The Highland Yard
Running for Housing in the Highlands


Updates from The Highland Yard and Places for People

2017 Highland Yard SWAG has arrived!

Look what we have! Our 2017 Highland Yard SWAG has been delivered and this year we have some awesome long sleeve t-shirts for the 5K and 10K registrants and some cool and creative fandanas for 2K participants!  

Don't forget to register by May 31st to qualify for EARLY BIRD RATES at

Aaron Berning
5K and 10K Age Group Changes

We received some great feedback on last year's post-race survey and based on those comments we have broken the 0-19 age group for the 5K and 10K events into two so the 'big kids' are not directly competing with the younger kids for recognition.

Our new age groups will be 10-14 and 15-19.  Those under 10 choosing to run either the 5K or 10K will be placed in the younger age group.  All other age groupings will be the same as previous years.

Aaron Berning
Earlier Race Start Times and Cheaper Team Rates for the 2017 Highland Yard

The 2017 Highland Yard has made some changes for the run this summer.  First, we have moved ALL the start times for the races to earlier in the day to try to beat the heat and humidity of August.

The 10K will kick off at 9AM sharp, followed by the 5K at 9:15AM and the 2K at 9:30AM. This means that Registration will be closing at 8:30am and a bit earlier start to the day for you. 

Second, we are reducing the cost for teams – please check out the new rates – and sign up as a team and get the benefits.

We look forward to seeing you on August 6th, bright and early!

Aaron Berning
The Highland Yard and Places for People Media Roundup

Places for People featured in the July/August issue of the United Church Observer

Watch the Highlander Online: The 2014 Highland Yard

Minden Times: Places for People seeking board members.

CTV News Barrie: Helping families in Haliburton County!

Highlander: Locals show well at Highland Yard

The Highland Yard on Canoe

  • Listen to our Race Director, Jack Russell, talk about the Highland Yard. At the time, we only had 20 registrants... but we're happy to report we have more and more everyday!
  • Earl Cooper talks about piping for the Highland Yard, a long standing tradition!
  • The Highland Yard is a tradition steeped in history. Listen to Jane Boyd discuss the origins of this race.
  • Listen as Sue Shikaze talks about the Highland Yard from the runner's perspective, including improvements to the event, the 2K walk, and ways to train for the 10K and 5K run.
  • Want to know how to prepare for the Highland Yard? Tina Newman, Registered Massage Therapist at Highland Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, tells us how start off the race on the right foot.
  • Todd Houston talks about organizing the Highland Yard with Kilcoo Camp, and the massive job of manually calculating the timed results before chip technology automated timed road races.

Please contact to get in touch with our committee. We would love to talk with you.


Rural Poverty: An ongoing issue in Haliburton County
By participating in the Highland Yard, you will be helping to ease one aspect of rural poverty in Haliburton County - the lack of affordable housing. To learn more about rural poverty in Haliburton County, please visit the links below:

Podcast: Fay Martin on Homelessness. February 2012

Rural Poverty in Haliburton County. Minden Times Series. Jenn Watt. 2008.

Poverty touches every aspect of life. Haliburton Echo. Jenn Watt. 2010.

Legal access workshop will address poverty issues. Haliburton Echo. Jenn Watt. 2011.