Race Preview: 2018 Newport Marathon

Newport Marathon Newport, Oregon

The Newport Marathon has been one of my favorite races for many years! I’ve run it five times, and always have a strong desire to run it again!  It is such a beautiful course, and on the Oregon coast to add to the rich flavor of this event!

A couple of things draw me to this race! I have seasonal allergies, so running on the coast just makes sense to me!  Most years the weather has been fantastic being in early June! On a side note, this is Oregon, it was very warm one year out of the five! ~The medals are top notch!  Hand Blown glass with a beautiful stamp of the Newport emblem changing in color every year.  Each metal is slightly different being hand blown making each one special and unique. ~Going under this Newport bridge on the way down to the bayfront is forever etched in my memories.  I love that moment every time I race Newport! ~Running down that hill into the finish line!  Even on my worst race days, running down that hill is never an issue!  I love it!

Newport 2018 will take place on June 2nd.

  • 6:00a for marathon walkers
  • 7:00a for marathon runners
  • 7:45a for the half.

Packet pick-up is on Friday June 1st from 3:00p-9:00p at Embarcadero Resort Hotel right across the street from the finish line. (No race day pick-up)

Course info:

Check out this video

More info on the course and shuttle bus information for family and friends can be found here!

On race day runners and walkers to start at the Yaquina Bay State Park and head north to a view of the ocean and through some of Newport’s neighborhoods.  Many locals are out cheering as runners and walkers go by.  It’s a beautiful start to the race. You will loop through the city enjoying a few short hills and then head back through the starting area. If you are running the marathon, all the half marathon runners/walkers will be there, waiting for their start and cheering you as you go by!

You then go down a hill, under the Newport Bridge as a local band plays and the sun is gently up over the bay.  It’s such a exciting part of this course. You head along the bay front now, along the Yaquina Bay and River until around mile 15, before turning back retracing the same route along the river, into the finish line.

This is what I consider a fast course, a beautiful course and I recommend it for anyone running their 1st marathon or trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  This course is USATF certified.

About every two miles there will be aid stations stocked with Clif Shot electrolyte hydration drinks, water and port-a-potties. There will be fruit and energy gels at selected aid stations.  Be on the lookout for the Oyster shooter table at mile 11 and 19!  A favorite spot for some runners. I couldn’t handle it myself! Ha! 

Register for the upcoming June full or half marathon here!

  • Full marathon walk or run $110.00
  • Half marathon walk or run $85.00

For more information on Newport Marathon click here! 


About Julie Mullins (104 Articles)
I am a 41 year-old runner from Dallas, OR. I am married to Jerry (also a runner) and we have three kids (one who will run with us on occasion). I work full time at West Valley Hospital/Salem Health and run as often as I can. I ran in High school but as an adult, started running in 2008. Since then, I have completed 13 full marathons, numerous 5k, 10ks and 15k. I've run two Ultras and just completed my 31st half marathon. My goal is the get my BQ in 2018 at Eugene Marathon! (Pinch me, I DID IT!!!) I also organize a local running group called ZaoFit (on facebook). I LOVE running with others - it is what keeps me motivated to stay consistent, and to keep dreaming big.
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