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The Second Annual Green Stride Half Marathon in Newburyport, Massachusetts—Simply Awesome
Following great success in 2011, the Green Stride Newburyport Half Marathon and Relay is set for October 21, 2012. Green Stride is dedicated to setting eco-friendly standards in race management while providing a tremendously enjoyable event with Octoberfest post race party. "Run the Newburyport Half Marathon and help save the planet."

The Second Annual Green Stride Half Marathon in Newburyport, Massachusetts—Simply Awesome

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Sunday, 14 October, 2012

The second annual Newburyport Green Stride Half Marathon has an innovative approach to racing and race management, and will be teaming with Sub 5 Racing of Rindge, New Hampshire to bring one of the best events to New England runners in a region known for outstanding races. The very popular half marathon distance is the main event, but in an inclusive way they are also providing a two-person and a four-person relay. This group is dedicated to green racing, and not only that, they are dedicated to an important charitable cause for the region, the Life is Good Playmakers. Last year they raised over $13,000 for this innovative charity, and this year they hope to double that.

Any of the 1,700 participants in the inaugural last year can tell you that the event and the party were outstanding. They have created an enjoyable and environmentally friendly event; and now it is a proven formula that will be taken to the next level. Newburyport was recognized by governor Duval Patrick as an exceptional green city and one in the forefront of green energy. This event helps to enhance that reputation.

Green Stride and Sub 5 Racing will team up to present this race. In addition to outstanding organization and planning, they are committed to promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle, and a healthy lifestyle. Many businesses will sponsor and participate in this event, providing or presenting green initiatives, highlighting the advantages of, and raising awareness for, the benefits of living in a green community—a community at large and the green running community.

In addition, runners just want to have fun--racing fun and party fun. The beautiful course will offer that, and the Octoberfest party with great beer and sustainable food will put the finishing touches on it.

Last year Nate Jenkins led the way for the men with his 1:08:40; Caroline Bjune was the women's winner with a strong 1:21:49. Both are from nearby Andover, Massachusetts, although there were runners from many states in the mix. Age group awards included runners from at least seven different states, including women's masters leader Kelly Bradbury (1:31:12), although she was running on her hometown streets. The men's masters were led by Joseph Koech with 1:11:09. Cash prizes will once again be offered for the top five women and men, and age group awards will be provided in 5-year divisions. Of course there will be separate prizes for the two-person and four person relay teams. There will be $3,000 in prize money for the top five women and men, and five year age group prizes along with prizes for the best “Green Theme” team and individuals.

The course will be changed slightly, and recertified by USATF, to better accommodate the larger field and yes, MUCH larger, (like over 4ft high) mile markers. Likewise the race headquarters venue will be changed to the Towle Building, 260 Merrimac Street, Newburyport 01950--near the harbor and the Merrimack River and very close to the North End Boat Club where registration was located last year. Start and finish will again be very near the North End Boat Club.

This race, which will once again run on a great course during peak foliage season, will begin at a convenient 11:00 a.m. this year, placing the timing of the Octoberfest celebration right where it should be. Racing is big in this city by the sea, which hosts some of the best road racing in a region known as the national hotbed of running; the Yankee Homecoming races, for example, just sped through town on July 31.

There will be cash prizes, live music and great beer for the post race party from Peak Organic, one of the sponsors, along with terrific post race food and many other amenities.

More on the Newburyport Green Stride Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay
Newburyport will be beautiful on October 21, and the course will be inviting—and so will the Octoberfest party with music and a beer tent. In addition to Peak Organic Beers (they promise not to run out), several other local brewers will be participating (two tickets for all 21 or older), and the post race food will be outstanding while you enjoy the music and the special Newburyport atmosphere.

This race is for individuals of all abilities—friendly for all paces and experience levels. And if you are not up to the complete 13.1 there are two classes of relay teams—the four-person and two-person. Members will run respectively about 5K or 10K each.

Did you ever want to be treated like an elite runner? Green Stride offers a unique VIP package with true privileges: Parking close by, separate porto-potties, very special and way cool T-shirt, separate food tent (different stuff), unlimited beer from Peak Organic, and more. Pay an extra $60 fee (goes to a variety of green causes) and experience the best race of your career.

As you would expect from “Green Stride”, the T-shirts for the first 500 to register will be “wicked cool” from Recover Recycled Apparel. Most importantly they are made in the USA from 100% recycled materials--uniquely commemorative, comfortable, attractive and practicable race wear. Those who are not among the first 500 will receive all organic cotton T-shirts. You may be surprised at the innovative ways in which they are making this one of the greenest races in the country. You will also love the unique finisher's medal.

This is a counter-clockwise, mostly flat, USATF-certified loop course starting on Merrimack Street near the waterfront. See the course map with street listing (watch for tweaks before race day) on the Race Website The Website has detailed information on the course and profile with aid stations and relay transitions, sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, accommodations, charities, VIP package and other perks, parking and directions, FAQ's, awards, info on race director, Life is Good Running Team, and more. As they say, “This race is full of awesomeness for runners of all levels.”

After you register you will receive regular e-mail updates and information.

And just so you feel even better about feeling good, proceeds from the event will once again go to the Life is Good Children’s Foundation to fund “Playmakers” programs everywhere, which are dedicated to helping kids overcome poverty, violence, and devastating illnesses. These programs assist kids who deal daily with life threatening challenges and needs. Have a look at this:

Sub 5 Racing
Sub 5 Race Management is a full service race management company based in New England. They create their own races like the Monadnock Half Marathon and the Jay Peak Trail Running Festival as well as offer race support services from marketing to course certification to course management for races like the Green Stride Half Marathon, Manchester 5k & the COX Marathon in Providence.

For more information on their services and events, please contact Chris Bernier at 603-899-3210 or Visit their website at

Don’t Miss the Second Annual Green Stride Newburyport Half Marathon and Relay
Join a few thousand friends for this event, a must-do on October 21, 2012, starting at 11:00 a.m. in one of the most beautiful of coastal towns, Newburyport. This event is unique and it is your half marathon in an historic setting with all the glory of New England autumn. Runners of all ages and all paces will have a great tour along the waterfront and throughout the neighborhoods with historic buildings and homes--a very scenic course.

Run this half marathon and see what benefits green racing can bring. Running this course, especially this time of year, will prove memorable. And if you like to party following your runs, well.... They have planned well for you. It will be a gem once again, only bigger and better—be there.



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