The 55th Annual Yankee Homecoming Ten Miler and 5K—Fun, History and Tradition
Yankee Homecoming races will run for the 55th time in historic, bucolic Newburyport, Massachusetts, July 29, 2014. They have built one of the longest and best road race traditions in the USA. Newburyport provides a beautiful, historic harbor side course on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Choose either the 10-miler or 5K and join about 3,000 other runners on an evening trek through welcoming Newburyport.
Posted Monday, 21 July, 2014
This is a true gem in New England road racing, on a typical warm and pleasant summer evening on the North Shore. What a contrast to think about after such a long and brutal winter. This one has USATF certified courses, cash prizes for individuals in the 10-mile and cash prizes for USATF teams, also for the 10-mile. The 5K offers gift certificates for prizes for both individuals and teams, including the rare corporate team option.
This brings excellent competition on USATF-certified courses and a great race tradition to this hotbed of New England running during their week-long Homecoming celebrations. Both races have five-year age groups with gift certificates offered as prizes going three deep in each category, both races.
They have always been open to all. However, with numbers approaching 3,700-about half in each event—there may be a need to put a cap on the field. In any case it would be good to get your registration done early; they provide T-shirts to the first 1,200 in each race. Plus it is beneficial to sign up and set goals as we move into the warmer racing season. This rare Tuesday evening race is a favorite for many New England runners, and some have come back year after year. Great organization has spawned a loyal following.
Easy to Get To-Car or Rail
Newburyport is easy to get to and just off Interstate 95, and close to I-495 as well. And it is well worth the visit with the historic downtown with shops and restaurants, historic buildings and harbor views. There is also a convenient MBTA Commuter Rail stop close to race headquarters, which runs out of Boston’s North Station.
Please visit the website for details on registration, directions, course maps, awards, race charity, pledge opportunities, teams (club and corporate), chip timing, previous years’ results, photos, links, contacts, and more: www.yankeerace.com.
Race day has been made very convenient. They will make race packets and T-shirts available at Newburyport High School for the entire day on race day, July 29. From 8:00 a.m. race morning; pick up (and late registration if not closed) will be available right up until race time: the 5K starts at 6:00 p.m., and the 10-miler kicks off at 6:10 p.m.
With registration, start and finish, and post race, Newburyport High School will be the center of all race activity. The start lines are near the front of the High School on High Street heading into downtown, and the finish is on the football field behind the high school, a stadium finish. It is located at 241 High Street, Newburyport 01950.
This race began in 1960 as an eight miler (Yankee Homecoming week-long celebrations began in 1957). There were 30 runners toeing the line for the first one; how things have changed since then! The race grew by leaps and bounds. A three-mile was added as the race’s popularity grew and demand increased, and that eventually became the standard 5K. Over 2,200 finished the ten-miler alone in the nineties, and the 5K has grown each year. See interesting notes on the races’ history and background on the website www.yankeerace.com.
The Long Term, the Experts
This race is significant in many ways, including the fact that it has one of the longest serving race directors in the business. Jon Pearson, now in his 34th year as Race Director, and his race committee have done an outstanding job with this event and developed it into a true New England classic. On many occasions it has been chosen as the USATF-New England Championship, and will likely be so again soon. Proceeds from the race benefit the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research program.
Contact the race committee with questions at Yankeeseacoast@comcast.net or call 978-376-5328 (days).
Historic Newburyport was founded in 1635 as part of the town of Newbury. It was split off as a separate town in 1764, mostly because it was a seafaring town and Newbury was generally agricultural. The historic seaport is a vibrant tourism destination, and for good reason. It was a beehive of merchant activity, fishing and whaling port, a center for shipbuilding and merchant trade, and home to several large distilleries, owing to the rum-molasses-sugar trade. It was the site of large shipbuilding operations including the first of the famous clipper ships, and many thereafter. It was also the site of the first US Coast Guard Station.
It was the home of William Lloyd Garrison, notable abolitionist, and has the oldest continuously operating courthouse in the nation. High Street, where the high school is located, is also one of the main sections of town for the large sea captains’ homes—many are in beautiful condition. Parks and gardens abound. They have done a remarkable job preserving the downtown, and pubs and restaurants are housed in a variety of historic buildings. The Newburyport Customs House Museum and Cushing House Museum and Garden are well worth a tour.
It sits on the Atlantic at the mouth of the Merrimack River. Plum Island and various wetlands and marshes surround the town. Beautiful spot to visit; wonderful place to run!
Be Part of this Popular Classic
This race has been terrific for 55 years, and Jon and staff keep working to make it better. This one is for everyone from the swiftest to the back of the pack runners and walkers; it is the same beautiful course for all. Think summer, and sign up for an outstanding running experience, whichever distance you choose. Please do not plan on race day registration. Do it now! Have a great run along the harbor, parks and historic neighborhoods of Newburyport. We will see you there.
The race website is www.yankeerace.com