Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the best places to watch the race from?
The best spot is probably near the start and the finish.

IMPORTANT: Spectators are STRONGLY discouraged from driving out on the course as much of the course is on roads that are quite narrow. If we get too many cars on the course, we will have to limit the race to less runners or not be able to have the race at all.

Plus you will get stuck out there and not make it back to see your loved one finish!

Spectator Direction Map (PDF) If you really must support someone on the course, please follow these directions on map: Note, there is no way to see runners by car in the first 2 miles or the last 2 miles on Hale (you can of course walk to these spots). You may see runners at either side of the course, about mile 4-6.5 or miles 7 - 10 by using these directions. In all cases, do not drive on the course and please come back the way you came.

Can I run or walk with a baby stroller?
No, for safety reasons, it's not possible to take strollers on the course.

Can I run with my dog?
No dogs are allowed in this event.

Where can I store my after-race bag of warm clothes?
You may leave items inside the High School Gym while running or walking the race. Note, the Gym will be closing by noon so plan accordingly. The race is not responsible for lost items. Please do not leave anything valuable.

Can I reserve a shirt in a certain size?

Note: We will have a large selection of sizes for this race. You may choose the shirt that fits you best. All shirts are wicking short sleeve red shirts with the race logo. As always, if it's important that you get a shirt in your size, please come early to avoid disappointment. SHIRT POLICY

All registered half marathorers will receive a technical wicking commemorative race shirt picked up at registration when you receive your bib. (No shirts are mailed out.)

Womens: XS, Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL - 100% of the shirts will be a women's tapered cut with a V neck.

Can I get a refund if I register but don't run?
Sorry, there are no refunds or transfers allowed for this race. Please do not "give" your number to another person if you choose not to compete.

Can I run with headphones or earbuds?
For safety reasons, we strongly discourage the use of heaphones on the course. If you really insist, please consider wearing just one ear bud so you can hear traffic and marshal instructions.

Are there Award for top finishers?

Yes, there are awards for top overall finishers, female and male, as well as age group winners. Look for the Red Tent with the Awards Banner on it. You must be present to receive your award. Awards will NOT be mailed.

Some more questions...

When and where can I pick up my registration packet?

Packets can be picked up from the Newburyport High School on:

What distance is this race?
.The Half Marathon is 13.1 miles long and is an accurated certified course.

About Course Measurement: If you plan to wear a GPS and compare your distance, please read this article for more information about the accuracy of GPS devices. In GPS We Trust

Where can I find other runners to run or rideshare with?
We have built a discussion forum where you can see or offer a rideshare to the race, or find another runner to help you stay on track and run the time you want!
Check it out here

What is the course time limit?

We will keep the course open in accordance with a 3:30 hours finish time, or approximately 16 minutes per mile. Note, We will keep the signs on the course up for the very last person and water stops may be self serve in the later stops. A timer, clock and medals will be available for everyone that finishes.

What is the course like?
After you leave Newburyport proper, you are in for a wonderful rural course that can best be described as "horse country" with newly hayed fields, green spaces and winding shaded roads.. If you are from Newburyport and run or bike, this is one of your very favorite bike or run loops. In terms of difficulty this course is average for the area and includes some moderate hills, but none of them are long and steep..

The start of the course to about 3 miles is easy and a little bit downhill. At mile 2.5 you will enter the town of West Newbury. As you approach mile 3.5 you will have a few small rolling hills but nothing to worry about. At mile 4.5 there is one medium grade and the course very gradually goes up until mile 5. This is one of my favorite parts of the course with the Upper Artichoke reservoir on your right and ancient Oak and Pine trees forming a canopy above. There are several historic markers from very early settlements along the way. Be sure to look for them. Mile 5 to 6.5 is basically flat like with very small inclines and you pass another scenic reservoir. So you have now completed the first half of the race and it is quite easy.

After you pass the second reservoir you will go up a short steep hill to get to Brickett Street which gradually goes up. Next you will take a right on Ash Street which is basically flat and passes through a large preservation marsh area with many birds. Note this part is a dirt road for about 1/4 mile. Please watch your footing.

Mile 7- 8.5 is the hardest part of the course. You will gradually go up about 100 feet in elevation over 1/2 of a mile. This is Middle Street which has three moderate hills but you will gradually go downhill and get back all of the elevation you paid for in the previous miles. The final section mile 9 to 12 goes ever so slightly down hill. The final mile 12 to 13.1 is a gradual up hill, the same one you ran on heading out.

Will there be restroom facilities? For your convenience, there will be six portapotties on the course. Location Mile 2 and mile 11 - 3 portapotties Mile 6.8 - 3 portapotties.

Where are the water stops?
The current plan is to offer five water stops, Located approximately these miles (Approximate)

Where is the start and how do I get there?
The start and finish are located at the road adjacent to Newburyport High School and very close to parking.

Where can we find parking on race morning?
Please see our parking page.

Notice: Parking is very limited in the High School lot. Unless you get there 1.5 hours early you will not be allowed to park in this lot. There is ample street parking on the roads near the High School. Please come early enough to allow time for you to park and walk 5 - 10 minutes to school to get your number and shirt.

Can I take a shower after the race?
Sorry, there will not be any showers offered after the race. There is a YWCA in town if you need to access a shower.

Can I drive the course beforehand?
Of course! It's all accessible by car before the race begins. Follow the race map for best results.

Is there a start mat?
Yes, for this year we have a start and finish in the same location and there is a start mat.

What does chip-timed mean?
Chip timing is a timing method that involves the use of a seonsor that is stuck to the back of your bib. Please wear your bib on your front and do not fold or crease the bib as that will disable the electronic sensor. The bib automatically times when you cross the start mat and when you cross the finish mat for a very accurate time.