South Shore 3 Beach Minimum Half Marathon

Saturday, September 28, 2024 • Hull, MA • Course Map

Set for its 10th 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. 28), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 68ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the South Shore 3 Beach Minimum Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

7:30 AM

Course Time Limit

3 hours


$95 and up


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of Hull’s South Shore “3 Beach Minimum” Half Marathon, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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3 comments… add one
  • Carolyn Murray August 21, 2023, 2:28 pm

    My daughter, Melisa Lyn Mann is running her first 1/2 Marathon at 3 Beach.. We will be there and wonder if there are things to do in the area during the 3 hr. wait? Thank you

  • John Donlon September 23, 2015, 8:29 am

    Hi, I’m the race director for the 3 Beach Minimum Half and I just noticed that the start time is listed at 8:00am. It’s actually 7:30am (it was 8:00am last year)…please change this immediately as the race is in three days!



    • Terrell Johnson September 23, 2015, 8:24 pm

      Sorry about the discrepancy in the starting time… it’s been changed now! Thanks for the update.


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