Gray Matter Marketing and the Newport Public Education Foundation (NPEF) continue their annual partnership on the Newport Night Run, an after-hours 5K run/walk to benefit the Foundation, this weekend.

The race, which will kick off on Saturday, April 6th at 7:30 PM, is open to runners and walkers of all abilities. This unique event is Newport’s only after-dark road race. A portion of every registration and 100% of the sponsorship proceeds benefit the NPEF.

The race course follows a loop from Rogers High School to Hazards Road, Ocean Avenue, Hammersmith Road, Beacon Hill Road and finally returning to Wickham Road for the finish. The 3.1-mile race will create minor delays in traffic on Ocean Avenue, from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Newport Police will manage traffic. Parking for participants, spectators and volunteers will be available in limited capacity at Rogers High School. Carpooling, cycling and walking to Rogers High is recommended.

Participants are encouraged to wear bright colors, reflective clothing and bring along headlamps and lights. Glow sticks, luminaries and other fun on-course features will provide extra lighting. Registrants will receive a t-shirt with registration, as well as a bib with a timing chip.

This year’s event is sponsored 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 TacTech, Discover Newport, Ancient Order of Hibernians of Newport, Newport This Week, Newport Shipyard, Polar Seltzer, T.J. Brown, Salve Regina University, Mary Moniz with ReMax Newport, One Newport, BankNewport, Teachers Association of Newport, O’Brien’s Pub, Rogers High School, Saccucci Honda, Caleb & Broad, and a donation made in loving memory of Henry Rosemont.

For more information about the event, and to register online before midnight on Thursday, visit

On-site registration will also be available at Rogers High School on Saturday, April 6th from 5:30-7 PM.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).