The Highland Yard
A Home Run


Updates from The Highland Yard and Places for People

The Highland Yard partners with Boshkung Brewing Co.

Before Places for People took over the run in 2013, The Highland Yard was known as The Heineken Yard, having had a partnership with the beer company of the same name. While we are not changing the name, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with an excellent brewery that is local to the Haliburton Highlands: Boshkung Brewing Co.

On race day, all of our runners can treat themselves to a free 12oz beer at Boshkung Social, just up the Gull River River from the Start/Finish line at 20 Water Street in Minden. We will be holding a small celebration there just after the race and runners can show their bib anytime on Race Day to get their free beer.

Aaron Berning
2018 Supporter Thanks

A heartfelt thank you to all the individuals who volunteer and the businesses who donate and enable us to do this fundraising event each year. Without them we could not make it happen!

    Gold Donors

    • Minden Hills Township

    Silver Donors

    • Paul Wilson Consulting
    • Dentistry in the Highlands
    • Hudson Henderson, Minden
    • Walker's Heating & Cooling

    Bronze Donors

    • Haliburton TImbrMart
    • Highland Glass
    • Minden Subaru
    • Cordell Carpet
    • John Parish, Re/Max Sales Representative
    • Minden Home Hardware

    Contributing Sponsors

    • Minden River Cone
    • Tammy Rea, Sticks & Stones Media
    • Troy Austen & Jeff Wilson, Team Haliburton Highlands
    • Shepherd Environmental Services
    • Dollo's Foodland
    • Haliburton Foodland
    • Todd's Independent
    • Minden Valu Mart
    • Haliburton Echo
    • Water Depot
    • Kawartha Dairy
    • Minden Tim Horton's
    • County of Haliburton
    • Camp Onondaga
    • Canoe FM
    • Moose FM
    • Tom Cookson
    • Minden Pharmasave
    Aaron Berning
    The mugs are ready!

    We're pleased to share a sneak peak at our 2018 Highland Yard mugs that will be awarded our 5k and 10K age group winners. These mugs have been handcrafted by local potter Bernie Nicholson of Pottery in the Forest and we can't wait to hand these out!

    Aaron Berning
    2018 Highland Yard SWAG Announcement

    The Highland Yard Race Committee has had the first planning meeting for the 2018 Highland Yard taking place on August 5th 2018. Just because it was our first meeting, doesn't mean we have not been hard at work! In fact, all of our SWAG is already on hand and ready for runners and volunteers to enjoy!

    As these pictures show, we were excited to try it all on! 2K runners will receive a white Highland Yard Fandanna, 5K and 10K participants will be receiving a Lightweight Running Toque perfect for keeping warm on brisk morning runs without overheating, and Volunteers will be adorned with Crimson Red Volunteer T-Shirts!

    Aaron Berning
    Registration for 2018 Highland Yard Now Open!

    The Highland Yard Race Committee is hard at work getting ready for this year's race (taking place on Sunday, August 5th 2018) and we've started things off by launching our early bird registration: Save $10 if you register by May 31st!

    Aaron Berning
    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.


    MediaAaron Berning