Racing Gurus Team Up for the First Time at the Amica Marathon and United Healthcare Half Marathon in Newport, Rhode Island
There are exciting races this fall in the City by the Sea, and what an event it is going to be, with legendary race directors Charlie Breagy, Dan Gough, and Bob Rothenberg. This legendary trio heads up a triple option: marathon, marathon relay, and half marathon. These well-known racing experts have joined together to present the Amica Marathon in Newport on October 18, 2009.
Posted Monday, 27 July, 2009
The Amica Marathon, a Boston Qualifier, also includes the United Healthcare Half Marathon and team-relay competition. It’s much more than just a running experience; it’s 26.2 miles of history and scenic landscape. The route begins in downtown Newport on America’s Cup Boulevard—recalling another classic Newport racing experience. Many of the “50 Staters” will be running the Amica Marathon in Newport, trying to notch Rhode Island. They will enjoy the wonderful “City by the Sea” from throughout the country.
The course runs alongside Newport harbor and historic Thames Street, along picturesque Ocean Drive, zips out and back past Fort Adams, passes Hammersmith Farm, childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy and "Summer Whitehouse" for the Kennedys, skirts the famous Aquidneck Island seashore, and runs along historic Bellevue Avenue and the mansions to Easton Beach. The second half of the course runs along Easton Pond and into Middletown, with a tour of the beautiful Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge and Norman Bird Sanctuary along Middletown’s rural roads. Runners cross the finish line at Easton Beach, where they can relax and enjoy the soft white sand and surf while waiting for the awards ceremony.
The United Healthcare Half Marathon—New this Year
The United Healthcare Half Marathon follows the same point to point course as the marathon, finishing at Easton Beach (the halfway point of the marathon and relay as they head into Middletown). This is an outstanding course for all the same reasons the marathon is so inspiring—historic and so scenic you will want to tour before and after the run. Newport is just an outstanding place for racing. The rich and famous who built those legendary mansions could have gone literally anywhere—they chose Newport and Aquidneck. Be a participant in this one.
The Relay—A Sash, an “Ekiden”
There are five legs of varying lengths in the relay and teams can be made up of two to five runners. It will run with the marathon, starting at the same time. It is an Ekiden style format, a Japanese tradition when fleet footed messengers handed off to each other as a primary means of communication—a sort of Japanese Pony Express, but on foot. They will carry a sash, or tasuki, and hand it off to the next runner. Each team is encouraged to make their own (go to www.amicamarathon.com for details).
Registration is Open
On-line registration is open for the Amica Marathon, United Healthcare Half Marathon and team relay. Please visit www.amicamarathon.com to register for any or the races. Runners participating in the marathon and half marathon will receive technical shirts.
Three race directors for these three options; collectively, they have over 50 years of experience directing major running events. Breagy and Rothenberg are credited with the success of the New Balance Ocean State Invitational, the largest high school cross country race in New England. Rothenberg has been the women’s and men’s track and cross country coach at Brown University. Breagy heads up the Cox Providence Rhode Races, the Caremark CVS Downtown 5K in Providence, which is the USATF National 5K Championship, and the St. Pat's 5K in Providence, RI. While Gough, a world class marathon runner himself, has also directed several Ocean State racing events.
“To have the opportunity to work together with Bob and Danny on the Amica Marathon is a privilege. We all bring something different to the table. Together, I am certain we will be able to execute a top notch race that runners will flock to annually.” said Breagy.
“Participants can expect a well-run event that will be directed with the runners’ best interests in mind,” said Gough. Their 50 years of experience will translate into 26.2 miles of outstanding racing and a formidable, memorable running experience.
Scenic, Historic Newport and Rhode Island
Of course, Rhode Island is the smallest of the 50 states, but there are wide-ranging wooded areas, trails, and an unbelievable 450 miles of ocean shoreline. Amica Marathon runners will enjoy much of this scenery. The Ocean State, officially named the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, offers a tremendous variety of running opportunities.
Known also as Little Rhody, a surprising number of its 1,214 square miles offer tremendous scenery and wonderful running opportunities. And it is historic as well, especially in Newport. Fort Adams was built in 1799, and was one of the largest forts of its day. It could house about 2,500 soldiers to guard the bay from attack. The Breakers, Rosecliff, and Marble House are some of the mansions along the course; and many others are near by on Bellevue Avenue. But the real story here is natural beauty. With awesome scenery on one side and incredible Gilded Age mansions on the other, the miles float by.
Yankee Timing and the D-Tag Chip System
Yankee Timing Company will provide the innovative D-Tag timing at the Amica Marathon and United Healthcare Half Marathon. The system was first introduced to RI runners by Yankee Timing at the St. Pat’s Race in Providence in late March, and was also used by Yankee Timing in May at the Cox Providence Rhode Races. The D-Tag system allows for both gun time, the time from when the gun fires until you finish, and net time, the time it takes to cross both the start and the finish lines. When accuracy counts, the D-Tag timing system delivers.
Because There is a Cause
Proceeds from the Amica Marathon benefit the Providence Ronald McDonald House, which provides a temporary home to families with children hospitalized at local hospitals, including Women & Infants, Hasbro Children’s and Bradley Hospital. The March of Dimes is also a primary beneficiary.
Expo at the Hyatt
The Amica Marathon Race Expo will be held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel on Saturday, October 17, 2009. It will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and is free to all. Enjoy a variety of vendors and suppliers (check www.amicamarathon.com for more specifics). This will be your best opportunity to pick up your bib and chip and race T-shirt (all pre-registered runners get a shirt). If you are unable to do so on Saturday, pick up will also be available on race morning (check www.amicamarathon.com for details). The Hyatt is located near the starting line at One Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840.
Amica—Committed to Road Racing
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the country’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907 on a simple principle that has always guided its business practices: satisfy the customer. At the Amica Marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay, you will be treated with the same respect. At Amica It’s not just how you’re covered. It’s how you’re treated.
“Amica Insurance is proud to be the Title Sponsor of the Amica Marathon,” said Robert A. DiMuccio, president and CEO, Amica Insurance. “Marathoners are dedicated athletes who work hard to accomplish their goals. To be able to participate in a competition of this scale, athletes must display true commitment, passion and endurance. These traits mirror how Amica has conducted business for more than a century. Our goal is to provide great insurance while serving our customers with integrity, humanity and fairness.”
Lodging in a Wonderful Vacationland
The Amica Marathon is pleased to offer its participants several lodging specials at nearby hotels/inns, including the host Hyatt Regency Newport. Interested individuals should contact the facilities directly (contact info provided at www.amicamarathon.com) for additional information about lodging. To receive the special rate you must state that you will be participating in the Amica Marathon when you make reservations. This is another way you can enjoy all that Newport has to offer.
Brought to You by Eident Sports Marketing
Eident Sports is a full-service event management and sports marketing company based in Providence, RI. Eident puts on several road races in the Ocean State, including the recent Cox Providence Rhode Races—Cox Sports Marathon, Willow Tree Half Marathon, and 5K. They produce other sporting events and have many alliances with key partners. For more information please visit www.eidentsports.com
Share a Great Experience
Share the excitement on October 18, with three great running minds as they launch what could prove to be a landmark racing event in New England. “The three of us bring a wealth of experience to the table,” said Rothenberg. “We are excited to work collectively on the Amica Marathon and bring this event to the next level.” Indeed, with this level of direction, the outstanding location, superior organization, and available racing and vacation options, it will be on “the next level”.