Gray Matter Marketing made the following announcement regarding the 2019 Newport Night Run on Wednesday;
By all accounts, the sixth annual Newport Night Run, held on April 6th, 2019, was another great success. Thanks to the contribution of a number of local businesses and event sponsors, the 2019 event raised approximately $10,000 that will be directly donated to the Newport Public Education Foundation in support of their efforts to expand and fund programs that are not otherwise covered by the annual public school budget. Projects include the Claiborne Pell school’s thriving community gardens, Thompson Middle School’s fifth and sixth grade students’ field trip to the Seamen’s Church Institute’s new interactive exhibit showcasing the maritime history of Newport and Narragansett Bay, Providing the advertising and design program at Roger’s High School with a new embossing/die cutting machine, and many more exciting projects for students and educators.
Sponsorship and support was provided by the Preservation Society of Newport County, Grenons of Newport, Anchor Dental, the City of Newport, and the Rotary Club of Newport. Additional sponsors include Forster Orthodontics, Newport Shipyard, BankNewport, Rogers High School, O’Brien’s Pub, Saccucci Honda, Polar Seltzer, T.J. Brown, Discover Newport, Ancient Order of Hibernians of Newport, Newport This Week, Salve Regina University, Mary Moniz with ReMax Newport, TacTech, One Newport, Teachers Association of Newport, Caleb & Broad, and a donation made in loving memory of Henry Rosemont.
The Newport Night Run 5K follows a looped course on Hazard Road, a portion of Ocean Avenue, Hammersmith Road and Beacon Hill Road before a final turn onto Wickham Road for a finish at Roger’s High School.
This year, James Malebranche from Bellmore, New York won the 5K race in 18:13. He was followed by Jared Delamo, from Warwick, Rhode Island and Graeme Clougher from Newport, Rhode Island.
“A little bit before the mile mark through the marsh area was my favorite part of the course,” says Malebranche of running down Hazard road, a portion of the course that cuts through the salt marsh at Goose Neck Cove. “It’s beautiful — really fun out there.”
Montana Dipietrantonio, from Providence, Rhode Island was the first female finisher with an elapsed race time of 21:06. In second was Katie Smith, from Narragansett, Rhode Island follows by Jacqueline Shakar, from Sutton, MA.
“It was so picturesque, right at sunset with the gorgeous light, it couldn’t have been better,” says Dipietrantonio. “I think this course is really fun — especially with locals out cheering along the course. We heard about the race from friends and we know Gray Matter Marketing, so we were really excited to try this course out.”
761 participants completed the race this year, ranging in age from 5 to 76 years old. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The 2020 Newport Night Run is planned for April 4th.
For an official date announcement, course information and more, follow the Newport Night Run on Facebook or at www.newportnightrun.com