For the second straight year before the Boston Marathon, Narragansett will host its own trial of endurance runners.
The Narragansett Marathon, set for 8 a.m. Saturday, takes off from the Village Inn on Beach Street by the seawall. This is the second year for the event in Narragansett, and the third year overall, as the inaugural marathon was held in Exeter. The top three take home $200, $100 and $50, and trophies. All runners get a t-shirt.
Following the race, there will be a party at the Mews Tavern at 7 p.m. All runners, spectators and volunteers are invited to attend.
The marathon has the distinction of being the only race, excluding Olympic trials, that requires a qualifying time – it is geared toward serious distance runners.
Depending on age, men must have a qualifying time of 3:05 to 4:55, and women from 3:35 to 5:25. The scale slides by roughly five to 15 minutes per five-year grouping.
Last year, Narragansett Running Association member Ryan Blazejewski took home the men’s title with a time of 2:39:10. The association is the primary organization behind the event. Meaghan Lout took the woman’s title with a time of 3:04:04.
For a printable course map, see the attached PDF. The marathon starts on Ocean Road and goes throughout the South End – All along Point Judith Road / Rt. 108, to Great Island and Galilee, before ending back at the start point by the Village Inn.
For our story and photos from last year’s marathon, click here.