Harborside Half Marathon & 5K Race Details
The Harborside Half Marathon & 5K kicks off with packet pick-up on Saturday, November 11th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 12th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Cashman Park where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race shirt! The half marathon begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9:15 a.m. on November 12th and the post-race party kicks off at Cashman Park after the race.
Gear check will be available at the start line. All gear checked at the start line will then be brought to the finish area for participants to pick up. All participants must pick up their gear from the finish area by 1:00 PM. Please look for the gear check signs near the start and finish areas.
The Half Marathon
Start Time: 9:00AM.
The Harborside Half Marathon course offers runners a beautiful lollipop loop course with scenic views of rural fields, old farmhouses, and nature preserves. The race starts at Mark Richey Woodworking and Design (40 Parker St, Newburyport, MA 01950). All half marathon runners will start at 9:00 AM.
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 go right onto Middle Street which has many working farms and reservation land. At mile 7, you 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.
The Clipper City Rail Trails offers runners a flat, fast finish through lush forests before ending at Cashman Park on the Merrimack River. An awesome after-party awaits (details below)
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, runners are often distracted of the 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. The third aid station on course will also feature energy gels. 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 4.4, 6.2, 8.8, and 11.9.
Start Time: 9:15AM.
The Harborside 5K starts and finishes at the same location as the half marathon. 5K runners will start at 9:15 AM. The 5K features a lollipop loop course with the final 1.3 miles on the Clipper City Rail Trail. The course features no major hills and provides participants a great chance at setting a personal best! All 5K runners finish at the beautiful Cashman Park where they are rewarded with spectacular views of the mighty Merrimack River and an awesome after-party (details below)!
Packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Cashman Park and Sunday, November 12th from 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM at Cashman Park. You will receive your bib and commemorative hoodie at packet pickup! All participants are strongly encouraged to pickup their bib and hoodie on Saturday, November 11th to make race morning less stressful! Shirts will not be mailed out post event, so don’t oversleep.
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Directions, Parking, & Shuttle
The half marathon starts at 9:00am and the 5K starts at 9:15am. Both races begin at 40 Parker Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 which is 1.3 miles from the packet pick-up/finish location at Cashman Park.
The exact start location (40 Parker Street) features NO PARKING. Any cars parked there will be towed. Parking in adjacent lots near the start line may be available pending venue approval. Please check this site periodically for updated parking information.
All runners and spectators should plan to park in downtown Newburyport. Participants will then be able to take the free shuttle from Cashman Park to the start location. Buses leave from Cashman Park approximately every 10 minutes beginning at 7:00 AM. The last shuttle will leave Cashman Park at 8:40 AM. For finishers, limited return shuttles to the start area may be available pending venue approval. Please check back to this section as the event moves closer.
Public parking lots for the event are shown on the map below. Please plan to arrive early as traffic in downtown Newburyport will increase towards the start of the race. Street parking is also available throughout downtown Newburyport on a first come first serve basis.
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.
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!
Race-day hint: There are porto potties located at the start!
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 complementary craft beers courtesy of Smuttynose Brewing Co! The best part? It’s all included in your registration!
Ready to Run?
The Harborside Half Marathon & 5K returns to Newburyport, MA on November 12, 2023 for another race past iconic New England waterscapes. Register today!