May 22, 2021 Newport, RI 02840 US Directions
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Race through the Daffodils on this award winning, scenic, seaside course!

Join us in the City-by-the-Sea for this stunning marathon, half marathon and 5k.  Newport Rhode Races partners with the upcoming Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival to give you a true Spring Newport Experience. Our courses will pass along many of the over 1,200,000 starting to bloom around the City by the Sea. (We'll call it Dash through the Daffodils!)

Please review our 2021 Athlete Guide at this link for full race weekend information. 

It is important to understand that this will not be a race like you have experienced in the past, and it is important that you read through all of the documentation thoroughly.  Unlike past years, the participant does have a bit of a burden to ensure all protocols and safety procedures are followed.  We will do our best to keep you informed, but we know there is a great deal to communicate and we need all participants to understand what is expected from all of us.  

While this race is very different from what we have come to expect from a road race, we are still viewing this event as a Celebration of Wellness.  We are so excited to be able to get back to doing what we love; using our legs to move, our hearts to beat and breath in our lungs.

Now for the nitty-gritty of it all:

This is a copy of our COVID Plan that was approved by the States and the Towns.  Please read through it carefully:

2021 Newport Covid Safety and Protocol Plan

We are going to be very strict, on all of this. We know that this is not what you expect at a “normal” Rhode Race, but nothing is normal right now. We have worked the last 11 months on this plan, studying our industry partners, learning best practices and working with our local and state authorities.  We ask that you read every line and come prepared and informed.  Our ability to adhere to these protocols and execute a safe race will be the first steps in hosting future events and getting back to a somewhat traditional race event.  We thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through these changes. 


We do understand that this race will not be for everyone.  If you do not wish to participate this year, for whatever reason, you have the following options:

Join us virtually and run your race on your own course but continue to be a part of this incredible Celebration of Wellness.  Learn more about our Virtual Race at this link. 
Defer or transfer to any Rhode Races event within one year of your original event.

The cut off to defer, transfer or give up your bib is 4/10.  

You can manage your decision in your under Manage My Registration next to the Newport race.  Click the tab for how you would like to proceed and follow the steps.


If you decide to run with us, it will be required that you agree to our Social Contract - that you have read our Covid Safety Plan and that you are “healthy.”  You will not be provided with a bib on check-in unless your registration reflects that you have agreed to this.

Please read this help document to learn how to update your registration.  

Other important information:


Because of the strict participant caps required by the State, we cannot allow for more participants in each event than is mandated to us. To that end, if an event is sold out, we cannot upgrade or downgrade your race distance to a different event.

It is important to note that if you are signed up for the full marathon and can’t complete the distance, and cut the course at the half marathon mark, you will be DQ’d.  We recommend giving up your bib this year if you do not feel ready.  


All participants MUST pick up their bib in advance. 

Thursday, May 20th from 4-7p at Rhode Runner in Providence

Friday, May 21th from 1-7p at the WayFinder Hotel in Newport

Face Coverings and social distancing required at all bib pick up times and locations

Race Day bib pick up will be restricted to 200 people ONLY. It must be reserved in advance and it is PROHIBITIVELY expensive purposefully.  Most races have eliminated race day bib pick up, but because of the proximity to the race, and the unreliability of the USPS particularly so close to the election, we cannot mail bibs.  We do have 2 bib pick up times in advance of the race and you must make all attempts to pick up your bib or send someone to pick it up for you. A friend or family member can pick up your bib if you provide them with a note and a copy of your ID.  We will keep the note, but you can have the copy of your ID returned.

We understand that for some of you, it may be a hardship for you to pick up your bib in advance.  For that reason, we have built into our COVID plan some limited spots for race day bib pick up.  However, it is not up to us to determine the depth of hardship.  To that end, we have set the race day bib pick up add on fee prohibitively high to encourage you all to do everything you can to find an alternative.  Our goal is to not have ANY bib pick ups for the safest event, not to profit off of any hardships. 

If you absolutely have to pick up your bib on race day, please visit your and select Manage My Registration next to the Newport Race.  Select the ADD ON menu item. You must bring proof of your selection to race day bib pick up.


Due to the reduced field size, we plan on utilizing only one parking location at John Clarke Industrial Park.  While shuttles will be available, they will be severely limited in the number of riders.  We encourage you to use the walk or run from the parking location to the start as your “warm up.”  Shuttles should only be used if absolutely necessary.  There is no parking at Easton’s Beach (unless you are a Rhode Master - specific parking instructions will be sent to this group.) 


We will be using a “pulse” starting format, sending off rows of runners at 10 second intervals.  We are still working with the State on this format, and will communicate it as soon as it is finally approved.

Because of the nature of the socially distanced start, the importance of the chip on your bib being captured by the starting mats is of the utmost concern.  It is a known issue when you start your watch while crossing over a timing mat, that this may impede the ability of the chip to be read by the scoring software.  PLEASE DO NOT START YOUR WATCH WHEN YOU CROSS TIMING MATS.  Your bib reading is more important than your watch time.  :) 


While most of the race can be very socially distant, the start and finish line are the biggest areas of concern and where we will be the strictest.  

Do not arrive at the start line until 10 minutes before your wave. Come prepared to race, do not plan on shedding clothes, stretching, etc.  
Stretch/warm up/hydrate/shed clothing at your car before approaching the start line.
You will line up with 7 people per row, with each row and column 6 ft apart from another.   We need everyone’s help with this.  
Approach the start line from the rear, utilizing the exit from the West lot (the one closest to the Middletown parking).  DO NOT CROSS OVER THE DUNES to get to the start.  Stay on the pavement and fill in available rows from the rear as each group moves forward.
You must wear a face covering until you are socially distant from the nearest runner.  This may mean you have to wear a mask for the first ½ mile or so.  
No spectators at the start.

Again - we know this is a lot and we apologize to you all for this.  Please send in any questions or concerns to

But at its essence, we are just excited to get back to Rhode Racing and we hope that once we get through all the restrictions and rules, that we can still have a great race day!  

Thank you for all of your patience and understanding as we get back to doing what we love!

Please note - The virtual runners will be prohibited from joining us on race day if we are under strict participant caps.  This is to ensure that we abide by all local and state guidelines and ensure we live up to the demands and restrictions placed on us as a condition of our race permit.  

The Marathon will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Easton's Beach in Newport, RI. The Half Marathon will start at 7:45 a.m. from the same location.  The 5k will follow at 8:00 am - all from the same beautiful seaside start. 

Beach Mile will start at noontime, on the beach adjacent to the finish line.  It is an out and back on Easton’s Beach, finishing under the Race Arch.  As the race is on the beach, please plan for uneven surfaces, beach debris, seaweed, shells, all those wonderful items that we love about the ocean.  This will be part of the challenge of completing the course.

The marathon course is USATF certified and is a Boston Marathon Qualifier.

Please respect our native environment - STAY OFF THE DUNES, use trash receptacles, and recycle as much as possible. 

Please Note: Newport Rhode Races will be happening rain or shine. Because of the logistics of planning for a race of this size, we cannot offer refunds for any reason. In the event that weather is severe enough to create an unsafe environment for participants, organizers will cancel the event with no refunds issued.  

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FAQs - please visit this link for a complete list of FAQs.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There are no age restrictions but you must show your ID when picking up your bib.

Is my race registration transferrable?

Yes - you can transfer your bib, transfer your race entry to select other races in our portfolio within one year, or defer your entry to next year's race. Transfer and deferral requests must be received before online registration closes, typically 2 days before race day.  Please visit this link for steps to complete this procedure.

How do I check on my race registration?

Please visit to verify your race entry and make any changes - profile updates, upgrades/downgrades, transfers, deferrals, etc.

Where and when is packet pick up?

Times are located on our website at this link. Please note - race packets MUST be picked up in advance of race day unless you have reserved RACE DAY packet pick up during the registration process. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can email us at or call 401.427.7764

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

175 Memorial Blvd
Easton's Beach
Newport, RI US 02840
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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Newport Rhode Races.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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