Saturday, September 25, 2021 • Hull, MA • Course Map
Set for its 7th annual running this fall, the South Shore “3 Beach Minimum” Half Marathon is set to take runners on a gorgeous, scenic run along the South Shore of Massachusetts, a string of beaches, inlets and bays that stretch all the way from Boston to Cape Cod.
Why is the race called the “3 Beach Minimum,” you ask? That’s for what runners will see along the course during the race — in fact, they’ll see more than three. The race begins just south of Hull, a small peninsula town that separates Hull and Massachusetts Bays, and runners start the race looking out onto Nantasket Beach from the avenue by the same name.
From there, the course heads south and east along Nantasket Avenue before turning left onto Jerusalem Road, an exclusive area known for its stately mansions that sit atop big green lawns overlooking the rocky shoreline of the beaches below.
This continues for about 2 miles, and then the road becomes Atlantic Avenue, which unfolds past Black Rock Beach, Pleasant Beach and Sandy Beach.
Miles 4 and 5 bring runners into Cohasset, another beautiful small seaside town (population about 7,500) that’s located roughly where Boston Harbor ends and Massachusetts Bay begins.
The course curls around the edges of Cohasset Cove and brings runners over the bridge at Government Island, and then begins a quiet stretch through shaded, residential areas, to the turnaround loop that circles around Trysting Road and Indian Trail.
After that, runners make the loop and then retrace their steps all the way back to Hull and Nantasket Beach, getting a chance to see everything they’ve just seen a second time. Runners must finish the race within the 3-hour time limit — which organizers say means that the race is for runners only, no walkers.
All photos courtesy South Shore 3 Beach Minimum Half Marathon
Race Climate & Weather
Nestled along the South Shore of Massachusetts, a little less than an hour’s drive from nearby Boston, Hull typically sees September temperatures between 53ºF and 72ºF, while rainfall totals average just over 3.7 inches, making September one of the town’s drier months of the year.
On the day of the race (Sept. 25), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 68ºF.
$95 and up for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Hull’s South Shore “3 Beach Minimum” Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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