Race Preview: 2019 Newport Marathon

The marathon is a magical distance I have spent years trying to prefect. I’ve run 15 marathons and Newport Marathon: has been five of them! Newport marathon has been on my list for a number of years for many reasons. Number one is, it’s the Oregon Coast in the Spring! I love going to the Oregon Coast to run this time of year. I have seasonal allergies and seem to get a break when we drive over to the coast. It’s typically cooler running weather as we are getting closer to summer weather and I don’t like to race in the heat (average temp on race day is 50-60 degrees).

Second is the handmade glass-blown finishers medals. They are beautiful and each, slightly different as they are all made by hand with a special color woven into each and every one. Lastly, its a fast course and although there are a few small hills, it’s honestly one of the flatter courses I’ve ran.

Newport Marathon was started in 1999 with 318 runners. It has now grown so much they have to cap it off at 1000 for the full marathon. They have since added a half marathon, capping out at 250.

Course: Starts at the Yaquina Bay State Park right below the historic “haunted” lighthouse, runners (and walkers) will head north along the ocean through Newport’s beautiful neighborhoods. They will loop through the city that is primarily residential with a few short gentle hills and turns at street corners. There are always locals out cheering during this sections making for a very enjoyable start. Runners will loop through a shopping/eating area, get a quick glance at the ocean before heading back through the starting area.

Runners will then proceed downhill under the Yaquina Bay Bridge to the bayfront. Runners will go past shops, restaurants, galleries and a fishing village, as they continue along the bay. About mile four, there will be a short hill that rises about 40 feet then gently descends back to bay level where it continues for the remainder of the race. The course follows the Yaquina Bay and River estuary to mile 15  where runners then turn back toward town, retracing the same route. The gentle up-hill at mile four reappears at mile 26 as a nice downhill right into the finish line!

Newport Marathon is a USATF Certified Boston Qualifying Course.

Take a closer look at the map and bus map for spectators here.

*Register for Newport Marathon or Half here.

  • Marathon Walk or Run: $110.00
  • Half Marathon: $85.00
  • *This race often sells out.  Cap on the marathon is 1000, half marathon 250.


Saturday June 1st

  • Marathon walkers 6:00 am start
  • Marathon runners 7:00 am start
  • Half Marathon start 7:45 am.

Awards will be at 11:00 am for the half marathon and 2:30 pm for the full. Presentation will take place at the Yaquina Bay Yacht Club (150 SE Bay Blvd)

Showers are available at Newport High School from 10:00-1:00 for a towel fee of $2.00.

Be sure and check out Newport Marathon’s website for ALL information and to register here.Image may contain: 2 people, including Julie Mullins, people smiling, people standing and outdoor



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