Frequently Asked Questions2021-03-05T18:59:34+00:00

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FAQ’s

When does the race start?2021-03-05T18:44:56+00:00

The race starts at 8:00 AM.

How can I find out if I’m registered?2020-01-21T19:33:39+00:00

You can look up if you are registered through your Eventbrite account. Full instructions HERE.

Where is packet pick-up?2020-01-21T19:12:33+00:00

Full registration and packet pick-up information HERE.

Can someone pick up my stuff for me?2020-01-21T18:58:50+00:00

All participants must show a photo ID at pick-up. Participants may pick-up for friends and family, but must provide a copy of the ID or a photo of the ID on their phone for verification.

Where do I park?2021-03-05T18:47:36+00:00

Parking

Parking is available at the finish line of the event in north and south lots of Narragansett Town Beach (map). Parking is available on a first come-first serve basis in the Town Beach parking lots. Additional street parking is available nearby, throughout Narragansett. Shuttles will be provided to take athletes only (no spectators) to the starting line beginning at 6:15 AM.

There is NO parking at the starting line. Participants are welcome to arrange their own transportation to and from the start/finish If you are being dropped off at the starting line please leave enough time to avoid traffic as our shuttles will be running all morning.

Full parking information HERE.

How long will the courses remain open?2021-02-19T18:48:50+00:00

We welcome runners and walkers of all speeds. However, volunteers, on course-aid and roads can only be secured and staffed for a set amount of time.

The course will “close” on a continuous pace of 16:00 minutes per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the 16:00 minute per mile pace must move to the sidewalk as the course closes to allow regular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond the 16:00 minute per mile pace.

Can I wear headphones?2020-01-21T19:14:33+00:00

Yes. Headphones are permitted but we ask you to please be considerate and keep the volume low enough so that you remain aware of your surroundings, course marshals, volunteers, staff and fellow runners.

Can I push a stroller?2020-01-21T19:15:09+00:00

We do not allow the following on the course: unregistered runners, pets, baby joggers, strollers, any wheeled vehicles other than wheelchairs (In accordance with USATF guidelines, wheelchair athletes must wear helmets).

Will there be pace groups?2021-02-19T18:48:34+00:00

No. There are no pace groups.

What is at the aid stations?2021-03-05T18:48:10+00:00

Covid Protocols TBD

Water, Gatorade and restrooms will be available roughly every two miles, at miles 2.1, and 4.2

Medical support will tail the race, and will be offered at the finish line.

Are there any discounts available for this race?2020-01-21T19:21:30+00:00

We do not typically offer coupon discounts to this race. Be sure to register early for the lowest prices, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for other offers. You can also inquire with one of our partner charities about their fundraising efforts and complimentary bibs.

Is there a field capacity?2021-03-05T18:48:34+00:00

This answer may be different in 2021 due to Covid protocols.

The race is traditionally capped around at 2,300 total participants.

Will there be photographers on the course?2021-02-19T18:51:35+00:00

This answer may be different in 2021 due to Covid protocols.

Enjoy free race photos from Clancy Creative on our Facebook Page in the week following the event. Individual runner photos will also be available on GameFaceMedia.com(Photos are typically posted by Thursday following the event)

Make sure to tag your photos #NewportMarathon and #NewportHalfMarathon for a chance to be featured online!

Are there awards?2021-02-19T18:51:29+00:00

This answer may be different in 2021 due to Covid protocols.

Yes. Click HERE For a full breakdown of our award structure. Awards are based on gun time.

What if I have an issue with my results?2020-01-21T19:29:41+00:00

Race results will be posted on our website and on our Facebook Page following the event. If you notice an issue or need a correction with your time? Click the red “corrections” button on the RaceWire results link to request a review from our timer.

If you’re still having issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How do I sign up to volunteer?2020-01-21T19:30:52+00:00

Hurray! If you’d like to volunteer please visit our Volunteer Page for full details.

Will there be food at the finish line?2021-03-05T18:48:48+00:00

This answer may be different in 2021 due to Covid protocols.

A variety of post-race food, water, and Gatorade will be available underneath the beach bathhouse building post-race. To ensure there’s enough snacks for all of our finishers, remember that the athlete food is for runners only.

Can I use a hydration vest or carry a water bottle?2020-01-21T19:34:23+00:00

Yes! In fact, we encourage it and would be happy to refill it along the route at the aid stations.

How do the race shirts fit?2020-01-21T19:35:22+00:00

All participants of both the full and half-marathon will receive a short sleeved wicking t-shirt at packet pick-up. Wicking shirts generally run smaller than standard cotton shirts. They will be available in unisex and women’s cuts. Please note that shirts are ordered weeks in advance of the event and that size quantities are based on what participants indicated when they registered. For this reason, we ask that you please pick-up the shirt size you registered for.

Is there a place to leave my belongings at the race start?2021-03-05T18:49:12+00:00

This answer may be different in 2021 due to Covid protocols.

Gear Bag Drop

Lock it up with The Mobile Locker Co.! Locker rentals give you a secure, convenient option for valuables and gear, starting at $5. Rent online in advance or onsite with cash or credit. The Mobile Locker truck will be parked at the race start in Point Judith and then drive to the race finish for participants to collect their gear post-race in Narragansett.

There is no other gear bag drop. Any layers discarded at the race start will be collected and donated. 

Can I be dropped off at the start line?2021-03-05T18:50:24+00:00

There is NO parking at the starting line. Participants are welcome to arrange their own transportation to and from the start/finish If you are being dropped off at the starting line please leave enough time to avoid traffic as our shuttles will be running all morning.

Can I walk the course?2021-02-19T18:52:53+00:00

Yes, as long as you can maintain the course minimum pace. We welcome runners and walkers of all speeds. However, volunteers, on course-aid and roads can only be secured and staffed for a set amount of time.

The course will “close” on a continuous pace of 16:00 minutes per mile. Anyone who cannot maintain the 16:00 minute per mile pace must move to the sidewalk as the course closes to allow regular traffic through. Runner services cannot be guaranteed for participants beyond the 16:00 minute per mile pace.

I would like to send race feedback, where can I do this?2020-01-21T19:39:12+00:00

We appreciate and encourage all feedback. Please send all feedback to info@graymattermarketing.com

Race Policies

2021 & 2022 Registration Policies

Gray Matter Marketing is a small business dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle with charitably focused events that highlight the communities we are fortunate to call hosts cities. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on our business and our ability to produce events. We have updated our registration policies to reflect today’s uncertain and challenging times. These policies represent the most flexible and fair model we can offer in these unprecedented times.

We understand the long hours and financial commitments that go into participating in our events and share the disappointment in any postponement or cancellation. We ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times and plan for sunnier days together out on the race course.

No Refunds.
We are not able to offer refunds. However we have added a race credit option to our existing deferral and transfer policies.

Two Weeks:
Absolutely no requests after: May 23, 2021

A request must be sent no later than two weeks prior to the event by the runner who purchased the registration with the name, adress, email, gender and date of birth of the runner taking their place to info@graymattermarketing.com.

Two Weeks
Absolutely no requests after: May 23, 2021

If you wish to participate in another Gray Matter Marketing event in 2021 or 2022 other than the event you are currently registered, please request a credit and you will have a balance applied to your Eventbrite account that is available to use for any event on our calendar thru 2022 once registration for those events is opened.

To request a deferral or event credit please email info@graymattermarketing.com with your full name, email you used to register for the event, and the event name — and we will issue an event credit for the value of your entry. Event credits must be requested no later than 14 days prior to the event you are currently registered for. 

For more information on our policies and event credits: Event Credits

Extreme Weather Policy

The oceanside course is exposed to wind and the elements. Runners should monitor the weather leading up to race day and prepare accordingly.

There is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions. Race organizers will do as much as we can to ensure the experience is as safe as possible. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, race officials reserve the right to alter or cancel the race. Entry fees are non-refundable. Please check the website, our Facebook page and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.

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