Race Details

The Harborisde Half Marathon & 5k kicks off with packet pick-up on November 12th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fleet Feet Newburyport and on Sunday, November 13th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. where you'll receive your bib and commemorative race shirt! Both the half and 5k start at 9 a.m. on November 13th and the post-race party kicks off at Cashman Park after the race. 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 porto potties and a handy truck to hold your warm clothes or bag!

Packet Pick-up

Packet pick-up will be held the day before on November 12th, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Fleet Feet Newburyport and on Sunday, November 13th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at Cashman Park where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race shirt! All runners will get their medals at the Finish. Shirts won’t be mailed out after the event if you don’t pick yours up, so don’t oversleep

Bag Drop

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 Cashman Park. 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 Course

The Half Marathon

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 Cashman Park, 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 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 Cashman Park, 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.

Post-Race Party

Not only do you get a wonderful day of amazingly scenic running, but you’re also treated to an after party featuring panoramic views of the Merrimack River, delicious local pizza, healthy granola bars, and bananas. As if that weren’t awesome enough, runners 21+ get 2 tasty craft beers courtesy of Smuttynose Brewing Co. The best part? It’s all included with your registration!

Directions, Parking & Shuttle

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

THERE IS NO PARKING AT THE START LOCATION (40 PARKER STREET). ANY CARS PARKED THERE WILL BE TOWED. All runners and spectators MUST park in downtown Newburyport. Pick up your bib and shirt at Cashman Park and then ride the free shuttle to the start location (or jog along the Clipper City Rail Trail). Buses leave every 10 minutes from Cashman Park starting at 7:00 a.m. The last shuttle leaves at 8:45 a.m. There will not be  a shuttle bus back to the start area after 9:00 a.m.

Public parking lots for the event are shown on the map below. Please plan to arrive early as traffic in downtown Newburyport may increase towards the start of the race. Street parking is also available throughout downtown Newburyport on a first come first serve basis.

Getting to the Start Line

Shuttle Buses

Because the start and finish are in different locations, we’ll have a shuttle operating between Cashman Park (Packet Pick-Up & Finish) and 40 Parker Street (Start). Shuttle service begins at Cashman Park at 7:00 a.m. to take runners to the start. Shuttle come every 10 minutes. The final shuttle departs at 8:45 a.m. There will not be a shuttle bus back to the start area after 9:00 a.m.

Race-day hint: There are portos located at the start!

Walk / Jog to the Start Line

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 Cashman Park 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.

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