Organizers cancel 2024 Providence Marathon

The Providence Marathon & Half Marathon, scheduled for May 5, has been canceled "due to unforeseen challenges, including the Washington Bridge closure," according to a Providence Marathon spokesperson.

Organizers informed Providence Mayor Brett Smiley's office of the cancellation Thursday morning. The marathon is sponsored by The Providence Journal.

“Despite our best efforts working with local leaders, the 2024 Providence Marathon & Half Marathon has been canceled due to unforeseen challenges, including the Washington Bridge closure," a marathon spokesperson said in a statement. "The safety and security of participants is our priority, and while we were unable to secure an adequate route this year, we hope to see everyone in 2025.”

Smiley spokesman Josh Estrella issued the following statement: "While the City is disappointed that there will not be a full or half marathon this year, we look forward to working with organizers in future years to develop a route that responds to the new challenges presented by the Washington Bridge closure to ensure a safe race for runners, neighbors and businesses."

How many ran the race last year?

The race drew nearly 6,000 runners last year and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. It raised more than $56,000 for the charity Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, according to its website.

Runners who have already signed up for the race were notified of the cancellation via email and offered several options, including deferring their registration until next year, transferring their registration to another Ventures Endurance event or getting a refund.

posted Thursday March 28th
by Jack Perry