River Run 1/2 Marathon + 5K

May 6, 2018 | Cashman Park, Newburyport, MA

Race Certified Newburyport River Run 1/2 Marathon and 5k is USATF certified.
5K- MA15007BK | 13.1- MA15008BK

contact + registration fees


Runners must be 8 years old and up to register for the 5k. 8 -13 year old runners MUST be accompanied by an adult on the day of the race. Runners must be 16 years old and up for the 1/2 marathon.

All registration fees listed are per person. Sorry, no refunds.

1/2 marathon registration fees
  • registration before 3/17/18 | $70
  • registration after 3/17/18 | $75
  • after online registration closes or day of | $85 - cash only
5k registration fees
  • registration before 3/17/18 | $30
  • registration after 3/17/18 | $35
  • after online registration closes or day of | $37 - cash only
transfer fees
  • category change | $10 transfer fee
  • transfer your registration to another runner | $10 transfer fee
  • You CANNOT transfer to a future event.

what's included in registration
All  participants will receive a wicking t-shirt if registered by April 1st. All participants will receive food and beer. YOU MUST HAVE an ID IN ORDER TO BE SERVED BEER. The after party will be hosted by Evolvement Radio. Beer will be sponsored by Anheiser Bush. Michael’s Harbourside will be serving clam chowder. Agave Mexican Bistro will also be there serving chips and salsa. Nick’s Pizza will be giving out one slice per runner. Buttermilk Baking Company will be bringing sweet treats too! All 13.1 participants will receive a finishers medal. Food is for runners only. You will need to use the tickets at the bottom of your bib when getting food.
 

prizes
Individual Prizes for 1/2 Marathon and 5k will be determined by age groups. All 13.1 participants will receive a finishers medal. You must be present to receive awards. Awards will not be mailed.

13.1 Prizes Cash Prizes for Men and Women
  • 1st | $400
  • 2nd | $100
  • 3rd | $75
  • 1st & 2nd place 60+ | non-cash prizes
5k Prizes
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd place
    men and women | non-cash prizes
  • 1st & 2nd place
    men and women, 60+ | non-cash prizes
Volunteers To volunteer email info@fueltrainingstudio.com or call 978.270.0020. All volunteers will receive a Race Team t-shirt and will be treated to a post-race party hosted by Fuel.

before race day


packet pickup
Friday, May 4, 2017 from 3:00-7:00PM and Saturday, May 5, 2017 from 10:00AM-3:00PM
Greater Boston Running Company, 27 Water St. Newburyport

The last day to sign up online and get a T-shirt is April 1, at 11:59 pm.

The last day to sign up online will be Thursday, May 4th at noon. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT PICK UP YOUR PACKET ON RACE DAY. If you do need to pick up on race day it will be at Cashman Park starting at 7:30AM. COME EARLY! You may have somebody pick up your packet for you if you cannot make the packet pick up times. If you need to do a late category change you can do this at pre-registration. Race day registration and after online registration is closed will be CASH ONLY.
training programs
Fuel will be offering 1/2 marathon and 5k training in Newburyport, MA

Fuel will be starting 1/2 marathon training on March 4th. This will be a 10 week training to get you READY to run 13.1 miles, WAHOO! Please go HERE and choose the RUN TRAINING Tab from the top. We will also be offering a couch to 5k training as well. You can sign up for either the same way.

1/2 marathon training will meet Saturdays at 7:30 am. Meagan will be there with you to train. We will have an informal meet up group on Thursday mornings at 5:45 am for those that would like a little more accountability during the week.
 

charity + fundraising


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-thin 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.

When you arrive to pick up your packet, please bring any pairs of gently worn used or new sneakers to donate to Sneakers4Funds. The sneakers donated will be used to help develop micro-businesses for individuals in Haiti and other under resourced areas.
 

race location + parking


Cushing Park
Newburyport neighborhoods that surround the event have plenty of on street parking. Nearby streets that are adjacent to Merrimac Street are Kent, Broad, Tyng and Oakland. You cannot park on Dove, Carter and Warren. 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.

directions parking map

race start + finish


race start | 9:15AM
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 at Ashman Park. Race participants will enjoy complimentary food and beer. Evolvement Radio will be playing all your favorite tunes. Budweiser will be suppling the beer.
 

about the course


race start | 9:15AM
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 at Ashman Park. Race participants will enjoy complimentary food and beer. Evolvement Radio will be playing all your favorite tunes. Budweiser will be suppling the beer.

course description
Choose to run the Newburyport half marathon this year and you'll be running one of the most scenic and flat courses in Newburyport? This race starts and ends a few blocks from historic downtown Newburyport. This course has only one hill on Newman Road in Newbury and temperatures average around 60 degrees.

The course travels along scenic Water Street which offers great views of the Merrimac River. Take a right on Bromfield Street and a left on High Street. You will then take a right on Summer Street. and then a quick left on Washington Street.

The last half mile of the race takes you down the rail trail, past the Newburyport Harbor and into Cashman Park, where you will be greeted by family, friends and the great sounds and energy at the Finish Line Festival. It’s a race that can’t be missed! The race will start on Merrimac Street at the bottom of Oakland Street in Newburyport, MA. The finish will be at Cashman Park in Newburyport. The after party festivities will take place at Cashman Park.
course map and route for 1/2 marathon
Start at the bottom of Oakland Street near the North End Boat Club on 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 right onto High Rd. Cross over the Parker River and pass the River Front Marina and then take a right on Old Rowley Road.

Turn back around after .4 miles and come back to High Road. Cross over High Road to Newbury Neck Road. Bare left and stay on Newbury Neck Road and enter back on to High Road.

Travel down High Road back into Newburyport and take a right on Summer Street then a left on Washington and then a quick right onto the Rail Trail. Stay on the Rail Trail until you get to the water then take a left and enter into Cashman Park.

The finish is at the tennis courts.

downloadable course map
course map and route for 5k
Start at the bottom of Oakland St. just past the North End Boat Club. Go straight down Merrimac Street.

Take a right on Bromfield Street.Take a right on High Street and continue down to Summer Street.

Take a right on Summer Street and take a quick left on to Washington Street and another quick right onto the Rail Trail.

At the end of the Rail Trail take a left and the finish line is right by the tennis courts in Cashman Park.

downloadable course map
course time limits
The following are time limits that participants have to complete their events:

The race time limit is 4 hours. 13.1 and 5k events will both start at 9:15AM.

Runners need to return to the finish line by 1:15PM.
water stations
  • Mile 2.75 | corner of High Street and Rolf’s Lane
  • Mile 5.8 | corner of High Road and Newman Road + GU
  • Mile 9 | High Road
  • Mile 11.2 | corner of Rolf's Lane and High Street +  Agua Active Hydration
  • Mile 12 | corner of High Street and Fruit Street
relief stations
  • Mile 2.75 | Corner of High St. and Hanover Street
  • Mile 9 | High Road
  • Mile 11.4 | Corner of High St. and Hanover Street
start + finish line stretch + recover
The team from ProEx Physical Therapy will be joining us at the start and finish line on race day, where physical therapists from the Amesbury location with be providing complimentary stretching for athletes and their families.

For those of you have some aches and pains, their experienced staff will also be offering free injury screening, providing advice on the most efficient way to get you going again.

ProEx Physical Therapy is physical therapy owned practice with 18 locations throughout MA,NH and CT.
 

frequently asked questions


Can I sign somebody else up for the run?
No! Sorry we have had too many issues with unsigned waivers to allow this.
Can I transfer my name to somebody else?
YES! You will be charged a $10 transfer fee. You can do this by going into myevents.active.com.

You will be sent a link to send to the person you will transfer to. They will pay the cost of whatever the entry fee is at the time they transfer. The original person will get a refund from active for the price they paid for the entry minus the $10 transfer fee.
Can I change my event category?
Can I change my event category? YES! You will be charged a $10 transfer fee. You can do this by going into myevents.active.com.
Can I get a refund?
No, there are no refunds, no exceptions, but you can transfer your sign up to somebody else for a $10 transfer fee or if you purchased Insurance then you can call 888.497.6987. You can also post it on Facebook or Instagram to try to find somebody that will buy the entry from you.
Can I defer my entry to the next year?
No, sorry we do not defer entries to the next years race.
Can I get insurance just in case I can’t participate in the run?
YES! The River Run has a strict no refund policy; however you can protect your race registration fee by purchasing Registration Protector for just $7 through Allianz Global Assistance. Simply add this option to your cart as you are registering for our event.

If you purchased insurance and need a refund, please contact Allianz Global Assistance directly at 888.497.6989 to make a claim or visit their website. You can also call 888.497.6987 for general customer service questions.

Unfortunately we cannot help you with any claims as they are all managed through Allianz.
Can somebody else pick up my bib at packet pick up?
YES! Just have them stop by The Greater Boston Running Company at 27 Water Street in Newburyport on Friday, May 4, 2017, 3:00-7:00PM or Saturday, May 5, 2017, 10:00AM-3:00PM.
Can I run with a stroller? 
Yes, but you will have to start at the back of the pack.
Can I run with my dog?
Sorry, please leave the pups at home as it will be very crowded and some people are uneasy around dogs.
I'd like to stay in town. Are there hotels?
Fairfield Inn
35 Birchwood Point, Amesbury, MA | 978.388.3400

Essex Street Inn
7 Essex Street, Newburyport, MA | 978.465.3148
Mention that you will be running the race and get a 10% discount.

The Garrison Inn
11 Brown Square, Newburyport, MA | 978.499.8500

The Compass Rose
51/2 Center Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 | 978.675.6660