Sunday, October 2, 2016 • Hampton, NH • Course Map
The gorgeously scenic coastal New Hampshire town of Hampton Beach is the setting for the annual fall running of the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon, a 13.1-mile race that takes runners on what is considered one of the easiest half-marathon courses in the region, a route that runs both inland and along the coastline and features just two significant hills.
The race course shows off much of the local scenery for which the area is known, from its beachfront and boardwalk to its more rural inland areas, starting on Ashworth Avenue near B Street.
From there runners head south along Ashworth Avenue down to the turn onto Q Street, where they head east toward the water and then head northward along Ocean Boulevard, running past Hampton Beach State Park on their right for roughly the next two and a half miles of the race until they hit Winnacunnet Road, where they turn left and head westward away from the ocean.
Once onto Winnacunnet, also known as Highway 101, runners then head out of Hampton and into the area known as North Hampton, also called the North Parish or “North Hill,” where runners will head past the turn-of-the-century estate known as the Fuller Gardens are located, home to two acres of flower gardens filled with thousands of tulips and rose bushes.
This section of the race also includes its hilliest stretch, as the race elevation climbs roughly 50 feet between the mile 3 and mile 6 markers.
The course continues through North Hampton, past Lamprey Pond and following the twists and turns of Woodland Road, Maple Road and Chapel Road to take the field back toward the waterfront, putting runners back out onto Ocean Boulevard near the area known as Little Boars Head, whose rocky cliffs look out onto the water.
From there, the last few miles of the race take runners southward along one of New England’s most scenic drives (known as the “two-mile drive”), along Ocean Boulevard down to the finish line near Hampton Beach State Park.
Runners will have a 3-hour, 15-minute course time limit for the half marathon. Between 4,000 and 5,000 runners cross the finish line in the race each year.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along southeastern New Hampshire’s Atlantic coastline, roughly 40 miles west of Manchester, Hampton typically sees cool to occasionally cold weather in the early fall.
On race day (Oct. 2), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 66ºF.
- 2015 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- $75 for the half marathon, if registered by August 14, 2016
- $85 on August 15 and after
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Hampton’s Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon, register online at ImAthlete.com here.
Official Race Website
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