• Manuka Announces 2nd Annual Race The State Rhode Island

    Announcing the 2nd Race The State Rhode Island on August 7, 2016

    BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency return as presenting sponsors for the 53-mile endurance race

    JANUARY 6, 2016 – NEWPORT, RI – Manuka Sports Event Management, a Newport, Rhode Island based business, is excited to announce the return of Race The State, a multi-sport endurance race that takes competitors across Rhode Island. The second edition of the race will be held on Sunday August 7, 2016. In addition, Manuka is pleased to announce BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency will return as the presenting sponsors. 

    Race the State is a multi- sport race designed to challenge competitors to race across a U.S. state taking into account the unique geography of the state.  The first edition was held on August 9, 2015 where the logistically challenging race spanned 10 communities and two bodies of water. Middletown resident, David FitzGerald won the men’s individual division in 2015 setting the course time at 5 hours 2 minutes and 22 seconds.

    The 2016 edition is again made up of five legs that include running, paddle boarding, kayaking and cycling. It will start in Tiverton and travel 53 miles through the state finishing on the Connecticut/Rhode Island border in Westerly. All competitors are required to have a support team assisting with logistics throughout the race.

    Divisions for Race the State include individual, 2, 3, 4 and new for 2016 a 5-person relay. Also new for 2016 is a new stand up paddle course, which is 1-mile across the Sakonnet River from Fogland Beach in Tiverton to Sandy Point in Portsmouth. The change in course for the paddle makes leg 3 of the race a challenging 12.3 miles from Portsmouth to Fort Adams in Newport.

    All entrants will receive a signature t-shirt, an entry to win a 9’6” Peter Pan designed Ace Tec Big Sport Stand Up Paddleboard (a $1,000+ value), a commemorative Race the State sticker, and a subscription to Canoeroots, Rapid or Adventure Kayak magazine. Plus, there will be a finish party for all entrants, friends and family in Westerly, Rhode Island.

    A portion of each entry will benefit Special Olympics Rhode Island.  To register visit

    BankNewport/OceanPoint Insurance Agency Quote

    In a joint statement, BankNewport President & CEO, Sandra J. Pattie and OceanPoint Insurance Agency Inc. President & CEO, Douglas K. Mayhew expressed excitement: 

    “We’re extremely proud of our co-sponsorship to bring the second edition of Race the State Rhode Island back for our customers and communities to enjoy!  Last year, we marveled at the dedication and perseverance of the athletes who took on the challenge of this unique, multi-sport event, and we’re excited by the momentum that’s already building to see who will compete this year.”

    Presidents Pattie and Mayhew continued, “And it’s a fantastic event to watch!  There are so many beautiful locations along the 53 mile course, from Tiverton down to Westerly, for spectators to come out and cheer on the athletes! We look forward to celebrating another successful Race the State event with our fellow Rhode Islanders!”

    Manuka Sports Event Management Co-Founder and On Water Race Director, Hugh Piggin,

    We’re excited to bring Race the State back to Rhode Island for a second year in a row. We know the first edition was definitely a challenge for the competitors, however we hope we’ve inspired them to attempt the course again and we look forward to seeing many new faces throughout the state on August 7th. We also are extremely grateful to BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency whose support has been integral in putting on this terrific event in Rhode Island and we look forward to partnering with them again in 2016.