Green Stride St. Patty's Day 5K & 10K - and Pub Crawl - in Beautiful Salisbury Beach Reservation
Kick off your St. Patrick's Day weekend with a terrific run at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, and stay for the parties at local Salisbury Pubs and Beach Bars. It is a terrific 5K loop in isolated spledor at the reservation--take two loops for 10K, walk or run. Get your friends involved and win prizes--hey, it's St. Pattys Day. Running Green for fun!
Posted Thursday, 7 March, 2013
Get ready to run an amazing and enjoyable run and party in Salisbury, Massachusetts on Saturday, March 12 along the North Shore's gorgeous coast. The Green Stride St. Patty's Day 5K and 10K is a beautiful flat, paved loop on a very private reservation, a course that runs along postcard perfect beach, ocean front, marsh and wetland area. It feels so isolated that you won't believe you are on the North Shore. But soon after finishing your run you can enjoy food, beverages, live music (Irish, of course) at three of the local pubs in Salisbury. There will be plenty of parking at the reservation and lots of space at the pubs (all very close to each other so you won't have to crawl far).
This very enjoyable event is professionally organized by the folks at Green Stride Racing, the same organization that brought you the Green Stride Half Marathon in Newburyport that was so successful the last two years. And they also recently held the Rum Runner 5K in the Florida Keys--talk about contrast. This course has no cars and very few turns, so you can really turn it on.
The first 500 to register are guaranteed a tech shirt. Shirts can only be guaranteed to those preregistering. There will be plenty of free parking at the reservation.
You are guaranteed a well organized race filled with camaraderie with other runners, great prizes and good times--and a lot of folks dressed in St. Pattys green. So ladies and gentlemen, lace up your running shoes and kick your training into high-gear as you will definitely want to run this one-of-a-kind event! Use St. Pattys Day weekend to get your running in gear, and then reward yourself with refreshments and party time along the Beach Bars: Dolphin's Grill, Hobo's Carousel, Uncle Eddies, perhaps more.
Salisbury Beach Reservation
Salisbury Beach is one of the state's most popular ocean beaches, stretching 3.8 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. However, this is really quiet time at this beautiful reservation. This is a true gem, just like this new St. Patties Day Race. This 521-acre park offers swimming, boating, fishing, and camping, and is very popular with trailer campers. Facilities include a 484-site campground with renovated bathhouses, an extensive day-use parking lot, three new comfort stations for the beach-going public with boardwalks over the dunes, and a new playground and pavilion area. The facility also has two boat ramps on the Merrimack River at the campground's southern edge. There are many seabirds and wildlife, and, as noted, because of the peninsular isolation, you won't believe you are near town. In fall and winter, harbor seals often sun themselves on the jetty. The town of Salisbury has many activities for children of all ages, including (in summer) a large amusement park and video arcades. But this is March, and the perfect time to celebrate St. Patrick and the Green with quiet running and then terrific laughs and music.
The tourists will be gone, and it will be a runner's race and space.
Park Directions: Salisbury Beach is located on the coast of north-eastern Massachusetts.
From Rte. 95: Take exit 58A to Newburyport and the intersection with Rte. 110 east. Follow Rte. 110 East to Salisbury and the intersection with Rte. 1A North. Turn right on Rte. 1A and follow it 2 miles to the Park entrance on the right.
From Rte. 495: Take Rte. 495 to exit 55 and the intersection with Rte. 110. Follow Rte 110 East to Salisbury and the intersection with Rte. 1a north. Follow Rte. 1a north approximately 2 miles to the Park entrance on the right. http://www.stpattyrace.com/
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Please support the sponsors listed on the Race Website as they make it all possible. If you wish to participate as a volunteer, please see the race director contact below.
For additional information contact the Race Director: email@example.com. Runners (and walkers) of all levels are welcome and encouraged to run in the supportive atmosphere of this race. You will see highly competitive runners, joggers, walkers and everyone in between. That's right, some serious competitors, some who will come for the party, and all levels in between.
You can pick up your race packet and T-shirt at the convenient Greater Boston Running Company in Newburyport from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15. They will also offer discounts on everything in the store for race participants at that time. You can also pick up your packet on race morning beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Green Stride is dedicated to setting eco-friendly standards in race management while providing a tremendously enjoyable event with their unique "Pub-Crawl" post race party. Runners of all ages and all paces will have a great tour along the waterfront and throughout the reservation with ocean views and marsh vistas--a very scenic course. Run this 5K or 10K 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, and better than many similar events on the schedule—be there. http://www.stpattyrace.com/