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Charity: A portion of our proceeds will go to the Pan Mass Challenge. The PMC raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.
Half Marathon Price = $65 per person, after March 1st, $75, race day, $80
5k Price = $25, race day, $30
Sorry, no refunds.
Packet pick up will be at The Greater Boston Running Company, 27 Water St. Newburyport, MA on Saturday, May 31, 4-6 pm. We highly suggest you pick up your packet on Saturday rather than wait until Sunday morning. Race day registration (cash only) and packet pick up available 7:30-8:45 AM, 260 Merrimac St. behind the Towle Building.
12 and up for 5k. 16 and up for 13.1
(just add this option when registering online) Please bring a copy of your race confirmation that says you choose VIP parking.
What you get
All participants will receive a wicking t-shirt if registered by April 30th. Participants will receive 2 slices of Anchor Stone Deck Pizza and if over 21 will receive beer tickets. YOU MUST HAVE ID IN ORDER TO BE SERVED BEER. The after party will be hosted by DJ Koko P and Good Vibes Disc Jockey. Beer will be sponsored by Budweiser. Several prizes will be donated by Greater Boston Running Company. All 13.1 participants will receive a finishers medal.
Parking and directions
For a map of local lots click here.
There will be parking onsite behind the Towle Building, 260 Merrimac street if you signed up for VIP parking. There will also be parking next door at Cashman Park. Both these lots will fill up. Newburyport neighborhoods that surround the event have plenty of on street parking. Nearby streets that are adjacent to Merrimac Street are Kent, Dove, Warren, Carter, Broad, Tyng and Oakland. You will not be able to park on Merrimac Street during the run. Downtown Newburyport has a few lots available and is approximately a half mile from the event. This cost is .50/hour unless you find parking on the street. See above for local lots.
Individual Prizes for 1/2 Marathon and 5k will be determined by age groups. All 13.1 participants will receive a finishers medal. Must be present to receive awards. Awards will not be mailed. Certificates awarded in each age category for 1st and 2nd place.
1st place men and women, $250
2nd place men and women, non-cash prizes
1st place men and women, 60 plus, non cash prizes
2nd place men and women, 60 plus, non cash prizes
Newburyport River Run 1/2 Marathon and 5k is USATF certified.
Course description for 13.1
Want to run one of the most scenic and flat courses in Newburyport? Choose to run the Newburyport half marathon this year. This race starts and ends a few blocks from historic downtown Newburyport. The course travels along scenic Water Street which offers great views of the Merrimac River. Approximately 4 miles into the run you will pass through the beautiful marshes of Newbury, past farmland and then out through historic High Street lined with mansions of Newburyport. Trace your steps back to the finish line, and you’ll be greeted by cheering fans, family and the great sounds and energy at the Finish Line Festival. It’s a race that can’t be missed! The race will start and finish at 260 Merrimac St. in Newburyport, MA
Course Map and Route for 13.1
Start at the Towle Building, 260 Merrimac St. Follow Merrimac St. along the Merrimac River until you reach Rolf’s Lane. Take a right on Rolf’s Lane, travel to the end and cross over High St. on to Hanover St. Follow Hanover St. until it splits and stay to your left onto Green St. Follow Green St and at the next intersection take a right onto Hay St. Follow Hay St. until you see Newman Rd. on your left. Turn Left on Newman Rd. and follow through the marsh until you get to your next intersection. At the end of Newman Rd. take a left onto High Rd. Follow all the way down High Rd. until you get to a “Y” in the road. Here you will stay to your right and proceed onto Moseley Ave. Look for Lucy Dr. on your right. Take Lucy Dr. and then take a right on Doner Dr. and then a quick right onto Merrimac St. Continue down Merrimac until you see the Towle building on your left. Take a left into the first entrance of the Towle building and through the FINISH LINE!
Course map and route for 5k
Start at the Towle Building, 260 Merrimac Street until you reach Federal Street.Take a right on Federal Street to the top.Take a left on High Street and continue down to Oakland Street.Take a right on Oakland. At the end take a right on Merrimac Street.Take a left into the first entrance of the Towle building and through the FINISH LINE!
This course has only 1 hill on Newman Road in Newbury.
Temperatures average around 70 degrees.
Course Time Limits
The following are time limits that participants have to complete their events: The race time limit is 4 hours. Event starts at 9 am. Runners need to return to the finish line by 1pm.
Water Stations/Relief Stations ( more to be determined)
Water station #1 will be located on the corner of Rolf’s Lane and High St.
Water station #2 will be located on High St.
Water station #3 with GU and Gatorade will be located on High Rd.
Water station #4 will be located on Merrimac St.
Please make sure to arrive at starting line on time. Don’t worry about when you’ll cross the starting line. Whenever you cross the start line, your chip will go off, so no need to push towards the front. Take your time and make it YOUR race! See you at the start line!
Finish Line Festivities
Fuel will be hosting a post race party at the finish line, which is located behind the Towle Building. Race participants will enjoy complimentary pizza and beer. DJ Koko P from Good Vibes Disc Jockeys will be playing all your favorite tunes. Budweiser will be suppling the beer. Anchor Stone Deck Pizza will providing the the pizza.
Fuel is offering a 1/2 marathon and 5k training now. There is still time to sign up. Sign up HERE and choose the RUN tab from the top of the page. 5k training starts April 13. 5k is couch to 5k, BEGINNER LEVEL.
Institution for Savings
Newburyport Brewing Company
Anchor Stone Deck Pizza
G. Mello Disposal
Coffey Design + Buildco
Good Vibes Disc Jockeys
Greater Boston Running Company
Seaport Sign Works
New England Foot and Ankle
Darling Merrill Hair Company
Become part of our race team volunteers. All volunteers will receive a Race Team t-shirt and will be treated to a post-race party hosted by Fuel. To volunteer email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617.694.5489.
35 Birchwood Point
Essex Street Inn
7 Essex Street
Mention that you will be running the race and get a 10% discount.
The Garrison Inn
11 Brown Square
The Compass Rose
51/2 Center St.
Newburyport, MA 01950