It’s the annual Amica Insurance Newport Marathon and Half Marathon, and runners from across the country and around the globe will be in town to compete on 13.1 or 26.2 miles of Newport and Middletown’s most picturesque roadways. The event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing.
The participants are traveling from near and far — approximately 20% of the runners are from Rhode Island, and some hail from as far as Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Ireland and Turkey. Approximately 60% of the registered runners are female, and approximately 76% of all registered runners are running the half marathon, with the rest planning to run the marathon.
The event has a long history of local charitable impact; since Gray Matter Marketing began producing the race in 2015, the event has raised more nearly $260,0000 for nonprofits. To continue those efforts into 2019, the Amica Insurance Newport Marathon and Half Marathon has six official charitable partners: the Aquidneck Land Trust, Clean Ocean Access, the Newport County YMCA, Boys Town New England, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, and the Ronald McDonald House of Providence. In addition to direct donations from race organizers, runners have raised an additional $13,000 for charity on the races’ fundraising pages so far, with two weeks of fundraising to go. In addition, this year, Amica Insurance will randomly select 10 fundraising runners to receive an additional $1,000 contribution from Amica Insurance to their charity of choice.
On Sunday, October 13th, both races will start at at 7:30AM sharp. The course starts at Easton’s Beach, heading up Memorial Boulevard to Thames Street, then down to King’s Park and around to Fort Adams. Runners will then complete the entire loop of Ocean Drive, bringing them to Bellevue Avenue and Ruggles before returning to the beach. Half marathoners will finish here, and the marathoners will continue past the beach towards Tuckerman Ave. and out on to Easton’s Point. They will then descend the hill at Surfer’s End and follow a loop out and back on Sachuest Point and Hanging Rock, before turning on to Third Beach Road and finally on to Indian Avenue. Their final few miles will be and out-and-back on Indian Avenue and neighboring roads before returning via Hanging Rock Road to Sachuest Point and finally up and over the hill back to the finish at Easton’s Beach.
As far as traffic impact, the Newport and Middletown Police Departments will do their best to minimize traffic delays while also providing a safe running event. Memorial Boulevard in front of Easton’s Beach will close at 7:00 AM and traffic will be diverted. This area will be impacted until roughly 8:00 AM. Thames Street will be closed from about 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM. The remaining roads will mostly remain open with police details at intersections, so do expect some delays. Runners will remain on roads in Newport until approximately 11:00 AM and in Middletown until approximately 1:30 PM. Drivers are asked to be aware and drive safely where runners are on the road.
Registration remains open for both distances. To sign up, and for more information, visit www.newportmarathon.com