More than a dozen residents from Newport County will participate in the 123rd running of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15th.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events.

This year, there will be over 30,000 official participants in the Boston Marathon, including more than 7,600 runners traveling from 118 countries outside the United States.

Here’s who’s running from Newport County;

Newport (7) – Beth Blendell, Betsy Walker, Katherine Humphrey, Ryan Gainor, Adrian Massie, Scott Nanfelt, and William Casey.

Middletown (3) – Joy Connell, Mary O’connor, Danielle Kennedy.

Portsmouth (5) – Kelsi Chappell, Andrew Koch, Elizabeth Koch, Jon Lawson, and Kevin Callahan.

Tiverton (2) – Christina Shemenski and Kristen Moshiek.

Little Compton (1) – Ellen Lough.

Jamestown (0)

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There will be approximately 122 Rhode Islander’s participating in this edition of the iconic race.

In 2018, 17 residents from Newport County were expected to run, while 24 were signed up in 2017 and 22 in 2016.

This year, more than 9,700 volunteers will assist 30,000 participants on their journey from Hopkinton to Boston. More than half a million spectators will line the race route. Participants competing and raising funds for various charities and non-profit programs are anticipated to raise in excess of $36 million.

For the 34th consecutive year, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon is John Hancock. John Hancock provided the first-ever prize purse for the Boston Marathon in 1986 and has provided over $20.4 million (USD) in prize money for the event. This year’s prize purse totals $871,000 (USD), plus bonuses.

The Boston Marathon Expo will be located at the Hynes Convention Center from Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14. The Expo is widely regarded as the running industry’s premier expo for new products and services, features more than 150 exhibitors, and is estimated to attract more than 100,000 attendees. Boston Marathon participants must claim their bib numbers for this year’s race at the Boston Marathon Expo.

New for 2019 is Boston Marathon Fan Fest, a three-day festival on Copley Square Park featuring live music, activities, Boston Marathon champions, photo-ops, and more. Free and open to the public, Boston Marathon Fan Fest is the place to relax and soak in the spirit of Boston Marathon weekend.

Also among 2019 Marathon-related events is the B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 13, two days prior to the Boston Marathon. The B.A.A. 5K will feature 10,000 entrants, including 1,681 international participants. Registration closed within hours of opening in January. The 3.1-mile course starts and finishes at historic Boston Common and takes participants across the Boston Marathon finish line.

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