The Run, Love, Run 30k/15k is a race that I really need to find time for. I have raced in Newport a few times, but this race course seems like something that should be planned for.
The 15k (actually it’s 10.4 miles) starts off on flat pavement for the first 2 miles. At that point, runners will enter the private Wilder Trails to run on a combo of single track trails and gravel roads. In addition to some muddy sections (it is February at the Coast after all), there will be a few steep climbs along the way (word has it, they call it Heartbreaker hill). The 30k breaks off from the 15k just after mile 6 and heads further into the coastal hills above town. Check out the course maps for more details.
Run Oregon blogger Anthony ran this last year and had this to say:
Shockingly, it took place on a day with actual blue skies, and though the race was challenging, it was a beautiful and memorable trail race. This race started and finished the at Rogue Brewery and within shouting distance of the Yaquina Bay Bridge – probably the perfect place to start and finish (beer…mmm) an exhausting race.
The trail snaked in and out of the woods into open spaces of very beautiful fields above the bay. I happened to not be wearing my headphones and I’m very glad I didn’t because throughout a good portion of my race I was accompanied by the sounds of the ocean waves, seagulls, and sea lions.
As beautiful as the course was, it was muddy. Although there wasn’t much climbing or elevation change (as would be expected in a 30k trail race), the mud, as well as the continual rolling hills, affected my pace. Going up and down on hills in the mud was definitely fun, but absolutely challenging. Wet and muddy courses are not my preferred conditions, but it’s part of the experience and I said to myself “just embrace it”. Luckily, the temperatures and overhead skies were perfect.
They also have a cool “Sweetheart Division”, where spouses, significant others, BFF’s (you get the idea) can team yup, combine finishing percentages, and the couple with the highest overall percentage wins. The top three Sweetheart teams will win prizes. These don’t affect runner’s overall times, and couples don’t have to compete in the same distance.
Run, Love, Run 30k/15k (Newport)
When: February 10, 2018
- 30k: 9:00 AM
- 15K: 10:00 AM
Where: Rouge Brewery in Newport, Or (2320 Southeast Marine Science Drive; Newport, OR 97365)
Register: Online here;
- 15K is $45 and 30K is $60 until February 15th. After, races will increase by $5 until 2/9, and another $5 DOR.