New Hampshire > Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon
Hampton, NH • Sunday, October 5, 2014 • Course Map
The gorgeously scenic coastal New Hampshire town of Hampton Beach is the setting for the annual fall running of the Smuttynose Brewing Company Hampton 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.
Note: The 2014 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon will feature a newly designed course, but will use the same starting and finish line area as 2013. The new course was not yet released at this writing; the text below describes the 2013 course.
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 D Street near the famous Seashell Stage outdoor amphitheater.
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 in 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.
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.
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See the race route map for the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon
$65 for the half marathon, if registered by November 10, 2014
$75 between Nov. 11, 2013 - July 31, 2014
$85 on August 1 and after
Organizers note that this race often sells out weeks in advance, so runners are encouraged to sign up as early as possible.
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2014 running of Hampton Beach's Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon race, register online at Active.com.
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