The 7th annual One City Marathon (OCM) is just a few weeks away. This year, the races are virtual, and a multi-race challenge is also available allowing participants to run in up to three of the longer races - the marathon, the half marathon and the 8K. All registrants receive race shirts, medals, and bibs. Those who accept the multi-race challenge receive a medal from each of the races along and also a custom One City Marathon Challenge Finisher BOCO hat. For the 2021 OCM, runners have between March 5 and March 14 to complete their races and use the One City Marathon app to record their race times.
Of the individual races, the half marathon has sold out but slots are still available for the full marathon, the 8K and the Nautical Mile. There are already 60 participants registered for the various multi-race challenges with most already sold out; however, runners wishing to participate in the challenge bundle can still do so by registering for the marathon and 8K two-race challenge. This year’s OCM has participants from 15 states and three countries - Sweden, Mexico, and Ireland.
There is a new race day beer for the 2021 OCM. This year Tradition Brewing Company has partnered with two other Newport News breweries, Coastal Fermentory and Twisted Knot Brewing, to make a special “One City” brew. The new brew is described as a pilsner inspired ale. Runners can visit each brewery between March 5 and March 26 and enjoy a pint of the special brew. A small quantity of the beer will be canned and available for purchase at each brewery.
Many sponsors have returned for the 2021 race, including Newport News Shipbuilding, the marathon’s Presenting Sponsor since the inaugural race in 2015. BayPort Credit Union is again sponsoring the half marathon, Optima Health is sponsoring the 8K, and Riverside Health System is returning for the 7th year as the health and wellness sponsor.
“For the third straight year, BayPort is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the One City Half Marathon. Now more than ever, we understand the importance of supporting local events that bring our communities together. We are happy people have the option to participate in this year’s race virtually, but most importantly safely,” said BayPort President/CEO Jim Mears.
John DeGruttola, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Optima Health, said, “Optima Health would like to recognize and thank the healthcare workers and first responders in our community for keeping us safe. Additional thanks to the City of Newport News for adapting the One City Marathon to an all-virtual experience so that we can still participate in this socially-distanced family-friendly event.”
"As the Official Health and Wellness provider of the marathon, Riverside Health System is once again proud to sponsor the annual Newport News One City Marathon. Although this year’s event is virtual, this presents a great opportunity to promote the City of Newport News and all it has to offer while encouraging participants to remain healthy and fit," said Doug Culbert, PT, DPT, Associate Vice President of Orthopaedics & General Surgery Service Lines for Riverside Health System.One City Marathon is thankful for all of the sponsors who made this year’s virtual race possible. With restrictions preventing gathering for community pop-up events similar to those held in previous years, sponsors are engaging the community by offering online lectures, health and wellness related content on social media, and congratulatory videos for race participants.
For more information on the virtual races, pricing and activities, visit www.OneCityMarathon.com.