Probably the most athletic harbinger of spring on Block Island is the Annual Shad Bloom 10K, timed to coincide with the blossoming of the shad trees on the island. (Oh, so that’s where the name comes from.)
A favorite among islanders and visitors alike, the course takes you on a scenic trip around Block Island with every mile a different path and picturesque view. Traverse dirt roads passing pastures framed with old fieldstone walls, winding tracks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and at mile four, face the route’s toughest challenge known locally as “The Wall” — a steep, double-tiered narrow climb. (Is that tiered or tired? Could be both, depending on your fitness level.)
The Run starts and ends at the Block Island School off High Street at 1:00 p.m., and registration costs $25 per person. Sign up in advance and see the course by visiting the website. If you have questions, call Dave or Cindy at the recreation department at 401.466.3223. The race runs rain or shine; however, in the event of a ferry cancellation, the date will be moved to the next day, May 14.