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2021 Event Weekend Information

We ask you that you please review the following information carefully in order to help ensure your BankNewport 10 Miler is a smooth experience. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or on our Facebook page.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 2
Midnight: Online registration closes

Saturday, June 5
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM:

Onsite Registration & Bib Pick-Up
Location: Inside Fort Adams (map)

Sunday, June 6
5:45 AM – 7:15 AM:
Onsite Registration & Bib Pick-Up
Location: Inside Fort Adams (map)

7:30 AM: Race Start

The race will start in multiple waves of approximately 150 runners every 2 minutes. More information below.

Bib Pick-Up & Onsite Registration

Registered participants will receive their race bib with timing chip, and athlete shirt at bib pick-up. Onsite registration will be available on Saturday and Sunday for those still looking to register.

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 – we will be diligently checking ID’s to ensure no runners ribs are handed out without their permission.

COVID-19 Event Protocols

We’re absolutely thrilled to be out on the road together again. We ask for your continued cooperation and patience as we look to provide a safe event for our runners, volunteers, staff and community.

Reduced Capacity

This year’s field has been reduced from 3,000 to 1,500 participants.

Masks

Per the CDC and the Rhode Island Department of Health, if you’re fully vaccinated you do not need to wear a mask outside. If you’re not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask at all points prior to crossing the start line, after the race, and whenever you’re within three feet of others.

Spectators

Spectators are allowed anywhere on the course except at the finish line inside the Fort. Only runners will be allowed inside the Fort on race day.

Waved Start

In order to provide a safe distance at the race start and on the course, runners will start roughly 150 at a time, at intervals of 2 minutes. There are no assigned waves, however we ask that faster runners start in the earlier waves, and slower paces in the later waves. Staff and volunteers will be assisting with this process. Please maintain your distance from other runners in the starting corral.

Finish Line

Runners are asked to please not congregate around the finish line inside the fort and head back to their cars after picking up their water, medal, and post race food. There is no Ragged Island Beer Garden this year.

Getting to the Race

Please Arrive Early

Please plan on arriving early! Newport is a charming place but with limited small roads going to and from Fort Adams, there will inevitably be traffic on the island on race morning. We STRONGLY recommend picking up your bibs and shirts on Saturday, and arriving at the Fort comfortably ahead of the race start time. This will help you avoid traffic and give you enough time to park and make the 0.4 mile walk to the starting line. Carpooling and bikes are also excellent options. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Ride In, Ride Out

Parking and riding your bike is a great way to stretch out those legs and avoid the pre and post-race vehicle traffic. Join the increasing number of participants who park off site downtown or at Rogers High School (map) and bike in to Fort Adams.

Directions

Fort Adams State Park has only one entrance in and out. For this reason, we again ask that all participants plan on arriving early and to expect some traffic and delays on race morning. We suggest that drivers consider one of two routes to the Fort depending on which direction they are coming from. Those coming from the Newport Bridge/Downtown should take Thames St > Wellington Ave. > Harrison Ave. (map) while those coming from all points East should consider taking the alternative route of Bellevue Ave. > Ocean Ave > Harrison Ave. (map)

Parking

Parking is available in Fort Adams State Park in the upper lots and on the soccer fields. The parking lots are 0.4 miles from the race start, so be sure to afford plenty of time to park and walk to the starting line.

Runner Drop-Off and Pick-Up

For those participants using ride-share or wishing to be dropped off in the morning, or picked up after the race, we ask that you please do so just past the Fort Adams State Park on Harrison Avenue (map), then walk to the Fort. DO NOT turn into the Park entrance.

Additional Information

Course and Aid Stations

Running 10 miles is a tremendous personal achievement. We ask that all participants review the course map to familiarize themselves with the route and aid station locations and time limits.

Course Details

Volunteer With Us!

The event would not be possible without our amazing volunteers. If you, a friend, or family member are interested in volunteering for any portion of event weekend please feel free to contact us.

Charitable Mission

The BankNewport 10 Miler proudly supports the Fort Adams Trust and the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County.

Schedule of Events

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. We strongly suggest participants attend Saturday Bib Pick-Up to alleviate race morning delays.

Wednesday, June 2
11:59 PM: Online registration closes

Saturday, June 5
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Packet pick-up
Location: Inside Fort Adams (map)

Sunday, June 6
5:45 AM – 7:15 AM: Packet pick-up
Location: Inside Fort Adams (map)

6:00 AM: Gear Bag drop opens

7:30 AM: Race Start

Registration and Bib Pick-Up

LOCATION: Inside Fort Adams (map). Enter through the west gate.

  • Saturday: June 5th: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sunday: June 6th: 6:00 AM - 7:15 AM

Registered participants will receive their race bib with timing chip and athlete shirt at registration. Onsite registration is available both days.

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.

Please note: Race participants picking up their bibs on Sunday may not receive their shirts until after the race due to race morning time constraints.

Getting There

The BankNewport 10 Miler is one of the area's most popular races due in part to its beautiful waterfront scenery. There are limited access roads to and through Newport and Fort Adams State Park. Given the nature of the location, traffic and wait times while arriving and leaving should be anticipated. We are again working to expedite parking and minimize delays. You can do your part to alleviate crowds by carpooling, ARRIVING EARLY, and even consider cycling into the Fort. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Parking

Parking is available at Fort Adams. Please allow yourself ample time on race morning to park and walk to the starting area, approximately half a mile from the designated parking areas. Please follow signs and the directions of the race volunteers on where to park.

Parking spots will fill up on a first-come-first-park basis with the spots closest to the starting area filling up first. (map)

Gear Bag Drop

Athletes wishing to drop off gear will be able to do so near bib pick-up inside Fort Adams beginning at 6:00 AM on race morning. A designated drop off location will be set up and athletes will use the number they are given during registration to identify their gear bag. Athletes will need their own bag as they will not be provided by the event.

Mobile Locker Co.

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.

After You Finish

Awards and Divisions

A finisher's medal will be given to all race participants. Awards will be presented following the race to the:

  • Top 3 male and female runners
  • There will be no age group awards in 2021

Athlete Food

Due to Covid protocols, we do not currently plan to provide post-race food. Bottled water and gatorade will be available at the finish line.

Beer Garden

Due to Covid protocols, we do not anticipate being able to host the standard post-race beer garden from local craft brewery Ragged Island ..

Race Policies

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.

Race Credits

We are not able to offer refunds. However we do offer any registered runners the opportunity to request a race credit for your full value. Once issued, these Eventbrite Credits appear as a balance of your Eventbrite account. The credit balance can then be applied to the purchase price of a new ticket to any event on our calendar within two years of the day we issue the credit. Race credits may be requested up to 30 days before the event in which you are registered. Race credits will not be granted if a request is made less than 30 days prior to the event.

STEP 1. Request a Race Credit

Please email info@graymattermarketing.com with your full name, the email you used to register for the event, and the event name and date — and we will issue an event credit for the value of your entry. Event credits must be requested no later than 30 days prior to the event you are currently registered for.

STEP 2. View Credit Balance

When we authorize a credit you receive an email from Eventbrite. At this point, you will be able to view your Gray Matter Marketing credit as follows:

    • Log in to Eventbrite
    • Go to “Credits” in your account.
    • View the amount and expiration date of your credits

STEP 3. Use Credit towards a Gray Matter Marketing Event

You must be logged in to Eventbrite to use your credits. Once you found the Gray Matter Marketing event you wish to transfer to, you use the credits to pay for the tickets at the checkout:

    • Select the ticket quantity and click “Checkout”
    • Fill out your details and click “Payment”.
    • Select your credit amount under “Credits”.
    • If the credit doesn’t cover the new ticket price, select a payment method to pay for the balance.
    • Click “Place order”
    • More information on Event Credits.
Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I get a refund?
We do not offer refunds. However we do offer Eventbrite Credits for other events on our calendar.

Can I defer my registration?
No, we do not roll over your registration automatically to the next year’s event. However the credit that we issue can be used towards the purchase of that same event whenever registration re-opens for the following year’s event.

Can I transfer my registration to another person?
No, we do not offer transfers. However, when you request and receive a race credit, you can use that credit to purchase a new ticket for another participant if you choose to do so.

How long is my Eventbrite Credit good for?
The balance of your registration is good for up to two years from the date it was issued, at which point it then expires.

When can I request an Eventbrite Credit?
All credit requests must be submitted to info@graymattermarketing.com no later than 30 days prior to the event.

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.

Our events are held rain or shine. However, 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. We do not schedule “rain dates”. Any decision to cancel an event is done as an absolute last resort and is made collectively with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel as appropriate. In such situations, there will be NO REFUNDS as registrants accept any such risk of their entry fee when signing up.

Please check the website, our Facebook page, and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.

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