Sunday, October 4, 2020 • Hampton, NH • Course Map
Note: The 2020 race is a virtual event. Registration details are included below.
The gorgeously scenic coastal New Hampshire town of Hampton Beach is the setting for the annual fall running of the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon, a 13.1-mile race that takes runners on what is considered one of the easiest half-marathon courses in the region, a route that runs both inland and along the coastline and features just two significant hills.
The race course shows off much of the local scenery for which the area is known, from its beachfront and boardwalk to its more rural inland areas, starting on Ashworth Avenue near B Street.
From there runners head south along Ashworth Avenue down to the turn onto Ocean Boulevard, where they then head northward, running past Hampton Beach State Park on their right briefly before repeating much of the first mile’s loop.
After heading down Ashworth Avenue the second time, runners continue south along Ocean Boulevard and across the bridge, where they’ll pass the Harborside Dunes before reaching the turnaround point and recrossing the bridge.
The next portion of the course takes runners along Ocean Boulevard, following the water and Hampton Beach State Park for much of the course. After a brief left onto North Shore Road, runners make a brief loop before heading back southward along one of New England’s most scenic drives (known as the “two-mile drive”), along Ocean Boulevard down to the finish line near Hampton Beach State Park.
Runners will have a 3-hour, 15-minute course time limit for the half marathon. Between 4,000 and 5,000 runners cross the finish line in the race each year.
While the 2020 race is fully virtual, race organizers plan on hosting a virtual after-party to emulate the in-person experience.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along southeastern New Hampshire’s Atlantic coastline, roughly 40 miles west of Manchester, Hampton typically sees cool to occasionally cold weather in the early fall.
On race day (Oct. 4), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 65ºF.
- 2019 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon Results
- $39 for the virtual race
To reserve your spot in the 2020 virtual running of Hampton’s Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon, register online at Enmotive.com here.
Official Race Website
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