Sunday, December 6, 2020 • Haverhill, MA • Course Map
Note: The 2020 race is a virtual event to be run by December 31. Registration details are included below.
Get ready to run for the holidays and at the Jingle Bell Half Marathon. Whether you’re running to finish your fall running season or start your winter races, the Jingle Bell Half Marathon is a fun race to get you in the running and holiday spirit.
A New Hampshire race until 2018, the Jingle Bell Half crossed the border into Massachusetts for the full race in 2019, with a start and finish line at Northern Essex Community College outside of downtown Haverhill. The first several miles of the course lead runners in a loop around the college and the surrounding area before 5K runners cross the finish line. Half marathoners, however, head east in another loop.
From there, half marathoners head south in a counterclockwise loop of the rural roads northeast of Haverhill, continuing downhill at first, then uphill with more rolling hills during the second half of the course. The entire course takes place along paved rural roads, leading runners past farms and conservation areas before heading back to the finish line.
According to the race website, the course passes “conservation land, two small ponds, rolling fields of hay, stone walls, and apple orchards” and is a great race for runners of all levels. Be sure to stay for the afterparty at the community college, which features entertainment, hot soup and cocoa, and of course beer (for runners of drinking age).
Race Weather & Climate
Located in northern Massachusetts next to the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border, Haverhill experiences cold and wet Decembers, with 4.1 inches of rain and 9 inches of snow on average for the month.
On race day (Dec. 6), the average low is 27ºF and the average high is 43ºF.
- 2018 Jingle Bell Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Jingle Bell Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Jingle Bell Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Jingle Bell Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Jingle Bell Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Jingle Bell Half Marathon Results
- $39 for the virtual race
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of Atkinson’s Jingle Bell Half Marathon, register online at Enmotive.com here.
Official Race Website
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