Course Information

Sunday - September 11, 2016

Misquamicut State Beach, Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI

Start Time:  7:30 AM

Course Description heading

Breathtaking! Flat! Scenic! Did we mention gorgeous? We are thrilled to present our 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

  • 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.
  • Fluid stations (Water, Gatorade) at mile 2.1, 4.2, 6, 7, 8.5, 10, 11.5
  • 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

Course Records heading

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




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