Manuka Sports Event Management, a Newport, Rhode Island based business, is excited to announce the return of Race The State, a multi-sport endurance race that takes competitors across Rhode Island. The third edition of the race will be held on Sunday August 6, 2017.
Race the State is a multi- sport race designed to challenge competitors to race across a U.S. state taking into account the unique geography of the state. The first edition was held on August 9, 2015 where the logistically challenging race spanned 10 R.I. communities and two bodies of water. Middletown resident, David FitzGerald won the men’s individual division in 2015 setting the course time at 5 hours 2 minutes and 22 seconds.
The course differed slightly in 2016, with the start moving to Tiverton and subsequently shortening the paddleboard leg and lengthening the run. The first team to cross the finish line in the second edition of the race was 5-person, all-male team, Island Idiots, who finished the 53-mile course in 4 hours 37 minutes and 26 seconds an overall average pace of 5:25/mile. Tyler Mason of Charlestown, RI finished first in the men’s individual division with an elapsed time of 5 hours 44 minutes and 20 seconds, shortly followed by Mill Valley, California resident Shawn Connell-Clark who took top place in the women’s individual division with an overall time at 5:56:45.
The 2017 edition is again made up of five legs that include running, paddle boarding, kayaking and cycling. It will start in Tiverton and travel 53 miles through Rhode Island finishing on the Connecticut/Rhode Island border in Westerly. All competitors are required to have a support team assisting with logistics throughout the race.
Divisions for Race the State include individual, 2, 3, 4 or 5-person relay. A portion of each entry will benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island. To register visit Race-The-State.com.
Race The State Rhode Island
- August 6, 2017