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REGIONAL WEATHER DISCUSSION FOR SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND National Weather Service Taunton MA 1110 AM EDT Fri Oct 11 2002 High pressure centered over the gulf of Saint Lawrence will remain firmly entrenched through at least Sunday. Meanwhile, the remnants of tropical storm kyle will head northeast from the Carolinas toward Southern New England. As the decaying tropical storm moves up the eastern seaboard, moisture will be in abundance ahead of this system, therefore expect a damp rainy day on Saturday. In addition to the rain, between the nearly stationary high to our north and the approaching low, an east to northeasterly wind flow will be on the increase. The east coast of Massachusetts will experience the worst of the rain and wind on Saturday. The low will pass just east of the Cape on Sunday, making a slow progress northeastward. On the back side of this low, there will still be a chance for lingering rain. Both the high and the low will make eastward progress away from our region Sunday afternoon, only to be followed by a strong cold front from the west. The approach of this front could trigger additional showers later on Sunday. For Monday, clearing, drying, and cooling will take place as gusty northwesterly winds herald in a strong high pressure system from the mid west.
Soft Shell Turtle
Soft Shell Turtle
USA - Friday, October 11, 2002 at 14:23:53 (ET)

Hi there, great site! Even my cat watches you! Best wishes :) Michael
New York, NY USA - Thursday, October 10, 2002 at 11:34:26 (ET)

Paul and everyone, There will be MarathonFoto photographers on course and at the finish line. They will send proofs to all entrants after the race for purchase opportunities. There is also a link on this site to their site for viewing and purchasing photos. Please allow them time to process photos before going there. No, we have heard nothing about independent filming of videos. Salmini Films will again film the race and will produce excerpts for showing on Finish Line, a nationally syndicated program. Or, after the race go to their web site for more information on how to obtain video of the event.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Friday, October 04, 2002 at 18:45:52 (ET)

Will Marathonfoto be at the race this year and will there be a video as there was a couple of years ago?
Paul Howard
Barrington, RI USA - Friday, October 04, 2002 at 13:59:57 (ET)

Hello All, As of now we do not know if we are going to get sports gel from Power Bar as we have in the past. If we do it will go in runner packets. We have found it is better to give it to entrants pre-race rather than select a spot on course that might not be every runner's needs. We prefer to let the runner decide where they need it most.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Wednesday, October 02, 2002 at 19:11:35 (ET)

Gerry - Will there be sports gel offered on the course and, if so, where? It was my recollection that it was offered last year (or the year before). Thanks.
USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 13:53:17 (ET)

The letter that goes to all entrants is up on the RACE page which is the top button on the stopwatch. Letters are being mailed daily and will be until the Wednesday before the race.To Wm. Cleveland: A most improved category could be a hot potato; a bit too subjective unless we published specific guidelines. I like the notion of runners trying to improve on their performances, however. That is, after all, the name of the game.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Friday, September 20, 2002 at 21:57:12 (ET)

When should we get in touch if we don't get pre race information - we registered via Also how many ri=unners will there be on the day (we don't want to be the last finishers!) Thanks.
Paul Howard
Barrington, RI USA - Friday, September 20, 2002 at 21:15:45 (ET)

Hey Gerry, Have you ever considered adding a "most improved" category to encourage those of us at the other end of the spectrum? P.S. I noticed that little stretch of Irving St. is still there.
Bill Cleveland
Boston, MA USA - Friday, September 20, 2002 at 13:27:11 (ET)

To All Entrants and would be Entrants, Letters with detailed race weekend information, course map and downcity map, will be mailed out beginning next week (September 16th) to all entrants up to that date and then to new entrants as they come in until it is no longer feasible to mail the info. The letters will be posted on this site and will also be available on race weekend at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 16:57:18 (ET)

Hi- Just wondering when "final instuctions" will be mailed. Thanks.
USA - Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 13:03:12 (ET)

Dear Gerry, This year, I will finish my 50 states (+DC), and my 100th marathon, with the 2002 Ocean State Marathon. Request race number 50 if available and an early start to catch a plane out of Boston late Sunday afternoon. Also, are showers available to clean up and change after the marathon? I am looking forward to your marathon. Thanks in advance! Regards, Stuart (The Camel)
Stuart Olson
Chuluota, FL USA - Thursday, September 12, 2002 at 07:46:34 (ET)

To the RI Marathoner.... The RWP part of the course. 1. Take a right of broad right after the "Mexican Fast Food" Place (I believe it is call El Fargon...) That is the Hawthorne Ave Entrance to the Park. Go past the Zoo, Follow signs for Temple of music. 2. Go Past Park Ave Entrance. 3. At The Giant Eagle Statue on the right take a right onto Montgomery Ave. 4. Cross Broad bear Left onto Alabama. Take Left onto Narragansett Blvd.
Soft Shell Turtle
USA - Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 17:59:47 (ET)

Hey Gerry & Ray, Although my training hasn't ben the best this year I do plan on running your great event again. I can't tell you enough what a great job you folks have done over the years. I still have to register on line here but you can't count me in for sure. Trying to convince some fellow Mohegan Striders to do a real class marathon instead of some others they are training for. It will be an honor for me to start the race with the national anthem if you folks would likeagain. See you on the strating line.
Steve Hancock
bozrah, CT USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 10:45:13 (ET)

Hey Gerry & Ray,
Steve Hancock
bozrah, CT USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 10:40:10 (ET)

I was wondering if any runners for the OSM are running with a Galloway team or utilizing his run-walk approach? I have been training with a team here in the metro DC area running between 11 and 12 minute miles (run 5 min. walk 1 min) and am going to miss their support!(they are running the Marine Corps Marathon)... Anyone running with this approach or know of a team running the OSM that is?
Arlington, VA USA - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 at 09:29:19 (ET)

Do I need to know the route, or will I be able to "follow the crowd" with a 10-11 mile pace.
N. Smithfield, RI USA - Monday, September 09, 2002 at 16:02:36 (ET)

Can someone tell me what the course route is through Roger Williams Park? I've been training on the course between miles 3-23 but I always get lost in the park! HELP! Thanks.
Providence, RI USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 18:50:50 (ET)

Hi Gerry and Everybody entered in or associated with this year's OSM. The new course sounds challenging and picturesque. Seemed like a lot of turns downtown, but being early in the course probably won't affect performance very much. Some of the elite runners may take issue with the turns affecting their times, but us mid to back of the packers will just enjoy the scenery and support of the crowds. Running up Broad/Elmwood and through Roger Williams Park will bring back memories of growing up in Providence. Haven't been in the park since you've made all the improvements; hear it's quite nice. Have to echo the sentiment of an earlier writer about the last hill before No Main St. Maybe you can talk to Buddy or whoever and recontruct that to a flat stretch(Ha, Ha). How about a Friendship run on Federal Hill for a couple of miles on the Saturday before the marathon. After the run we could mingle and have pizza & beer/wine or Expresso. Just wanted to touch base with y'all and let you know I'm so looking forward to another Wonderful experience at OSM. Gerry, you and all your crew put on a premier event. Thanks So Much!!! The Dr Scholl's products you have had in the race packets were greatly appreciated and used. Continue please. As I get older and continue to run, I make a point of pampering my feet. Hope they keep me going for a long time. See Ya Soon!!
Manny Lopes
Cypress, Tx USA - Tuesday, August 27, 2002 at 09:58:30 (ET)

As a supporter of Gerry and the Marathon here I knew a lot of people would be curious about the course. I've run the course this past weekend using Ray Nelson's desciption. I ran from start to 10 on Saturday and 10 to the Finish on Sunday. Here are my thoughts on the course. Miles Start to 5 are similar to the old course, it is easy running mostly downhill, not many turns and only 1 soemwhat challenging mile from Mt Pleasant Ave to Atwells Ave. Miles 5 to 10 are also similar except for more turns, however I think that part of the course will keep the runners enthused with a lot of people and urban scenery, sort of like an Auto Grand Prix only with people. I rate this year's course a little easier. Miles 10 to 16.4. 10 to 13 are solid, flat easy running on Broadway and Broad St. The Park is rolling and probably a little more difficult than the same stretch in Pawwtuxet on last year's course. 16.4 to the finish are of course the same. So all in all, for thos that have run the course before I rate it about the same as the old course, easier than The Narragansett Course, and much easier than I remember the old Newport course. A Softshell Turtle.
USA - Sunday, August 25, 2002 at 18:35:02 (ET)

John and all others, The Ocean State Marathon web site is correct. Gatorade will be the fluid replacement drink on course and at the finish. There was some confusion since Ultima was used last year and their web site continued to list Ocean State as one of the marathons they would be serving this year.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 19:32:05 (ET)

What sports drink will be offered during the race? I notice the site said gatorade, but others who have run the race before mentioned ultima. thanks, john
providence, ri USA - Thursday, August 15, 2002 at 09:20:36 (ET)

Just found your site and maybe I will run this year or just skip to the next year. I'm Icelandic so it is a long journey and expencive.
Karl G. Gislason
Reykjavik, Iceland - Sunday, July 28, 2002 at 14:53:28 (ET)

Frank and others, The projected size of the field is between 1500 and 2000 and there should be numerous people running in your time frame (4 hours to 4:30)so you should have company all the way.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 23:05:05 (ET)

I am thinking about OSM for my first marathon. I have a few questions. How many people are predicted to enter? Will I have lots of company at a 9-10 minute pace?
Utica, NY USA - Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 20:04:31 (ET)

Looking for training partner, especially for long runs. This is my 2nd marathon..trying break 4 hours. I live in Cumberland,RI. Please respond if interested. Not having too much luck finding a running club in my neck of the woods. Good luck on the roads.
Marty OKeefe
Cumberland, RI USA - Monday, July 15, 2002 at 23:15:35 (ET)

Sharon and all others, The best way to get a sense of the course, which is being run this year for the first time, is to read the course description that is on the course map page of this site. We will truly not know the relative difficulty of the course until runners run it. We do know it will be an exciting course with very few dull or silent sections. As for the parking situation there will be over 1000 free parking spaces available within a block of the State House starting line and many more on street parking spaces within walking distance of the start. There is no ticketing on Sundays so these spaces are available first come first stay. We suggest those who plan to park for the entire race arrive early. There are, of course, numerous parking lots and garages in close proximity to the start but they will certainly charge the going rate. Hope that helps.
gerry beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 21:44:12 (ET)

I am thinking about running this marathon. I have run Boston and I just completed the Baystate marathon in October. That run was very flat. I am a school teacher and a fall marathon is a better option. The dates of the Baystate are conflicting this year therefore I am looking for another race. I am concerned about hills! Any comments that would help me. Also, I would be traveling on the day of the race from the south shore of Massachusetts. Any complications with parking? Hope to make it!
USA - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 09:16:37 (ET)

Your new Course sounds great....I hope to be there to check it out. Now that I'm no longer working with the Las Vegas Marathon I've gotten back into training hot and heavy and your Marathon will be my first for this year.
Joe Booze
Las Vegas, NV USA - Friday, July 05, 2002 at 11:42:49 (ET)

I live in Berkeley and am planning on running the marathon (my first) as part of a visit to RI to see friends and family. I am looking for someone to train with out west. I know it's a long shot but I thought I'd ask if there was anyone else from the Bay Area doing the marathon. I run about a 10 minute mile and don't anticipate getting all that much faster. Thanks!
Berkeley, CA USA - Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 14:53:05 (ET)

The Ocean State Marathon will be my first marathon. I have set a goal of breaking 4 hours. I came up with this goal based on times from some earlier 10k races. I am looking for feedback. Is my goal realistic for my first marathon? Comments?
Mike Remarski
Cumberland, RI USA - Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at 05:40:23 (ET)

I am looking to run this race, as my first marathon, I have run a half before, and have started training seriously. My question to veterans out there, I have read about comments, on wind, weather, etc. A cooler day in October seems to be the best for this length of race, did the wind slow people down, or create a large challenge during a good part of this race?
Suzanne Banzer
Boston, MA USA - Sunday, June 23, 2002 at 14:22:49 (ET)

Hi I have begun training on my own for my first marathon. It has been difficult to train on my own. I am looking for a training partner however it is hard to find one since I am moving around alot. I am living in Boston for the summer, and at the end of August will be in RI for my last semester of College. I was wondering if anyone new any one in Boston, and also RI to train with for this marathon. Thanks so much.
Leah Rosenthal
Smithfield, RI USA - Thursday, June 20, 2002 at 12:08:50 (ET)

I'm training for the 2002 OSM. Looking for occasional training partner(s) living in South County.
Narragansett, RI USA - Monday, June 17, 2002 at 15:37:12 (ET)

Ted did you run your 10 miles on Sat? I did mine on a treadmill in Hartford after my daughter's AAU basketball game...not fun; the treadmill run, not the game. Keep running and I'll see you at the start.
RI USA - Tuesday, June 11, 2002 at 21:37:29 (ET)

The situation with the medal info on this site was, unfortunately, not updated when the rest of the site was corrected for the changes of 2002. It is being corrected. The medallion information, as I entered it below, is correct. Sorry for any confusion this has caused.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 23:50:43 (ET)

Anyone intersted in "downtown workers" nightly training group"? I work in the financial district and would like to train on the course on Monday and Wed evenings begining about 5:30 PM..and running for 1 to 1.5 hrs...
Helen Smitley
Dedham, MA USA - Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 18:26:13 (ET)

It you are not going to give out Rhode Island Red medals then you need to remove this from your awards page "All finishers will receive a unique "Renegade Red" medallion, a certificate of finish, and a full set of results."
Helen Smitley
Dedham, MA USA - Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 18:23:40 (ET)

The "Renegade Red" medallion is no longer part of the Ocean State Marathon. The story of Renegade Red goes back to 1993 when the current Ocean State Marathon was revived. The efforts of the organizers were met with resistance and doubts by some people in the running community. In a newspaper story the organizers were refered to as rebels and renegades for trying to start a new marathon in the face of the one that already existed (one they strongly differed with as to philosophy)and hence the banty Rhode Island Red Rooster named "Renegade Red" was born. His likeness has appeared on t-shirts, medals, printed entry forms and other marathon material since 1993. But in 2002 he becomes an artifact, a piece of history, a bit of trivia as we term the marathon no longer a rebellion but a full fledged national class event, the only one of its kind in Rhode Island. To that end, finishers in 2002 will receive a specially designed medallion that depicts the silhouette of the state with a runner superimposed. The medallions will be awarded in gold to the first 500 finishers, silver to the next 500 finishers and in bronze to the rest of the field.
gerry beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 23:41:31 (ET)

Anyone know what a "Renegade Red" finisher's medal is? I plan on running OSM this year as a workup for New York... just curious what anyone thinks of the medal.
Mark B.
Mechanicsburg, PA USA - Thursday, May 30, 2002 at 22:22:13 (ET)

im here looking for a little help im 20 years old and last year OSM was my first marathon, i have my 2nd one in september i am going out to Missouri for it but i really didnt know how to prepare for it, last time i kinda just went for it and worked, could some veterans give me some pointers on eating and stuff like thanks, can email me at
USA - Monday, May 20, 2002 at 23:32:44 (ET)

Hey y'all, I ran my first marathon in Dublin last year (4'32") and have made the definitive move to run Ocean State this evening: I BOUGHT A NEW PAIR OF SHOES!! i guess there's no turning back now... Sub 4, here I come...!! PS: Anyone from TEAM DIABETES (and you KNOW who you are) please give me a shout and we'll start training again!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M RUNNING ANOTHER ONE!!!! Steve
Steve Doyle
Providence, RI USA - Friday, May 17, 2002 at 23:16:56 (ET)

Hey Gerry, glad to hear that we'll be able to see the course changes soon. I guess it's to late to get rid of the Irving St. hill. I hate that thing!!!! Good luck to all. Paul K.
Paul K.
warwick, ri USA - Thursday, May 09, 2002 at 08:37:24 (ET)

To all: The new course map has been completed and should be available on this site shortly, along with a detailed course description. The major differences in the new course are the sections in downtown Providence and Roger Williams' Park. While the course has numerous turns in the first ten miles it contains only one uphill of significance and it is preceded and followed by significant downhills. Over all the course loses about 80 feet in elevation. The section of the "old" course from 16 miles on to the finish remains the same. An exciting feature of the new course is the ability of spectators to view the race two, three or four times within the first ten miles. As we have always claimed: "the proof of the course is in the running." The runners who test themselves will have the last say.
gerry beagan
east greenwich, RI USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 21:30:19 (ET)

Wow! Just found out about the course change! When will we be able to get a look at the new course description? I'm assuming it will be much hillier than the Warwick to Prov route. Yes?
warwick, ri USA - Wednesday, April 10, 2002 at 13:35:41 (ET)

Hey Gerry Any special events, etc planned for the 10th running of OSM? Recovered from knee injury(I hope), so plan to come home for another spectacular Ocean State Maraton. Hope the Guestbook gets a lot of play. It's fun to read questions, comments from everybody. Thanks for your efforts. See ya soon!!!
Manny L.
Cypress, Tx USA - Thursday, April 04, 2002 at 16:50:47 (ET)

Been reading up on running and marathoning - particularly OSM vvvvvv I am a native Bostonian with a dream of running the Boston Marathon vvvvvv I guess I'm forced to run another marathon first though, so that I can get a qualifying time ... Look's like the OSM will work for me (close to home).... but am I just chasing a dream that will never be realized .... I'm not even walking yet and just quit smoking three days ago .... i need the motivation and will power to keep going!!! I hope to see the OSM in 2003! I'm not only a dreamer but a planner as well..... If I get myself to Providence is there transportation available to get to the starting line??? Any advice, etc is welcomed. Email me, if you'd like.
Jane Brown
middleboro, ma USA - Friday, February 15, 2002 at 10:55:39 (ET)

Certificates of finish and complete results are being mailed over the next few days and should be to everyone in a week or so. We appreciate the fine efforts of everyone who struggled against the wind and we promise to turn it around next year. All the best to all! See you on October 13, 2002.
Gerry Beagan
East Greenwich, RI USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 17:25:58 (ET)

Had A great time for my first marathon and look forward to receiving my certificate. Will they or have they been mailed? Thanks, Al
Al Garceau
Peace Dale, RI USA - Wednesday, November 07, 2001 at 15:12:08 (ET)

When will race results be posted?
Ron Raikula
USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 19:18:34 (ET)

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