Sunday, November 6, 2016 • Manchester, NH • Course Map
Set for its 10th annual running through the historic downtown mill district here in the largest city in the Granite State, the Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay takes runners on an out-and-back loop course that features ample views of the city’s most scenic areas, including the banks of the Merrimack River and areas like Livingston Park and Derryfield Park.
More than 1,200 runners and relay team participants crossed the finish line in both races combined at the race’s fall 2014 running, with just over 600 runners finishing a half marathon race that starts and finishes near the intersection of Elm Street and Hanover Street downtown, and follows what is roughly a clockwise loop route through the city.
From the starting line on Elm, which is home to Manchester’s government and banking center and is known as a bustling area during both the daytime and evening, runners first head south from Veterans Memorial Park and then west toward the river onto Commercial Street, which they follow northward for about the next three miles, as the stretch along Commercial gives way to a run along River Road, which runners follow until it curves eastward to the turn onto Union Street.
The next stretch of the race, which takes runners south on Union and then east along Campbell before turning on Juniper into Livingston Park, features some of the half marathon route’s larger hills.
Runners can expect the elevation to rise from roughly 200 feet above sea level near the starting line to around 400 feet between the mile 4 and mile 5 markers, and after that the race features rolling hills along a gradual descent throughout the rest of the course back into the finish line.
The stretch of the race that runs through Livingston Park features a run along the edges of Doors Pond, which lies right in the middle of the park, and then puts the field back out onto Red Coat Lane and back into the city’s neighborhoods and streets.
The latter half of the race also features a mix of city blocks and streets with runs past some of its tree-lined parks, including Derryfield Park and Stevens Pond Park, and after a couple more turns there’s a last final and long straightaway stretch into the race finish area and Athlete’s Village at Veterans Park.
The scheduled starting time for the race is 8:50 AM, and runners will have 3 hours to complete the half marathon (runners in the full marathon will have 6 hours to complete their race).
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the banks of the Merrimack River in southern New Hampshire, roughly 40 miles from the coast, the city of Manchester typically experiences cool to often quite cold weather in the mid-fall, and relatively steady precipitation year-round.
On race day (Nov. 6), the average low is 35ºF and the average high is 56ºF.
- 2015 Anthem Manchester City Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Anthem Manchester City Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Anthem Manchester City Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Anthem Manchester City Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Anthem Manchester City Half Marathon Results
- 7:50 AM – early start time
- 8:50 AM – regular start time
- $60 for the half marathon, if registered by May 31, 2016
- $65 between June 1 – July 31
- $75 between August 1 – September 30
- $85 on October 1 and after
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Anthem Manchester City Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay, register online at LightBoxReg.com here.
Official Race Website
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