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Nearly 5,000 to run in 2011 Amica Marathon in Newport Sunday
"Biggest Loser" Mark Kruger among those competing in Amica Marathon
PROVIDENCE, RI – Nearly 5,000 runners - ages 14 to 88 - are expected to
participate in the 2011 Amica Marathon in Newport on Sunday, October 16.
The event includes the Amica Marathon and UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon.
"We have a variety of participants, including experienced runners,
first-time marathoners and those who want to run a shorter distance," said
Brewer Rowe, race director for the Amica Marathon. "The course is
beautiful. We can expect a great event on Sunday."
As a warm-up for Sunday's races, a 5k race will be held on Saturday, Oct.
15 at 7:30 a.m. at Brenton Point in Newport.
The Amica Marathon and UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon begin Sunday at 8
a.m. Participants will experience a historic and scenic course. The route
begins at Easton's Beach in Newport, runs past Newport Harbor, along
picturesque Ocean Drive and through historic Bellevue Avenue. The second
half of the 26.2-mile course is along the Sakonnet River. The finish line
is at scenic Easton's Beach. Full descriptions of the Amica Marathon and
UnitedHealthcare Half Marathon courses are available at AmicaMarathon.com.
The Amica Marathon is a 2012 Boston Marathon qualifier.
Notable participants include:
Geralyn Hoffman and Larry Ducady, a couple from Cumberland, RI, who will
run together for 26.2 miles and get married after they cross the finish
line. They have both lost loved ones to cancer and are members of the
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training. They have asked guests
attending their reception to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in
lieu of gifts, saying their gift is the gift of helping others.
Mark Kruger, a contestant from Season 5 "Biggest Loser," who lost 129
pounds and was the runner-up when he competed on the NBC show in 2008. His
participation on the show has long since ended, but his goals of living a
healthy lifestyle and keeping the weight off remains a big part of his
life. In 2011, Mark completed numerous running events, including a 100-mile
race, three full marathons and two 50ks. He has run a total of more than
1,600 miles this year. Mark will run the Amica Marathon. He will also be on
hand at Health & Wellness Expo at the Newport Yachting Center on Saturday,
Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lynn Edwards, at age 88, is the oldest participant in the 2011 Amica
Marathon. Edwards began her running career at age 55. She competed in her
first Ironman triathlon at age 69 and won her age group while competing in
that event the following year in Hawaii. Despite suffering from ovarian
cancer a few years ago, she continues to remain active and lace up her
running shoes every chance she gets. She is currently writing a book about
being motivated and staying active.
Team Dave was created by Nathan Hobbs in honor of his father-in-law, an
active man who discovered in January that he had rare spinal tumor. Dave,
who had run 12 marathons (including a personal best 2:37) was immediately
confined to a wheelchair and passed away in June.
Jason Pina at one time in his life tipped the scale at 370 pounds. Through
diet and exercise, he has lost 145 pounds. Pina, who's the assistant vice
president of student affairs and dean of students at the University of
Rhode Island, will be running his first half marathon.
Runners can register at the at the Health and Wellness Expo at the Newport
Yachting Center on Friday from 1 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Race-day registration will be held Sunday at Easton's Beach from
6:30 to 7:45 a.m.
Amica Insurance is the title sponsor of the Amica Marathon. Proceeds will
benefit the Providence Ronald McDonald House and the March of Dimes.
For more information visit AmicaMarathon.com
About Amica Mutual Insurance
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of
automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters
in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and
personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through
Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more
than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.
About Eident Sports Marketing
Eident Sports is a full-service event management and sports marketing
company based in Providence, RI. Eident has several properties in the
region, ranging from turn-key sporting events to sponsorship sales
alliances with key partners. For more information on Eident's events and
offerings, please visit eidentsports.com.