Listening to music through earphones while running isn't unusual. Having a live band play that music for you while you run might be. But that's the set up for the 3rd annual Rock 'n' Roll Providence Half Marathon on Sept. 29, which features live, local bands each mile of the 13.1-mile journey through city streets and neighborhoods.
Running start at the State House, and the course winds through historic Benefit Street and past the Roger Williams National Memorial as well as three of the city's universities. It also goes for several miles along the Seekonk River waterfront and India Point Park, before winding back to the finish. As runners cross the line, they can hang out and relax with the band, Atlas Genius, at a post-race concert.
New this year is the “Mini Marathon,” a timed, three-mile intro to distance running. The weekend kicks off Sept. 28 with a free health and fitness expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center. For all information and to register, visit www.runrocknroll.com/providence