, Newburyport, MA

December 1, 2012

Local sports briefs

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Running

The second annual Run Santa Run 1-Miler will be Dec. 1 at 3:25 p.m. at Town Park. The race will start the Amesbury Holiday Parade. Come dressed as Santa, Mrs. Claus, Buddy the Elf or any holiday character. Registration will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Town (Pines) Park near the ball field, across form Amesbury high School. The fee is $10 and free for kids under 10 when running with an adult. You can also sign up on


The Frosty Knuckle 5K will be Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Hobo Cafe in Salisbury Beach. The registration closing date on will be Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. The cost is $20 pre-registration or $25 on race day.


The Winner’s Circle Running Club Boston Training Run Series starts Dec. 16. Eight runs of increasing distances will be held at two-week intervals, spanning the Boston training time frame. To make sure you don’t get bored, each run will be hosted by different WCRC members at different locations. All WCRC members are invited to participate, whether or not you are running Boston. Shorter courses will also be designed for each session for those not interested in marathon distances. The first training run of 10-12 miles (December 16) will be hosted by Mike McCormick in Newburyport. Hosts are needed for Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, March 10 and March 22. If you would like to host, contact Mike McCormick at 978-382-0738 or

Skating Show

The Merrimack Valley Skating Club will be holding its annual Winter Figure Skating Exhibition and Family Skate at the Graf Rink Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. This event is an opportunity for the community to come and watch area figure skaters perform various routines choreographed to holiday music. There will be Family Skate after the last performance (5 p.m.) for all in attendance. Skate rentals will be complimentary on behalf of the Graf Rink. For more information on these events or any other happenings at the Graf Rink, please call 978-462-8112 or visit


Registration for Newburyport Youth Soccer’s spring season is open for all divisions (Tots, U6, U8, U10). Registration closes Jan. 1. Register at

Learn to Skate

The Graf Rink, in cooperation with the Merrimack Valley Skating Club, is accepting applications for its fall Learn to Skate and Tiny Tots programs. Classes will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Please visit for more detailed information such as class times and cost.


Newburyport Youth Hockey is continuing to accept registrations for its Learn to Skate. The program is open to boys and girls from ages of 3 to 9 and runs 20 weeks starting Sunday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Register before class at 9:30 or online at Cost is $125 per skater ($75 for second child). Any questions, call Dick Tierney 978-465-0128.