It may be safe to say that spring has finally arrived in Newport. On Saturday night, more than 900 runners gathered at Rogers High School to ring in the start of the warmer running season at the fifth annual Newport Night Run. The event, which benefits the Newport Public Education Foundation, had the largest number of finishers in the event’s history, with 902 runners and walkers completing the 3.1-mile long course.

Ben Chase, 16 years old from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, won the race with an elapsed time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds. He was followed shortly after by Daniel Rutledge (Middleboro, MA) and Graeme Clougher (Newport, RI)

Andrea Gregory from Riverside, Rhode Island took home top honors for female runners, completing the course in 20 minutes and 17 seconds. Lauren Murray (Methuen, MA) and Allison Vinciguerra (Tiverton, RI) rounded out the top women’s’ spots.

The course featured festively lit mile-marker signs, luminaries, plenty of glowsticks and fun light features, finish line music and water stop volunteers from local groups, including Salve University.

For full results, visit A date for the 2019 event will be announced soon.

The event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing. For more information on upcoming events in the area, visit

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).