Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2023-12-08T16:38:27+00:00

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Will there be photographers on the course?2020-01-21T19:25:00+00:00

Enjoy free race photos from Clancy Creative on our Facebook Page in the week following the event. Individual runner photos will also be available on are typically posted by Thursday following the event)

Make sure to tag your photos #NewportMarathon and #NewportHalfMarathon for a chance to be featured online!

OK, but who puts all this on?2023-02-08T00:56:57+00:00

Matt, Drew, and Claire.

Gray Matter Marketing has owned and managed the Amica Newport Marathon since 2015 and with the support of our title sponsor, Amica Mutual Insurance Co., we hope that we can provide you with a safe and memorable marathon and half marathon.

Thank you to all our registrants, sponsors, volunteers, race staff, first responders and the host cities of Newport and Middletown!

I would like to send race feedback, where can I do this?2020-01-21T19:39:12+00:00

We appreciate and encourage all feedback. Please send all feedback to [email protected]

Are there showers post-race?2020-01-21T19:38:49+00:00

The YMCA of Newport County generously offers up their showers to all participants who present their race bib following the event.

Where should I stay?2020-01-21T19:37:43+00:00

There are tons of amazing hotels all around Newport, Middletown and even further away! We suggest checking out Discover Newport ( for the most up-to-date hotel rates and deals!

Can I walk the course?2020-01-21T19:37:20+00:00

Yes, as long as you can maintain the course minimum pace. 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.

Marathoners who do not reach the 13.1-mile mark by 3.5 hours will be redirected to the half marathon finish line. We appreciate your understanding and respect for the communities we impact and the volunteers who serve and make this event possible!

Can I be dropped off at the start line?2020-01-21T19:36:55+00:00

You can be dropped off near the race start in Newport or Middletown, but note that you will NOT be able to access the Easton’s Beach Parking lot, or Memorial Boulevard.

Is there a place to leave my belongings at the race start?2020-01-21T19:36:22+00:00

Athletes wishing to drop off gear will be able to do so near the start/finish line at the Beach Pavilion at Easton’s Beach beginning at 6:00 AM on race morning. A designated drop off location will be set up and athletes will use the number they are given during registration to identify their gear bag. Athletes will need their own bag as they will not be provided by the event.

Mobile Locker Co.

Lock it up with The Mobile Locker Co.! Locker rentals give you a secure, convenient option for valuables and gear, starting at $5. Rent online in advance or onsite with cash or credit.

How do the race shirts fit?2020-01-21T19:35:22+00:00

All participants of both the full and half-marathon will receive a short sleeved wicking t-shirt at packet pick-up. Wicking shirts generally run smaller than standard cotton shirts. They will be available in unisex and women’s cuts. Please note that shirts are ordered weeks in advance of the event and that size quantities are based on what participants indicated when they registered. For this reason, we ask that you please pick-up the shirt size you registered for.

Can I use a hydration vest or carry a water bottle?2020-01-21T19:34:23+00:00

Yes! In fact, we encourage it and would be happy to refill it along the route at the aid stations.

Will there be a beer garden?2023-02-08T00:57:36+00:00

Local craft brewery Ragged Island will be providing post-race beers for runners. Enjoy a cold one and celebrate your accomplishment inside our beer garden — the first one is on us! Additional beer will be available for purchase for you, and your family and friends. Remember to bring your ID — we’ll be checking them in order to enter the garden.

Will there be food at the finish line?2020-01-21T19:32:06+00:00

A variety of post-race food, water, and Gatorade will be available underneath the beach bathhouse building post-race. To ensure there’s enough snacks for all of our finishers, remember that the athlete food is for runners only.

How do I sign up to volunteer?2020-01-21T19:30:52+00:00

Hurray! If you’d like to volunteer please visit our Volunteer Page for full details.

What if I have an issue with my results?2020-01-21T19:29:41+00:00

Race results will be posted on our website and on our Facebook Page following the event. If you notice an issue or need a correction with your time? Click the red “corrections” button on the RaceWire results link to request a review from our timer.

If you’re still having issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Are there awards?2020-01-21T19:26:39+00:00

Yes. Click HERE For a full breakdown of our award structure. Awards are based on gun time.

How can I find out if I’m registered?2020-01-21T19:33:39+00:00

You can look up if you are registered through your Eventbrite account. Full instructions HERE.

Is there a field capacity?2020-01-21T19:22:45+00:00

The Amica Newport Marathon would be capped at 5,000 total participants.

Are there any discounts available for this race?2020-01-21T19:21:30+00:00

We do not typically offer coupon discounts to this race. Be sure to register early for the lowest prices, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for other offers. You can also inquire with one of our partner charities about their fundraising efforts and complimentary bibs.

What is at the aid stations?2023-02-08T15:19:25+00:00

Water, Nuun, 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.

Will there be pace groups?2023-02-08T00:58:32+00:00

Yes. Rhode Island Road Runners will be providing individual pacers for the marathon and half marathon. Pacers will run;

1:37 Half / 3:15 Full — 7:26/per mile
1:45 Half / 3:30 Full — 8:00/per mile
1:52 Half / 3:45 Full — 8:34/per mile
2:00 Half / 4:00 Full — 9:09/per mile
2:15 Half 4:30 Full — 10:17/per mile
2:30 Half / 5:00 Full — 11:26/per mile
2:45 Half / 5:30 Full — 12:35/per mile
3:00 Half / 6:00 Full — 13:43/per mile

Is the Marathon a Boston Marathon Qualifier2020-01-21T19:17:35+00:00

Yes! Marathon finishers can use their net time for qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Net time is calculated when the individual runner crosses the leave the start line and finish line.

Can I push a stroller?2020-01-21T19:15:09+00:00

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).

Can I wear headphones?2020-01-21T19:14:33+00:00

Yes. Headphones are permitted but we ask you to please be considerate and keep the volume low enough so that you remain aware of your surroundings, course marshals, volunteers, staff and fellow runners.

How long will the courses remain open?2020-01-21T19:06:03+00:00

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.

Where do I park?2020-01-21T19:11:41+00:00

There is no parking at the race start. Full parking information HERE.

Can someone pick up my stuff for me?2020-01-21T18:58:50+00:00

All participants must show a photo ID at pick-up. Participants may pick-up for friends and family, but must provide a copy of the ID or a photo of the ID on their phone for verification.

Where is packet pick-up?2020-01-21T19:12:33+00:00

Full registration and packet pick-up information HERE.

Can I switch to a different distance?2020-01-21T18:53:17+00:00

Yes. Please contact us at [email protected] about details.

When does the race start?2020-01-21T18:39:35+00:00

Both the marathon and half marathon start at 7:30 AM.

Race Policies

Registration Policies

Gray Matter Marketing is a small business dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle with charitably focused events that highlight the communities we are fortunate to call hosts cities.

We are not able to offer refunds. However we do offer any registered runners the opportunity to request a race credit for your full value. Detailed information below.

Race Credits

No requests will be granted after September 13th.

We are not able to offer refunds. However we do offer any registered runners the opportunity to request a race credit for your full value. Once issued, these Eventbrite Credits appear as a balance of your Eventbrite account. The credit balance can then be applied to the purchase price of a new ticket to any event on our calendar within two years of the day we issue the credit. Race credits may be requested up to 30 days before the event in which you are registered. Race credits will not be granted if a request is made less than 30 days prior to the event.

STEP 1. Request a Race Credit

Please email [email protected] with your full name, the email you used to register for the event, and the event name and date — and we will issue an event credit for the value of your entry. Event credits must be requested no later than 30 days prior to the event you are currently registered for.

STEP 2. View Credit Balance

When we authorize a credit you receive an email from Eventbrite. At this point, you will be able to view your Gray Matter Marketing credit as follows:

    • Log in to Eventbrite
    • Go to “Credits” in your account.
    • View the amount and expiration date of your credits

STEP 3. Use Credit towards a Gray Matter Marketing Event

You must be logged in to Eventbrite to use your credits. Once you found the Gray Matter Marketing event you wish to transfer to, you use the credits to pay for the tickets at the checkout:

    • Select the ticket quantity and click “Checkout”
    • Fill out your details and click “Payment”.
    • Select your credit amount under “Credits”.
    • If the credit doesn’t cover the new ticket price, select a payment method to pay for the balance.
    • Click “Place order”
    • More information on Event Credits.

We do not offer refunds. However we do offer Eventbrite Credits good for future Amica Newport Marathons and for other events on our calendar.

No, we do not roll over your registration automatically to the next year’s event. However the credit that we issue can be used towards the purchase of that same event whenever registration re-opens for the following year’s event.

No, we do not offer transfers. However, when you request and receive a race credit, you can use that credit to purchase a new ticket for another participant if you choose to do so.

The balance of your registration is good for up to two years from the date it was issued, at which point it then expires.

All credit requests must be submitted to [email protected] no later than 30 days prior to the event. No exceptions.

Extreme Weather Policy

The oceanside course is exposed to wind and the elements. Runners should monitor the weather leading up to race day and prepare accordingly.

Our events are held rain or shine. However, there is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions. Race organizers will do as much as we can to ensure the experience is as safe as possible. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, race officials reserve the right to alter or cancel the race. We do not schedule “rain dates”. Any decision to cancel an event is done as an absolute last resort and is made collectively with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel as appropriate. In such situations, there will be NO REFUNDS as registrants accept any such risk of their entry fee when signing up.

Please check the website, our Facebook page, and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.