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More than a dozen residents from Newport County participated in the cold, wet, and windy 122nd running of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16th.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity, and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).

24 from Newport County ran the Boston Marathon in 2017, while 22 from Newport County ran the Boston Marathon in 2016.

In 2018, 30,000 runners were registered for 122nd Boston Marathon field. Of those 30,000, 17 call Newport County home. Those runners are;


  • Beth Blendell, 33, 5:16:20
  • William Casey, 61, 4:45:58
  • Jennifer Maddocks, 42, 3:40:07
  • Jan Mermin, 49, 3:29:21
  • Scott Nanfelt, 54, 4:22:35
  • Chris Shanahan, 60, 3:54:51
  • Tara Smallidge, 38, 3:45:14
  • Betsy Walker, 63, 4:22:05


  • Danielle Kennedy, 25, 3:25:53
  • Joel Kehm, 52, 3:27:43
  • Kim Wunderlich, 34, 4:06:41


  • Kevin Callahan, 61, 4:50:39
  • Kelsi Chappell, 29, 3:01:22
  • Jon Lawson, 46, 3:02:08
  • Tommy Long, 48, 5:57:11
  • John Urban, 39, 4:29:55


  • Mary Jane Johnson, 68, 5:38:52

Ryan M. Belmore

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