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Providence, RI

See Also Our Guide to Running in Nearby Newport

The historic waterfront city of Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and the third largest city in New England. With its setting at the head of the Narragansett Bay, historic neighborhoods and parks, there are plenty of great options for running in Providence and Newport.

The signature run in Providence is the East Bay Bike Path which runs for 14 miles along the water to Bristol. To get a sense of Providence in foot, check out our Downtown Providence route. Another signature run is the classically designed Roger Williams Park.  For history and architecture, enjoy our routes in the College Hill neighborhood, Blackstone Boulevard, and the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. In East Providence/Pawtucket, the Ten Mile River Greenway is a pleasant path along the water. Other good multi-use trails are the Woonasquatucket River Greenway and the Washington Secondary Bike Path.

Not far from Providence, We’ve also mapped out 30+ fabulous routes in Rhode Island’s prettiest coastal spots, including Newport, Narragansett, Westerly, Watch Hill, and Block Island — plus into neighboring coastal Connecticut.

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Some of our favorite runs in Providence, RI

East Bay Bike Path

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Providence is known for it’s warm summers, cold winters, and especially, it’s high humidity year-round. The intense humidity is influenced by the Atlantic ocean, which keeps Providence, and the rest of the state of Rhode Island, warmer than many inland locales in New England. July is typically the warmest month, while January is often the coldest.

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Providence has a compact downtown, with numerous places to stay. The Downtown Route, Blackstone Boulevard Park, College Hill, and the East Bay Bike Path, are all accessible from downtown hotels.

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Here is a guide to a few running stores in and around the Providence area. All stores are easily accessible on public transportation via bus, if you don’t have access to a car.

Rhode Runner Inc.   Group runs Tuesdays and Wednesday at 6:00PM. Also, Sundays at 8:00AM

Providence Running Company – Group runs Tuesdays at 6:00PM and Saturdays at 9:00AM. Discounts offered following the run for customers! PS. Thanks for all your help, Providence Running Company!

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Find races in Providence, RI

Providence Marathon & Half. May. One of of the best half marathons in New England, according to our friends at Halfmarathons.net

Narragansett Bay Half Marathon and 5k
Beautiful Half/5k along Narragansett Bay in conjunction with E Providence Heritage Music Festival

5th Annual Steven K Latimer Memorial 5k – Families Against Violence Run/Walk  The SKL Memorial 5k run/walk raises funds for Children  who have lost a parent to violence

Providence Monster Dash 5k – Run through the RIPTA Bus Tunnel