The Amica Newport Marathon was voted as the “Best Marathon in Rhode Island” and a “Top 20 Half Marathon in the USA” in 2019. In 2015 and 2016 the race was voted as the “Best Half Marathon” and the “Best Race Swag” in the Northeast.
The award-winning Amica Newport Marathon and Half Marathon courses are a veritable highlight tour of the best Newport has to offer!
Both the marathon and half-marathon courses are beautiful but both also feature their share of rolling hills – particularly the second half of the marathon on Middletown’s quiet, rural roads. We encourage runners to review the course and prepare for these hills, particularly if they are chasing personal bests or qualifying times. The total elevation gain is measured at 945 feet, with a maximum elevation of 105 feet and minimum of 3 feet.
There is NO PARKING available at the race start/finish area at Easton’s Beach. Race day parking is designated by which race participants are registered. Shuttles will provide transportation before and after the race. Please allow yourself ample time on race morning to park and board the shuttles.
Shuttle service will begin promptly at 5:00 AM and will run continuously. Please arrive early and queue up for the shuttles with race participants having priority over spectators. We strongly recommend all participants plan on being parked, and on a shuttle by 6:00 AM at the latest.
Shuttle service will run through 2:30 PM, providing rides back to the Second Beach and Aquidneck Island Industrial Park parking lots throughout the day.
Additional Course Info
The Marathon and Half Marathon both start at 7:30 AM with three waves starting minutes apart. Runners will be asked to loosely organize by pace time with the fasted runners going off first and slower paces going last. There will be volunteers assisting with the pacing process.
- First Wave: Under 9 minute pace (Under 1:58 Half or 3:56 Full)
- Second Wave: 9 – 11 minute pace (Under 2:25 Half or 4:49 Full)
- Third Wave: 11+ minute pace (Under 3:30 Half or 6:00 Full)
Water, Gatorade and restrooms will be available roughly every two miles, at miles 2.1, 3.7, 4.1, 6.1, 7.5, 9.0, 11.1, 13.2, 15.4, 17.3, 18.9, 20.6, 22.4, and 24.
Bananas, GU Energy gels, candy and medical stations will be offered at select marathon aid stations. Digital clocks will be placed every five miles. Please review the course map above to see the specific aid station offerings.
We welcome runners and walkers of all speeds. However, volunteers, on course-aid and roads can only be secured and staffed for a set amount of time.
All participants must be able to finish in 6 hours for the marathon, and 3.5 hours for the half-marathon. This requires a pace of 16:01 per mile. for the half marathon, and 13:44 per mile for the marathon. Runners who do not meet the cutoffs will be asked to move to the sidewalk and/or escorted to the finish area in a vehicle, as determined by race officials.
Please respect your fellow participants and queue up at the race start according to your anticipated pace! Beast Pacing will be providing individual pacers for the marathon and half marathon. Pacers will run the Full at 3:35, 3:50, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 5:00 pace, and the Half at 1:40, 1:45, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45 and 3:00 pace.
Course Certification & Boston Qualifying
Both courses are certified by USA Track & Field. Marathon finishers can use their net time for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Net time is calculated when the individual runner crosses the start line and finish line.
Prohibited on the Course
We do not allow the following on the course: unregistered runners, pets, baby joggers, strollers, any wheeled vehicles other than wheelchairs (In accordance with USATF guidelines, wheelchair athletes must wear helmets).
Spectators may use the shuttles, but runners get first preference. We suggest spectators use the full marathon parking lot (Second Beach). Get there early if you want to be there for the start! Other great viewing spots include Fort Adams State Park, Brenton Point State Park and Sachuest Point.
Traffic and Community Impact
We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to share the beauty of Newport and Middletown with our runners. Please be respectful of the local communities and do your best to only discard any clothing layers and trash at aid stations and/or mile-markers.
The race starts and finishes at Easton’s Beach. Roads will be managed by the Newport and Middletown Police Departments and will largely remain open to traffic throughout the day, but delays and temporary stoppages can be expected from 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM throughout the course.