Massachusetts > All Women & One Lucky Guy Half Marathon
Newburyport, MA • Sunday, September 14, 2014 • Course Map
Formerly known as the Maine Coast Half Marathon and run in previous years in York, Maine, the race that now has become the All Women & One Lucky Guy Half Marathon got a new location and race concept for its fifth annual running a couple of years back, and now takes runners through the streets of Newburyport on the North Shore of Massachusetts.
As the race's organizers say, the new course and location offers flatter terrain for runners than the hilly course that was run in Maine, and the new location also offers plenty to do before and after the race, as this historic seaport town has plenty of restaurants, retail shops, hotels and inns for accommodating runners coming in from outside the area.
Runners follow an out-and-back course for the half marathon that starts and finishes at Newburyport High School. From there, runners will venture out onto the country roads between Newburyport and West Newburyport, and pass by two reservoirs along the route, both going out and coming back in. The scheduled starting time for the race is 9:00 AM, and the race usually sees more than 800 runners and walkers (and of course, one lucky guy) cross the finish line.
The concept for the race, "all women and one lucky guy," is exactly that -- the general admission race spots are reserved for women only with the exception of one male entrant. Between the first week of March and October 15, all interested men are encouraged to enter the lottery for the "one lucky guy" spot in the race, which will be drawn in mid-October and then the lucky entrant will be notified on about Oct. 15 or 16. He'll even wear a race bib that reads "One Lucky Guy."
Once he and the rest of the runners are out on the course, they'll all get to enjoy a route that mixes the city with the country. The course takes runners (and walkers, the race is open to both) through wide-open farm fields and along winding country roads, many of which are shaded by tree canopy.
Most of the course's gradual hills are found in the first half of the 13.1-mile race, organizers say, as the second half is mostly slightly downhill, with the exception of a gradual uphill stretch near the finish.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along the waterfront of the Merrimack River in the northeast corner of the state, along what is known as Massachusetts' North Shore, Newburyport typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in September, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 29°F (in 1989) and as high as 98°F (in 2001).
||Day of Race
||Rain: 3.97 in.
||Snow: 0 in.
See the race route map for the All Women & One Lucky Guy Half Marathon
$60 for the half marathon, if registered by August 23, 2014
$70 between Aug. 24 - when the race closes
$75 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the fall 2014 running of Newburyport's All Women & One Lucky Guy Half Marathon race, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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