Bristol hosts first Anchor Down Ultramarathon

Endurance Athletes to Run 100 Miles or More in 24 Hours At Inaugural Anchor Down Ultramarathon in Bristol

Providence, RI - August 6, 2015 - Endurance athletes will be challenging themselves to run up to 100 miles – or even more – in 24 hours, as Colt State Park in Bristol hosts the first Anchor Down Ultramarathon August 14-15. 

“Here in Rhode Island we have a beautiful coastline to showcase to the endurance running community,” said Jason Paganelli of Endurance Fitness Systems LLC, who is organizing the race and is himself an ultramarathoner. “We are excited to bring an event of this magnitude to Rhode Island and nurture the vibrant, growing active living community right here in our little corner of the world.” 

Paganelli is capping the race at 100 runners, which will include Nate McBride, a 13-time ultramarathoner returning to his hometown of Bristol for the race.  The course is a 2.05 mile loop that boasts sweeping views of Narragansett Bay.  Rather than mark the race solely by distance, it is also marked by time.  Runners may do six hour, 12 hour and 24 hour races. There is also a fourth division for those running 100 miles or more. 

The schedule is as follows: 

•         Runner Check-In: Friday, Aug. 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
•         Race Starts (ALL races): Friday, Aug. 14, 7 p.m.
•         6-Hr Ends: Saturday, Aug. 15, 1:00 a.m. (Awards presented immediately.)
•         12-Hr Ends: Saturday, Aug.15, 7 a.m. (Awards presented immediately.)
•         24-Hr Ends: Saturday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m. (Awards presented immediately.)

“With a mix of trail and pavement and the summer heat, this race is sure to pose a challenge to the most experienced endurance athlete. At the same time, the loop-style course, easy aid-station access and beautiful scenery will make for a great event for the first-timer looking to try out the ultra-running scene.”

For more information, or to register for the race, visit