City of Newport, RI: Running Routes & Races - Fit Armadillo

City of Newport, RI: Running Routes & Races

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The City of Newport, RI: A Great Place for Running


Taking a trip to Newport, Rhode Island this fall?

While I hope you'll pack a laptop or tablet to keep up with your online personal training sessions, I encourage you to spend your cardiovascular fitness sessions exploring the city.

Whether you enjoy history, window shopping, the beach, or all three; Newport, Rhode Island offers many beautiful locations to investigate. And when you check out the sights by foot we'll still cheer you on, if you are a part of our Charity Miles team!

Places to Run in Newport, RI

Over the last four weeks, I've shared several of my favorite running routes in Newport, Rhode Island. In case you missed them, here's a quick review:

Week 1: The Newport Cliff Walk

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This out and back route takes you 3-4 miles along the famous Newport Cliff Walk.  Enjoy ocean and mansion views as you log your miles.

I recommend enjoying this route in the early morning to avoid slow-moving tourist crowds!  For the full post, more tips, and pictures, head HERE.

Week 2: Gooseberry Beach, Ocean Drive, Bellevue Avenue
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A one-way run I often use for the practical purpose of finding a parking place for the family car, this route takes you to Gooseberry Beach via Bellevue and Ocean Drive. Three miles one way or six miles out and back. Highly recommended during the off season! Check out the route and more HERE.

Week 3: Mill Street Inn, Cliff Walk, Bellevue, Thames

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This five-mile run has it all! Start at the Mill Street Inn, head down the Cliff Walk for the backyards of the famous mansions, head down Bellevue to see the front yards of these estates, then run down Thames Street for some window shopping. You'll also see where J.F.K. was married as well as a Newport gem of special interest to runners. Learn more HERE


Week 4: Easton's Beach and Sachuest Beach Runs
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Love running on the beach? Newport's First (Easton's) and Second (Sachuest) Beaches are both flat and long enough to let you log a few miles. 

Check out THIS post for a run along each beach.

More Fall Running Fun in Newport, Rhode Island


Like most New England states, Rhode Island has several road races to check out this fall running season. The city of Newport even has several fun runs of its own. 

Whether you're enjoying a work trip, family vacation, or bachelorette party in Newport this season, sign up to try one of the following road races while you're in town:

  • 5K Mansion Run and Walk: Saturday, October 22, 2016 more HERE.

  • Pell Bridge Run: Sunday, October 23, 2016 more HERE
My mom, dad, and I ran this race the first year it was offered and it's an awesome experience. The Newport Bridge doesn't allow pedestrian traffic any other time!
  • Surface Navy Association 5K by the Bay: October 29, 2016 more HERE.

  • Race for Open Space: November 5, 2016 in neighboring Portsmouth, RI details HERE.

  • Colt State Park Halk Marathon and 5K: Sunday, November 6, 2016 in nearby Bristol, RI details HERE.
  • Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K: November 20, 2016 a new race! Details HERE.

I hope this series has left you ready to run Newport, RI! 

Just getting into running? Check out THIS post for tips on how to get started.

THIS post is another must-read for runners! It features strength training moves that will help you stay healthy as you tackle new courses.

Which running route or road race will you try? I'd love to know! Leave a comment below to share your plans or a race or route I might have missed: 

Catherine Basu

Hello! I'm the founder of Fit Armadillo® and I'm so glad you're here. If you've been looking for a way to start your healthy lifestyle, but you don’t want to join a gym or spend thousands of dollars on supplements and fad products, you’ve come to the right place. On the blog we share fitness tips and healthy recipes to get you started. For more 1-on-1 help head here to get matched with an awesome certified fitness professional.

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