Stay Motivated with a Fall 5K or Ultramarathon

Enter the Monster Dash in Providence or challenge a team in Rhode Island's Six-Hour Ultramarathon and Relay.

October and November are the perfect months for running. The weather is nice and cool and the scenery of color-changing leaves is breathtaking. Add some Halloween costumes to the mix and you have live entertainment. There are so many fun 5Ks, marathons and other running events going on that it is easy to stay motivated before we are tempted to put on our winter weight.

Why not sign up for a race? The Rhode Island Monthly team will be participating in this weekend’s Monster Dash 5K and Zombie Walk on Sun. Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. outside the Rhode Island Convention Center. Many of us plan on wearing wigs, makeup and costumes, so you might not recognize us! You can still sign up for the race the morning of the event at the Rhode Island Convention Center, starting at 9:30 a.m. Or just come down to Providence to watch and witness all the crazy getups running down the street. The Monster Dash is supporting Project Undercover, so be sure to bring new children’s socks, underclothing or diapers to race packet pickup to help out underprivileged children.

If you’re up for more of a challenge in the coming weeks, then maybe Rhode Island’s only Ultramarathon is for you? The Rhode Island Six-Hour Ultramarathon and Relay on Nov. 11 can be a solo venture, or teams of two to six people can enter to see just how many miles can be run within the time limit. The team that completes the most miles wins. This is a day of team bonding and members hang out together while they wait for their chance to run around Warwick’s wooded City Park loop with views of Narragansett Bay. The race will consist of individual and team relay events, and the first three top-performing men, women and teams will earn awards. The event has even enlisted a new local brewery, the Bucket Brewery out of Pawtucket, to brew a special beer for the event. The Park Loop Porter will be poured for the first time to participants who are of legal age. Enter your ultramarathon team here.