We've made it through the snow, the wind chill and the shortened days, and we came out on the other end greeted by Spring. With warmer weather ahead, we're marking our calendars for our destination's upcoming road races. Whether you're a pro athlete or you're looking to dip your toes in the exercise world - this runner's roster has everything you need. Night owls can get their blood flowing with a 5k night run throughout Newport, while the more seasoned runners can enjoy a scenic trail through Newport's winding coastline with expansive ocean views and the perfect sea breeze to keep you cool. Whichever you choose, the following 6 runs are sure to shake off the winter chill, and they benefit a good cause, too. 




Newport's first and only nighttime race, Newport Night Run returns on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm. The 5k serves not only as a community wide opportunity to get moving, but also as a fundraiser for the Newport Public Education Foundation. NPEF is an independent, non-profit whose mission is to improve the performance of Newport public school children by enhancing their educational opportunities and by building broad-based community support for quality public education. Details.





Regular (March 1 - March 30): Adult $31, Student $27

Onsite registration will be $35 for adults and $31 for students.
Online registration closes at midnight on Wednesday, March 30



Runners will be able to park at Rogers High School. Please arrive early to avoid delays.



Newly created USATF Certified courses will start and finish on the grounds at the Pete Sepe Pavilion in Warren on Saturday, May 7, 2016 during the Bristol Warren Education Foundation Food Truck 5/10k. While the course, leading towards Touisett P Point, is both flat and straight, it affords participants a scenic experience passing through many of Warren's most charming locations. Course options will vary between 5k, 10k, and a one-mile walk on the East Bay Bike Path. Kid races for ages 13 and under will be offered as well. A Food Truck Festival will proceed the race offering a beer garden, live music and of course, a fete of flavorsome offerings. Details.





  • 10k: $35 preregistered, $40 registered day of race, Students $20 anytime
  • 5k: $25 preregistered, $30 registered day of race, Students $20 anytime

  • 1-Mile Walk: $15
  • Kids Race: $5
Family-Pack (includes entry in any combo of the above for entire family): $60



Walk, jog, and run your way toward a healthier life while raising funds for the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation during this year's PPEF Color Run Saturday, May 14, 2016. The fun run is open to everyone and features a 5k course at Glen Park in Portsmouth. Check in begins at 8:00 am, race begins at 8:30 am. Share photos with #ppefcolorrun. Details.




Adult Registration: $35
Family Registration (Min. of 4): $25
Child Registration (12 and younger): $25

Registration includes a race bib, color packet, and t-shirt only if you sign up before 4/29/16. You can pick up your items at the registration table the day of the event.



The 5th annual Payton's Pace 5k returns Sunday, May 15, 2016 to benefit the Payton Elizabeth Watson Memorial Foundation. The foundation was created to bring awareness to childhood cancer and to honor and Pay It Forward for Payton, an 11 year old girl who suffered from Acute Mylogenous Luekemia. The race course, located in scenic Jamestown and providing water views and coastal breezes, begins at Fort Getty Recreational Area, located near Mackerel Cove Beach, off of Beavertail Road. Details.





Before April 30: $25
May 1 - 11: $27
Onsite: $30



Run MS was established to support those who suffer from multiple sclerosis. The race, held in Bristol on Sunday, May 15, 2016, will travel through Colt State Park affording scenic land and ocean views. Details.




Pre-registration fee: $25



The only marathon and half-marathon in Newport, the Newport Marathon course is simply astounding: winding ocean-side roads, miles of waterfront views and sweeping vistas of the grand mansions along Bellevue Avenue. The race this year takes place on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 7:30am. The race will utilize a USATF-certified course and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and all other major marathon events. Newport Marathon and Half Marathon has something for everyone. Choose between the Marathon: 26.2 mile running tour of Aquidneck Island, or the Half Marathon: the scenic first half of the marathon course featuring historic Downtown Newport, Fort Adams, Ocean Drive and the famous Bellevue Avenue mansions.


The marathon donates $50,000 to Ronald McDonald House, Aquidneck Land Trust, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Boys Town New England, the YMCA Newport and Clean Ocean Access to help improve local charitable organizations. Details. 






Newport Marathon Early Bird (before April 1): $85 
Newport Half-Marathon Early Bird (before April 1): $65 


Newport Marathon Regular (April 1 - July 31): $90
Newport Half-Marathon Regular (April 1 - July 31): $70


Newport Marathon Last Call (August 1 - October 6): $95
Newport Half-Marathon Last Call (August 1 - October 6): $75


Newport Marathon Onsite (October 7,8, & 10): $110
Newport Half-Marathon Onsite (October 7,8 & 10): $90


Registered participants will receive a race bib and timing chip at registration held on October 7 & 8 at the Easton's Beach Rotunda.

  • Friday, October 7 -Easton's Beach Rotunda: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 8 - Easton's Beach Rotunda: Noon - 5:00 pm
  • Race Day - Easton's Beach Rotunda: 5:15 am - 7:15 am



No parking is available at the race start/finish area at Easton's Beach. Shuttles will provide transportation before and after the race.

  • Marathon Parking: Second Beach
  • Half-Marathon Parking: Aquidneck Corporate Park, Johnny Cake Hill Rd. Middletown, RI



The featured image in this post is courtesy of Jonathan Clancy