Join in the 2nd Annual Little Pumpkin Duathlon at Salem Willows the first Saturday in October. Children 11 years and under are welcome to compete in this unique Run/Bike/Run in historic Salem. This event will include a kids fun zone, pumpkin painting, relay races.
Throw on your running shoes and get ready for the Summer Solstice 5k Run/Walk! The Proceeds from this event will support two organizations – the Ipswich YMCA and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This race is to honor Bill – a former member and previously on the board of directors of the YMCA who unfortunately lost his battle with Multiple Myeloma. This race is to support some of the causes that he supported in the hopes that they will be able to help others. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to run for a cause.
The ECTA annual ECTAthlon is friendly relay competition held at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield and Hamilton and on private trails in Ipswich where teams or individuals compete in running, mountain biking, horseback riding and kayaking events. This unique event, which will be held on Saturday, June 4th, was envisioned as a way to bring diverse trail users together in a fun and exciting way, and to highlight the incredible network of trails in our area. The June 4th date also coincides with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, a series of nationwide events celebrating trails and trail access.
In 2013, a group of local moms, in partnership with the Winner’s Circle Running Club organized this running/walking event to support the One Fund and the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Last year this event raised $15,000 for the One Fund … let’s do it again! If you are a runner/walker, sign up now to support the cause. There's a special Kids Run at 10am followed by the Charity Run at 10:30am. Event day registration starts at 8:30 AM at Cashman Park.
The 4th Annual - Run the Heater 5K usually starts and ends at Singing Beach but due to anticipated construction at Singing Beach this fall, we will be using a revised route this year. The Heater is the traditional route that early citizens of Manchester used to warm up their horses. This 3.1 mile route celebrates this Manchester tradition, and brings you through and around the heart of Downtown Manchester. Kids will run a separate race on the beach with medal to be given every particitipant. Other fun activities will include facepainting, live music and a fun family atmosphere.
The 19th Annual - Topsfield Six-Hour Run/Walk Against Breast Cancer, hosted by the G.A.C. Running Club at Bradley Palmer State Park is a benefit event where proceeds will be donated to support educational programming and materials for patients of the Breast Health Center, node:4123] at Danvers. It's a wonderful way to spend time with the family and help a good cause on Mother's Day!
The Yukan Run Triple Threat Race Series is a half marathon, 5K and 1 mile race. There's something for everyone in the race series - serious runners, kids, enthusiasts and even walkers are invited to race! Proceeds from the races go to local charities like The Open Door. Sign up for one or all three races, it will be a great morning filled with healthy fun!
The ECTA Pan Ipswich Challenge is a ~20 mile walk or run fundraiser from the west end of Ipswich (Hood Pond) to the coast (Steep Hill Beach) that will highlight some of the best trails and open lands on the North Shore! Participants are encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 through pledges with the proceeds going to the ECTA.