The Harborisde Half Marathon & 5k kicks off with packet pickup at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 21st in Newburyport, MA. Both the half and 5k start at 9 a.m. and the party is inside Michael’s Harborside or on the deck. Click a section below for more details.
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!
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!
You can leave your bag at the finish or take it on the bus with you and leave in the UHaul truck at the start. The finish bag drop is self-serve and located in the parking lot of Michael's Harborside. Bags must be picked up by 12:30 p.m. Clothes left in the tent after the race will be donated to charity. Loco Races is not liable for any losses or theft that may occur. Clothes left at the start will also be brought back to the finish area.
The Half Marathon
The Harborside Half course for 2021 is the same as 2019.
The Harborside Half marathon course offers runners a beautiful lollipop loop course with scenic views of rural fields, a reservoir, 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.
Just before Mile 3 you will run by the Town forest on your left. Then you will enter a spectacular country road that winds it's way by the Artichoke Reservoir. At Mile 5, you'll go right onto Indian Hill Road. Here you will past many working farms and more reservation land. At mile 7 you will enter onto Middle Road which passes the Withers Parcel and over a very cool bridge back through the same Artichoke Reservoir.
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 four aid stations on the course, two of which will also have Gatorade and one will have energy gel. Locations are at miles 3.3, 6, 9 & 12. We know that sometimes nature calls at the when it's least convenient, that's why we've put portable toilets near the 3, 9 mile marks and Mile 12 water stop/start.
The course is measured to USATF standards.
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.
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!
Directions, Parking & Shuttle
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. Pick up your bib and shirt at Michael's Harborside and then ride the free shuttle to the start location (or jog along the Clipper City Rail Trail). Buses leave every 5 minutes from Michael's Harborside.
There's a public parking lot at Waterfront Promenade Park. Street parking is also available throughout downtown.
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!
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.