Half marathoners run one loop, while marathoners run two. The late October date usually provides ideal running temps in the 50's in addition to amazing fall foliage. The course elevation has a change of less than 100 feet, so it's flat and fast. For the past two years, over 32% of our marathoners qualified for the Boston Marathon!
The race starts and finishes at the Rockingham Ballroom in Newmarket. There are just the right number of flat sections, a few rolling hills to help you use different muscles, and a spectacular 3-mile section on the Rail Trail. The first three miles are rolling and take you down a shaded road to Lee, NH. Next up is an almost totally flat section until Mile 5, after which there's a gentle incline into Epping where you'll likely see a pair of Clydesdale horses grazing in the field as you pass Clarke Farm.
You'll then run through Newmarket and up a small hill before heading out onto the last 3-mile stretch on the beautiful Rail Trail. It's relatively flat with almost imperceptible gradual downhill sections, so take some time to look around and enjoy the views of beaver ponds and unspoiled forests!
Not only do you get a wonderful day of amazingly scenic running, but you're also treated to an after-party in the Rockingham Ballroom, featuring FREE bone-warming soup, healthy Stonyfield Yogurt, energizing Clif Bars, and Hint flavored water. As if that weren't awesome enough, runners 21+ get tasty craft beer from our friends at Smuttynose Brewing Company! The best part? It's all included with your registration!
Half Marathon: USD 69.0
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm