It’s almost that time of the year! The Newport Liberty Half Marathon is one of the most anticipated events of the year. With views of New York City, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Verrazano Bridge and the beautiful Manhattan skyline, there’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular half marathons in the country. The USATF certified course takes you along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and across to Liberty State Park which has flat terrain. Previous runners have expressed how organized and low key the event was compared to other marathons.
Plan for a post-race celebration at Newport Town Square with refreshments, local beer, live music and a drawing for cool prices. Not only is it a fun marathon to be a part of but $3,000 in award money will be offered to winning runners in each category. Proceeds from the race will also be donated to the Jersey City Medical Center. All runners will also receive finisher medals and bragging rights for a year that they completed the run!
On the website you’ll see that headphones aren’t allowed but we found that most people do wear them. However, if you’re competing for 1st place the officials may be a little stricter once you cross the line. The actual date for the run is September 18th so you still have time to register and quickly train. Newport is just minutes from Manhattan via the PATH train and faces the Hudson River. The community offers shopping, parks (Newport Green is our favorite), dining, bars and over five million square feet of office space to more than 20,000 professionals.