Race Preview: 2019 Resolution Run and Polar Bear Plunge (Newport)

Whether we’re ready or not, 2019 is fast approaching and if you’re anything like me, you’re scouring race websites, checking dates and distances, and filling up weekends with running adventures to get early bird pricing, lottery dates, or training weeks in order. It’s an exciting time of year and even if you don’t believe in “New Year’s resolutions”, running into the new year (and literally running into the ocean) at the 7th annual Newport Resolution Run & Polar Bear Plunge is a fun way to get your January race checked off early!

Hosted by Ardor Adventures on Saturday, January 5th, 2019, this race has a lot to offer. Choose from the half marathon, 10k, or 5k and the “polar bear plunge” at the end is completely optional! Last year, about 65% of racers took the plunge but the choice is yours.

The 5K is advertised as a “flat, PR course”, but with a mix of sand and gravel for the last 1/4 mile, be sure to prepare your sprint finish accordingly. The 10K is not just the 5K twice, but gives racers a bit of a detour along Yaquina Bay toward Idaho Point before turning back to the finish. The half marathon is a mix of road running, singletrack trails, and gravel roads. You can check out course maps for all 3 distances here.

There are no aid stations for the 5K, two for the 10K, and five for the half marathon. Aid stations will have water and Gatorade.

All racers will receive a finisher’s medal but be sure to sign up before December 7th to get a shirt with your registration!


Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Half marathon: 9:00 AM | 10K and 5K: 10:00 AM
Where: SW Jetty Way | Newport, OR
Half marathon: $60 | 10K: $45 | 5K: $40
Online here

For more event info, visit the race website or their Facebook page!

About Author

Bobi Jo has lived all over the midwest but moved to Portland in 2007 and now calls it home. She started casually running in 2012 and trained up for the "Run Like A Mother" 5k as her first proper event. She got a taste of the runner's high and is now a veteran ultrarunner. While running is her favorite sport, she is a "Jill of all trades, master of none" - her other hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and traveling the world. On her elusive rest days, she is an avid bookworm and a Green Bay Packers fan.

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