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New Hampshire > Applefest Half Marathon & 2-Person Relay
Hollis, NH  •  Saturday, October 5, 2013  •  Course Map

A hilly and difficult race that takes place in the heart of New Hampshire's apple- and fruit-growing farm region, the Applefest Half Marathon & 2-Person Relay offers a beautifully scenic half-marathon event for runners -- and it's open to runners only -- who are fit and prepared for the race's many challenging stretches.

But runners get their reward in the end at the after-race refreshments, as all receive a helping of the locally famous New England Country Pie apple crisp. At the event's 2012 running, 705 runners crossed the finish line in the individual half marathon, while about 80 two-person teams completed the half marathon relay race (men's, women's and coed teams combined).

The course for this out-and-back loop course starts and finishes at Hollis/Brookline High School on Cavalier Street, and is fast and flat for the first mile and a half. About halfway through the second mile of the course, the hills begin and don't really stop until the final hill just before the finish, except for a relatively flat stretch between miles 5 and 7.

Just after mile 9 is the "big hill," as organizers note, a 100-yard stretch with a grade as steep as 10 to 12 percent. Overall, the course features a total elevation climb of 729 feet and a total drop of 741 feet -- proof that the hills aren't labeled "killers" by the race organizers lightly. The race also has been recognized both for the natural beauty and the challenge of its course by New England Runner magazine, which named the course its top race of the year in 2008.

More than half the race is shaded by the abundant trees and foliage along the course, which provides welcome comfort from the sun, especially in light of the challenging hills. Organizers also advice training for this race by running plenty of hills in your practice runs, as it is easy to wear yourself out in the first half of the race and have nothing left for the last 6 miles.

Runners thinking of participating in the event are encouraged to sign up as early as possible, as organizers plan to limit the number of entrants to 1,200 for the 2012 race. The scheduled starting time for the race is 10:00 AM, and the course time limit is 3 hours.

Age group awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female finishers in each of the following age divisions: under 15, 15 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, and age 70 and above.

Race Weather & Climate

Located just a few miles north of the New Hampshire-Massachusetts state line, about 20 miles south of Manchester and roughly 50 miles northwest of Boston, Mass., Hollis typically sees October temperatures that average between 37°F and 61°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 3.9 inches, making October its third-wettest month of the year.

On the day of the race (Oct. 5), the average low is 40°F and the average high is 65°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Applefest Half Marathon


$50 for the individual half marathon, if registered by April 30, 2013
$55 after April 30

$100 per team for the half marathon relay, if registered by April 30
$110 after April 30


To reserve your spot in the early fall 2013 running of Hollis's Applefest Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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