Rhode Island > UnitedHealthcare Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K
Newport, RI • Sunday, October 13, 2013 • Course Map
The beautifully scenic rocky coastline of southern Rhode Island forms the backdrop for Newport's UnitedHealthcare Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, the race formerly known as the Breakers Marathon, which takes runners on a point-to-point course along this town on Aquidneck Island and features views of the water for nearly the entire race route.
From the starting line on Easton's Beach along Memorial Boulevard, the USATF-certified course for the half marathon takes runners south along Annendale Road, and past Bowen's Wharf and Waite Wharf through downtown. Runners continue heading south along Annendale until they reach Narraganset Avenue, where they turn right and head out along the peninsula-like land formation that juts out into the sound.
The race makes a detour from Harrison Avenue northward into Fort Adams State Park, home to a historic 1812-era fort and the town's annual Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival. After reaching the turnaround along Fort Adams Drive, runners head back southward through the park and then turn right again onto for a brief stretch past the Newport Country Club, one of the founding golf courses of the United States Golf Association and the site of the first-ever U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur golf championships.
Once past the course, runners continue heading south around the western edge of the island, down along Ocean Avenue towards the southern edge of Brenton Point State Park, which features views of the Rhode Island Sound to the south and Narragansett Bay to the west and north. Runners head around the end of the island along the green, grassy tree-lined shoreline along Ocean Avenue, crossing a bridge just after Princess Cove Avenue on their way toward Bellevue Avenue, which turns northward and begins the final stretch of the race up toward the finish line on Memorial Avenue, overlooking Easton Pond.
Though the race features some uphill and downhill stretches, much of the course is run along even, flat terrain, and the race is run on paved surfaces throughout. The 2011 running of the race will be the third time the 13.1-mile half marathon distance has been a part of the event -- participants running in the full, 26.2-mile marathon will be limited to 6 hours, while those running the half will have a 3 1/2-hour time limit.
More than 4,200 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in the full marathon and half marathon combined in 2012 -- the 5K race is run on Saturday -- including just over 3,200 finishers in the half marathon alone.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the coast of Rhode Island, about 30 miles south of Providence on the Narragansett Bay overlooking the Rhode Island Sound, the city of Newport typically experiences moderately cool to sometimes cold weather in the early fall.
In October, Newport temperatures average between 48°F and 62°F, while rainfall amounts average just over 3.7 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 13), the average low is 49°F and the average high is 63°F.
View the race route map for the UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon
$65 for the half marathon, if registered before May 1, 2013
$70 before September 1
$75 before October 9
$80 at the race expo
$85 on race day
To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2013 running of Newport's UnitedHealthcare Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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