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Race Preview: 2014 Newport Marathon

newport-marathon-headerA couple of years ago a friend of mine asked me to run a 5k with her. I laughed and laughed and told her if she ever saw me running it was because something was chasing me. I’m not sure exactly what happened but eventually I changed my tune and ran my first 5k. Ever since then I caught the running bug. My first year of running I tackled many obstacle course races and various 5k races around town. Last year I ran 13 half marathons and after very much hesitation I have set my goal for 2014 to run a full marathon. After a couple of months of scouring the internet for the perfect race for my first marathon I have set my sights on the Newport Marathon.

The Newport Marathon is being held on May 31st, in Newport, Oregon. I choose this race as my first marathon for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that is claims to be a fast and flat course. The race website talks about a hill at miles 4 and 26, which has a 40 foot elevation gain. After running a couple of very hilly half marathons in 2013, a 40 feet “hill” sounds like nothing. The second reason I choose this race is that it’s at the Oregon Coast. Running along the coastline is breathtaking and the beauty of this course will help to distract from the monotony of running. I also choose this course for the weather. It’s in May so it’s it’s not going to be too hot and not freezing. There’s a fair chance it will be raining but I choose rain over heat any day.

Start of the Newport Marathon. Credit: www.newportmarathon.org/

Start of the Newport Marathon. Credit: http://www.newportmarathon.org/

The marathon starts in Yaquina Bay State Park at the historic “haunted” lighthouse and leads runners north along the Oregon Coast through the neighborhoods of Newport. Runners will loop through the neighborhoods, running back towards the starting area and downhill under the Yaquina Bay Bridge to the bay front. Running along the bay, runners will pass shops, restaurants and a large fishing village before following the Yaquina Bay and Rivery estuary. At mile 15 the course turns back and retraces the route towards the finish line. The course will have aid stations every two miles, with water, Gatorade, fruit and energy gels spread out throughout the course. At mile 11 and 19 the aid stations are supposed to have Oyster “shooters”.

The Newport Marathon is capped at 1000 runners and typically sells out fast. The race is open to walkers and runners with the walkers starting at 6am and the runners starting at 7am. The course closes after 7 hours.

If you’re like me and somehow talked yourself into running a marathon this year I suggest you take a look at this race. We’ve got a little over 4 months to train for this; let’s do it!

The Newport Marathon: Newport, Oregon
When: May 31st, 2014. Walkers start at 6am. Runners start at 7am.
Where: Newport, Oregon. The start line is at Yaquina Bay State Park, however you cannot park there. Shuttles are available from the race headquarters (adjacent to the finish area).
Register: Online before March 1, is $85. Price increases to $95 until April 1 and then increases to $105 until the race sells out.

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