2017 Wrap Up!

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2017 Wrap Up!



Congratulations 2017 Race the State Competitors!

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Congratulations 2017 Race the State Winners & Competitors

Wow! Yesterday was a stunning day for the 3rd edition of Race the State sponsored by Bank Newport & Ocean Point Insurance! 19 individuals and 28 teams totaling 150 people took to the course yesterday to try and be the fastest across the state of Rhode Island. 

Mother Nature gave us a small break in the humidity and some might have said it was even a bit chilly at the 5:30am start, but it turned into a spectacular day across the state.

A brisk morning to watch the sunrise coming up over South Shore Beach in Little Compton
And they’re off! Shortly after 5:30am, the field sets off on Leg 1 a 4.4 mile run from South Shore Beach to Taylor’s Way in Little Compton.
Sunrise over the West Passage of Narragansett Bay at the finish line of the Kayak.

Leg 1 – 4.4 Mile Run

Team Bodies by Bacon coming into the finish of Leg 1
BankNewport Wave Hogs taking 2nd overall in Leg 1 with a time of 28.07.5

4-Person Team Octopus killed the 4.4 mile run with a total time of 27:08.8 – that’s a 6:10 minute/mile pace! Followed less than a minute later with a time of 28:07.5 was the 4-person team, BankNewport Wave Hogs. Coming across the line first for the individuals was Don Sullivan with a pace of 6:36/mile!

Leg 2 – 2.5 Mile Paddle

Onto the paddle across the Sakonnet River. This section of Race the State has varied all three years of the race. This year the course took competitors from Little Compton to 3rd Beach in Middletown. It was a breezy morning, but nothing too challenging for the competitors as they worked their way across. The fastest time across went to 4-person team Hot Club Harbor Seals completing the course in 41 minutes 15 seconds. Followed closely behind was the 2-person team of The Old Salts with a time of 42:59.8.

Leg 3 – 7.3 Mile Run

Hot Club Harbor Seals II flying on the run!
BankNewport Wave Hogs cruising by 1st Beach in Newport.

The 4-person teams killed Leg 3, taking first, second and third for the top times overall!

Lighting up the 7.3 mile run from 3rd Beach to Fort Adams was once again Team Octopus who ran the course in 41:45.5 a pace of a whopping 5:43/mile!

Followed very closely behind was the Hot Club Harbor Seals II with an overall time of 48:22.4 and in 3rd was the BankNewport Wave Hogs clocking in 10 seconds later with a time of 48:32.5!

Leg 4 – 5.6 Mile Kayak

Taking competitors across Narragansett Bay, with a quick stop in Jamestown, is Leg 4 the 5.6 mile kayak!

Local Jamestown resident and top surfski paddler is Tim Dwyer, part of this year’s 5-person team Gansett Gang. This was Tim’s second year racing in race the state (he was on the winning 4-persont team in 2015) and no surprise he obliterated the kayak with a total time of 56:48.5, that’s a pace of 10:09/mile! And he took just over 6 minutes off his time from 2015…he was soo fast our team of photographers didn’t even manage to grab a picture of him!

5-person Team Awdy wasn’t too shabby though they came in second on the kayak with a time of 1:04:19.5 and in 3rd was the 4-person team Sorry Kate with a time of 1:11:04.

Leg 5 – 28.5 Mile Bike

The final miles of Race the State are usually very speedy except for a few minor 😉  hills!

This year, we were joined by some very special riders. 5 Special Olympians from Special Olympics RI rode the final miles of the bike course and got a resounding welcome from the crowd at the finish!

Elsewhere on the bike course, with a total time of 1 hour 12 minutes and 34 seconds, at a pace of 22.65 mph, 5-person team Gansett Gang were first across the finish line with an elapsed time of 4:27:10!

Our first individual across the line was Don Sullivan, clocking in at an impressive 5:15:50.

Competitors streamed in throughout the day and we’re happy to report everyone who started finished the course – well done to all who competed!

The Finish – Time to Party!

A great afternoon in Westerly celebrating all of the competitors with great food, beer from Mighty Squirrel and wine from FitVine along with support from our platinum sponsors BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance and race sponsor Balise Subaru!

Clockwise from Top: 5-person team Gansett Gang, Jennifer and Leann Bertha with their new Thule Trailer Hitch Mounted Bike Rack Courtesy of Balise Subaru, Cheers to 50! with their amazing gold shower caps, some of the great prizes, two of the top male finishers Scott Samuel and Don Sullivan.

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Race the State would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and partners and we want to thank our Platinum Sponsors BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance and race sponsor Balise Subaru. Be sure to like, follow, share and patron these terrific Rhode Island companies!


And a round of thanks to the groups and organizations that provided us with some terrific prizes for our top finishers in each division. 
  • NBX Bikes
  • WHJY & Coast 93.3 
  • Paddleboard RI
  • Newport Shipyard 
  • Lemon & Line
  • Sailors for the Sea
  • Hammer Nutrition
  • Energybits
  • North Sails
  • Bike Newport

AND last, but certainly not least, Race the State would not be possible without the hard work of our entire team and our volunteers. A huge thank you to the following people:

  • Clean Ocean Access, Sailors for the Sea, Ilana Coenen, Heather Ruhsam, Polly Chorlton, Steve Schonning, Sally Halpin, Bruce & Anna Barbieri, Doug Patten, Kris Matthews, Liz & Eric Nittman, Blaise Erker, Lorraine McKenna,Tyler Mason, Patty Vehmeyer, Ben Barbieri, Tasha O’Hara, Leo & Jessica St. Denis, Scott Beaker and the team of BankNewport & OceanPoint Insurance volunteers spanning the course!


Individual Men

1 DON SULLIVAN 5:17:50.0
2 JOSHUA MASON 5:23:35.8
3 SCOTT SAMUEL 5:26:05.0
5 SCOTT MADDEN 6:02:33.4

Individual Women

1 JOAN FLUETTE 8:16:03.2

2-Person Team

1 The Old Salts 5:02:27.3
2 Sunday Epic Tri 5:58:54.5

3-Person Team

1 Team Hot Pants 5:33:45.0
2 What were we thinking? 6:01:34.7
3 YoGUTS 6:50:39.2

4-Person Team

1 Hot Club Harbor Seals II 5:03:27.2
2 Team Octopus 5:22:52.2
3 BankNewport Wave Hogs 5:25:53.3
4 Sorry Kate 6:10:45.2

5-Person Team

1 Gansett Gang 4:27:10.0
2 Y_knot 5:15:00.7
3 Tag You’re It 5:17:35.7
4 OceanPoint 5:18:53.5
5 Portsmouth Dads 5:21:59.7

Full Detailed Results can be found HERE

  • 3-Person Team Hot Pants was the only all-Female team in the 2017 Race
  • The Hot Club Harbor Seals II won the 4-person team both in 2016 & 2017!
  • 5-person team Y Knot’s kayaker couldn’t get enough of the course. After taking a break, Pat Sheehan turned around and paddled back!
  • Our oldest competitor was on Team Youngish! At 74 Malcom Starr is an inspiration to all of us!
  • Both 2-person teams were originally individual entries, but one person on each team had a late injury so they recruited their support member to jump in and race with them…now that’s dedication!
  • We heard that one of the runners on the BankNewport Wave Hogs is a nationally ranked middle distance runner! We’re not surprised based on those fantastic run times!
  • We had a number of parent/child combos on teams, BUT only one set of family members to each run solo. Dad, Scott Madden and son Dylan Madden took on the entire course, with dad placing 5th and son in 8th! Well done!


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