In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and adhering to federal and state regulations, we are sorry to announce that we are postponing the 2020 Mark Palumbo Memorial University Orthopedics 5k to Sunday, September 20th pending city approval and permits.

For registered participants, we are offering two options; You can be automatically rolled into the new date — no further action is required on your part. Or you can request a refund from

Registration will open for the September date as soon as permits are issued.

We appreciate your understanding as we all navigate these unprecedented times together.”

Event Overview

University Orthopedics is pleased to announce The University Orthopedics 5K will now be called The Mark Palumbo Memorial 5K. The event, open to runners and walkers alike, will be held on Sunday, September 20th, 2020. 

Each year, the race raises money for a local charity with the proceeds from this year’s race going to The Tomorrow Fund - a non-profit organization which provides financial and emotional support for children being treated for cancer at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and their families.

Dr. Mark Palumbo, a renowned spine surgeon, passed away in September 2019. He was not only a beloved member of the University Orthopedics family, he was a highly regarded pillar of the community.  

“Dr. Palumbo improved the lives of countless patients throughout his esteemed career.  He was not only an accomplished surgeon but a true leader and someone who inspired many in the field of medicine," said University Orthopedics’ President Dr. Edward Akelman. 

The race starts and finishes at the new University Orthopedics Kettle Point Avenue campus and runs along the East Bay Bike Path, with waterside running and views of the Providence skyline throughout. The timed road race starts at 9:00 AM and is open to runners and walkers of all speeds. For safety reasons, strollers and pets are not allowed on the course.

Register Here

Unable to attend the race but still looking to support the Tomorrow Fund?

Donate Here

Important Pre-Race Information

Registration and Bib Pick-Up

2020 event registration will open for the September date as soon as permits are issued.

Bib Pick-Up: TBD @ 1 Kettle Point Ave, East Providence, RI (map)

All participants must present a photo ID to pick-up their bib. Participants may pick-up for friends and family, but must provide a copy of the ID or a photo of the ID on their phone for verification.

Entry Fees

Thru August 31: $30
Sept 12 - Sept 19: $35
Onsite (Sept 20): $38

Military Discount

The University Orthopedics 5k extends its thanks to those serving our country. We invite active, reserve members and veterans of all military branches to email us at to receive a discounted registration.

Race Day Information

Course Map Here

The University Orthopedics 5k is open to runners and walkers. The race is timed and starts on the University Orthopedics campus at 1 Kettle Point Avenue, before turning onto Veteran's Memorial Parkway, then down Squantum Road and onto the East Bay Bike Path. From there, the race heads north on the bike path with beautiful waterside views of the Providence Skyline, before turning back onto Veteran's Memorial and heading south for a finish in the Kettle Point campus.

There will be one water station on the course at mile 1.5.


Event parking is available onsite at the start/finish at University Orthopedics at 1 Kettle Point Ave, East Providence. We encourage participants to carpool and arrive early.


The University Orthopedics 5k is a rain or shine event. In the event of extreme and severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, race officials reserve the right to alter or cancel the race. Please check this website, the Facebook event page and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.

Recap of 2019 Inaugural Race


Click here to learn more about the 2019 University Orthopedics 5k.

Additional Information

Refund Policy – 45 Days

Absolutely no requests after: March 26, 2020. Registered runners may request a full-refund of their paid fee up to 45 days prior to the event. No refunds will be granted in the final 45 days before the event. Please contact us about refunds at

Registration Transfers – One Week

Absolutely no requests after: May 2, 2020. A request must be sent no later than one week prior to the event by the runner who purchased the registration with the name, adress, email, gender and date of birth of the runner taking their place to A registration transfer processing fee of $10 will be incurred.

Additional Questions?

If you have any additional questions, please review our website or do not hesitate to contact us at: