Amica Marathon, UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon in Beautiful, Historic Newport, Rhode Island
Rated as one of the best marathons in the country, the Amica Marathon offers a scenic and historic location, superior organization, and vacation options to enjoy your destination race weekend. Runners have a choice of a full marathon, half marathon or 3 to 5-person marathon relay—truly something for everyone on a course that is simply wonderful.
Posted Thursday, 24 June, 2010
Newport is an ideal place for running and these races are made for you. There is a reason why the rich and famous chose Newport for vacation “cottages”; why professional tennis has been played at the International Tennis Hall of Fame; why America’s Cup races were sailed there; why folk festivals and jazz festivals are held there, why the Kennedy’s were married and vacationed there: It is simply a gorgeous location, and a place that is unique to America. And now there is one more reason to go to Newport—for runners to enjoy Newport—the Amica Marathon weekend on October 17,2010. This event in the “City by the Sea” will attract runners from throughout the country.
The course runs through and by some of the best Newport has to offer: the harbor, Fort Adams (built in 1799 where music festivals are now held), Hammersmith Farm, Bellevue Avenue, picturesque Ocean Drive, Easton Beach, Brenton Point State Park, Bailey’s Beach, and more. The marathon course runs into Middletown, with a tour of the beautiful Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge and Norman bird Sanctuary along Middletown’s rural roads. There are five legs of varying lengths in the relay and teams can be made up of three to five runners. It will run with the marathon, starting at the same time.
The course is a rolling tour of Newport and Middleton’s scenic byways and Aquidneck Island. The marathon is a qualifier for the B.A. A. Boston Marathon. There is a 6-hour time limit on the marathon, and a 3.5-hour limit for the half marathon; walkers are welcome in the half if they can cross the finish line within the 3.5-hour time frame.
Registration is Open—the Expo will be at the Hyatt
On-line registration is open for the Amica Marathon, UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon and team relay. Please visit www.amicamarathon.com to register for your option. The first 3,000 runners registering for the marathon or half marathon will receive technical shirts.
The Amica Marathon Race Expo will be held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Hotel on Friday, October 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of vendors and suppliers at the Expo (check www.amicamarathon.com for more specifics). This will be your best opportunity to pick up your bib. The Hyatt is located at One Goat Island, Newport, RI 02840 (see the race website for special pricing on rooms at the Hyatt Regency Newport and several lodging specials at nearby hotels/inns).
Yankee Timing and the B-Tag Chip System
Yankee Timing Company will provide the innovative B-Tag timing at the Amica Marathon and UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon. The “chip” is embedded in the race bib number, so there are no additional chips to attach to shoes. The Chronotrack timing system was first introduced to RI runners by Yankee Timing at the St. Pat’s Race in Providence in 2008, and was also used by Yankee Timing at the Cox Providence Rhode Races in 2009 and 2010. The B-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, Yankee Timing and the Chronotrack timing system deliver.
One of the Greenest Yet
The Amica Marathon will be teaming up with Athletes for a Fit Planet to provide one of the greenest, most sustainable marathons anywhere. See http://www.afitplanet.com/ for details on how this is accomplished. Athletes for a Fit Planet also worked with Eident Sports on the May Cox Rhode Races in 2009 and 2010. This will make a tremendous difference in the carbon footprint of each runner and the event overall.
You Run, Charities Benefit
Proceeds from the Amica Marathon will once again benefit the Providence Ronald McDonald House and the March of Dimes. Providence Ronald McDonald House provides a temporary home to families with children hospitalized at local hospitals, including Women & Infants, Hasbro Children’s and Bradley Hospital.
Newport comprises the southern tip of Aquidneck Island where Narragansett Bay reaches Rhode Island Sound. Aquidneck put the “island” in Rhode Island and is just an outstanding place for running and racing. There is so much to see and do, and touring the city and the island on foot is absolutely ideal. The rich and famous who built those legendary mansions could have gone literally anywhere—they chose Newport and Aquidneck.
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. Rhode Island’s 1,214 square miles offer tremendous scenery and wonderful running opportunities. Amica Marathon runners will enjoy many unique aspects of Newport and Aquidneck.
And talk about history: Newport was settled in 1639 and grew into a major colonial shipbuilding center. As one of the deepest and best natural harbors on the east coast, it once rivaled Boston and New York as one of America’s top seaports; it likely would have remained so were it not for the British occupation (1776 to 1779) which brought all commercial activity to an end. Some 150 wharves bustled with activity that included exports of candles, silver jewelry, silverware, textiles, wood and wood products, and fish. This area now houses all manner of shops, galleries, antiques and restaurants.
Washington and General Count de Rochambeau planned Revolutionary War strategy at the Old Colony House ( built in 1739), the nation’s second oldest capitol (Newport was the capital of Rhode Island until Providence was selected as the sole capital in 1900). The Declaration of Independence was read from its balcony and the Constitution of the United States was ratified there.
Some of the best examples, and best preserved and most concentrated, of colonial homes and architecture can be seen in the historic areas of Newport. Visitors also enjoy the harbor and history of the America’s Cup races, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, International Yacht Restoration School, Museum of Newport History, Museum of Yachting, Harbor tours on the MV Majestic, Newport Sailing School, the Old Stone Mill, Newport Art Museum, and Truro Synagogue (1763), the oldest synagogue in the nation, and much more.
The Breakers (1895), Rosecliff (1902), the Elms (1901), Chateau-sur-Mer (1852), Hunter House (1748), Kingscote (1841), Isaac Bell House (1883), Chepstow (1860), and Marble House (1892) are some of the mansions and historic homes in Newport, most of which will be visible along the course.
But the truly breathtaking treasure of Newport is natural beauty around every bend—ocean views, cliffs, forested lanes, ponds, rocks and beaches. With awesome scenery, historic landmarks, and incredible Gilded Age mansions on view, the miles float by.
Fort Adams was one of the largest forts of its day. It could house about 2,500 soldiers to guard the bay from attack. It is one of the best examples of coastal defenses built between the Revolution and the War of 1812; it remained an active base until 1945. The historic grounds of the fort now host some of the greatest of American music festivals and nearby is the Providence, a reproduction of the first ship of the American navy.
These Events Produced by Eident Sports Marketing
Eident Sports is a full-service event management and sports marketing company based in Providence, RI. Eident puts on several local and national events, including the recent Cox Providence Rhode Races—Cox Sports Marathon, Shape Up RI Half Marathon, and Harpoon 5K. Eident produces other sporting events and has many alliances with key partners. For more information please visit www.eidentsports.com
Share the Experience, and Race Through History
Share the excitement on October 17, with three great running options—marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay, a landmark racing event in New England. Yes, there will be exciting racing this fall in the historic City by the Sea, and what an event it is going to be. This legendary location has much to offer, and there is no better place to run your fall marathon or half marathon; the second annual Amica Marathon weekend in Newport October 15 to 17, 2010. Register now and plan your race—and your vacation.
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