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Block Island, Fred Benson Town Beach
IGNITE SwimRun Rhode Island is staged on Block Island just off the coast. Starting at Fred Benson Town Beach, participants will enjoy 17 miles of incredible panoramic views and amazing terrain. Choose either the long course or short course distance. Both race distances are appropriate for all experience levels including first-timers. 



Swim - 8 legs: 4.6 mi
Run - 9 legs: 13.9 mi
Total distance: 18.5 mi

Course Map

Turn By Turn Map

course maps subject to change.



Swim - 3 legs: 2 mi
Run - 4 legs: 7 mi
Total distance: 9.0 mi

Course Map

Turn By Turn Map

course maps subject to change



Swim - 3 legs: 2 mi
Run - 4 legs: 7 mi
Total distance: 9.0 mi

Course Map

Turn By Turn Map

course maps subject to change.

Long Course Race - Team Division
  • Through - Dec 31, 2019 | $425 per team ($212.50 per person)

  • Jan 1 - Mar 31 , 2020 | $450 per team ($$225 per person)

  • Apr 1- June 30, 2020 | $475 per team ($237 per person)

  • Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2019 | $500 per team ($250 per person)

  • Sept 1 - Sept 16, 2020 | $525 per team ($262.50 per person)

Short Course Race - Team Division

  • Through - Dec 31, 2019 | $225 per team ($112.50 per person)

  • Jan 1 - Mar 31 , 2020 | $250 per team ($125 per person)

  • Apr 1- June 30, 2020 | $275 per team ($137.50 per person)

  • Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2019 | $300 per team ($150 per person)

  • Sept 1 - Sept 16, 2020 | $325 per team ($162.50 per person)


Short Course Race - Solo "Spark" Division

  • Through - Dec 31, 2019 | $112.50

  • Jan 1 - Mar 31 , 2020 | $125

  • Apr 1- June 30, 2020 | $137.50 

  • Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2019 | $150 

  • Sept 1 - Sept 16, 2020 | $162.50

Important: There is no race day registration. 


Each participant must be a registered member of USA Triathlon OR purchase a one day membership for the day of the race.  USA Triathlon memberships will be verified in the race registration process.  One day memberships will be an additional $15 per participant and will be vended during the registration process.

Registration includes: 

  • Athlete meeting prior to the start of the race

  • Aid stations along the course

  • Participant shirt & finisher gift

  • Timing and results service

  • Post-race recovery food at race finish line 

  • Participant number race jersey

  • Participant swim cap

  • Prizes for the top 3 finishers in each division​



Fred Benson Town Beach, 7 Corn Neck Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807


Destination Miles will let you sort out flight arrangements, but you can rely on us picking you up from the airport day or night. We will also provide transportation to the race and packet pick-up. Upon request, transportation will be provided to grocery stores, bike shops, or running stores.


RACE TIMELINE (subject to change)

Saturday, Sept 19:

9:30 am - Athlete Check-in

10:30am - Mandatory Athlete Briefing & Gear Check

11:00am - Race Start

7:00pm - Last Ferry leaves Block Island

8:00pm  - Post-Race Bon Fire on the beach


Block Island Ferry Schedule: 

Pt Judith Traditional (55min trip): https://www.blockislandferry.com/schedules-fares/pt-judith-traditional-schedule

Pt Judith Hi-Speed (30min trip): https://www.blockislandferry.com/schedules-fares/pt-judith-hi-speed-schedule

Team Check-In (subject to change) ​​

​All registered teams, MUST check in. Per USAT rules, each participant MUST pick up his/her own packet. If you do not check in during the designated check-in times in person, you will not be able to participate in the event. All participants must bring the following to packet pickup:

  • Photo ID

  • USAT membership card to show proof of annual membership unless you purchased a one-day USAT event insurance at the time you registered for the event.

Mandatory Pre-Race Course Talk 

Saturday, September 19 at 10:30 AM at race start area. The mandatory pre-race course talk will cover important information about the race and include a question and answer segment. ​​All teams are required to attend this meeting.

Athlete Guide

The Athlete Guide will be published 2 weeks prior to race day. 


The award ceremony will be located near the finish area. Awards will be given to participants who earn 1st through 3rd place in the following divisions: All Male Team, All Female Team, Mixed Gender Team.

Team winners of each individual race receive free entry into the 2019 IGNITE SwimRun Virginia, the Series National Championship. 


We are always looking for volunteers who want to be part of the team. We have opportunities as kayakers, lifeguards, boat drivers, aid station minders and finish line staff. Our volunteers get shirts along with snacks and post-race beverages to keep you comfortable. If interested in volunteering, please send us an email at info@igniteswimrun.com.