Ocean Avenue Loop, Newport, RI
I’ve made several visits to Newport and I always follow some version of the Ocean State Marathon course which starts going south along Bellevue Avenue. This is an interesting course, not only because of the nearness of the ocean but also because of the rows of unbelievable mansions lining the street. From there I take Ocean Avenue along the coast, which is wonderful in the summer because it supplies a steady cool breeze, and keep going past the Benton Point State Park onto Castle Hill Avenue and finally, Harrison Avenue. Harrison Avenue will bring you back to Bellevue for a solid 9 1/2 mile loop of very enjoyable running. This might seem like a lengthier jog, but the terrain here is so flat and smooth that it’s a real pleasure to do.