The Amica Marathon, a Boston Qualifier, also includes a 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 Half Marathon—New this Year
The 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, 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.