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May 14, 2016 1:00 pmBlock Island School, High St., Block Island, RI 02807 Click here for registration information
This spring classic takes trail runners from the start at the Block Island School over one of the most scenic 10k courses you’ll ever experience. With a surprising amount of elevation change, including a lung-searing “wall” at mile 4, don’t expect a 10K PR on this course! You will be rewarded, however, with some breathtaking views of the Atlantic and various ponds and vistas, some of which you probably won’t ever experience short of racing this course. This course has a very loyal following, and is absolutely worth the trip.
Course Description: Racers begin on a dirt road for a little over a mostly flat mile, past stone walls and pastures while the initial crunch of the gun is sorted out with plenty of space to maneuver. A short decent takes runners to a right hand turn for a brief section of pavement on the order of 200 yards, followed by another, rougher dirt road. Here the course is undulating and fast first mile fades into memory as runners head to the shore for the first of many breathtaking ocean views. Next, racers ascend a winding single track to the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic and into more rolling pastures and single track. At mile 4 racers are treated to “the wall” – a steep, double tiered, narrow climb which has humbled many a fit runner. A brief respite follows as the course winds down more single track to an incredible view of Fresh Pond. Climbing out and away from the pond, runners make a right onto a very short paved section before making a hard left onto the Gaffney Trail and the final mile or so back to the school. The finishing stretch is back on the last section of the dirt road leading to the school and leaves plenty of room for sprint finishes.
August 6, 2016 9:00 amFred Benson Town Beach, 7 Corn Neck Rd., Block Island, RI 02807 Click here for registration information
Block Island’s most popular race! With a new start time for 2014, this race attracts both seasoned racers and plenty of newcomers. Unique in its format, the course includes a 1/4 mile open water ocean swim right off Crescent beach, a 12 plus mile bike route with rolling hills primarily looping the west side of the island, and a 4 plus mile run segment on the sandy beach itself. All transitions take place at the Beach Pavilion which offers facilities, including showers. The new start time will allow for a larger number of starters, but register as soon as possible as this race is known to sell out in the spring.