Launched in March 2015 as an initiative to bring together the community and promote healthy living, the Newport News One City Marathon has expanded from a city-spe- cific, to a regional, to a national event attracting runners and families from around the country. The One City Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying course and is quickly becoming known in the running community as one of the best marathons in the Mid-Atlantic region due to the flat and fast course as well as the festive atmosphere. The race is unique from other marathons, with the point-to-point course spanning the length of the city as well as being one of the few that offers a four-person relay. The race also offers a distance for everyone with the Anthem Maritime 8K and a Nautical Mile Fun Run. In celebration of its fifth anniversary (March 1-3, 2019) as well as an over welling demand, the One City Marathon is adding the One City Half Marathon in 2019.
In addition to the races, the One City Marathon weekend has lots of other activities for runners and community members to enjoy. Activities include a Health and Wellness Expo, Pasta Dinner, Family Fun and Fit Day, Women’s Forum and much more. Additionally, with the 2019 Marathon weekend falling at the end of National Heart Month and the beginning of Women’s History Month, special events are being added to promote heart health and women’s health. Finally, the One City Marathon wil continue its tradition of supporting organizations in our community with charitable fundraiser Operation One City. Since 2015, the One City Marathon has raised and donated more than $40,000 to area charitable nonprofits. With so much going on, it should be a great weekend!