Race Preview: 2016 Free Flight Run 5K and 10K (Newport)

If you're not participating in the Portland Marathon extravaganza, and are looking for an excuse to escape the city and head to the coast, you might want to check out the Free Flight Run 5K or 10K in Newport - the oldest continuous race in Newport. The race was named after the brown pelicans flying along the beach, and the new race course should bring that back to light.

Course: The course is new this year, moving from the Hatfield Marine Science Center (probably the most popular race area in Newport) up to Beverly Beach State Park – which is about halfway between Depoe Bay and Newport. The course will include the packed sands of the beach, complete  with views of Yaquina Head Lighthouse and the headlands of Otter Rock. Add in the fact that pelicans may be on the prowl for food in the distant waves, and it’s sure to be a great event.

There will be one aid station along the way for the 10k runners and some minor post-race food and drink. The race is a fundraiser for Newport High School and Newport Middle School runners, and is put on by the Coast Hills Running Club.


When: Sunday, October 9, 2011

What time: 9 a.m. start for 5K and 10K followed by Kids-run.

Where: Beverly Beach State Park

Register: $20 (add $15 for shirt)




About Matt Rasmussen (1568 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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