With warmer weather ahead (hopefully), 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. Beginners, get your blood flowing with 4-miles across the Pell Bridge at a pace of your choosing. Seasoned runners, 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 runs are sure to awaken your inner athlete.



Newport's first and only nighttime race, Newport Night Run returns on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM. 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 Thursday, March 30




The Newport Race is  a stunning marathon, half marathon and 5k starting at 7:30 AM on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Easton’s Beach. The Half Marathon will start at 8:00 AM from the same location followed by the 5k at 8:15 AM. The marathon course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier. All three races finish at Easton’s Beach. The post race recovery area consists of food and beverages for the athletes and one complimentary beer to all participants of age. A Post Race Festival will be held outside in the beach parking lot, next to the runners-only recover area with music, a beer garden (sponsored by Shipyard Brewery), race vendors, award presentations and food. Details.




  • Marathon: $100 - Registration ends April 11
  • Half Marathon: $75 - Registration ends April 11
  • 5k: $35 - Registration ends April 11




USATF Certified courses will start and finish on the grounds at the Pete Sepe Pavilion in Warren on Saturday, May 13, 2017 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, Registration ends May 11 at 6:00 PM
  • 5k: $25 preregistered, Registration ends May 11 at 6:00 PM
  • 1-Mile Walk: $15, Registration ends May 11 at 6:00 PM
  • Kids Race: $5, Registration ends May 11 at 6:00 PM




The Girls on the Run 5K & 1-Mile Family Fun Run will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 8:00 AM at picturesque Colt State Park in Bristol. This event is a celebration for RI Girls on the Run girls. The race is a beautiful 5k loop that finishes along the water and offers a handful of free kids events including a tattoo station, face painting, a family obstacle course and more. Details.




  • 1-Mile Family Fun Run Thru March 31: $15
  • Public Runner 5K Thru March 31: $30
  • Running Buddy (Required for each GOTR girl) Thru March 31: $20


  • 1-Mile Family Fun Run Thru May 19: $18
  • Public Runner 5K Thru May 19: $32
  • Running Buddy (Required for each GOTR girl) Thru May 19: $20




A 10 mile road race around Newport's historic Ocean Drive on Sunday, June 4. Starting and finishing in the walls of the Fort Adams Fortress this event will be one of the most unique road races in Rhode Island featuring stunning views from start to finish. Limited registration spots are now available. When you've completed the great feat of running 10 miles, head to the post-race recovery zone where Harpoon will be offering all event participants of legal drinking age a post-race beer inside The Fort.




Spring Registration (thru February 28): $65
Last Call (closes midnight June 1): $70

Onsite registration will be $75


All registered participants receive: 
• Race bib and timing chip (Register before March 31 to get your last name on your bib!)
• Short Sleeve Tech Shirt
• Finisher's Medal
• Free Photos from GameFace Media
• Goody Bag



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Norman Bird Sanctuary will host its 11th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 17.  A Father’s Day Weekend tradition for many, it's the perfect family activity, allowing participants to run, walk, or jog through scenic vistas of field, ridge and beach. USATF sanctioned. Kids can join the fun by registering for the Frosty Freez Kids Run. Head back to the sanctuary afterwards for music by DJ Butch, refreshments and awards. 




  • Adult registration $25
  • Kids Fun Run registration: $5

Registration available normanbirdsanctuary.org




The Bristol Independence Rhode Race will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 in partnership with the Bristol Fourth of July Committee. The half marathon will follow the beautiful downtown streets of America’s quintessential community when it is decked out in its finest – during the oldest 4th of July celebration in America. The course includes incredible historic homes, a town common and the America’s Cup Museum before heading out along the scenic coastline, through Colt State Park and finishing along the water at Independence Park.

This year will also feature a Kids’ Obstacle Course Run starting at 7:00 AM in Independence Park. Details.




  • Half Marathon: $65 until April 30




The nationally acclaimed event series known for its celebration of local craft brewing, Craft Brew Races, is set to return to Newport on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Recently named among The Best of Beer & Beverage Run by Active, the race features a 5k followed by a craft beer festival with unlimited samples from 40+ local craft breweries, food and live music, and medals and awards for finishers. Plus, each participant receives a souvenir pint glass. 


The race, held at Fort Adams State Park, begins at 12pm followed by the festival from 12:30-4 pm. Featured food vendors include: Mission Newport, The ShuckIn Truck, Pour Judgement, Brick Alley Pub, Noreys, Kayem Artisan Sausage.



5K & Beer Fest

  • Through March 31, 2017: $50
  • April 1 - May 31, 2017: $55
  • June 1 - July 22, 2017: $60
  • Onsite: $65


5K & Designated Driver

  • Through March 31, 2017: $40
  • April 1 - May 31, 2017: $45
  • June 1 - July 22, 2017: $50
  • Onsite: $55

More details.




Enjoy a beautiful run through the Greenvale Vineyards along gorgeous farms and near the waterfront, finishing amidst the vines on Sunday, August 27, 2017. After the race, you will enjoy BBQ, wine and music in the vineyard. Race participants will receive a souvenir wine glass as a memento of their experience.

The course is approximately 3 miles along varying trails. VIP includes on-site parking, gift, race entry, wine glass and wine, dinner and music. General Race Entry includes off-site parking, race entry, wine glass and wine, dinner and music.  Dinner only includes off-site parking, wine, dinner and music. This is an over 21 event - an ID will be required when picking up your registration materials. Details.




  • Wine Run: $65
  • VIP Entry: $85
  • Dinner Only: $40




The Jamestown Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  The event is set on picturesque Conanicut Island and looks out over Narragansett Bay and the Newport Pell Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in New England.  The course features vivid landscapes, winding roads, historic Watson Farm as well as the village of Jamestown with its small shops and quaint restaurants.  The Half Marathon will start at 7:00 AM. Details.




  • $60 - Price increases April 30, 2017




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 8, 2017 at 7:30 AM. 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 Thru March 31: $85 
Newport Half-Marathon Thru March 31: $65 


Newport Marathon Summer (April 1 - July 31): $95
Newport Half-Marathon Summer (April 1 - July 31): $75


Newport Marathon Fall (August 1 - October 5): $100
Newport Half-Marathon Fall (August 1 - October 5): $80


Newport Marathon Onsite (October 6,7, & 8): $110
Newport Half-Marathon Onsite (October 6,7 & 8): $90


Race Registration Includes:

  • Short sleeved tech shirt (men's and women's cuts)
  • Race specific finisher's medal
  • Free race photos
  • Goody Bags (Contents TBA)
  • Pacing Teams
  • Designated parking and shuttle service




Once a year, pedestrians and runners are allowed to cross the Pell Bridge on foot during the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run. 2017 date TBA. Open to both runners and walkers, the run is four-mile excursion from Jamestown to Newport produced by the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority. One hundred percent of proceeds go to support local not-for-profits organizations while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. 




  • May 1 - July 31: TBA
  • August 1 - September 30: TBA
  • October 1 - 20: TBA
  • Onsite, October 21-22: TBA


Entry fees include shuttle transportation, an official event shirt and finish line food and beverage. Although additional charitable fundraising is appreciated, no additional fundraising is required to participate in the run/walk. More details.


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