- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Organizers of the Newport Marathon have agreed to pay for the damage done to the sand dunes at Easton Beach during the October race.

John Mattews, the president of Eident Sports Marketing, told the Newport Daily News on Monday (https://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) that his organization will pay $4,803 that was needed replace vegetation and restore the dunes. The Oct. 12 event featured the marathon and also included a half marathon and 5K.

Runners and spectators were asked to keep off the dunes.

But in a letter to Eident, the city says about 3,600 square feet of unprotected dunes were subjected to significant foot traffic near the Middletown line.

More than 5,000 people participated in the races.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.


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