The City of Newport News’ fifth annual One City Marathon takes place Sunday and, with related events all weekend long, there are fun activities for everyone.
Marathon Weekend begins with a free, two-day Health & Wellness Expo presented by Riverside Health System. Residents and visitors can stop by the Denbigh Community Center on Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to find a variety of fitness and nutrition related vendors, preventative health information, interactive games and training evaluations. This year’s expo will also have free fitness classes, mini workshops and demonstrations happening both days and runners can pick up their bibs at the expo.
On Saturday, March 2 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., visit Brooks Crossing for the Family Fun and Fit Day. Enjoy free class demos, fitness classes, vendors, refreshments from Piggly Wiggly and music. The kids can also enjoy inflatables, outdoor games and an obstacle course.
New this year is a free Women’s Forum. The forum, themed Fiercely Empowered Women (FEW), is being held Saturday, March 2, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn City Center. Women are invited to enjoy a day of empowering conversations, demonstrations, workshops, freebies and fun. WVEC 13 Meteorologist Crystal Harper will serve as the event's keynote speaker and Mrs. Virginia Pageant contestant Mrs. Newport News, Lourdes Spurlock, will serve as the event's facilitator.
Spend Saturday evening at the One City Marathon Pasta Dinner, sponsored by Riverside Health System and held at Tradition Brewing Co. in City Center. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.00 each and are available at the Health & Wellness Expo.
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. The marathon and relay begin at 7:00 a.m. at Newport News Park; the half marathon begins at 7:00 a.m. at Menchville High School; and the 8K and Nautical Mile begin at the Victory Arch in downtown Newport News at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively. Online registration has closed, but race registration is still available on-site at the Health & Wellness Expo and on race day at the starting line of each event.
On Sunday, March 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., the One City, One Celebration takes place at the Super Block near the finish line of the races in downtown Newport News. Enjoy music, food, runner relaxation areas, games and more.
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 and Wellness Expo, Family Fit and Fun Day, and other community focused events, including a Women’s Forum in 2019.
ONE CITY MARATHON WEEKENDSchedule of Events
FRIDAY, MARCH 1st
Health & Wellness Expo, presented by Riverside12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick BoulevardFree & open to the publicHealth and fitness exhibitors and activities
SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd
Health & Wellness Expo, presented by Riverside – Free & open to the public10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick BoulevardHealth and fitness exhibitors and activities
Women’s Forum – Free & open to the public1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Holiday Inn Newport News City Center, 980 Omni BoulevardPanel 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 public12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Brooks Crossing, 3100 Jefferson AvenueSports-themed games, obstacle course, relay races, face painting & more
Pre-race Pasta Dinner, presented by Riverside6:00 p.m., Tradition Brewing Co., 700 Thimble Shoals Boulevard in City Center$15 per person; buy tickets online at www.onecitymarathon.com
SUNDAY, MARCH 3rd
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 public8:00 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