Newport News One City Marathon
The City, EDA/IDA and staff, a host of sponsors, volunteers and the community-at-large embraced the inaugural Newport News One City Marathon, held March 15th, 2015. A certified qualifier for the Boston Marathon, the race’s 26.2-mile path covered the length of the City, starting from Newport News Park in the North District and finishing at the Victory Arch downtown.
The weekend offered a variety of activities for all ages. Other events included a Maritime 8K, Nautical Mile, Friday Night Kick-Off concert, Health and Wellness Expo, Family Fit & Fun Day, tango marathon and a “One City, One Celebration” post-race festival. A goal of the weekend was to celebrate the beauty and assets of Newport News as a unified city, while promoting healthy lifestyles.
There was an outpouring of community support for the total of 2,600 registered runners, from nearly 30 countries, from businesses, schools, churches and neighborhood groups. By year-end 2015, plans were well underway for the 2016 One City Marathon, taking place on March 13th, 2016.