For 26 years, the CVS Downtown 5K has hosted an annual race in Providence where amateur and elite, USATF runners participate in the same event. On Sunday, September 20th, thousands of people across ages, running abilities, and the nation attend the USATF champion 5K race and other running events that raise money for New England Charities. The race’s purpose is to bring together and inspire a community for running, with the opportunity to witness some of the most elite, often Olympic, athletes.
Last year on its 25th anniversary, the CVS Downtown 5K attracted 7,000 runners, not including over 600 volunteers and families cheering on the sidelines. The event includes the main USATF 5K race, the Tufts Health Plan High School Inspirational 3K, and over 21 youth races of varying distances. All races start and finish on Francis Street, located on the south side of the Rhode Island State House.
Men’s and Women’s teams and individuals in the USATF 5K race compete for honors and prizes varying from $150- $7,000. The race also invites corporate, club, family, and friends teams to compete.
The Tufts Health Plan High School Inspirational 3K invites high school student teams to run in costume and compete. Winners with the best costumes and high school spirit will win new track uniforms for their high school.
The youth races invite runners ranging from the youngest enthusiasts, 1-year olds, to middle school students with to participate in varying distances. Elementary and Middle schools are also encouraged to create teams, and schools that finish 25 or more runners will qualify to win one of ten $500 raffle prizes.
Music performers and bands will entertain runners and observers alike along the race routes.
To register and for more information including volunteering, visit the CVS Health 5k website at http://www.cvsdowntown5k.com/info.