Day 2 of the back-to-back madness:
After a spot on target Hartford Marathon, my thoughts turned to attacking (or surviving) the UnitedHeatlhCare Newport Marathon in Rhode Island. This jewel of New England is populated by huge mansions and a seaside attitude to match its miles of coastline around the various islands and peninsulas that comprise the city.
|A fellow runner warms up as the sun rises on Easton Beach, Newport|
Where the Hartford marathon exuded a big city start with pomp and whatnot, this smaller marathon said local from start to finish. The expo, in a parking lot along Easton Beach also served as the start area. Expecting a lot of vendors selling wears. Yeah, not at this race.
Still, the day dawned on Sunday with some breezes and sun, but lots of good energy. As I walked from my hotel to the start, I joined hundreds others. Most were doing the half-marathon (which shared all but 50 feet with the marathon). A delay of 15 minutes caused by late buses from the parking areas was the only blemish. The race heads west to lap the famous residential areas of Newport.