New Start/Finish in 2021! Breathtaking! Flat! Scenic! Did we mention gorgeous? We are thrilled to present our oceanfront half marathon course with a few updates. We know you will love it as much as we do!

Race start is outside of the Westerly Town Beach on Atlantic Avenue. After the start, 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). You head back on Atlantic Avenue, right past the starting line where your cheering fans keep your spirits soaring (mile 4 – 5). A right onto Maplewood, left onto Bayberry and right onto Oceanview Highway (mile 6) 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 7 – 8). Soon you gaze upon impressive Victorian summer homes, the majestic Ocean House and the quaint village of Watch Hill (mile 9) 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 10 – 11). Turn right on Bayberry and right on Maplewood for the last mile to a glorious finish back on Atlantic Avenue (mile 12 – 13). Gorgeous!


Course map coming soon!

Effective May 18, 2021, per CDC guidance, face masks will not be required at outdoor events in Rhode Island. Keeping with state recommendations, runners, volunteers, spectators and staff will not be required to wear masks at any Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) event. We encourage those more comfortable wearing masks to continue to do so and urge unvaccinated participants attending HMF Events to wear a face mask for their own safety and for the safety of those who have vulnerable conditions or weakened immune systems. All participants are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of spacing from others not in their party at all times, and 12 feet of spacing while running.

Male: 1:06:46 – set by Louis Serafini in 2019
Female: 1:17:09 – set by Katie Edwards in 2014

Course Suitability for Disabled Athletes:
Click here for more details.


Modifications to start procedures is the pivotal control point that enables social distancing throughout the entire race course, finish line area, and post event services. Registrants must submit an estimated finish time during the registration process and these times will be used to organize runners at the start. All participants will be required to be at the race start area prior to all participants starting.

All participants will be notified by email the week of the event with race start logistics and need to know updates.


Pace leaders are a free service available to help athletes achieve their goal times.

Stay tuned for more details.


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


  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Male Age Group – 12-14, and 5-year age groups from 15-80+
  • Female Age Group – 12-14, and 5-year age groups from 15-80+
  • Clydesdale (men 200+lbs.)
  • Athena (women 150+lbs.)
  • Disabled Athletes More…


  • Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in each Division
  • All awards based on net time
  • No “double dipping”
  • To collect an award after race day, click here


Course limit is 3 hours for the Surftown Half Marathon.  To finish within these time limits you must maintain a pace of approximately 13:44 minutes per mileMore…



  • Yellow signs with blue arrows mark all turns
  • All mile points are marked on the road and mile signs at each mile


  • Hydration (Water & Nuun Sport Lemon Lime flavor):
    • Pre & Post Race / every 1 to 2 miles along the course
    • Open cup service, handed out at arms length
    • Elongated water station layout to prevent participant congestion
    • Participants are encouraged to carry their own fluids
  • GU Energy Gel
    • One location on course
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Portalets along the entire route
  • Medical personnel
  • Event alert system notifications in the pre-race area and at water stations along the course. More...


No dogs (service dogs must be identified as such at all times). No unregistered runners or walkers. Headphones discouraged. No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, or motorized vehicles.

Baby Jogger/Strollers are NOT permitted in the half marathon race but will be allowed in the 5K race, please see details on the stroller policy HERE.