Frequently Asked Questions

Is the course really flat?

For the most part yes. It starts at about 60 feet above sea level, does 2.8 miles at about that level with short rises and falls through a residential neighborhood then drops quickly to sea level and runs along the bay the rest of the way. There is a short steep hill (about 40 feet) at mile 4 but other than that, it's essentially flat to the finish.

Why is there a limit to the number of entries?

We work very hard to provide a quality marathon experience to all our participants, not just "front of the packers". In order to do this we need to know how many marathoners we're dealing with. Limiting entries also keeps the race intimate and the course fun.

Does the race sell out in advance? 

Generally, yes. We have sold out as early as February so it's not a good idea to wait until the last minute to register. When the race is full we will post that information on the homepage so check back for updates. 

Can I register on-line? 

Yes. Registration is online only.

click here to register online at Get Me Registered

Do you send out a notice confirming my registration?

You can confirm your entry here. You will receive an additional email confirmation approximately 2 weeks before the race for a final review of your information for any corrections.


Does the race use the chip timing system?


Does the race have pacers?

YES! 2014 will mark the first year there will be pacers for the Newport Marathon. We are offering 5 pace groups: 3:05, 3:35, 4:00, 4:30, and 5:00.

How is the weather on race day?

The Oregon Coast is known for its unpredictable weather but early June is generally cool (50° - 60°). Hot days are unlikely as are significant storms.

How close is the start to the finish?

About a mile. The race starts at Yaquina Bay State Park west of Highway 101 at the mouth of the Bay and finishes in the parking lot of our supporting sponsor, the Oregon Coast Bank. (Across the street from Race Headquarters, the Embarcadero Resort Hotel.)

What is the Half Marathon course?

The Half Marathon starts 7:45am at the same start line as the Marathon. The turnaround point for the Half Marathon is at mile 8.7, then to the same finish line as the Marathon.

Can I start the Marathon and then decide to run to the finish on the 1/2 Marathon course?

No. Crashing the finish of the Half Marathon Course is unfair to the runners who registered for the event.

Can I start the 1/2 Marathon and then decide to run the full Marathon course?

Sorry. No.

Is the course certified?

Yes, it is certified and sanctioned by the USATF, # OR09002LB, and therefore is a Boston Marathon qualifier and an Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.

I registered but now I can't run. Can I get a refund or transfer my number to a friend?

Sorry, no. Try to imagine the race directors life if that was possible. Everyone who even thought they might be interested in running would sign up. The race would sell out even earlier than it does now. Then, as race day approached, people would start dropping out. We would not be able to reopen registration and a lot of earnest runners and walkers would miss out because registration had already been closed. Bookkkeeping would be impossible. Check out other races. Registrations are universally non-transferable and non-refundable.

Is the course fast?

It really is. Almost half of our finishers record P.R.'s.

I heard there was a World Record set at the Newport Marathon. Is that true?

Yes, it is. Herb Phillips of Burnaby B.C., Canada ran a 2:47:28 in 2004 breaking the single age World Record for 63 year old males of 2:48:11 set by Clive Davies in 1979. Told you the course was fast! Way to go Herb!

How about aid stations?

About every two miles. Each one has portable toilet facilities, water and CLIF SHOT Electrolyte Hydration drink. Additionally two have cut fruit and 3 (at mile 8.2, 11.8, 15.2, 15.5, 19 and 22.6) have CLIF SHOTS. Our aid stations are sponsored by business and community groups and are staffed by enthusiastic, supportive people. Marathoners love our aid crews.

Are there really oysters on the course?

You bet! At mile 11 and 19 Oregon Oyster Farms offers world famous Yaquina Bay Oyster "shooters" for all race participants. The 2007 record of 48 oysters eaten has been broken during the 2009 marathon. A runner managed to slurp down 80 slippery oysters to create a new course "oyster eating" record.

Oyster Eating

How many years has the Newport Marathon been run?

In our first year (1999) we had 318 registered participants. In 2000, that number climbed to 600. In 2001 there were 650, 700 in 2002 and over 750 each year after that until 2014 when we added the half marathon. Our cap for the marathon is now 1000 and for the half marathon it is 250. We've had entries from all 50 states as well as lots of runners from Canada, Europe and Central America.

How do I get to the starting line?

You can drive, walk or take a shuttle bus. If you drive you may not park within the borders of the Park itself. Its drop-off only. Shuttle buses will run from Race Headquarters (adjacent to the finish area) starting at about 5:30 AM until about 6:40 AM. Check the map in your packet or here for Bus Route details.

There is also a shuttle that will bring you back to your hotel after the race that picks up in front of the Yacht Club.

What is there to do in the Newport area?

We would need another web page to list it all. Take a look at for more resourceful information on Newport. The Newport area is a tremendous place to spend some time. There's lots to do for families and adults as well. Contact the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-COAST44 for information specific to your needs.

Is the awards ceremony worth attending?

You bet. We give away lots of door prizes as well as plaques and trophies. The race sponsors and local business community make it worth your while to attend. Age and gender winners who cannot attend may have their awards mailed by leaving $5 and their name and address with a race official. It's efficient, but they miss all the fun.

Is there a pre-race sports expo?

We do not plan an expo for the race. We do make space available at packet pick-up for our sponsors to promote/sell their products and services. There is also lots of great marathon merchandise available there at very reasonable prices.

How is the finish area?

Caring and concerned volunteers, lots of food, as well as beer and great clam chowder for finishers. There may even be a few surprizes. We get lots of compliments on our finish area. We do not allow spectators and non-participants in the recovery area.

Why isn't there day-of-race registration and packet pick-up?

We start the race promptly at 7:00am (Walkers - 6:00am) (Half Marathoners - 7:45am) and day-of-race registration and number pick-up means more volunteers, very early registration times, and many headaches. It's just not feasible.