Tuesday, August 1, 2017
It started in 1960 with 30 runners who finished the original race distance of eight miles. As word spread, and the running boom grew, so did the Yankee Homecoming event. A shorter race was eventually added (the distance alternating between 3 miles and 5K over the years). In the mid-1990’s the event hit its peak when over 2200 runners finished the 10 Miler and close to 1000 participants ran the shorter event. Such is the history, the tradition, the lore, and the lure of the Yankee Homecoming Races.
The 2017 Yankee Homecoming 10M and 5K will once again live up to its billing as a classic New England event.
Imagine a beautiful summer evening in the beautiful town of Newburyport, MA. Each year, hundreds of runners in both the 10M and 5K enjoy a breathtaking course through the bucolic seaside town, running along the ocean for several miles before winding through a state park and charming New England neighborhoods. The Yankee Homecoming 10 Mile and 5K are truly picture perfect.
So it has been for decades. And the tradition continues in 2017 as we celebrate the 58th year of the Yankee Homecoming Race.
NEWBURYPORT — Jon Pearson has spent the last 35 years directing the Yankee Homecoming 10-mile Road Race, an annual Newburyport tradition that offers a course filled with challenges, seemingly endless climbs, and every once in a while, a feeling of personal triumph. Click here for the rest of the article from the Newburyport News!