Race Preview: Newport Marathon and Half 5/31/2014 (Newport, Oregon)

Newport Marathon and Half Marathon 5/31/2014

Newport Marathon and Half Marathon 5/31/2014

Dreaming of an excuse to get to the incredible Oregon coast? I have it, I have it, I have it! The Newport Marathon and Half Marathon, on May 31 in Newport, Oregon. But you'll need to mark your calendar for 2015 for this race, as the marathon has officially sold out! There are a limited number of half marathon entries still available for the 2014 event. Why does this race sell out so fast? I wondered myself. First, this event is a Boston Marathon qualifying course. And, it is super-duper flat and fast. Granted, there are some hills, namely at mile 4 and 26, but nearly every marathon course in the Pacific Northwest is going to have at least some degree of incline involved.

Here is an overview of all the breathtaking beauty participants will see along the course. The Newport Marathon and Half begins at the notorious haunted lighthouse located at Yaquina Bay State Park. The first couple of miles will weave you along the ocean and through beautiful coastal neighborhoods. You’ll loop back by the starting area (think: great opportunity to bring your family and friends to cheer you on multiple times!) where racers will proceed on a great downhill under the Yaquina Bay Bridge, which will lead you to the historic Newport bay front. This area is what I always think of as the heart of Newport; there are wonderful coastal shops, restaurants, fishing companies, boats, and you immediately are engulfed in the coastal vibe. After cruising through the bay front district, the course will continue following the Yaquina Bay and River estuary (wildlife viewing opportunities are awesome here!) to mile 15. THEN, you get that awesome feeling of turning around to proceed to the FINISH LINE of your marathon! The course will follow the same route back, and upon reaching mile 26, you’ll have a delightful downhill slope to the glorious 26.2 finish line! Check out the interactive course map for additional details including parking areas, bus routes, and aid station locations. Also, half marathoners will follow the exact route as marathon participants, expect turn around for the finish line at the designated spot between mile 8-9. The course is USATF and Boston Marathon certified!

Newport Marathon & Half 5/31/2014 - Oyster Shooters at two aid stations on the course!

Newport Marathon & Half 5/31/2014 – Oyster Shooters at two aid stations on the course!

Aid stations will be plentiful, occurring about every 2 miles for the entirety of the course. You’ll find water, CLIF SHOT electrolyte hydration drink and porta-potties at each stop. At selected stations, you’ll have the choice of fruit and and energy gels. And then there are the two aid stations, at mile 11 and 19, where you can down an oyster shooter! Yep, that’s right! Oregon Oyster Farms provides the oysters, and you can gulp down as many as you want! The previous record of 48 oysters eaten was crushed in 2009 by a runner who consumed 80 of ’em. Wow.

This event also is marathon walker friendly. The Newport Marathon is appropriate for marathon walkers finishing within the 7 hour time limit. Hercules and Athena divisions are also available.  All participants finishing within 7 hours will receive a finisher shirt and finisher medal.

Remember, the 2014 marathon has sold out – but there is limited room remaining in the half marathon. If interested in the 2014 half marathon, sign up now to secure your spot! And for those wishing to participate but missed the chance this year – make sure to mark this race on your calendar for next year!!



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