New Hampshire > Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon & Half Marathon
Hampton, NH • Sunday, October 6, 2013 • 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.
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 amphitheatre.
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.
Both the half marathon and the full marathon are open to both runners and walkers, and runners will have a 6-hour course time limit in which to finish either race. More than 4,000 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in both races combined at the event's 2012 running, including more than 3,100 finishers in the half marathon alone.
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.
October temperatures average between 39°F and 61°F, while rainfall totals average just over 4 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 6), the average low is 42°F and the average high is 65°F.
View the race route map for the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon
$55 for the half marathon, if registered by November 30, 2013
$65 between December 1 - May 31, 2013
$70 between June 1 - August 31
$75 after Aug. 31
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 2013 running of Hampton Beach's Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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