Race the State

Sunday 5th August 2018

Multiple: Throughout, the State, United States

Endurance, Kayaking, Running, Cycling


  • Individual - Individual
  • 2-Person Team - 2-Person Team
  • 3-Person Team - 3-Person Team
  • 4-Person Team - 4-Person Team
  • 5-Person Team - 5-Person Team


Race the State is a multi-sport race that will challenge competitors to race across a U.S. state. The second edition of the race will span Rhode Island August 6, 2017. 

Race the State is made up of multiple legs involving four different disciplines: Running, Paddle boarding, Kayaking & Cycling.
CLICK HERE for an interactive course map to plan your route. 

Event details and schedule

Race the State starts at 5:30am on Sunday, August 5th 2018!
The course is as follows:

Leg 1: 4.5 Mile Run - Little Compton 

Leg 2: 2.5 Mile SUP - Taylors Lane Beach, Little Compton 

Leg 3: 8 Mile Run - 3rd Beach, Middletown to Fort Adams, Newport 

Leg 4: 5.6 Mile Kayak - Fort Adams to Narragansett with a portage in Jamestown 

Leg 5: 29 Mile Bike - Narragansett to Westerly 

CLICK HERE for an interactive course map to plan your route.
This is an event that spans the entire state of Rhode Island and as you will not be returning to the various leg start or finish lines throughout the race. YOU MUST have a support team in place to assist with dropping off and collecting equipment. We are offering support team assistance for an additional fee, which you can choose upon registering.
Packet pick up details will be e-mailed to you at a later time. 

If you are in a relay, one member of your team may pick up the packet and bib numbers for your team and drop off equipment. 

For paddle boards: we will not allow inflatable boards in the race 
For kayaks: you must have an open water kayak: either a touring or sit on top model will work, we recommend a skirt. Please visit the Race the State website for further details.
You can sign up as a 2, 3, 4 or 5 person relay team.
That's great! We're stoked to have individuals taking on the entire state. However, given that this is as much a logistical race as it is an endurance event, we want to remind you that you will need a support crew to drop off and collect your equipment along the way. Be sure to read through each leg detail breakdown and make sure your support crew is familiar with where to go and when to be there. As a reminder you can choose to have a support crew provided to you for an additional fee, select that option in the registration process.
We will score prone and stand up paddlers in different divisions. You must provide an image of your paddle board, paddle and PFD upon packet pick up. We will not accept inflatable boards. You and your support team will be responsible for drop off and pick up of your board during the race.
The race starts at 5:30am sharp. Please allow enough time to get yourself to the start line. 
If you are in a relay two separate teammates can compete in Leg 1 and 2.
Please familiarize yourself with the course and prepare for the distance. It is long and a bit hilly, however we are working on a few course modifications to reduce the mileage for this leg.
You, a team member or support crew member will need to drop your kayak off on race day morning. The transition area opens at 6:00am. Volunteer staff will be available to guide you to the transition zone, however we recommend you do not leave your kayak unattended once in the transition zone. Your kayak must be ocean certified and you must have a USCG approved life vest. The kayak transition area is located at: 

Fort Adams State Park 
Fort Adams Drive 
Newport, RI 

The kayak transition area is on the beach adjacent to Sail Newport. 

Kayakers please pay close attention to the course. You will paddle around Fort Adams and into Mackeral Cove. Once in Mackeral Cove you will carry your kayak across the beach and put your kayak back in the water in Sheffield Cove. From there you will paddle to to Narragansett. 

At the conclusion of Leg 4 

If you are in a relay: 
Hand off your timing chip to your teammate, collect your kayak and clear out of the transition zone.

If you are racing as an individual: 

Before you can start the bike portion of the leg, you need to ensure your kayak is cleared out of the transition zone and beach area. 

You may send someone other than yourself to pick up your kayak, however it is your responsibility to make sure you get your kayak to the person picking it up. Race management will not be responsible for any kayaks unaccounted for.
Cyclists may drop off their bikes on Sunday, August 6th starting at 6am. 

Race Management will provide security in the transition zone until all cyclists are on the bike portion of the race. 
The bike portion of the race is a 28.5-mile route that is all on shared roads. Police officers will be stationed at significant intersections throughout the course. However, it is still the responsibility of the cyclist to ride in a safe manner and adhere to all road rules. 

As the course requires competitors to cross over both 1A and Route 1, timing will start just after cyclists cross over Rt. 1A and then stop before crossing Route 1. It will restart after cyclists cross Route 1. This is to ensure the safety of all riders. 

The bike portion of the race will follow USA Triathlon Cycling Conduct Standards, this includes NO drafting for the entire course. USAT rules can be reviewed by CLICKING HERE. Any competitor observed violating those rules will be automatically disqualified. Rules violations are at the sole judgement of Race Management.
Race the State seeks to keep each city and town it visits as clean as it was before we arrived. To that end, this will be a zero tolerance event with regard to trash and waste. Any gel packs, goo, water bottles or other waste is the sole responsibility of the competitor. NO Exceptions. Race Management reserves the right to disqualify any competitor or team violating this rule.

Organised by

Manuka Sports Event Management

23 Johnnycake Hill, Middletown

Phone: 4016194840

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