Tufts Health Plan named 2018 Rhode Races Half Marathon Series sponsor

TUFTS HEALTH PLAN has been named the official presenting sponsor of the 2018 Rhode Races Half Marathon Series, which kicks off with the Newport Road Race at Easton’s Beach on Saturday, April 14. / COURTESY RHODE RACES & EVENTS
TUFTS HEALTH PLAN has been named the official presenting sponsor of the 2018 Rhode Races Half Marathon Series, which kicks off with the Newport Road Race at Easton’s Beach on Saturday, April 14. / COURTESY RHODE RACES & EVENTS

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Races & Events has named Tufts Health Plan as the official presenting sponsor of the 2018 Rhode Races Half Marathon Series and the Corporate Fit Challenge.

Tufts Health Plan will sponsor the five half-marathons comprising the Rhode Race Series. The company will also work with Rhode Races on its Corporate Fit Challenge, with the goal of encouraging more worksite wellness and helping Rhode Island become one of the healthiest states in the nation.

This Corporate Fit Challenge is a yearlong fitness effort, encouraging companies and their employees to participate in a variety of races, all in different locations, with distances for every type of runner.

“We know firsthand the benefits a worksite-wellness program can bring to local businesses. Not only does it improve the health of their employees but can also lead to higher productivity and presenteeism for employers,” said Marc Backon, president of Tufts Health Plan commercial products. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Rhode Races on their half-marathon series as well as the Corporate Fit Challenge and support Rhode Islanders [living] a healthy lifestyle.”

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The Rhode Races Series kicks off with the Newport Road Race at Easton’s Beach on Saturday, April 14. Rhode Race’s flagship race will take place in Providence in May.  Both races offer a full USA Track & Field certified marathon, half-marathon and 5K distance, appealing to both casual and competitive runners. The series continues with the Bristol Half Marathon in June, Jamestown Half Marathon in September and Narragansett full marathon, half-marathon and 5K in October.

“Tufts Health Plan’s mission of improving the health and wellness of its diverse communities is a natural fit for Rhode Races,” said Susan Rancourt, co-owner of Rhode Races. “Together, we can get more people moving and inspired to run so that they can accomplish their fitness goals.”

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.