RUN AT THE SPEED OF FUN!
In 2006, the YMCA of the North Shore's 6 locations collaborated to create the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series, giving runners of all ages and abilities the opportunity to not only be recognized for performances in individual races but, to earn points for participation! Each year we've worked toward improving both our races and our series experience.
2016 marks the 10th anniversary! Join us for 12 fun-filled events for all ages. Take the “12 Race Challenge”, relive that first year with the “Tinman Challenge” or simply complete the “Holiday ‘Hat’ Trick Challenge”. Don’t think you’ll be ready, join one of our running groups geared specifically for events in the 2016 Series.
Road Race Director: Barbara Berry firstname.lastname@example.org
Chase the Gorilla Down the Argilla 5k, Ipswich
Saturday - April 16, 2016, 9:00 am.
Starting line: Ipswich family YMCA 110 County Rd. Ipswich, MA 01938
Welcome to the 9th annual chase the gorilla down Argilla 5K road race. This fun-filled family event kicks off the 2016 YMCA North Shore Road Race Series, now in its 10th year! Argy the gorilla has completed this wandering 5K course through the wooded neighborhoods of Ipswich, on everything from running shoes to a Segway to the back seat of a convertible!
Bring the kids along for workout games with Argy (the Gorilla)! Post-race awards, music, photos, refreshments and more!
Ring Around the Neck 5 Mile, Marblehead
Sunday - April 24, 2016, 12:30 pm
Starting Line: Devereux Beach, Marblehead
Join us for the 37th running of the Ring Around the Neck 5 Mile road race. Fun for the whole family starts at Devereux Beach! Ring Around the Neck’s 5 Mile race course takes you around Marblehead’s breathtaking Marblehead Neck! See both harbor and ocean views on this challenging race course.
Invite the kids along their very own Children’s Fun Run, an annual event in itself. Post-race awards, music, photos and refreshments.
Ring Around the Neck is part of the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Seacoast Challenge & the Tinman Challenge.
RING AROUND THE NECK CHILDREN'S FUN RUN
Date: Saturday, April 24th
Location: Devereux Beach, Marblehead
Backshore 5 Mile, Gloucester
Friday - May 6, 2016, 6:30 pm
Starting Line: Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA
It’s baaaack… the 30th annual Backshore 5 Mile Road Race. Run Gloucester’s beautiful backshore. Spectacular views of Cape Ann’s Twin Lights, Thatcher Island and the Atlantic Ocean! Don’t miss this North Shore’s runners’ favorite.
Post-race party at Mile Marker 1’s Waterfront Pavilion: BBQ buffet, live music, awards and more!
The Backshore Road Race is part of the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Seacoast Challenge & the Tinman Challenge.
Rockport Father's Day 5K & 10K, Rockport
Sunday, June 19, 2016, 9:00am
Starting Line: Rockport High School 24 Jerdens Lane, Rockport, MA 01966
Bring the whole family along… Rockport father’s day 5k/10k road race. “The Rockport Father’s Day 10K is hands down the most spectacular race course in New England!” Run, walk or stroll(er) this beautiful course as it winds its way along the rocky coast of Rockport. Same views, shorter course is the 5K sister race to this 15 year Father’s Day tradition.
Just add kids & a Kids Fun Run, and dad’s special day is complete when the whole family “hits the road”. Post-race awards, music, photos, refreshments and more!
The Rockport Father’s Day 5K/10K is part of the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Seacoast Challenge.
St Peter's Fiesta 5K, Gloucester
Firecracker 4 Mile, Swampscott
July 4, 2016, 8:30 am
Starting Line: Lynch/Van Otterloo Ymca 41 Leggs Hill Rd. Marblehead, Ma 01945
Firecracker 4 on The 4th Of July! Pre-Horribles Parade Fun for the whole family. Celebrate the start of summer and the 4th with four solid miles through lovely Swampscott neighborhoods.
Fun and games for the kids with Kids Fun Obstacle Races followed by a super fun POOL PARTY! Babysitting available, sign up at time of race registration. Post-race awards, music, photos, refreshment and more!
The Firecracker 4 is part of the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Holiday ‘Hat’ Trick Challenge.
FIRECRACKER 4 MILE KIDS FUN RUN
Date: Monday, July 4th
Location: Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
David Curley Memorial 5K, Haverhill
Friday - July 15, 2016, 6:30pm
Starting Line: Pentucket Lake Elementary School 252 Concord St. Haverhill, Ma 01830
New In 2016! 5th Annual David Curley Memorial 5K Road Race. “Give it all ya’ got and have fun!” says it all in David Curley’s own words. Founded in 2012, after the untimely death of David Curley, this race has quickly become an annual Haverhill tradition. Beautiful 5K stretch through some gorgeous suburban neighborhoods of Haverhill.
David was all about family, so bring the kids down for the Curley Kids Run! Want to make this your first 5K? Join the 8 Week Curley Training Group to ensure a strong finish!
DAVID CURLEY MEMORIAL 5K KIDS FUN RUN
Date: Friday, July 15th
Location: Pentucket Lake Elementary School
Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5K
August 4, 2016, 6:30 pm
Starting Line: Lynch Park 55 Ober Street, Beverly, Ma 01915
49th Running of the Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5K Road Race. If you run this race, we guarantee you will see someone you know there! The neighbors line the streets to cheer you on, along this flat course that meanders through ocean side suburbs and ends with a fast, picturesque finish.
It’s Homecoming – bring the whole family and watch the kids in their very own Homecoming Fun Run. Post-race awards, music, photos, refreshments and more.
Want to guarantee you’ll be there? Join the 8 Week Homecoming Training Group and become part of this long-lived Homecoming tradition.
The Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5K is part of the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Seacoast Challenge & Tinman Challenge.
YANKEE HOMECOMING KIDS FUN RUN
Date: Thursday, August 4th
Location: Lynch Park, Beverly
Rowley Poker Run 5K
Witch City 5K, Salem
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9:00 am
Starting Line: Salem Willows Park 167 Fort Ave. Salem, MA 01970
11th Annual Witch City 5K Road Race. Run through Boo-tiful Historic Salem! Get your best running costume ready for the 11th running of this annual Salem Haunted Happenings Event. A great way to begin your day of Halloween fun in Salem.
Let the kids join the Halloween costume fun with the Spooktacular Kids Broom Dash. Post-race awards, costume contest, music, photos, refreshments and more.
Make this race even more fun; join the 8 Week Witch City Training Group for fun and motivation in getting to the starting line.
The Witch City 5K is part of the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Seacoast Challenge, Holiday ‘Hat’ Trick Challenge & Tinman Challenge
WITCH CITY SPOOKTACULAR KIDS BROOM DASH
Date: Saturday, October 15th
Location: Soccer Fields at Salem Willows
Race Series Sponsors:
Witch City 5K Presented by
Witch City 5k Supported by
Going, Going...Gobble 5K, Plaistow
Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 3:00 pm
Pollard School 120 Main Street Plaistow, NH 03865
Celebrate turkey day with the Going, Going…Gobble 5K road race. “What a great, little hometown event!” If you were there in 2015, you couldn’t help but catch the spirit of the Thanksgiving Holiday. From the collective singing of the National Anthem at the start to the victorious 12 year old in his first ‘photo finish’, there was no denying the power of this footrace.
Post-race awards, photos, refreshments and more
Don’t miss the opportunity to be a “part of” in 2016, join the 8 Week Gobble Training Group.
The Going, Going…Gobble 5K is part of the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Holiday ‘Hat’ Trick.
Road Race Series Sponsors
Going Going Gobble 5K Presented By:
Reindeer Run 5K, Beverly
December 3, 2016, 10:00 am
Starting Line: Cabot Street Ymca 245 Cabot Street - Beverly, MA 01915
10 Years of Reindeer’s Running… Reindeer Run 5k Road Race. Don’t miss this Holiday Tradition! Finish the 2016 race series strong with Santa and his elves in holiday costumes running along the coast and through downtown Beverly.
Costume Contest, post-race awards, refreshments, holiday music and more!
The Reindeer Run 5K is part of the YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Holiday ‘Hat’ Trick & the Tinman Challenge
Road Race Series Sponsors:
Reindeer Run 5K Presented By:
Around Cape Ann 25k - A Non-Race Series Event
84th Running of the Around Cape Ann 25K Road Race, September 5, 2016, 8:00am, O’Maley School
More Hill than Miles….16 hills…15.5 miles
Earn your bragging rights by completing one of the original “tough” races. 2016 marks the 84th running of this historic Cape Ann race, run where the great Johnny Kelly and Bill Rogers trod. The Around Cape Ann 25K is a perfect race to help you prepare for any fall marathon.