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! 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
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?
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
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.
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 www.DiscoverNewport.com 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 prizes and trophies. Age and gender winners who cannot attend may have their awards mailed by leaving $5 (for 2nd or 3rd place) or $8 (for 1st place)(heavier award) 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.