HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The St. Patrick’s Parade isn’t the only holiday tradition in the city of Holyoke- the day before the parade is always Road Race Day. The annual 10K across the city will be marking its 41st year on Saturday. 22News is working for you with information for runners and spectators.
How do I register?
The corrals for the race are nearly full, so registration is open through Thursday until midnight- you can sign up online through RaceWire. Registration is $40 per person.
Where do I get my runner/walker number?
Your number will not be delivered to you- you must pick it up in person! You can pick it up on Friday between 3:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. at race headquarters- 143 Maple Street. You can also pick up your number there on race day from 9:00 A.M. to news time.
When does the race start?
The main event- the 10K race- begins at 1:00 P.M.
There is a kids’ Fun Run (free and does not require registration) during the morning. Runners in that race are expected to line up at 10:45.
Where do I park?
You may park at Holyoke Community College on Homestead Avenue- shuttles will be running between the college and the starting/finish lines from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. You may also park in downtown parking lots, or on nearby streets- note that parking can be somewhat difficult to come by near the finish line, where there are lots of spectators.
What is the race route?
The race starts at the beginning of Maple Street in downtown Holyoke, and continues down South Street toward Westfield Road, then up Homestead Avenue past HCC to Cherry Street, which turns into Beech Street. The race ends on Hampden Street near the corner of Maple. This is where the largest group of spectators tends to congregate.