Nearly 7K to Compete in Cox RI Races this Weekend

Biggest Losers Mark Kruger &
Jay Kruger Among Those to Compete in Cox Sports Marathon & Eident Sports Half
Marathon, May 1 in Providence


‰ÛÓ Nearly 7,000
runners are expected to converge in Providence, April 30- May 1 to take part in
the 2011 Cox Providence Rhode Races. This weekend long-event features the Cox
Sports Marathon, Eident Sports Half Marathon, Shape Up RI 5k and the inaugural
Munroe Dairy Kids Race.

“The city of Providence is pleased and honored to host the
fourth annual Cox Providence Rhode Races,” said Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.
“Runners who are coming from near and far are sure to enjoy the course, the
spirited competition and time well-spent in our state’s incredible Capital


The fourth annual Cox Providence Rhode
Races kicks off on Saturday, April 30 at Roger Williams Park with the Shape Up
RI 5k at 7:30 a.m. Then Dora & Diego will be on hand to launch the inaugural
Munroe Dairy Kids Marathon at 8:45 a.m.

Cox Providence Rhode Races weekend
continues on Sunday, May 1 in Downtown Providence. Runners, ranging in age from
13-78 years-old, are coming from as far away as Austria, Puerto Rico, Canada
and Great Britain to compete the the Cox Sports Marathon and Eident Sports Half
Marathon on Sunday. Both races showcase Providence and its surrounding

The highlight of the weekend is the Cox
Sports Marathon. A 2012 Boston Marathon qualifier, the Cox Sports Marathon runs
through the capital city and scenic East Bay.

The 26.2 mile race kicks off at 8 a.m. on
Exchange Terrance, next to Burnside Park (adjacent to Kennedy Plaza) in
Downtown Providence. The course will wind through downtown and head out to the
East Side. Runners will continue to Gano Street, past India Point Park, over
the Henderson Bridge and continue on to the East Bay Bike Path. The course
continues through Barrington to the YMCA. Runners then head back towards
Providence, via the East Bay Bike Path and then continue over the Washington
Bridge back through India Point Park towards the Capital City. The marathon
concludes on Exchange Terrace in Downtown Providence.

The Cox Sports Marathon and Eident
Sports Half Marathon begin at 8 a.m. on Exchange Terrace. Full course
descriptions of all races are located at

Among the notable participants include:

“Biggest Losers” Mark Kruger and Jay Kruger – Season
5 “Biggest Loser” contestants Mark
and Jay Kruger will participate in the Cox Providence Rhode Races on Sunday.
Mark lost 129 pounds and his brother Jay dropped 103 pounds when they competed
on the NBC show in 2008.


Mark, the Season 5 finalist, will appear at the Cox
Providence Rhode Races Health & Wellness Expo at the RI Convention Center
in Providence on Saturday, April 30, 10-12 p.m. He will compete in the Cox
Sports Marathon Sunday. Jay will participate in the Eident Sports half


Hubschman ‰ÛÓ
The Brown University senior from Greenwich, CT is running
the Eident Sports half marathon in honor of her dad, Henry Hubschman, who lost
his 13-year battle with cancer in Jan. A member of Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s
Team in Training, Josie has currently raised more than $40,000 ‰ÛÓ the most any
marathon runner in RI has ever raised for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.


‰ÛÓ Once homeless and an abuser of drugs and alcohol, Chris
has turned his life around. The owner of Main Street Fitness in Warren, RI,
Chris is running the Cox Sports Marathon to raise money for Crossroads RI.


Gallo ‰ÛÓ
A teacher at Hope High School, John is running the Cox
Sports Marathon in an effort to raise money for one of his students whose mom
is battling brain cancer. This initiative is part of the newly launched Hope for Hope, which is designed to
support families in need at the high school located on Providence’s East Side.


on My Feet
Back on My Feet, is a nonprofit
organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by
engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and


More than 60 members of the Boston BoMF chapter, which just
launched a year ago, will participate in the Cox Providence Rhode Races.


One of BoMF resident members, Karl Holen, who is currently
serving in the reserves, was the Honor Guard for Dennis Poulin. Back on My Feet
has decided to dedicate their participation at the Cox Providence Rhode Races
to Spc. Poulin.


High School Marathon Team
– The first high school marathon team
in New England, the DreamFar Team will bring 80 members to Providence on Sunday
to compete in the Cox Providence Rhode Races. The program’s mission is to train
athletes of all abilities in a variety of sports and help them achieve their


‰ÛÓ A member of Team Lung Love, Carrie became a lung cancer
advocate after losing her Dad to Stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer on May 29,
2009. She will run the Cox Sports Marathon Sunday in her dad’s memory. Carrie
was one of over 75 advocates from around the country who participated in the
Capitol Forum last February to advocate on Capitol Hill on behalf of the
recently introduced Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2011.


There is still time to register for the
Cox Providence Rhode Races. Runners can register at the Health and Wellness
Expo at the RI Convention Center, April 29, 1-7 p.m., Saturday, April 30, 10
a.m. ‰ÛÓ 5 p.m. On race day, Sunday, May 1, registration will be open from 6:30-
7:30 a.m. at the RI Convention Center.

Cox Communications is the Title sponsor
of the Cox Providence Rhode Races. Charitable partners include Cox Charities
New England, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training, American
Cancer Society, Lung Cancer Alliance, National Multiple Sclerosis Society,
Melanoma Foundation and the March of Dimes.

About Eident Sports Marketing

‰Û¢Eident Sports is a
full-service event management and sports marketing company based in Providence,
Rhode Island. Eident has several properties in the region, ranging from
turn-key sporting events to sponsorship sales alliances with key partners. For
more information on Eident’s events and offerings, please

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