19th Annual Run 4 Kerri 4 Miler - 2021 RACE CANCELLED DUE TO Impact of COVID-19

Sun August 1, 2021 Wakefield, RI 02879 US Directions
380 Matunuck Beach Road
Wakefield, RI US 02879


After careful consideration and thought, the Run 4 Kerri race committee has decided that the Annual Run 4 Kerri road race will not be held this year.  This has been a very difficult decision but we feel it is necessary to keep our event as a non-profit and family facilitated event.  Our primary sponsors are local businesses who have been hit hard over the past year during the COVID 19 pandemic and we recognize that they need to get back on their feet before being able to solicit donations.   The annual scholarships that we provide to South Kingstown High School seniors have been presented to Erin Hurley and Samantha Fish, class of 2021 SKHS.    We are already starting to plan a bigger than ever Annual Run 4 Kerri 2022 to honor the 21st anniversary of Kerri’s passing.  We hope that you take some time on August 1st of this summer to remember Kerri fondly and spend time with family and friends!  We look forward to seeing everyone August 7, 2022!  

If you wish to make a donation towards the Run 4 Kerri foundation please visit https://www.run4kerri.com. We appreciate your support!


The Run 4 Kerri is a nonprofit charity organization that was developed to raise funds to sponsor a variety of charitable endeavors.  The race was created to preserve the memory of the late Kerri Lynn Bessette who passed away at 19 years old in April 2001. Kerri succumb to complications resulting from bacterial meningitis while a freshman student and athlete at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Over the past years The Run 4 Kerri has been able to donate yearly to a memorial scholarship for senior female track and field athletes at South Kingstown High School to offset college expenses.  In the few years we have also added sponsoring the Narragansett Youth Track Series which allows children 13 and under to participate in track and field events to emphasis and promote self-confidence, sportsmanship, and fun.  Lastly, we have established a school library giving program in which we hope to stock the shelves of a particular school yearly with developmental and age appropriate content. 

Race Contact Info

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Race Morning

The race begins promptly at 9:00 am and registration will close at 8:45 am.  Please be aware that Matunuck Beach Road is a small community one lane in one lane out road that is subject traffic on race morning.  With the help of our dedicated volunteers and local police department we do our very best to have you in the school drive way and parking as quickly as possible. 

We guarantee t-shirts to the first 550 registered runners. 

Each runner will be entered our raffle drawing with over 100 prizes.

There will be light refreshments of bagels, bananas, and water available.


Top 5 overall Male and Females are awarded cash prizes of $250, $200, $150, $100, and $50.

Masters overall Male and Female are awarded a cash prize of $ 50 and are eligible to win Top 5 awards as well.

If the Top Male or Female defeats the course records they will additionally earn $ 100.

Male - Amos Sang  - 18:44
Female - Laura Nagel 21:39

Tour De France style sprint bonuses
First male and female runner to cross mile 1 will receive $50 and $25 for mile 2 and and $25 for mile 3.

Awards to the top three finishers in each age division:

  • 12 and under
  • 13-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+

If you would like to be considered for the elite field please email Run4Kerri@gmail.com

Early Packet Pick Up

Avoid the rush.... Saturday August 3rd from 9am - 12 pm

Pick up your race packet, t-shirt and number.

You may also register for the race Saturday morning for a fee of $30.



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