Thousands of men, women and children from the region and around the world gathered in Providence, R.I., this past Sunday for the 2016 CVS Health Downtown 5K race.
Host to the USA Men’s and USA Women’s 5K National Championships, the charitable sporting event — in its 27th year — drew 6,500 registrants, including Olympian, elite and other competitive athletes as well as recreational runners, walkers, wheelchair racers and kids.
About 4,000 people registered for the main 5K race, including five 2016 Olympic Game finalists. Ryan Hill of Portland, Ore., became the men’s overall and national 5K champion with a time of 13:57. The women’s overall and national 5K champion was Aliphine Tuliamuk of Albuquerque, N.M., with a time of 15:22. Hill and Tuliamuk each won $7,000 in prize money for the USA Track & Field Championship.
Almost 1,600 children registered for the event’s youth events, which included 21 races for kids from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade, including a CVS Health “All Kids Can” Inspirational event for children of all abilities.
Other athletic activities at the CVS Health Downtown 5K included a 3K high school inspirational event that drew nearly 1,000 high school students from the region. CVS Health also awarded one randomly selected team a $500 grant for their school’s physical education program.