One of our favorite things about Autumn is that it's the perfect running weather. That's probably why this month is filled with local road races, from Newport's only marathon to the highly anticipated Pell Bridge Run to a festive jack o lantern 5k. No matter your fitness level (we gauge ours at certified coach potato), October's line-up of races has something for you.
NEWPORT MARATHON & HALF MARATHON
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. More details.
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
5K MANSION RUN & WALK
The USATF-certified 5K (3.1-mile) course starts and finishes on the Salve Regina campus and includes a run through Newport's historic Bellevue Avenue/Ochre Point neighborhood of Gilded Age mansions and spectacular oceanside landscapes. The race takes place on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 8:30 AM. Prizes include $150 for the first-place male and female, $100 for the second-place male and female and $50 for the third-place male and female. Proceeds from the event support Friends of Seahawk Athletics, which is comprised of Salve Regina alumni, parents, and friends who have a special affinity for our 18 intercollegiate athletic teams and the role that athletics play in the community. More details.
Race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the Rodgers Recreation Center. All race-day registrations are $20 (including Salve Regina students and teams). The race will be held rain or shine. There are no refunds. Timing and scoring provided by RaceWire.
Road race participants are free to park in any available designated parking areas on the Salve Regina campus. Lots at Miley Hall, Ochre Court, Rodgers Recreation Center, Munroe Center and O'Hare Academic Center will all be open and within close proximity to registration. There is also street parking available along Ochre Point, Leroy and Shepard avenues.
CITIZENS BANK PELL BRIDGE RUN
Once a year, pedestrians and runners are allowed to cross the Pell Bridge on foot during the Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Run returning this year on Sunday, October 23, 2016. 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. More details.
- October 1 - 20: $55.00
- Onsite, October 21-22: $65.00
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.
JAMESTOWN JACK O LANTERN 5K
This annual road race follows 3.1 miles through scenic Jamestown and is followed by prizes, raffles, and a bbq at Preppy Pig on Saturday, October 29, 2016. The race begins at 1:00 PM.
Registration can be completed online here.
SNA 5K BY THE BAY
The Surface Navy Association 5K By the Bay aims to promote recognition of the role of the Navy and Surface Forces in United States’ security while recognizing and publicize professional excellence in Surface Naval Forces. This year's race takes place on Saturday, October 29 at 9:00 AM at Naval Station Newport. Costumes are welcome (but must not obstruct eyesight or impede running). The race will be followed by a party and awards ceremony with food and drinks. More details.
$25 per runner
$15 per runner (14 and under)
$30 same day sign-up
Note: Registers before October 17th to be guaranteed a race shirt.
GREAT PUMPKIN ROAD RACE AND DOG WALK
This year's Great Pumpkin Road Race & Dog Walk will be held at Pepe Sepe Pavilion in Warren. Hosted by Pet Partners, Forever Paws Animal Shelter, and the Warren Animal Shelter, the race features free food and drinks to all participants and takes place on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 10:00 AM. More details.
- 5K: $25.00
- Kid's Fun Run with shirt & food: $25.00
- Kid's Fun Run without shirt & food: $7.00
- Food only: $10.00