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Posted on: February 10, 2020


~8K one of five races offered at this year’s One City Marathon~

Optima Health Maritime 8K logoOptima Health has joined the One City Marathon as the official sponsor of the Maritime 8K race. Taking place on Sunday, March 1 in downtown Newport News, the Maritime 8K presented by Optima Health is one of five races available at the sixth annual One City Marathon.

“Optima Health believes fitness is a critical component of wellness,” said John DeGruttola, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Optima Health. “Many thanks to the City of Newport News for bringing the One City Marathon to our community for its sixth year. We are happy to support the Maritime 8K, associated races and expo. It’s a weekend filled with healthy activities that the whole family can participate in.”

Newport News City Manager Cindy Rohlf said, “Through its sponsorship of the Maritime 8K, Optima Health is demonstrating its strong commitment to the wellbeing of our citizens. Newport News is fortunate to have corporate citizens like Optima Health and we are excited that they have joined with us as a One City Marathon partner.”

Those running (or walking) the Maritime 8K presented by Optima Health take a tour of shipbuilding history. Runners begin their journey in downtown Newport News, where the roots of Newport News Shipbuilding were established, venturing 4.97 miles around the downtown area, passing by the tugboat Dorothy, the first ship launched at the shipyard, and finishing at the Newport News Victory Arch. The 8K and all races are followed by the One City, One Celebration at the Superblock on Washington Avenue between 26th & 27th Streets which offers festivities, music, food vendors, free sports massages and a runner relaxation area.

All races – the One City Marathon presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, the Newport News One City Marathon Relay, the BayPort Credit Union One City Half Marathon, the Maritime 8K presented by Optima Health and the Nautical Mile Fun Run – take place on Sunday, March 1.  The marathon and marathon relay start at Newport News Park at 7:00 AM. The half marathon begins at Menchville High School also at 7:00 AM. The Maritime 8K Run/Walk takes place on the same day at 10:00 AM, followed by the Nautical Mile at 10:30 AM. Both the Maritime 8K and Nautical Mile start near the Victory Arch in downtown Newport News.

Online registration is available through February 25 with registration also available at the Health & Wellness Expo presented by Riverside Health System on Friday and Saturday, February 28 & 29 and on race day at the starting line of each event.

About the Newport News One City MarathonOne City Marathon logo

Presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, the sixth annual Newport News One City Marathon takes place Sunday, March 1, 2020. 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. In addition to the marathon, which also offers a relay option, there is the BayPort Credit Union Half Marathon, the Maritime 8K Run/Walk presented by Optima Health, and a Nautical Mile Kids Fun Run. Marathon weekend (February 28 - March 1, 2020) also includes a Health and Wellness Expo presented by Riverside Health System and other community focused events.


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