Harborside Half Marathon & 5K Race Details

The Harborside Half Marathon & 5K returns to Newburyport, MA on November 10th, 2024! Find more live race details like start times, packet pickup details and more below.

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The Half Marathon

Location: 40 Parker St,
Newburyport, MA 01950

Start Time: 9:00 AM

The Harborside Half Marathon starts at 9:00 AM at Mark Richey Woodworking and Design (40 Parker St, Newburyport, MA 01950). The Half Marathon course offers runners a beautiful lollipop loop course with scenic views of rural fields, old farmhouses, and nature preserves.

Course Info

The first mile is flat and fast through nearby roads before heading out into the scenic towns of Newbury and West Newbury. Just after mile 3, you will turn right onto Indian Hill Street which traverses the backroads of West Newbury. At mile 5, you’ll turn right onto Middle Street which has many working farms and reservation land. At mile 7, you’ll begin the gradual descent down Rodgers Street heading back into Newburyport. Eventually, you’ll make your way back, passing by the start area and venturing down the Clipper City Rail Trail for the final 1.3 miles.

Pacers

 Pacers will be provided for the half marathon courtesy of Beast Pacing. Pacing groups will be as follows: 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, and 3:00 (hrs).

Course Elevation and Aid Stations

The Harborside Half Marathon course features rolling hills before a fast finish on the Clipper City Rail Trail. With 331 feet of elevation gain throughout the entirety of the course, the course features picturesque rolling hills with vast farmland views and scenic reservoirs. There will be five aid stations on course, all of which will service Gatorade and water. Aid stations will be located at miles 2.1, 4.4, 6.2, 8.8, and 11.9. Portable toilets will also be located at the aid stations at mile 2.1, 4.4, 8.8, and 11.9.

Awards

The half marathon will award prizes for the top 3 men and women finishers overall, and to the top 3 male and female in the following categories: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. All winners will be contacted within 2-3 business days after the race. There will not be an awards tent or ceremony at the event.
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The 5K

 Location: 40 Parker St, Newburyport, MA 01950

Start Time: 9:15 AM

The Harborside 5K starts at 9:15 AM at Mark Richey Woodworking and Design (40 Parker St, Newburyport, MA 01950) with runners finishing in the same location. The 5k features a lollipop loop course with the final 1.3 miles on the Clipper City Rail Trail, offering picturesque views, and a net elevation gain of only 100 feet. The course features no major hills and provides participants a great chance of setting a new personal best! There will be one aid station at mile 2 on the course that will serve Gatorade and water and have a portable toilet.

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Awards

The 5K will award prizes to the top 3 men and women finishers overall, and to the top 3 male and female in the following categories: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. All winners will be contacted within 2-3 business days after the race. There will not be an awards tent or ceremony at the event.  

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Awards

The 5K will award prizes to the top 3 men and women finishers overall, and to the top 3 male and female in the following categories: 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. All winners will be contacted within 2-3 business days after the race. There will not be an awards tent or ceremony at the event.  

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Packet Pick-Up

Location: Sally Snyder Way, Newburyport, MA 01950 Date: Saturday, November 9th Start Time: 1:00pm – 6:00pm Date: Sunday, November 10th Start Time: 6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Packet pickup will be available on both Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th. Times and locations will be finalized closer to race day. Please note: there will be NO race day packet pickup at either the start or finish areas. Participants must come to early packet pickup on the days leading up to the event or select the packet mailing option during registration!
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Directions, Parking, & Shuttle

The half marathon starts at 9:00 AM with the 5K start following at 9:15 AM. Both races begin at 40 Parker Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 which is 1.3 miles from the finish line 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. Runners will then be able to ride a free shuttle to the start line or jog along the Clipper City Rail Trail for a quick warm-up! 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.

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 AM to take runners to the start. Shuttles arrive every 10 minutes. The final shuttle will depart at 8:45 AM. There will not be a shuttle bus back to the start area after 9:00 AM.

This system 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!

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 8:30 a.m. There will not be a shuttle bus back to the start area after 9:00 a.m. Race-day hint: There are porta-potties 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 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.

Gear check will be available at the start line for all participants. Gear check will be handled by our race volunteers and staff. To check your gear at the start line, simply find the large school bus with the gear check sign, attach the gear check tag on your bib to your bag, and hand to the appropriate race volunteer. Gear check will be organized by bib range at both the start and finish areas. Gear check will close promptly at 9:00 AM to ensure your gear makes it to the finish line before you do! Ventures Endurance is not liable for any losses of theft that may occur so please do not check anything of value.

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Post Race Party

Not only do you get a wonderful day of fresh air and scenic running, but you’re also treated to an after party featuring panoramic views of the Merrimack River, delicious local pizza, and post-race snacks like granola bars and bananas! As if that weren’t awesome enough, runners 21+ get complimentary craft beer–all included in the price of your registration!

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Elite Runners Perks

If you’ve achieved an exceptionally low finish time at marathon or half marathon in the past 18 months, you qualify for our Elite Runners Program which comes with an extra special perk! Elite runners who meet the qualifying standards below are eligible for a fully comped entry to this year’s race! To apply for a fully comped entry as an elite athlete, click the apply today bottom below to submit your application!

Male Elite Runner Qualifying Standards

MARATHON – 2:27 HALF MARATHON – 1:11

Male Masters Qualifying Standards

  • Masters 40-44 – Sub 2:40 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 45-49 – Sub 2:48 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 50-54 – Sub 2:55 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 55-59 – Sub 3:05 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 60-64 – Sub 3:15 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 65-69 – Sub 3:25 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 70-74 – Sub 3:37 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 75-79+ – Sub 3:55 Marathon / 1:55 Half

Female Elite Runner Qualifying Standards

MARATHON – 2:59 HALF MARATHON – 1:25

Female Masters Qualifying Standards

  • Masters 40-44 – Sub 3:00 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 45-49 – Sub 3:12 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 50-54 – Sub 3:22 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 55-59 – Sub 3:40 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 60-64 – Sub 3:58 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 65-69 – Sub 4:15 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 70-74 – Sub 5:00 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 75-79+ – Sub 5:00 Marathon / 2:10 Half
Standards for both the marathon and half marathon must have been run within 18 months of the 2024 race day to qualify. Elite athlete support (travel, lodging, prize money, and/or food assistance) will not be provided by Ventures Endurance. Applications must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the event. Late entries may be accommodated on a case by case basis. If an event sells out and is at capacity, additional elite athlete entries will not be considered. An elite complimentary entry is non transferrable and only applied to the Half Marathon and Marathon distances. Other distances do not qualify.

Ready to Run?

The Harborside Half Marathon & 5K returns to Newburyport, MA on November 10, 2024 for another race past iconic New England waterscapes. Register today!