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Posted on: February 21, 2019

Newport News Hosts One City Marathon Women's Forum

Newport News, Va., – In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Newport News One City Marathon and Women’s History Month, Newport News has added a Women’s Forum to the line-up of Marathon Weekend events. On Saturday, March 2, women are invited to the Holiday Inn Newport News City Center from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. to learn from a diverse panel of speakers, participate in a variety of workshops and much more.

Branded F.E.W.: Fiercely Empowered Women Can Run the World, the goal of the event is to provide a forum where women from diverse backgrounds, ages and walks of life can learn from one another. The event begins at 1 p.m. with a keynote address by Crystal Harper, meteorologist with 13NewsNow (WVEC-ABC). She’ll be joined by Mrs. Newport News, Morgan Spurlock, who will serve as moderator for the panel discussions. The afternoon will consist of various panels, workshops and vendor displays, all aimed at informing women while encouraging them to be fearless in pursuit of their goals.

Panel discussion topics include mental and physical health, small businesses and career, fashion and beauty, and relationships and motherhood. Panels will be complemented by workshops on healthy eating, financial security, revamping your wardrobe, and self-defense.

The Women’s Forum is free and participants do not have to be registered for a One City Marathon race to attend. For additional information, visit

This year, event organizers have focused on engaging the community in a range of activities that promote a healthy lifestyle, including fitness classes, Dinner with a Dietician, and a Meal Prep Delivery Food Service Tasting. One more free event is happening next week at the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center:  Financial Bingo on Wednesday, February 27 at 6 p.m. with BayPort Credit Union. 

All races – the One City Marathon, marathon relay, half marathon (new this year), Maritime 8K and Nautical Mile Fun Run – take place on Sunday, March 3. Online registration is available through February 26, with registration also available at the Health & Wellness Expo Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, and on race day at the starting line of each event.

A schedule of Marathon Weekend events follows.

About the Newport News One City Marathon

Presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, the fifth annual Newport News One City Marathon takes place Sunday, March 3, 2019. The marathon course runs the entire 26-mile length of the city, with Newport News Park as the setting for the start of the race and the Victory Arch in downtown serving as the finish line. Along the way, the certified course takes runners past various cultural amenities, educational institutions, businesses and neighborhoods. The marathon, which also offers a relay option, culminates at a One City, One Celebration event at the Super Block, celebrating as runners race through the finish line. In addition to the marathon, which also offers a relay option, there is an 8K Run/Walk, a Nautical Mile Kids Fun Run, and, NEW for 2019, a much requested half marathon race. Marathon Weekend (March 1-3, 2019) also includes a Health & Wellness Expo, Family Fit and Fun Day, and other community focused events, including a Women’s Forum in 2019.

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Schedule of Events


Health & Wellness Expo, presented by Riverside

12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Boulevard

Free & open to the public

Health and fitness exhibitors and activities


Health & Wellness Expo, presented by Riverside – Free & open to the public

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Boulevard

Health and fitness exhibitors and activities

Women’s Expo – Free & open to the public

1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Newport News City Center, 980 Omni Boulevard

Panel discussions on women’s issues, workshops on a range of topics, women’s empowerment sessions, various vendors

CANCELED: Family Fit & Fun Day – Free & open to the public
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Brooks Crossing, 3100 Jefferson Avenue
Sports-themed games, obstacle course, relay races, face painting & more

Pre-race Pasta Dinner, presented by Riverside 

6:00 p.m., Tradition Brewing, 700 Thimble Shoals Boulevard in City Center

$15 per person; buy tickets online at 


One City Marathon Race Events

  • Marathon & Marathon Relay, presented by Newport News Shipbuilding – 7:00 a.m., Newport News Park
  • BayPort Credit Union Half Marathon – 7:00 a.m., Menchville High School
  • Maritime 8K, presented by Anthem – 8:15 a.m., West Avenue and 24th Street
  • Nautical Mile Fun Run – 10:30 a.m., West Avenue and 24th Street

One City, One Celebration – Free & open to the public

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Super Block, Washington Avenue between 26th and 27th Streets

Music, food, runner relaxation areas, games, interactive activities and more

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