Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Newburyport's Yankee Homecoming Road Race

This week was Newburyport's Yankee Homecoming with events happening every day/evening. Tuesday evening was the 50th Annual Yankee Homecoming 10mile and 5k road race.

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 Ten Miler and close to 1000 participants ran the shorter event. Such is the history and tradition, the lore, and the lure of the Yankee Homecoming Races. 

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