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2015 Blackstone Valley
Half Marathon and 5K

Sunday, April 26, 2015
8 a.m.

A fun and fast race course that take runners along the historic Blackstone River and down Cherry Tree Lane to witness the hundreds of beautiful blooming cherry trees.

A portion of the proceeds from this race will be donated to support the maintenance and planting of cherry trees along Roosevelt Avenue in Pawtucket and Central Falls.

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2015 Cherry Blossom Princess

The State Society of Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council are excited to announce that Alexandra Curtis has been selected as the 2015 Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Princess. A Rhode Island native of East Greenwich, Alexandra will represent the Ocean State in our nation’s capital from April 5-12, 2015 for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. In May, Alexandra will participate in the Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Festival.

“The culture, spirit, and traditions of Rhode Island make it a truly remarkable place to live,” said Alexandra. “I am honored to represent Rhode Island at the National Cherry Blossom Festival and I am looking forward to spending the week with other aspiring leaders.”

While in Washington, D.C., Alexandra will join young women from all over the country for a week in April to partake in educational, leadership, and cultural activities as part of the National Conference of State Societies’ National Cherry Blossom Princess Program. In addition, the princesses will meet with women leaders in the government and business sectors. One princess will be chosen at random to become the U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen, and will be invited to travel to Japan to on a cultural exchange trip and have the opportunity to meet with Japanese leaders. The 2014 U.S. Cherry Blossom Queen met with the Japanese Prime Minister, Speaker of the House, Members of the Diet, cabinet officials, and governors.

“We couldn’t be happier that Alexandra will represent our great state of Rhode Island while taking part in the many opportunities the Cherry Blossom Princess Program provides,” said Chris Simeone, Chairman of the State Society of Rhode Island. “Her past roles as a leader in civic and volunteer programs, along with her excellent academic background, made her the clear choice to represent our great state. We look forward to her trip.”  Biography