Sunday, October 21, 2018 • Lowell, MA • Course Map
Ever since the first running of the Baystate Marathon & Half Marathon back in 1990, these two races have become known as one of the fastest and flattest events of their kind anywhere in the Northeast, and have also become one of the region’s most popular events used by competitive runners to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
The Lowell Sun Half Marathon shares the same starting line and time as the full, 26.2-mile marathon, near the city’s Paul Tsongas Arena, named for the former senator who ran for president in the early 1990s.
From there, the half marathon follows a double-loop course that winds a little over six and a half miles through the city streets of Lowell, and across two major bridges over the river and through LeLacheur Park, which overlooks the Merrimack River across from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus.
Runners can expect to encounter a number of slight changes in elevation over the duration of the race, though nothing too challenging or significant — the uphill and downhill stretches at most change about 50 to 75 feet in elevation. The steepest changes occur between miles 2 and 3, and miles 5 and 6 (which runners will make their way around twice, as this race is a double loop course).
As much of the race takes runners along the highway past the waters of the Merrimack, which cuts a path right through the center of the city, the course offers ample scenery to take your mind off the run. The race finish line lies just a stone’s throw from the starting line on Father Monssette Boulevard, along the traffic circle in front of the Tsongas Arena.
Just over 2,700 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined at the event’s 2016 running, with more than 1,300 finishers in the half marathon alone.
The 26.2-mile race in this event has been ranked by Outside Magazine as the fourth-fastest in the nation out of all marathons across the country with more than 1,390 finishers, according to the finishing times for all runners.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just over 30 miles northwest of Boston, this city on Massachusetts’ Merrimack River tends to see cool to mild weather in October — Lowell’s rainiest month of the year — which has brought record temperatures here as low as 20°F (in 1988) and as high as 89°F (in 1963).
On race day (Oct. 21), the average low is 36ºF and the average high is 59ºF.
- 2017 Baystate Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Baystate Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Baystate Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Baystate Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Baystate Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Baystate Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Baystate Half Marathon Results
- 8:00 AM
- $70 – $95 for the half marathon
- $90 – $115 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Baystate Marathon & Half Marathon race, register online at Lightboxreg.com here.
Official Race Website
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