Registration is now open for one of the area’s premier running events. The Newport Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 9, 2016 and will once again draw thousands of runners to Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island.

Event organizers anticipate the race will sell out at a capacity of 4,000 participants. The marathon will attract runners from across the country as they seek to race for 26.2 or 13.1 miles through Newport County.

The courses will feature winding ocean-side roads, miles of waterfront views, long stretches of historic Thames Street, and sweeping vistas of the grand mansions along Bellevue Avenue. (A full map of the courses is available here.)

The race-course is USATF-certified and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon as well as other major marathon events. Each participant will receive finisher’s medals and technical shirts, and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group for both the marathon and half-marathon.

“We feel this is a premier running event, and truly one of the most beautiful marathon and half-marathon courses in the country,” said Matthew Gray, President of Gray Matter Marketing, the event organizer.  

The Newport Marathon will once again promote a prominent charitable component. Gray Matter Marketing will donate more than $50,000 to local charitable organizations. Beneficiaries of the Newport Marathon for 2015 were the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, the Aquidneck Land Trust, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Boys Town New England, and the Newport County YMCA.

Additionally, participants will be encouraged to raise funds for their own charitable causes and initiatives, or donate funds to existing campaigns on the Newport Marathon Crowdrise page. In 2015, the event helped raise more than $70,000 for local non-profits.

Information and  registration details can be found at

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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