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!