2015 CVS Health Downtown 5K kicks off

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The City of Providence is gearing up for the 26th annual CVS Health Downtown 5k, which is scheduled to be held Sunday.

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Race day features the downtown 5k, the Tufts Health Plan High School Inspirational 3k and youth races of varying distances.

The high school 3k will include a costume contest, while the youth races will be open to kids from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade of all abilities.

Live Streaming: Watch the race live on WPRI.com at 11 a.m. Sunday

Online registration for the races has closed, but runners who wish to participate can still sign up on-site Sunday.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority officials have announced multiple bus detours that will be in place during the event. See a complete list here.

This week, race officials announced the lineup of elite runners who are signed up to participate in the 5k race. Participants include Olympians and nationally ranked runners who will be competing for USA championship honors.

Olympic finalist and four-time CVS Health Downtown 5k race champion Molly Huddle is expected to return this year. Officials say Huddle, a resident of Providence, is the women’s defender of the 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2010 races.

Male 2014 victor, Diego Estrada, will also return to defend his title for the second consecutive year. According to race officials, Estrada lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Follow all the Downtown 5k action on social media with our race day social stream.

“Once again we have succeeded in bringing some of the most notable runners from across the country to the streets of Providence,” said race director Charlie Breagy.

Competitive and recreational amateur runners will also be competing in the race – and the event is open to both wheelchair athletes and walkers.

“There’s something very special about hosting an event that includes Olympians and professional athletes racing through the streets of Providence for a national championship while local athletes participate at their own level of competition – it’s a day of fun for all participants,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for CVS Health.

For this first time in the history of the race, all 2015 participants will receive a finisher’s medal to celebrate their participation and athleticism, officials say.

Since CVS Health became the title sponsor of the event in 2000, the race has raised $1.5 million for charities in Southern New England.WPRI 12 is a proud media sponsor of the event. Don’t miss the CVS Downtown 5K Wrap Monday at 7 p.m. on WPRI 12 and live streaming on WPRI.com.

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