Race the State event highlights Rhode Island’s geography

Runners, bikers and boaters alike will take to the Rhode Island coastline on Sunday, August 9 for the first Race the State event.

The 55-mile race is a new multi-sport event spanning the state, starting in Little Compton, stopping in Middletown, Newport and Narragansett, and ending in Westerly. A portion of registration fees for the event will be donated to Special Olympics Rhode Island.

The race will have five legs: a five mile run, three mile paddle-board, 6.9 mile run, 5.6 mile kayak and a 29.5 mile bike ride. Competitors can enter as individuals, who will complete all five portions of the race themselves, or as a relay team, with up to four members completing the event.

Manuka Sports Event Management, which is based in Newport, has developed the event to highlight the state’s coastline and take advantage of Rhode Island’s geography. The business, which also runs local sailing and fishing events, hopes to expand the event into a national series in the future, highlighting unique geography in each state.

Registration for competitors and volunteers, who will assist in the event’s transition zones along with Special Olympics Rhode Island athletes, is available online at Race the State’s website.

Race the State is sponsored by Bank Newport and Ocean Point Insurance.

Here are some of the other segments featured on The Rhode Show on July 29, 2015:

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