Newport Marathon organizer Jim Swinford showed up at the Lincoln County Commission this morning sporting a new sign, multiples of which will be laid out along the route of the 14th running of the Newport Marathon, June 2nd.
Swinford debuted the new marathon route signs (designed by Lincoln County Public Works) during the commissioner’s regular Wednesday meeting. The guys in the PWD did such a great job on it the commissioners wanted a class photo with Swinford holding it.
This year will be the first year that the Newport Marathon will be using the latest high tech timing system, mandated by the Boston Marathon organization for qualifying. Each runner will have an identification chip in one of their running shoes. When they start the race, the runners will sprint over the “starting pad” which will send a signal from each runner’s chip to the timing crew at the end of the run on Bay Boulevard. When the runners come across the “finish line pad” their time will be recorded to within a ridiculously tiny fraction of a second. It’s a timing technique mandated by the Boston Marathon organization.
Swinford reported to the commissioners that the marathon sold out the earliest in its history. 900 entrants from throughout the U.S. (39 states) along with runners from Brazil, United Kingdom and Canada. He said there are 50 runners on the waiting list.
The marathon is a fundraiser for Newport High School sports programs. For everything knowable about the Newport Marathon, go online at NewportMarathon.org