What better way to start off a new year than to take an icy plunge into the Pacific Ocean? Ardor Adventures will give you that chance on January 4th, as the 8th Annual Newport Resolution Run & Polar Bear Plunge Half Marathon/10k/5k in Newport that day. This race will take place out on Southeast Jetty Way, and all runners will get a chance to take a dip in the ocean to celebrate a race victory at the end.
The 5k is a fast and flat course with less than 50 ft of elevation gain. You’ll run uder the Yaquina Bay Bridge and past Rogue Brewery before looping around the South Beach Marina Parking Lot. The last ¼ mile is gravel and sand The 10k course is also very flat, 110 ft of total elevation gain. The race starts with the 5k before turning past the Oregon Coast Aquarium and along Yaquina Bay. Eventually the course meanders back to join the 5k course to the finish. Lastly, the half marathon distance covers about 6.75 of nice flat pavement before hitting some single track trails and gravel roads. The first 3.1 miles follow the 10k course before turning to the private Wilder Trails. There will be plenty of markings out there with flour, signs & tape and the course is actually 13.25 miles long, so a bit longer than the “official” half distance of 13.1. There will be no aid stations for the 5k, two for the 10k, and five aid stations for the half marathon serving water and Gatorade. All of the course descriptions and maps can be found here.
The Polar Bear Plunge is part of the race finish, and it’s completely optional and not a requirement to complete the race. Last year, over 65% of participants opted in and you’ll get the choice to do so as well.
Packet Pick-Up will be available the day before the race from 5:30PM to 7:00PM at Rogue Brewery in Newport. Packets will also be available on race day starting at 7:30AM. Runners who register before Dec 9th will receive a t-shirt with registration, and all runners will get finisher’s medals, some post race food, and one complimentary beer from Rogue Brewery. There will also be some awesome prizes handed out in a random drawing and awards for the top finishers in each race and age group.
The cost is $40 for the 5k, $45 for the 10k, and $65 for the half marathon. Prices will increase $5 on race day if you wait to register. I’d suggest you register now so you can get your t-shirt!!
When: January 4th, 2020 at 9:00AM
Where: Southeast Jetty Way, Newport OR
Cost: Half marathon is $65, 10k is $45, and 5k is $40 thru Dec 8th, medal and shirt included. Shirt is not included after Dec 8th and cost increases day of race.
Packet Pick-Up: Friday Jan 3rd from 5:30PM-7:00PM at Rogue Brewery, or race day starting at 7:30AM.