Saturday, September 9, 2023 • Plymouth, MA • Course Map
More than 1,000 runners cross the finish line each September at the annual Run To The Rock Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, which takes runners from the Miles Standish State Forest on a course northward toward the home of the famous landmark Plymouth Rock, where pilgrims on the Mayflower landed in the early 1600s.
Now something of a local tradition in this town located about 40 miles south of Boston in the area known as the South Shore near Cape Cod, the race raises money for and awareness of Plymouth’s Boys & Girls Club After School fitness programs.
The course for the half marathon begins in the Miles Standish State Forest near College Pond, and follows a course made up entirely of paved roads, which winds slightly northwest toward Plymouth throughout, running parallel along State Route 3.
Described by past participants as a course with “big, rolling hills,” the race presents perhaps its toughest challenge around mile 11, with a big uphill stretch near Jordan Hospital along Sandwich Street as runners near downtown Plymouth.
The finish line offers the reward for runners who’ve braved what are often very warm conditions this time of year, as the race finishes at the Plymouth Harbor Marina, where runners may get relief from the water if they wish.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the shoreline of Cape Cod Bay in coastal Massachusetts, roughly 40 miles south of downtown Boston, Plymouth typically sees wetter, milder weather in September than in the previous months, and has seen record temperatures during the month as low as 32°F (in 1989) and as high as 100°F (in 1953).
On race day (Sept. 9), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 74ºF.
- 2022 Results
- 2021 Run to the Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Run to the Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Run to the Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Run to the Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Run to the Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Run to the Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Run to the Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Run to the Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Run to the Rock Half Marathon Results
- $65 – $75 for the half marathon
- $30 – $35 for the 10K
- $25 – $30 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of Plymouth’s Run to the Rock Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the official website below.
Official Race Website
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