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Harborside Half Marathon

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The 4th Annual Harborside Half Marathon & 5k is returning to Newburyport, MA on Sunday, November 10, 2019 for another day of beautiful fall running! Join thousands of runners and spectators at the North Shore’s most scenic road race, where you celebrate your finish with an after-party featuring refreshing Ipswich Ale craft beer, bone-warming soup, Stonyfield yogurt, and more!

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Remember when you were a kid and you used to run around outside with your friends climbing trees, jumping in puddles, playing tag, and just plain having fun? Well Rugged Maniac is simply an adult version of that! We build 25+ epic obstacles for you and your friends to play on (like fire jumps, water slides, trampolines, and underground tunnels), put them in a 3-mile course, and then throw a crazy party with plenty of beer and music!

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What's included:

COMMEMORATIVE RACE TEE

Half marathoners get a very cool 1/4 zip long-sleeve wicking race tee and 5k runners get a long-sleeve wicking tee!

FREE FOOD

You read that right! You get free soup from Michael’s Harborside, Stonyfield yogurt, Clif Bars, and bananas after the race!

FINISHER'S MEDAL

Half marathoners also get a Harborside Half commemorative medal!

CRAFT BEER

As if all that wasn’t enough, runners 21+ get treated to a post-race party including two craft-brewed beers!

THE AFTER-PARTY

Not only do you get a wonderful day of amazingly scenic running, but you’re also treated to an after-party at Michael’s Harborside Restaurant in downtown Newburyport, featuring panaoramic views of the Merrimack River, FREE bone-warming soup or award-winning chowda, healthy granola, and bananas. As if that weren’t awesome enough, runners 21+ get 2 tasty craft beers from our friends at Ipswich Ale Brewery! The best part? It’s all included with your registration!

Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 10th Nov 2019

Run 13.1mi

5k run
9:00am Sun 10th Nov 2019

Run 5km

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Route description
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Half Marathon

The Harborside Half marathon course offers runners a beautiful lollipop loop course with scenic views of rural fields, salt marshes, and nature preserves! The race starts at an industrial park in Newburyport (40 Parker Street) with the first mile on flat, wide, and easy roads through the park before heading out onto some of the prettiest roads in the area.

From Mile 4 to Mile 6, you’ll run by a very large nature preserve called the Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area. You’ll then run through a small section of Newbury, past the ivy-covered buildings of The Governor’s Academy at Mile 7 before heading over the gorgeous Parker River Bridge and through the salt marsh.

Miles 9 to 12 will repeat Miles 1 to 3 and then you’ll venture down the Clipper City Rail Trail, a 1.3-mile paved running path through lush forests, all the way back to the finish at Michael’s Harborside, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the mighty Merrimack River and an awesome after-party (details below)!

Course Hills: This is a relatively easy course. The highest elevation is only 64 feet. There are no major hills and most hills are simply rollers that come and go quite easily.

There will be five water stops on the course, two of which will also have Gatorade and one will have energy gel: Mile 2.5, 4.5, 6.7, 9.7, & 12. We know that sometimes nature calls at the when it’s least convenient, that’s why we’ve put portable toilets near the Mile 12 water stop.

The course is USATF Certified.

5k

The Harborside 5k starts and finishes at the same time and locations as the half marathon. It offers runners a beautiful loop course along the scenic Clipper City Rail Trail, a paved running path with views of rural fields and forests! The race starts at an industrial park in Newburyport (40 Parker Street) with the first mile on flat, wide, and easy roads through the park before heading out onto the trail. The finish is at Michael’s Harborside Restaurant, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the mighty Merrimack River and an awesome after-party (details below)!

Course Hills: This is a relatively easy course. The highest elevation is only 64 feet. There are no major hills and most are simply inclines that come and go quite easily.

Logistics and schedule

PACKET PICK-UP
Packet pick-up will be held at Michael’s Harborside Restaurant on the morning of the race from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race tee! Half marathoners will get their medals at the Finish, as always. Shirts won’t be mailed out after the event if you don’t pick yours up, so don’t oversleep!

How to get there

Newburyport, MA, USA

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DIRECTIONS, PARKING & SHUTTLE

Both the half marathon and 5k start at 9 a.m. at 40 Parker Street, Newburyport, MA 01950, which is 1.3 miles from the packet pick-up/finish location at Michael’s Harborside Restaurant.

THERE IS NO PARKING AT THE START LOCATION (40 PARKER STREET) OR MICHAEL’S HARBORSIDE. ANY CARS PARKED THERE WILL BE TOWED. All runners and spectators MUST park in downtown Newburyport and ride the free shuttle to the start location (or jog along the Clipper City Rail Trail). There’s a public parking lot at Waterfront Promenade Park. Street parking is also available throughout downtown

SHUTTLE SCHEDULE

Because the Start and Finish are in different locations, we’ll have a shuttle operating between Michael’s Harborside (Packet Pick-up & Finish) and 40 Parker Street (Start). Shuttle service begins from Michael’s Harborside at 8:00 a.m. to take runners to the Start. Shuttles come every 10 minutes. The final shuttle departs at 8:45 a.m.
Race-day Hint: There are portos located at the start – as well as the finish area.

If you’re up for a little extra running before the race, you can jog the Clipper City Rail Trail 1.3 miles straight to the Start. From the parking lot at Michael’s Harborside closest to the waterfront, look for the paved sidewalk that goes under the Route 1 bridge. This is the rail trail and it goes all the way to Parker Street. Follow the path under the bridge where it forks right then stay straight all the way until you see the huge, white windmill. The next intersection is Parker Street. Take a right on Parker Street and you’ll see the start arch and runners.

IMPORTANT SHUTTLE INFO
We have provided a handy shuttle system to the start, but it does not work if everyone waits until the last minute to load the shuttle. Please do not delay getting on the shuttle bus to the start. The start is equipped with 20 porto potties and a handy truck to hold your warm clothes or bag!

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Half Marathon
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