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Runners Go the Distance to Support Boys Town New England

Riley, Zech & Amanda

They trained. They ran. They raised money to help at-risk children.

The Amica Newport Marathon is renowned in Rhode Island, New England and even around the world! It features both a full- and half-marathon and was recently named the "Best Marathon in Rhode Island" and a "Top 20 Half Marathon in the USA." Boys Town New England is proud to be one of the six charity partners for this global event, which in 2018 had over 3,200 runners from 11 countries including Korea, Spain, Germany, Japan and Australia.

The 2018 Boys Town New England Team had 10 runners, including staff from Development, Foster Family Services and Care Coordination, plus members of the Portsmouth Police Department and local community leaders.

One runner, Zechariah Cook of Bullfinch Realty Boston, ran the entire marathon and raised over $1,000 himself for the Boys Town Team. Cook gave credit to Boys Town New England Development Director Amanda Baker for recruiting him for the race. "Amanda presented the opportunity, asking if I'd be interested in running to raise money for Boys Town New England," Cook said. "After reading about the organization's mission, I couldn't say no."

An additional 30 individuals, including Boys Town New England staff, Board Members and youth, volunteered their time throughout the weekend to assist with check in and setup. They even camped out at the finish line on race day to cheer on and support the runners!

Boys Town New England offers life changing services to children, families and communities in high-risk environments. Thank you to everyone who helped make 2018's marathon fundraiser a huge success; with your support we can continue working towards the core belief that every child deserves a future, every family deserves to stay together and every community deserves to thrive.

Registration for this year's race, scheduled for Sunday, October 13th, is already live. If you are interested in running for Team Boys Town New England please email

Carol, Jill & Jess