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Oregon Coast Previews (3/14/20): Newport Shamrock Run & Run of Two Cities (Coos Bay)

One of the most beautiful sights in Newport, Oregon is the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Spanning out into the water, you could image sitting and watching the waves crash underneath all day. After you finish your run of course. 🙂

For the Newport Shamrock Run, you get to start at Rogue Brewery and finish under the bridge (the after party will be at one of those two places depending on the weather). There are two distance options (5K or 10K) and either way you get a beautiful and flat course. So as long as you don’t pause for too many photos, you could celebrate a PR on the beach.

If you register by February 24, you will receive a free Newport Shamrock Run pint glass. And no matter when you register, you get a free beer or non-alcoholic drink from Rogue. When you register, be sure to check out the crew socks available for purchase (they look super cute for warming up toes after the race).

Newport Shamrock Run (Newport)
When: Saturday, March 14 at 9am
Where: Rogue Ales & Spirits (2320 SE Marine Science Drive)
Register: Online
Packet Pick-Up: Race Day 8-9am.
Cost: Kids Run for $5. 5K for youth 18 and under for $20. 5K for $30. 10K for $35. Fees go up March 1 and Race Day.


A key name for runners to know in the Pacific Northwest is Steve Prefontaine; the unstoppable runner from University of Oregon who died in a car accident before the world got to witness what this athlete could do. There are several races in the region that honor “Pre” and this one is one that brings you right to the same hills and valleys that the legend loved to charge.

The Run of Two Cities is the original race from the South Coast Running Club. This is also their first event of 2020, so a perfect way to get to know some hills and group of potential new friends. The 5K and 10K distances both start at 10am on Saturday, March 14. Race leaders want you be warned in advance that this is a hilly hill race with lots of hills. And there may be traffic too as the course is open and crosses a few streets.

There will be snacks at the finish line, as well as ribbons for the first, second, and third, overall and age group winners. And after you make it through hill, you’ll have lots of bragging rights too.

Run of Two Cities (Coos Bay)
When: Saturday, March 14 at 10am
Where: Mingus Park (Coos Bay, OR)
Register: Online
Packet Pick-Up: Race Day
Cost: Kid’s Run for $0. 5K or 10K for $25.

About Meg DuMez (175 Articles)
Educator. Learner. Runner. Writer. TBD.

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