Celebrate Car-Free Newbury Street with a Bite-Sized Road Race

Tracksmith is hosting a mile-long race down the usually busy street.

Newbury Street

Photo by Catherine Cray

Forget the slow-going, wall-to-wall crowds usually ambling down Newbury Street. Tracksmith wants to help you experience the shopping hub like never before.

On the morning of August 13—one of the days this summer when Newbury Street will close to cars—the running apparel brand is hosting the Trackhouse Mile, a mile-long race up and down the famed street. Speedsters will start at Tracksmith’s store at 285 Newbury Street, run down to Dartmouth Street, turn around, run back up to Massachusetts Avenue, turn around, and finish back at the store for some celebratory beverages.

The short-and-sweet race is open to everybody, though there will be a seeded heat and an open registration heat. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers, as well as the male and female runners with the fastest last quarter-mile.

Registration costs $30, and can be completed here. And remember: It’s a sprint, not a marathon.

$30, 8/13, 10:15 a.m. Tracksmith, 285 Newbury St., Boston, racewire.com.