Newport Marathon & Half Marathon By The Sea
Each October, thousands of runners, joggers, and walkers will culminate at Easton’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island to undertake the 26.2 mile Amica Newport Marathon, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. This year’s Newport Marathon will be held on October 8, 2017.
Runners of all levels are welcome to participate in either the full marathon or the half marathon of 13.1 miles. The course is the perfect way to experience everything Newport has to offer; from quaint cobblestones streets, to sandy beaches, and famous mansions. The scenic route takes participants through historic Downtown Newport, and along the famous Ocean Drive, a historic road that winds through seaside mansions and endless ocean views. The course continues through the Salve Regina University campus and past the largest and most ornate of the Newport Mansions, The Breakers. At this point the participants will recognize their view as they near mile 13, and the finish line for the half marathon participants, which is back at Easton’s Beach. Marathon runners will have reached the halfway point as they continue their journey through the neighboring town of Middletown, RI. The course brings them along the edge of town passing two of the more secluded beaches where they might glimpse some surfers, and circles back around where they will finish again at Easton’s Beach. You can find the full course info on this interactive Newport Marathon map.
Amica and they’ve has teamed up with Gray Matter Marketing to reach a minimum fundraising goal of $30,000. Gray Matter Marketing will be donating $50,000 to the local charities. Participants are urged to register and create their own fundraiser, either to a charity of their choosing or to one of the sponsored charities such as the Ronald McDonald house in Providence, Aquidneck Land Trust, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center of Newport County.
Gary Matter Marketing sponsors many other road races throughout Newport such as the Craft Brew Races each year at Fort Adams with local companies serving up brews from across New England. There are many races of all lengths being offered throughout Rhode Island still to come this fall! Running in the USA and Race Rhode Island have a lists and calendars of upcoming races and where to sign up! Also coming up in October is the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run on October 22.
For more information on the sponsored charities, her to the Amica Newport Marathon Charities or check out the links below! You can give donate directly through the organizations or check out their individual CrowdRise pages too!
Written by Erin Demers.