Race Preview: 2015 Newport Bay to Brews Half Marathon and 10k

RunwithPaula Events have been amazing this year. I have had the opportunity to participate in the Volcano Half and Independence Day 10k this year, and am more than excited to make it a trifecta with the Newport Bay to Brews Half Marathon and 10k on October 17, 2015.

The event will start at finish at the famed Rogue Ales and Spirits (right under the Newport Bay Bridge) near the Port of Newport. This area is nearby to so many great attractions (aside from the ocean), such as the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the Historic Downtown District, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, and also Historic Nye Beach. Newport itself really isn’t that big, but everything is really centralized within minutes from the start and end of the race.

The race course will feature one or two loops depending on distance through the south end of the city. Here is a description from the website:

This course will take you along the bay, through the forest and onto the beach path in South Beach Park. Starting under the bridge at Rogue you run past the Aquarium and along the bay until you hit Leeks Road where you turn uphill and hit the trail portion of the race. The trail portion is beautiful and scenic and reminds me of Leif Erickson Trail in Portland. This trail takes you uphill for about one mile. Not extreme but you will feel it. After you hit the pavement at the water treatment center you get a nice downhill to Hwy 101. Traffic will be stopped for you to cross Hwy 101 and turn into South Beach State Park where you will run until you reach the one mile path that parallels the ocean. At the end of this path you will hit the Jetty and run west for a short out and back on the Jetty Road and then head home to the bridge.  If you are running the half marathon you get to do this all again and boy is it even better the second time around.  It never gets old, this course offers so many scenic views and points you won’t be sorry you did it twice.

Following the race, Rogue Ales will be on tap (1st beer free) and Mo’s Chowder will fill your bellies as well! The Ben Rice Band will once again be on hand to blues up the place and the post-race festivities are sure to be solid as usual.

October weather at the coast (shoot, really any time at the coast), is variable. You will likely be safest by expecting mid 50’s-low 60’s with some sort of rainy precipitation. Bring some warm clothes and an umbrella for afterwards just in case.

Paula’s races have really blown me away with the awesomeness of the volunteers, amazing organization, and a solid post-race vibe. I don’t expect this one to be any different.

Newport Bay to Brews Half Marathon and 10k
When: 8am
Where: Rogue Ales and Spirits
Register: Online here; $75 for Half and $49 for 10k

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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