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Rocky Point 5K Returns May 10

The 2nd Annual Rocky Point 5K is scheduled for May 10. CREDIT: Central RI Chamber of Commerce.

After making history last year with the inaugural Rocky Point 5K, the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce looks to continue its record of success with the second running of the event, scheduled for May 10 at 10 a.m.

The 2013 “RP5K” drew some 350 runners and walkers and raised $5,000, according to Chamber President Lauren Slocum — and this year’s race could surpass those achievements.

“This year, we’re anticipating a bigger number” of participants, Slocum explained during a recent phone interview, adding that she expects a number of late registrations as the weather picture comes into focus. “The buzz became a ripple in the water, and it’s contagious and it’s exciting.”

Thanks to the recent moves by the city and state to preserve the former Rocky Point amusement park location, Slocum said the idea that was “on our wish list for a number of years” has become a reality.

“When our planning committee looked to determine a place for the event, they understood that one of the greatest assets in Warwick, and the state in general, is our shoreline,” Slocum noted. “Narragansett Bay is just beautiful — what’s better than a scenic walk or run through the nostalgic Rocky Point location?”

The route for the Rocky Point 5K. CREDIT: Central RI Chamber of Commerce/Google Maps.

Having the race sanctioned by the U.S. Track and Field Association — the first time such an event in Warwick Neck has earned that distinction — adds prestige to the groundswell of support for this new use for the location.

“Everyone in Rhode Island knows about Rocky Point — even if they’re too young to have gone there themselves, they hear stories from their family members about it,” said Slocum. “It’s a rich, fun tradition that’s on a new path where people can come and enjoy the shoreline of Narragansett Bay and support the community.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Warwick and the Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership are the chosen recipients of the funds raised from the 5K, Slocum explained, following a yearlong committee-reviewed application process.

Centreville Bank and National Grid again headline this year’s list of sponsors, which include several local companies under Rocky Point-themed donation levels.

The Warwick Beacon, Signs for Tomorrow, and CareWell Urgent Care pitched in as “Corkscrew” sponsors, while 15 businesses contributed as “Scrambler” sponsors and another 17 donated at the “Bumper Car” level.

Donation opportunities are still available, including the $500 “Musik Express” sponsorship.

Organizers will also be donating a reading bench to Warwick Neck Elementary School and a contribution to the Rocky Point Foundation to continue preservation efforts, according to Slocum.

Volunteers are also needed to help out before and during race day, added Slocum — including preparing fruit donated by Roch’s Market for the runners and walkers, and serving as water station helpers and course marshals on the day of the event.

“It’s really great to bring the community together,” explained Slocum. “To raise money and see the money actually put into place to help the community, it’s pretty exciting to know that you were part of it.”

For more information on the Rocky Point 5K, including registration, sponsorships, and volunteering, visit or call the Chamber at (401) 732-1100.

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