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Newport, RI — Registration is open for the 2018 Amica Newport Marathon and Half Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. The event features a 13.1 and a 26.2 mile course for runners from around the country and across the globe to experience some of Newport and Middletown’s most stunning scenery.

The event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing, which is thrilled to continue its partnership with Amica Mutual Insurance Company as the title sponsor for the event through 2019. “We appreciate Amica’s support in continuing to grow the event while ensuring the long-term quality and reputation of the race as a premier destination marathon and half marathon,” said Matt Gray, President of Gray Matter Marketing.

Last year, more than 3,900 runners registered for the Amica Newport Marathon and Half Marathon. A portion of each race registration is donated to the event’s official charities; in 2017, $50,000 was donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, Clean Ocean Access, the Newport County YMCA, Boys Town New England, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and the Aquidneck Land Trust. In addition, runners raised more than $32,000 in charitable donations to causes of their choice through the race’s fundraising platform. Top fundraisers were awarded additional prizes for their efforts.

The race starts and finishes at Easton’s Beach. Runners begin with an uphill jaunt, following Memorial Boulevard to Thames Street, then down to King’s Park and around to Fort Adams. Race participants will then complete the entire loop of Ocean Drive, bringing them to Bellevue Avenue and Ruggles Avenue before returning to the beach. Half marathoners will finish there, and the marathoners will continue past the beach towards Tuckerman Avenue and out to Easton’s Point. They will then descend the hill at Surfer’s End and follow a loop out and back on Sachuest Point before turning on to Third Beach Road and from there to Indian Avenue. Their final few miles will be an out-and-back on Indian Avenue and neighboring roads before returning via Hanging Rock Road to Sachuest Point and finally up and over the hill back to the finish line at Easton’s Beach.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers from each event, and to the top three finishers in each age group. The USATF-certified course is also a Boston Marathon qualifying event.

Registration is open now, and early bird pricing is available through the end of December. Visit  for more information and to sign up.

Ryan Belmore is the 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.

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