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While the overcast weather wasn’t ideal for Fall sightseeing, the cooler temperatures were welcomed by the 2,650 runners who completed the Amica Newport Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, October 7th.

Ross MacAndrew, from East Greenwich, Rhode Island was the first across the line, winning the half marathon with a time of 1:12:43. “It was a good race, a good day for it, and good weather,” said MacAndrew. “I got out into the front in the beginning with someone doing the marathon, and we talked about our pace. I told him I was planning to push it once I got past that first hill. I just did it and didn’t look back. I might’ve gone out a little too quick, so it was tough to hold it together in the middle, but once I got to mile 11 I felt really good.” For MacAndrew, the speedy finish was a personal record. “It’s a gorgeous view the whole way. The hills make it a really good race.”

Four minutes after MacAndrew broke the tape, Sean McNeil, from Avon, Massachusetts claimed second place in the half marathon with a time 1:16:22. In 2017, McNeil won first place in the half marathon with a time of 1:17:51. “Glad to be back,” he said after this year’s finish. Third place in the half marathon went to James Boeding from West Hartford, Connecticut in 1:16:55.

Kelsi Chappelle won the women’s side of the half marathon for the second year in a row, with a time of 1:25:39, smoking her own winning time from last year by more than three and a half minutes. “I’m running today for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center,” explained Chappelle, a resident of Portsmouth, Rhode Island. “They do a lot to support the local community around here, dealing with issues like hunger. It’s an awesome organization, and I thought of them when I wasn’t feeling my best out on the course and it pushed me through.” Chapelle’s cheering squad for the day included her 7-year-old son, as well as members of the Portsmouth High School Cross Country Team, where she coaches. “I love these Gray Matter Events,” she added, saying that she encourages her team to volunteer at the company’s events in support of local non profits. “They’re so great and so supportive. Everyone here is so awesome…they have a special place in my heart.”

Kat Morrissey from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts took second place for the women in the half marathon, coming in at 1:26:39. Morrissey was family with much of the course, having won first place in the BankNewport 10 Miler earlier this year. Erin Haynes from Oakham, Massachusetts rounded out the women’s half marathon podium at 1:28:02

Stephen Bourget was the marathon winner, finishing in 2:39:55. Bourget, from Sommerville, Massachusetts, was aiming to finish in 2 hours and 40 minutes. “I thought it was beautiful, a pretty quick course,” he said of his first marathon. “Going past the mansions, Marble House, all those are pretty nice. But, I was really in my zone.” Bobby McDonough from Allston, MA followed Bourget across the line in 2:50:04, with Matthew Bernier from Barrington, RI finishing in 2:59:27.

Other notable finishers included a number of participants working towards their 50 State Marathon or Half Marathon Challenge completion. Two couples were engaged at the finish line of the race (both said Yes!). Edmund Pires was the races’ sole hand cycle participant, finishing the 26.2 miles in just under two hours, and qualifying him for the Boston Marathon.

More than 170 from Aquidneck Island were registered to run the Marathon/Half Marathon, here are the results for those who finished;

Local Results – Marathon

ChipTime First Name Last Name Age Town
3:01:53.9 MARUTI KOLLURU 26 NEWPORT
3:38:59.3 ADELINE JASINSKI 38 PORTSMOUTH
3:43:55.1 NICOLE TOPPA 35 PORTSMOUTH
3:44:50.0 JACOB MOYAR 23 PORTSMOUTH
3:44:56.0 MARK ZELLER 41 NEWPORT
3:52:01.5 JACOB HASSEL 25 NEWPORT
3:55:07.0 CHRIS SHANAHAN 60 NEWPORT
3:57:39.9 MICHAEL MCGINNIS 23 MIDDLETOWN
3:58:17.8 KELLEY KIRWIN 31 MIDDLETOWN
4:03:58.9 ADAM NORDIN 33 NEWPORT
4:04:30.2 TESS BUSSMAN 26 NEWPORT
4:05:50.2 FRANCINE CARRICK 42 NEWPORT
4:07:11.2 CHRISTOPHER BESSIN 35 NEWPORT
4:10:56.5 JOSEPH LEE 51 NEWPORT
4:13:13.8 JAVIER RINALDI 40 MIDDLETOWN
4:20:17.2 WILLIAM WILCOX 30 NEWPORT
4:22:40.2 KRISTIN RUGG DOVBNIAK 29 MIDDLETOWN
4:28:34.2 BUCK AUCHINCLOSS 25 MIDDLETOWN
4:33:26.2 BEN KALWEIT 31 NEWPORT
4:34:45.8 NICOLETTE BASTIEN 36 NEWPORT
4:36:30.1 WILL BURGESS 30 NEWPORT
4:41:57.7 DAVID SIGLER 42 NEWPORT
4:43:33.3 BETSY WALKER 64 NEWPORT
4:50:08.0 MALEA DICKERSON 24 MIDDLETOWN
5:04:58.4 NICOLE CORDILIKO 25 NEWPORT
5:20:04.0 LOIS ZAWROTNY 53 NEWPORT
5:26:51.9 LAURENCE BERBRICK 38 MIDDLETOWN

Local Results Half Marathon

ChipTime First Name Last Name Age City
1:25:39.7 KELSI CHAPPELL 30 PORTSMOUTH
1:25:45.6 BEN QUATROMONI 30 NEWPORT
1:27:02.0 GREG GENTILE 42 NEWPORT
1:32:42.8 JOEL KEHM 52 MIDDLETOWN
1:33:44.2 MICHAEL NOLAN 52 MIDDLETOWN
1:34:33.1 RYAN SAEGER 24 NEWPORT
1:35:14.9 JACKSON MURPHY 23 MIDDLETOWN
1:36:07.4 BRADLEY BOWEN 29 PORTSMOUTH
1:36:23.1 MARTHA BYRNE 22 NEWPORT
1:39:24.7 BLAIR INGRAHAM 25 MIDDLETOWN
1:39:25.8 KEITH BUEHLER 27 MIDDLETOWN
1:39:25.9 BRICE LOOSE 39 NEWPORT
1:39:29.2 STEPHEN TREZVANT 42 MIDDLETOWN
1:40:24.5 DREW MCENROE 50 MIDDLETOWN
1:40:32.9 KACIE GALLO 32 NEWPORT
1:40:34.0 EMILY TESSIER 25 MIDDLETOWN
1:40:43.8 DE ZHI HUANG 30 NEWPORT
1:41:42.7 KEVIN STABINSKY 24 NEWPORT
1:41:51.2 JOSHUA KEYES 38 NEWPORT
1:43:12.6 KELLEY NEWSAD 37 NEWPORT
1:43:32.1 TOM RAULLI 25 NEWPORT
1:43:40.1 MADISON VAN WYLEN 25 NEWPORT
1:43:47.5 RONALD TAMPUBOLON 34 NEWPORT
1:44:01.8 NORMAN RUAIN 41 NEWPORT
1:44:53.3 JASON DEFALCO 39 PORTSMOUTH
1:45:12.5 ANDREW MASON 22 NEWPORT
1:45:38.2 KEVIN BROWN 49 PORTSMOUTH
1:45:46.2 BENJAMIN AMUNDSON 22 NEWPORT
1:45:54.2 EDDIE VALEN 43 NEWPORT
1:46:36.2 KYLA MAHER 33 NEWPORT
1:46:42.2 CHRISTOPHER CATLETT 25 NEWPORT
1:47:06.3 REBECCA TOBIN BRAMAN 44 MIDDLETOWN
1:47:52.0 PAUL GRIMES 54 PORTSMOUTH
1:48:39.3 CHRISTOPHER DAVIS 24 NEWPORT
1:49:18.0 STRIKER BROWN 31 NEWPORT
1:49:34.1 KATIE HAMILTON 43 MIDDLETOWN
1:49:35.5 WALTER CHARLIE MEY III 17 MIDDLETOWN
1:50:29.2 WALTER MEY JR. 52 MIDDLETOWN
1:50:50.5 JOEL COHEN 35 NEWPORT
1:51:10.6 WARREN CALDWELL 33 PORTSMOUTH
1:51:13.1 MEGHAN HEALEY 27 MIDDLETOWN
1:51:20.5 KATE MURPHY 23 MIDDLETOWN
1:51:48.5 ZACHARY WASSON 24 MIDDLETOWN
1:52:24.0 JEFF ASCH 30 MIDDLETOWN
1:52:26.7 ERIN STANKO 25 NEWPORT
1:52:55.5 TIM HORGAN 52 NEWPORT
1:53:11.3 TAYLOR O’CONNOR 27 MIDDLETOWN
1:53:16.5 KATRINA KRUEGER 24 MIDDLETOWN
1:53:19.1 MAX NUKI 48 NEWPORT
1:53:33.1 MARGARET KANE 28 NEWPORT
1:55:08.6 JAE WISS 48 NEWPORT
1:56:23.2 KEVIN BRUFF 43 PORTSMOUTH
1:56:51.7 GERALD KEAN 37 PORTSMOUTH
1:57:15.3 JOE EASLEY 52 PORTSMOUTH
1:58:47.4 DANIEL PERLMAN 32 NEWPORT
1:59:18.2 LARRY BELKA 49 MIDDLETOWN
1:59:51.9 WILLIAM CASEY NEWPORT
1:59:57.2 CONOR MCDERMOTT 28 NEWPORT
2:01:41.1 KARA BROWN 33 NEWPORT
2:01:44.0 AMANDA GRAMMEL 29 NEWPORT
2:02:25.0 KIMBERLY TERRY 31 NEWPORT
2:02:25.4 CHRISTOPHER TERRY 31 NEWPORT
2:06:40.8 JASON CON 44 MIDDLETOWN
2:06:45.1 RACHEL MYAING 48 NEWPORT
2:07:14.1 CHRISTINE BOYER 38 NEWPORT
2:08:59.6 HALEY MONIZ 25 NEWPORT
2:09:18.2 ABBY PORZIO 21 NEWPORT
2:09:20.3 AMANDA HOOK 43 PORTSMOUTH
2:09:21.5 KIRSTEN KLANIAN 47 MIDDLETOWN
2:09:23.4 RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ 33 PORTSMOUTH
2:09:49.6 LISA LACERDA 53 PORTSMOUTH
2:10:01.9 RICHARD DOYLE 36 NEWPORT
2:10:10.5 ERIC ARDOIN 25 NEWPORT
2:10:23.6 ERIN BURRY 29 NEWPORT
2:11:08.1 CAROLINE FALLON 41 NEWPORT
2:12:04.8 BRENDON SCANLON 32 NEWPORT
2:12:06.1 RICARDO ACAIN 37 NEWPORT
2:14:24.7 AMANDA JONES 22 NEWPORT
2:15:29.8 ANITA TZOVOLOS 38 PORTSMOUTH
2:16:21.1 STEPHEN RANDOLPH 28 PORTSMOUTH
2:17:19.5 JERALD FROEHNER 45 NEWPORT
2:17:28.6 JANE KIRKPATRICK 50 PORTSMOUTH
2:18:16.2 ANNA TOVELLO 37 MIDDLETOWN
2:18:16.8 NANCY SPERONI 59 NEWPORT
2:18:44.1 JENNIFER FOLEY 51 MIDDLETOWN
2:21:10.0 FAITHE WEATHERS 32 NEWPORT
2:21:27.6 CIARA JAMES 26 NEWPORT
2:22:23.4 NATHANAEL HEVELONE 42 NEWPORT
2:22:49.3 CALDWELL HARDEN 22 NEWPORT
2:23:36.5 KELLY SEALS 42 MIDDLETOWN
2:23:41.1 KEVN MOLONEY 42 MIDDLETOWN
2:25:12.3 JESSICA LAUDATI 29 NEWPORT
2:26:19.7 ELIZABETH MENDENHALL 30 NEWPORT
2:26:23.0 WADE KNUDSON 55 PORTSMOUTH
2:27:25.4 MIHAI BOBOC 35 NEWPORT
2:28:01.5 MACKENZIE MELLO 23 PORTSMOUTH
2:28:17.6 COLLEEN MINIHAN 37 PORTSMOUTH
2:28:38.7 PATRICIA THOW 50 PORTSMOUTH
2:29:24.1 JEREMY FRANK 22 MIDDLETOWN
2:29:25.2 SHANNON LEWIS 53 MIDDLETOWN
2:30:46.8 ELLEN LUTHER 60 MIDDLETOWN
2:31:13.5 MARISA SULLIVAN 33 NEWPORT
2:31:57.1 RAUL HECTOR GARZA GALVAN 38 NEWPORT
2:34:30.2 TOWNLEY KNUDSON 49 PORTSMOUTH
2:34:33.5 CHARLOTTE ARMSTRONG 39 NEWPORT
2:34:34.8 BETHANY SIGLER 39 NEWPORT
2:35:17.1 ELENA SOINI 50 NEWPORT
2:39:45.9 MELANIE WALTON 46 NEWPORT
2:40:42.7 NANCY HUGHES 54 PORTSMOUTH
2:46:58.9 JOSEPH NEWMAN 33 MIDDLETOWN
2:48:29.6 SHELLEY MAHOOD 56 NEWPORT
2:50:51.3 KAY PETRARCA 31 NEWPORT
2:51:00.7 REBEKAH LAWSON LAWSON 18 PORTSMOUTH
2:51:01.1 JULIE LAWSON 46 PORTSMOUTH
2:51:10.4 ANDREW BOSCHERT 29 MIDDLETOWN
2:52:39.5 MELISSA KONCAR 35 NEWPORT
2:53:55.2 SHELLY BOAHIN 35 MIDDLETOWN
2:55:54.3 ELEANORE MINDEMAN 29 NEWPORT
2:58:25.3 JAIME KIELEC 42 PORTSMOUTH
2:58:27.9 GUIA COLEMAN 48 MIDDLETOWN
3:00:38.2 SHIRA DUNSIGER 39 PORTSMOUTH
3:07:12.5 STACY MELLO 48 MIDDLETOWN
3:10:16.8 BENJAMIN HONDRUM 34 NEWPORT
3:18:05.1 AMANDA BAKER 31 NEWPORT

The Amica Newport Marathon and Half Marathon will be donating $50,000 in direct donations will be given to the race’s official charity partners: The Aquidneck Land Trust, Clean Ocean Access, the Newport County YMCA, Boys Town New England, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and the Ronald McDonald House of Providence.

The Middletown and Newport Police Departments were an integral part of managing the racecourse, keeping runners safe and traffic moving. In addition to title sponsor Amica Mutual Insurance, Co., the event was sponsored by KIND Snacks, Run Newport, Polar Seltzer, Cabot Cheese, Newport & Co. Physical Therapy, Gameface Media, Hoka One, Smarty Pants Vitamins, and Hippeas Snacks. The event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing.

The 2019 Amica Newport Marathon will take place on October 13th, 2019. Registration will open in December of 2018. For more information, including full results, visit www.newportmarathon.com
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