Running a marathon requires cardiovascular stamina, leg strength, and the ability to whisk gnats away from one's nose holes using nothing but an energy bar chewed into the shape of a fly swatter. Ready your edible gnat smacker with today's Groupon, which gets you registration for the 2011 Amica Marathon, held in Newport on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. Choose from the following options:
• $18 for registration in the 5K on Saturday, October 15 (up to a $35 value).
• $37 for registration in the half marathon on Sunday, October 16 (up to a $75 value).
• $55 for registration in the full marathon on Sunday, October 16 (up to a $110 value).
The Amica Marathon, which serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier, follows a relatively flat 26.2-mile course through scenic Newport and Middletown. The race begins by Easton Beach in downtown Newport and winds its way through the view-lined roads of Aquidneck Island, guiding fleet feet across Brenton Point and the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. Numerous aid stations, restrooms, and food stops serving GU energy gels supplement the raceway, saving valuable chewing energy so that runners can tell competitors bawdy, distracting jokes. For those who have laundry to do that day, the half marathon and the 5K cut down on the number of strides to the finish line. Entrants to the full and half marathons get a goody bag, an official race shirt (first 4,000 entrants only), and a finisher's medal. All entrants and guests will have access to the 2011 Amica Marathon Health and Wellness Expo, where they can purchase running apparel and meet special guests.
All participants can refuel with a host of post-race comestibles, and donations made by the event's charitable partners' warm pounding hearts.