Saturday, May 16, 2020 • Alton, NH • Course Map
This state’s famed Lakes Region is the setting for the Big Lake Half Marathon, which takes between 800 and 1,000 or more runners every year on a tour of the shores and hills of Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest lake in New Hampshire.
Bordered by the nearby White Mountains and Ossipee Mountain Range, the course for this point-to-point race starts at the Alton Central School and makes a narrow loop along the lake, passing by sights such as Sandy Point, Pumpkin Point and Mt. Major Park, and finishes a little over a mile from the starting line at the Alton Bay Community Center.
The USA Track & Field-certified race course includes numerous rolling hills and rises a total of just over 200 feet in elevation throughout the race, with its steepest hill occurring around mile 6, followed by a long gradual downhill over the next 2 miles.
Along the way pay close attention to our awesome aid stations as they are competing for your vote. We will welcome you back to Alton Bay with music, beer, and plenty of refreshments. Organizers add that while there is a 3 hour, 30 minute time limit for runners on the course, the race signs and water stops stay up until the last runner finishes (although the later water stops may be self-serve).
But the biggest attraction for this race is probably the scenery itself, which organizers justifiably describe as spectacular and which help make the half a great centerpiece or conclusion to a vacation in this beautiful part of New England. It’s a favorite destination for driving tours, skiing, hiking and nature walking, fall foliage tours and more.
– Race description provided by Big Lake Half Marathon
Race Weather & Climate
Located in southeastern New Hampshire, about 40 miles northeast of Manchester and roughly 90 miles north of Boston, Alton typically sees cool to mild weather conditions in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 29 degrees (in 1997) and as high as 95 degrees (in 1987).
On race day (May 16), the average low is 42°F and the average high is 65°F.
- 2019 Big Lake Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Big Lake Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Big Lake Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Big Lake Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Big Lake Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Big Lake Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Big Lake Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Make a Wish Big Lake Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Make a Wish Big Lake Half Marathon Results
$59 – $79 for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the late spring 2020 running of Alton’s Big Lake Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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