Glen Tucker of Grants Pass took the Newport Marathon today with a time of 2:32:56. Second place went to Aaron Beddes of Tualitan at 2:41:42. In third was Daniel Shell of Portland with a time of 2:42:19. Fourth was Chuck Engle of Coos Bay at 2:44:15. In fifth, it was Andrew Huston of Portland, at 2:44:39. In sixth, it was Michael Tyler of Salem at 2:47:37. In seventh place it was Donald Gallogly of Corvallis at 2:49:33. In eighth place it was Jason Hardrath of Baker City at 2:50:44. In ninth, Brandon Drake of Salem at 2:51:08, and making the top ten was Cliff Richards of Maple Valley, who ran the 26.2 miles in 2:53:56. The first woman finisher was Erica Schramm, of Las Vegas running just over 2:58.
First place Glen Tucker average mile time was 5:51. Tenth place Cliff Richards ran miles averaging 6:39.
Thus ends the 14th running of the Newport Marathon, an idea born to bring more tourists to town and to provide funds for sporting programs at Newport High School. But in those 14 years, Toledo High and Waldport High sports programs have qualified to receive funds as well.
The Newport Marathon is classified as a qualifier marathon for the Boston Marathon, held in mid-April every year. It starts out at Government Park, below the old lighthouse, winds its way through Nye Beach, back south and past the Yaquina Bay Bridge, down and through the Bayfront and then out the Bay Road nearly all the way to Toledo, and then back to the end of the race in front of the Embarcadero Resort. Newport Marathon officials say this year’s marathon “sold out” in February, which produced 900 runners in today’s event. Next year is the 15th running of the Newport Marathon and event organizers say they’re planning to increase the number of runners to 1,500. One year only, but with an idea to determining how much the marathon should be allowed to grow from it’s current 900. It will be determined by how many reliable volunteers they can recruit, also support from the city, sponsors and all the rest of it.
Marathon organizers say runners for today’s event came from 39 states, Canada and Brazil and one from the United Kingdom. It’s estimated that including the runners, the marathon brought over 3,500 visitors to Newport over the weekend.
Pictures 8 & 9: Glen Tucker finishing 1st, 2:32:56
Picture 10: Aaron Beddes finishing 2nd, 2:41:42
Picture 11: Daniel Shell finishing 3rd, 2:42:19
Picture 12: Erica Schramm, finishing 1st among women, 2:58+