Whether you’re an elite athlete aiming to qualify for Boston or just looking to cross an item off your bucket list by running 13 or 26 of the country’s most scenic miles, the 2017 Amica Newport Marathon and Half Marathon is the place to be on Sunday, October 8th. Here’s a closer look at why people come from near and far every year for this popular event in the heart of one America’s most treasured cities.
A Scenic “Sprint”
While a marathon is anything but a sprint, a running tour of stunning Aquidneck Island makes the miles simply fly by. There is no better view while running than that of the coastline of Newport.
The USATF-certified marathon course kicks off with an uphill jaunt up Memorial Boulevard before making its way by many of The City By the Sea’s most famous sites, including historic Thames Street, Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park and Ocean Drive. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic and New England coastline, Bellevue Avenue’s world-famous mansions, and Salve Regina University can also be spotted along the way.
The second half of the course progresses through Middletown and Second Beach into the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, north to Third Beach and along the Sakonnet River with views to the east of Tiverton and Little Compton before continuing north along rolling rural roads. A downhill leg takes runners past Hanging Rock Road by the Norman Bird Sanctuary, concluding with a final two mile run along Tuckerman Avenue and through the Easton Point neighborhood with a celebratory turn into the Easton's Beach finish area.
Is 13 more your style? You’re in luck. Sharing the first half of the course with the full marathon, the Amica Newport Half Marathon was voted Competitor Magazine’s “Best Half Marathon.”
And did we happen to mention the swag’s so good it also earned the distinction of "Best Race Swag" in the Northeast from Competitor Magazine?
Not a runner but love someone who is, meanwhile? We challenge you not to “catch the feels” while cheering on thousands of runners, joggers and walkers as they complete this annual feat of athleticism and sheer will.
Running for a Reason
While there are plenty of reasons to boost your body and soul by participating in the Amica Newport Marathon and Half Marathon as a runner or spectator, here’s one more reason to get in on the action: In 2017 alone, the event will donate $50,000 to its official local charities, including the Ronald McDonald House of Providence, Aquidneck Land Trust, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Boys Town New England, the YMCA Newport, and Clean Ocean Access. The money will help fund programs that improve the health and well-being of sick children, improve the overall quality of life of Newport residents and preserve the island's natural character and shorelines.
Not only does The Chanler overlook the race’s starting and ending point at Easton’s Beach making it a phenomenal vantage point for onlookers, but it’s also the perfect place to toast your finish with family, friends, food and drinks. We can think of no better way to recover, meanwhile, than with an overnight stay at The Chanler and all the exquisite accoutrements that go along with it, including everything from heated floor tiles in the bathroom to daily turn-down service. Perfect touches to soothe you after a long day of running or cheering.