Race Preview: 2016 Newport Shamrock Run (5k and 10k)

Ardor Adventures is probably the premier race series in the Central Oregon Coast. I participated in their first event of the year, the Newport Resolution Run, a chilly wind-filled affair that left me motivated to work harder. Next up on their slate is the Newport Shamrock Run - a healthy distance and far cry from the 40,000 people who will take to the Portland streets the following day.

The race once again starts at the Rogue Brewery, this annual fundraiser for Toledo Elementary School is sure to be tons o’ fun! The course is very similar to the Resolution Run, with an out-and back under the Yaquina Bay Bridge, along the streets alongside the South Jetty, and onto some of the paved paths before returning back to the start. In the Resolution Run, there was a mix-up with the volunteer being placed at the wrong location, leading to a shorter race. The RD acknowledged this and I can bet this will not be an issue in this race.

From experience, I can state that this is a relatively flat course with a little hill at the end of South Jetty and onto the paths of South Beach State Park. Winds can always play a factor on the coast, so come prepared. Also come prepared and in costume – as three winners will be selected to take home prizes. What are the prizes? COLD. HARD. CASH!

In addition to the race, entry comes with a race shirt (if registered prior to 2/23, a free Rogue beverage, food, a personalized bib, and $5.00 off any purchase at Nana’s Irish Pub.

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2016 Newport Shamrock Run Details

Date: Saturday, March 12

Times: 930a

Location: Rogue Ales & Spirits – 2122 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport

Prices: $35 and shirts are only guaranteed through 2/22/16; Day of Race is $5 extra

Tier Date Range 5K & 10K 5K (18 and under) Kids Fun Run
2nd Tier 2/1/16 – 2/22/16 $35.00 $25.00 $15.00
3rd Tier (NO SHIRT) 2/23/16 – 3/10/16 $35.00 $25.00 $15.00
Race Day (NO SHIRT) 3/12/16 $40.00 $30.00 $20.00

Race Website: Click here

Registration Website: Click here

About Matt Rasmussen (1599 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, 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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