The Norman Bird Sanctuary 5K will have minor traffic impacts around certain parts of Middletown this Saturday, June 15th.

The 13th annual road race is a community favorite across Rhode Island, drawing hundreds of runners to enjoy the beauty of Norman Bird Sanctuary and Sachuest Point. All proceeds from the race benefit Norman Bird Sanctuary’s mission of wildlife conservation and environmental education.

The 5K run/walk course starts at Norman Bird Sanctuary and travels south alongside rolling fields filled with bird houses. Runners will then take a right down Hanging Rock Road and pass the iconic ridges before turning left onto Sachuest Point Road to enjoy a mile and half of beautiful ocean views. Turning right onto Third Beach Road, the course winds along the salt marshes and finishes by the dunes next to the Coastal Education Center at Third Beach.

Police will be onsite at all major race intersections to monitor and assist in the flow of traffic. All roads will remain open to traffic throughout the morning, but delays and temporary stoppages can be expected from 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

For interested runners, online registration closes at midnight on June 13th. There will be no day-of onsite registration. Learn more about the race, preview the course map, and register at

Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Frosty Freez Kids Run at 8:15 a.m. Rain or Shine.

The 13th Annual 5K also honors the memory of David Leys Jr., a longtime Aquidneck islander and friend who helped create this special event. After a courageous five year battle against ALS, Dave passed away in August of 2017.