Sunday, October 7, 2018 • Concord, NH • Course Map
Set for its fifth annual running along the rolling country roads between Loudon and Concord, the capital of the state, the New England Half Marathon offers up plentiful scenery along the course, from the tree-lined roads that make up most of the route to the bridge crossing over the Merrimack River once you make it into Concord.
From the starting line at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, a small town of just over 5,300 residents to the north of Concord, runners make their way south along Rocky Pond Road and Old Shaker Road, passing by the Loudon Country Club and the 101-acre Holt Road Marsh Wildlife Management Area along the way.
They’ll continue south along Old Shaker Road into Concord, then turning onto Eastman Street before crossing over the Merrimack River, which runs through the lower third of the state and was once one of the world’s most-used rivers for waterpower. Today it’s still largely undeveloped, as more than 80 percent of the land along the Upper Merrimack remains forest, farm or wetland.
After crossing over the Styles Bridge just past the mile 11 marker, runners continue heading south into town, running around the edge of the Horseshoe Pond before making their way along the final mile stretch into the finish line, in front of the New Hampshire State House on Main Street.
There will be 6 water stops during the race, organizers note — at the 2-mile, 4-mile, 6.2-mile, 8-mile, 10-mile and 12-mile markers.
Finish Line Location
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the winding Merrimack River in southern New Hampshire, about a 20-minute drive north from Manchester, Concord typically sees mild to cool and occasionally quite cold weather in October, which also brings the city’s first snowfall of the year later in the month.
On race day (Oct. 7), the average low is 40ºF and the average high is 66ºF.
- $70 for the half marathon, if registered by May 31, 2018
- $80 between June 1 – August 31
- $90 between September 1 – 29 (at 12:00 noon)
- $100 on the day of the race (if not sold out)
To reserve your spot in the fall 2018 running of Concord’s New England Half Marathon race, register online at RunReg.com here.
Official Race Website
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