New Hampshire > Applecrest Half Marathon
Hampton Falls, NH • Sunday, September 8, 2013 • Course Map
As its name suggests, runners get the chance to trek through the apple country of the New Hampshire Seacoast region at the Applecrest Half Marathon, which makes its 2nd annual running in September 2013 and features long stretches along the rolling country roads between Hampton Falls and Kensington here in New Hampshire's southeastern corner.
The race -- whose name is similar, but not to be confused with, October's annual Applefest Half Marathon in Hollis -- will feature an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the Applecrest Farm Orchards, near the intersection of Brown Road and Exeter Road. Open to both runners and walkers, the race is scheduled to start at 8:30 AM (the race check-in tent will open at 6:30 AM).
Once runners leave the starting line on Brown Road, they'll head out onto a route with plentiful rolling hills just a few short miles from the waves rolling in at Hampton Beach, here near the state border between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The clockwise loop route from there unfolds along Brown Road, Kensington Road, Lamprey Road and Drinkwater Road, before heading back to the Applecrest farm for the race finish along Exeter Road.
While they're on the farm, runners and their families and friends can take in the live music from the bluegrass bands playing at the finish line, as well as family-friendly fall-themed games and activities like horse-drawn hay rides and even a pie eating contest (interesting for a fitness-focused event, no?). In keeping with the area's signature crop, there will also be plenty of apple pie, apple cider and peaches and pumpkins, as well as the chance for visitors to pick their own apples, berries and pumpkins and peaches.
The time limit for the race is 3 hours, 30 minutes, which most runners should be able to complete -- walkers will need to make sure they keep a pace of 16 minutes per mile or faster in order to finish within the race's official time. All half marathon finishers will also receive a dish of Applecrest Orchard's most famous dessert, its apple pie and ice cream after they complete their 13.1 miles.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the southeastern coastline of New Hampshire, about 35 miles east of Manchester and roughly 45 miles north of Boston, Mass., Hampton Falls typically sees September temperatures that average between 50°F and 72°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.9 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Sept. 8), the average low is 52°F and the average high is 75°F.
View the race route map for the Applecrest Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by July 31, 2013
$60 if registered by August 31
$70 after Aug. 31, if not sold out
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Colebrook's Dixville Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at Active.com.
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