Big River Half Marathon & 10k Trail Races 2015

Race day registrations are $30 for half marathon and $15 for 10k.

Saturday April 4 11:00 AM start.
Big River State Management Area
Exit 7 Park & Ride commuter lot. (on New London Turnpike just south of I-95)
West Greenwich, RI 02817

The course has been changed significantly to avoid snow and soft sections of trail. I think it's even better than before. Lots of cool rocky climbs and ridge sections were added. There are still a few sections of snow and some ice, but not enough to warrant special traction devices. Grippy trail shoes will be best.

The finale of the SC 4th Season Race Series! Big River features some of the best singletrack trail in Rhode Island, and at 13.1 miles, this course will include plenty of it. Both races start together. The courses then diverge after a few hundred meters. Note that the races start and finish a short jog (~400 yds) south of the parking area where New London Turnpike intersects Division Rd (at the green star on map). There is limited parking in the dirt lot there. Additional parking is available in the Park-n-Ride lot. From there, carefully walk or run south to the start location. There will be two water stops along the course, roughly 1/3 and 2/3 of the way (yellow faucets on map). 

Parking and registration:
When you arrive you can pull in to the dirt lot at the intersection of Division Rd and New London Turnpike to register, drop off gear and canned goods, etc. After that, if the dirt lot is full, please move your car to the Park n Ride lot on New London Turnpike just south of I-95 exit 7. There will be cones and a DEM officer to manage runners crossing Division Rd as they go to and from their cars. (It's about 400 yards between the lots). 
There will be two partially stocked aid stations (at mile 4.5 and 8) with water, gatorade, and some GU's. Due to course change, water and Gatorade will only be available at one spot well into the course. Plan to carry your own supplies if needed. If you want to drop a bag you can get driving directions to them at registration. They are both right off Hopkins Hill Rd. 

Prizes for top overall, age group, and team winners (team scoring based on top three finish times). General prize raffle for all participants following awards.

Race #5 of 5 in the SC 4th Season Race Series. Series championship points will be awarded to top 6 overall places for each gender, top 3 places for each age group, and top 4 teams. Series points will only be awarded to half-marathon race finishers. Exception: If there are no finishers for an age group in the half-marathon, points will be awarded to the top 10k finishers instead. Race director reserves the right to distribute points in a manner deemed appropriate for the conditions and breakdown of participants.

 $20 pre-registration for half marathon, $10 for 10k. (Due to increased expenses of this event, I had to increase the fee this year. Sorry. Hey, it's still cheap!)

Entry also requires at least two of the following donation items per entrant on race day:
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly 
  • Tuna/Other canned meats - like PB&J, need for lunch foods increases during vacation.
  • Cereal - also in high need over break.
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Spaghetti and Sauce
  • Soups, Stews and Chili
  • Canned Vegetables & Fruits
  • 100% Fruit Juice (cans, boxes, bottles)
  • Shampoo, toothpaste, or toothbrushes
  • Diapers, Detergent, or Deodorant
  • Toilet paper or paper towels
Donation items will be collected and delivered to The Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale.

-Register online until 4/3/14. ( charges a small additional fee for online registrations)
-Register day of race at the Exit 7 Park & Ride lot (race parking and start/finish location). Registration opens at 9:30am. Race day registrations are $30 for half marathon and $15 for 10k.

*Please hold donation items until race day. They will be collected at the event.

Race day schedule:

9:30am Registration and check-in open
11:00am Race Start

Refreshments will be available immediately following race. Awards and raffle to follow as finish times dictate.

Exit 7 Park & Ride commuter lot.