The Newport Marathon and Half-Marathon share the first 13.1 miles of a scenic tour through The City by The Sea. The race starts with an uphill jaunt on Memorial Boulevard before heading downhill towards Newport Harbor, turning onto the popular Thames Street. The course then winds along the south shore of Newport Harbor before heading into Fort Adams State Park for a quick tour and turnaround. Upon leaving the Park, runners work their way towards Ocean Drive with panoramic views of the Atlantic and New England coastline for the next five miles. After a gradual uphill climb at the end of Ocean Drive, the course turns onto world-famous Bellevue Avenue and past historic mansions such as Rough Point, Marble House and Rosecliff. The run turns off of Bellevue, onto Ruggles with a quick run past The Breakers and through the heart of Salve Regina's campus where cheering students man a popular aid station. A final turn back down Memorial Boulevard takes both Marathon and Half-Marathon runners to Easton's Beach where the two races split. The Half-Marathon participants are awarded their finisher's medal here and the Marathon runners continue on towards Middletown and Second Beach. The back half of the Marathon course leads runners out to the southeast point of Aquidneck Island, along Second Beach and into the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. After turning around at the Point, the course heads north to Third Beach and along the Sakonnet River with views to the east of Tiverton and Little Compton. The course continues north along rural, rolling roads before turning south at mile 21 onto Wapping Road. After quick sections along Peckham and Vaucluse Avenues, the course turns back down Indian Avenue and onto a fun downhill leg along Hanging Rock Road by the Norman Bird Sanctuary. The final two miles take runners back on Tuckerman Avenue through the Easton Point neighborhood before a celebratory turn into the Easton's Beach finish area to cap a 26.2 mile USATF-certified course.
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