Night Run breaks course and fundraising record

2022 Behan Bros. Newport Night Run breaks course and fundraising record

NEWPORT, RI — After a two-year hiatus, the Behan Bros. Newport Night Run made its triumphant return to the streets of Newport on Saturday April 9and. This year was a record two-fold, with local runner Addision Brooks breaking the course record by more than 40 seconds, and sponsors and donations breaking the event’s previous fundraising records.

With 1,150 registered attendees and contributions from several local businesses and event sponsors, the 2022 event raised more than $25,000 for the Newport Public Education Foundation. The money will go directly to the Newport Public Education Foundation to support its efforts to expand and fund programs not otherwise covered by the annual public school budget. The Behan Bros. Newport Night Run is produced by Gray Matter Marketing.

This year, Behan Bros. joined the event as title sponsor, and was one of the main reasons fundraising efforts in 2022 were so successful. Sponsorship and support was also provided by Gold level sponsors Mac Davis Flooring, Grenons of Newport, Warner Realty Group, Herk Works Architecture and Downes Construction Company. Silver level sponsors this year were Bar Cino, Newport RI Fire Department, Advanced Remarketing Services, Newport Yachting Center, Newport This Week, Anchor Dental, Preservation Society of Newport County, Forster Orthodontics, Discover Newport, Bank Newport and the City of Newport, Rhode Island. Local businesses and individuals have also provided bronze level sponsorships including Thao Thao Studio, Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard, Mary Moniz of ReMax, Brick Alley Pub, BR Arnold Construction, Gene Thompson-Grove, the Newport Tartan, CPH Newport, R and R Construction, Embrace Home Loans, Corrigan Financial, Fitzpatrick Team of ReMax Newport, Saccucci Honda, O’Brien’s Pub, Dawn Euer, Teachers Association of Newport, People’s Credit Union, Rogers High School Boosters and Polar Seltzer.

This year, 16-year-old Addison Brooks of Newport won the 5k race in a blistering time of 16:39, a new course record. Hot on his heels was James McCarron III, another 16-year-old from Portsmouth, RI, followed by Peter Jacques, also from Newport.

Katharine Rosenfeld of Westport, MA was the first woman to cross the finish line in 21:16. Katie Smith, of Narraganset, RI, finished second overall in a repeat podium from 2019. Rachel Meyen, of Newport, RI, rounded out the top three women.

The Newport Night Run 5K follows a loop course on Hazard Road, part of Ocean Avenue, Hammersmith Road and Beacon Hill Road before a final bend on Wickham Road for an finish at Roger’s High School. The scenic route takes place after dark, with the race starting at 7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear headlamps, neon and brightly colored clothing, and don flashing lights, glow sticks, and other glowing accessories.

In total, nearly 700 participants completed the race this year, ranging in age from 7 to 77. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The date for the Newport Night Run 2023 will be announced soon! For an official date announcement, course information and more, follow the Newport Night Run on Facebook or at www.newportnightrun.com

Photo: Jonathan Clancy/Gray Matter Marketing

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