gorgeous? We are thrilled to present our new oceanfront half marathon course. We know you will love it as much as we do!

Race start is directly outside the gates of Misquamicut State Beach on Atlantic Avenue. After the gun, head east on Atlantic, which is a straight, well paved road along the beach (mile 1 -2). Turn right to Weekapaug where the course winds around the rocky coastline and through this picturesque beach community (mile 3 – 4). You head back on Atlantic Avenue, right past the starting line where your cheering fans keep your spirits soaring (mile 5 – 6). A right onto Winnepaug Road, left onto First Street and right onto Fisherman’s Avenue (mile 7) takes you past summer cottages and north to Shore Road. Left onto Shore Road for a stunning waterfront tour as you make your way to Watch Hill (mile 8 – 9). Soon you gaze upon impressive Victorian summer homes, the majestic Ocean House and the quaint village of Watch Hill (mile 10) with our perennial favorite restaurant, the Olympic Tea Room. Heading east out of Watch Hill on Oceanview Highway, you will devour a breathtaking trek along oceanfront marshes, stunning homes and the Misquamicut Golf Course (mile 11-12). Turn right on Bayberry and right on Maplewood for the last mile to a glorious finish back on Atlantic Avenue. Gorgeous!

Course Limits

Course limit is 3 hours for the Surftown Half Marathon.

As a courtesy to the communities impacted by the races and the volunteers who serve, we have established Course Time Limits of 3 hours for the Half Marathon.

To finish within these time limits you must maintain a pace of approximately 13:44 minutes per mile. Official finishing times are recorded through 3 hours for the Half Marathon.

Along the Half Marathon race course, roads will reopen to traffic and water/aid stations will close down as the race moves by on a 13:44 minute per mile pace.

All runners running beyond Course Time Limits are doing so at their own risk. If you think your pace will be slower than a 13:44 minute mile pace, please be prepared and carry your own fluids and energy gel with you throughout the race.

Race staff will begin breaking down the finish line after course limits. Runners who come in after limits that are not able to collect a finisher medal on site, please contact the race office within 48 hours of the event. You may also request to receive a replacement race bib at that time.

Not up for the challenge of the half marathon? Try out the 5K this year! A fast 5K run through the Misquamicut beach community.

Course Map heading 

Surftown Half Marathon - USATF certification #RI15007RN

Click here to read information regarding course length for USATF certified courses.

5K Course Map - certification #RI15008RN

Course Support heading

Run happy at Surftown:

Half Marathon

  • Our pace team, sponsored by Rhode Island Road Runners Club, is here to support you in achieving your finish goal at the Surftown Half Marathon. The Pace Team is available to you, free of charge.  Click here for detailed pace team information. 

    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 Half 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 hold their pace sign. Pace leaders wear a high visibility lime green singlet.

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

    Our thanks to the Rhode Island Road Runners Club for their support!

  • Live music and entertainment at mile 0.5, 2.1, 4.2, 6.0, 6.7, 8, 10.5, 11.5
  • Well marked route, visible mile marks and clocks at mile 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12.
  • logo_boomFluid stations (Water, Gatorade) at mile 2.1, 4.2, 6, 7, 9.5, 11.5
  • Carb Boom! Energy Gel at Mile 7
  • Portalets - pre race area, 2.1, 4.2, 6.7, 10, 11.5
  • Computerized timing and results with Chip mat start and finish.
  • Pace Teams – See Athlete Information for more information


  • Fluid station (Water, Gatorade) at mile 1.7

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ph_Surftown_jeffslateJeff Slate is well-versed rock star who has played nearly every venue imaginable. As an addition to Surftown two years ago, he provided a spark unlike any other to the early miles of the race! Slate’s rock and roll vibes will fill you with the confidence needed during the first six miles of the half marathon.

ph_djbrotherDJ Brother Lou is the perfect artist to have during the early miles of a half marathon. Stationed at miles 2 and 4, DJ Brother Lou knows exactly what the people want. He plays anything and everything from the 1940s to today. Thanks to Lou you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ your way towards the second half of the course in no time!

ph_Surftown_josecostaJose Costa is a solo steel drum artist based in Rhode Island and serving the New England area in the late spring, summer and early fall. “Nothing can take the place of a human being playing live steel drums and percussion and the excitement it gives to the audience,” according to Jose and we at HMF think he does a great job spreading the excitement his music brings. A repeat Surftown performer, bring your dancing (or running) shoes for this artist!

ph_jasonrosemanJason Roseman is the newest addition to Surftown, hailing from Trinidad and Tobago by way of Pawtucket, RI. Jason “brings the warmth and vitality associated with Caribbean music.” Jason plays the classic calypso tunes the island is known for as well as jazz and his own compositions. Bridging the second half of the race – Jason will be situated just after 11.5 miles. Let the steel drums provide some relaxation and refocus your efforts towards the much anticipated finish line!

logo_powerstation_200Powerstation, a Hartford Marathon Foundation regular, will be energizing the fans and volunteers down the finishing straight to make sure everyone is pumped for the arrival of the runners. The speaker setup and DJ booth will be at the finish line to bring you home bumping the absolute best music of today to make sure you have a strong kick!

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Half Marathon

Male: 1:08:40 set in 2011 by Matt Pelletier of Warwick, RI
Female: 1:17:09 set in 2014 by Katie Edwards


Male: 16:51 set in 2014 by Bronson Venable
Female: 20:31 set in 2013 by Ryann Murphy