November – A Time of Thanks

November is a time for reflection and thanks for us.  Not only is it the end of our racing season, but we formed the company 5 years ago in November so it is our Anniversary as well!  (You can learn more about us at this link.) We are always so incredibly grateful at the end […]

Faces of the Rhode Races – Jacqueline O’Hara

This is the first post in a series written by our guest blogger – Jessica Looney.  Jessica is our Fall Semester Marketing Intern from Providence College.  A runner in her own right, Jess has been helping us craft our marketing message this semester and is completing her Senior year.   “Running gave me purpose again,” says […]

Wish List from a running Race Director

I have been a runner for a long time, over 30 years. And while I have executed a number of races in the last 6 years or so, I have been a participant in even more races – everything from a small 100 person 5ks to the Boston Marathon and Ironman events. I love each […]

Who We Are……

Rhode Races was formed in October of 2015 by Susan Rancourt and Karen Zyons. Meirav joined us as race staff from the onset, with Lisa Helfrich starting as a volunteer and becoming part of our crew in 2018. Molly Robinson joins us this year as the newest member to our Rhode Crew. SUSAN RANCOURT CRO […]

The Final Mile Kids Fitness Program

When we founded in 2015, we purposely created the company as a RI Benefit Corporation as we wanted to hold ourselves to a higher standard.  We wanted to do to our part of the “social good” – not just with the inherent benefits of creating healthy events in local communities, but also to foster our […]


We are so excited for 2019 and we have so many things happening this month! First – our Rhode Master Series is OFFICIALLY open! So what is the Rhode Master Series?  Here is a not-quite-complete list: Discount when you sign up for 3 or more races at the same time. Awesome Series Medal that will […]

Post Race Green Team – aka Plogging Crew

As today is #GivingTuesday, it seems appropriate to announce our new initiative.  We are rolling out a new volunteer position based on the Swedish trend of plogging – a combination of jogging and picking up litter.  We hope this will allow us to give back to the communities that we run in, as well as […]

Heading into Year Four – THANK YOU!

November is always one for gratitude, reflection and planning. We started down this road in November of 2015 as nervous wrecks, but we couldn’t be happier with our decision.  We have met some amazing people along the way, we get to run in some stunning locations – in all kinds of weather đŸ™‚ and we […]

We love our Volunteers!

It seems like my July post is generally about our volunteers.  We are a bit over half way through our season and I am always so grateful at this point in the year to our strong volunteer corp and those groups that we can really rely on throughout the race season – and how difficult […]

Pawtucket, RI is looking to prohibit all road races on city streets

The City Council of Pawtucket will be voting next week to ban all road races, unless they take place in their City Park.  This ban includes all races, no matter how long or who is involved.  This vote seems to be happening without many of the Pawtucket residents knowing anything about it. Pawtucket hosts a […]