NOTE – update on race registration opening.
We had every intention of opening registration today as an Earth Day celebration to kick-off RiMaConn 2020. We were excited to share our improvements to the event (no stairs at the finish party, better parking solutions at the exchange locations and more portalets, yah!). Mostly, we were excited to host this unique race again.
Instead, we find ourselves in a very strange world where fine-tuning those logistics just doesn’t feel right. How do we encourage you to get in a car with 5 friends (sweaty friends, at that)? How do we practice social distancing at a major exchange location where 300 people will be located? And how do we create a celebration fitting of your accomplishments at the finish line when we need to be six feet apart?
The inaugural RiMaConn was epic and very special. We don’t want the 2nd annual event to be anything less than that. And, we don’t want to take registration money now when it is very unclear how (and if) we can produce the event.
So, we are pausing registration. We have much in place: permits, timelines, plans and Webster Bank is 100% behind us. Thank you, Webster! We will keep you updated over the next few weeks and if we can navigate the situation to deliver a safe and healthy event, we’ll open registration in May.
Meanwhile, stay well and keep running!
Be part of a 6-member team or take on more miles in a 3-person team, traveling through 95 miles of southern New England on a network of scenic multi-use trails of the East Coast Greenway. It’s a unique, totally sustainable race that will take teams from Rhode Island through Massachusetts to Connecticut by the most eco-friendly transportation method ever – running.
This end-of-summer challenge will feature locally sourced food and ice cold local beer (21+ with ID). Expect high quality swag again for each participant, including a commemorative race shirt, custom sunglasses and a finisher’s medal to proudly display. Plus, get a complimentary race photo to keep and share the memory.
The race starts at the Pratt Dam in Lincoln, RI, and winds through 21 towns in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut, passing along rivers, forests and along shaded trails. Begin with a wave start on Saturday morning and cross the finish line in the evening surrounded by teammates, friends and family at a post-race party on the Connecticut River at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford.
With 18 total segments (17 exchange locations total), the relay will include two major exchange zones in Putnam, CT, and in Willimantic, CT, with food and refreshments. All exchange locations will provide nuun, snacks and water stations.
85% of the course runs on the Blackstone River Bikeway, Southern New England Trunkline Trail, Airline Trail, Hop River Trail and Charter Oak Greenway. A small portion (15%) of the course travels on roads.