This story was originally published on January 7th, 2016

Three members of the Newport City Council have proposed a resolution that could possibly change the way road races are applied for and held in the City of Newport.

Councilor Leonard, Florez and Camacho have proposed the following City Of Newport resolution to be heard at their January 14th  scheduled Newport City Council meeting;

UPDATE: January 14th – The Newport City Council voted unanimously to reject this proposal and will review the fee policy and procedure for special events that take place on public land in Newport.

“Newport has become a desired place for many new road races and applications for these events; and road races may have a good economic impact on most Newport businesses; and road races can also be disruptive to vehicular traffic and access to residents domiciles and many businesses along the race route; and race promoters charge entry gees from $100-200 per person and often have 2000-3000 runners or more; and the fee Newport charges is $25.00 for the event license; now therefore be it the Administration evaluate and report to Council by February 24, 2016 a process whereby race promoters can bid on having Newport host their races with those funds being possibly delegated into lowering property taxes and thus benefitting the taxpayers.”


The resolution claims that “race promoters charge entry fees from $100 -200 per person and often have 2000-3000 runner or more”.

According to upcoming event details; the one Newport road race that surpasses $100 is the onsite registration fee of $110 for the Newport Marathon. The few races that currently or have surpassed 2,000 participants are the Citizen’s Bank Pell Bridge Run and the Newport Marathon.

Road Races That Take Place In Newport

Locally owned and operated Gray Matter Marketing owns, organizes and/or operates 6 out of 10 road races that take place in Newport every year including; Newport Marathon, Newport Half Marathon, Newport 10 Miler, Craft Brew Races, Newport Night Run and the Citizen’s Bank Pell Bridge Run.

Other races that call Newport home is the Christmas 10k, Race The State, Cluny 5k and Salve Regina 5k.

Race organizers are also responsible for police details, rental fees, permit fees, fire details, ambulance services hired to offset strain on the FD and insurance that names the city additionally insured.

Every race that is organized and operated by Gray Matter Marketing gives a significant portion of proceeds back to charity. With all of their events across the country and state, Gray Matter Marketing helped raise more than $300,000 for local non-profit organizations in 2015.

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