Local runners who’ve noticed a registration problem for the Providence marathon can breathe easy. The two companies tussling over management of the race have reached an agreement.
Last year, the company Eident Sports Marketing, organized the Providence Marathon. This year the city contracted a different company called Rhode Races.
Unfortunately for some athletes, Eident continued to accept registrations, and fees for the Providence race, even though it was no longer involved in the event. Runners discovered the problem when they received notification they would not have a place in the race even after they submitted payment.
Rhode Races co-founder Susan Rancourt said the two companies are negotiating a solution.
“For the people that are currently registered through Eident we are going to honor those registrations,” said Rancourt. “Details of how were going to do that are still being worked out. But we just want to reassure everyone that has been affected that they will have a place on the starting line in May.”
Rancourt expects a couple thousand runners for the race, which starts in downtown Providence on May 1st.