2017 ROAD RACE SERIES - REASON TO RUN
All Proceeds for the 2017 Race Series will support initiatives that combat childhood obesity.
In 2006, the YMCA of the North Shore created 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.
2017 marks our 11th year! Join us for 10 fun-filled events for all ages. Because everyone has a REASON TO RUN!
NEW For 2017 - JOIN THE RANKS! Check out our new challenges:
TITAN - Run 2 Series Races and become a TITAN, earning a badge to wear proudly and share on social media!
SPARTAN - Run 6 Series Races and earn the title SPARTAN! In addition to your badge to share and wear, you'll receive a limited edition SERIES SPARTAN COMMEMORATIVE JACKET at the end-of-season celebration.
WARRIOR - Run all 10 Series Races and be crowned ROAD WARRIOR. Wear your badge proudly, receive an additional race SWAG BAG along with your COMMEMORATIVE JACKET at the end-of-season celebration.
YMCA North Shore Road Race Series Scores can be found by visiting COOLRUNNING.COM
Chase the Gorilla Down the Argilla 5k, Ipswich
Saturday - April 15, 2017, 9:00 am.
Starting line: Ipswich Family YMCA 110 County Rd. Ipswich, MA 01938
Parking will be provided at the Ipswich Hellenic Center (next to Ipswich Ford)
117 County Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938
Welcome to the 13th Annual Chase The Gorilla Down Argilla 5K road race. This fun-filled family event kicks off the 2016 YMCA North Shore Road Race Series! 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!
Thank You To Our Sponsors!
Ring Around the Neck 5 Mile, Marblehead
Sunday - April 23, 2017, 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: Sunday - April 23, 2017
Location: Devereux Beach, Marblehead
Backshore 5 Mile, Gloucester
Thursday - May 18, 2017, 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.
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 18, 2017, 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
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Lace up and be a part of Fiesta! This 5K race has become an integral part of Gloucester’s Annual St. Peter’s Fiesta. Race starts at Stage Fort Park and runs through and finishes in the heart of Fiesta. This race is for the whole family to run and enjoy! Awards, DJ and a festival follow this annual event.
Firecracker 4 Mile, Swampscott
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 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: Tuesday, July 4th
Location: Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA
Beverly Yankee Homecoming 5K
Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6:30pm
Starting Line: Lynch Park 55 Ober Street, Beverly, Ma 01915
KIDS FUN RUN
Thursday, August 3 6:00pm
Location: Lynch Park, Beverly
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 at 6:00pm.
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.
Run the Goose, Gloucester
Monday, September 4, 2017, 8:30am
After a year off, the Goose is back! This 7K is a challenging run (sometimes a trail run) on Labor Day morning around the amazing Goose Cove reservoir in Gloucester. The Race starts at the O’Maley Middle School parking lot 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.
Witch City 5K, Salem
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 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 14th
Location: Soccer Fields at Salem Willows
Race Series Sponsors:
Witch City 5K Presented by
Witch City 5k Supported by
Reindeer Run 5K, Beverly
Satuday, December 2, 2017, 10:00 am
Starting Line: Cabot Street Ymca 245 Cabot Street - Beverly, MA 01915
11 Years of Reindeer’s Running… Reindeer Run 5k Road Race. Don’t miss this Holiday Tradition! Finish the 2017 race series strong with Santa and his elves in holiday costumes running along the coast and through downtown Beverly.
Dog and stroller friendly.
Top finishers win a Pie, ugly sweater and reindeer costume contest, post-race awards, refreshments, holiday music and more!
Road Race Series Sponsors:
Reindeer Run 5K Presented By: