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New Hampshire > Heads Up Half Marathon
Concord, NH  •  Sunday, September 8, 2013  •  Course Map

Take a run through the streets of New Hampshire's capital city as late summer is transitioning to early fall at the 2nd annual Heads Up Half Marathon, an all-new race that's organized and sponsored by the Concord-based Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire, part of an effort both to encourage physical fitness and raise awareness of concussions and concussion-related injuries in youth sports.

The race is set to start and finish in White Park, whose history dates back to 1884, which makes it one of the state's oldest municipal parks (it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places back in 1982). From the starting line inside the park, runners head out on a course that starts out through the downtown city streets of Concord, starting off with some of the biggest hills of the course.

The hills settle down after the first couple of miles, as runners turn onto Bradley Street and pass the Old North Cemetery on their way toward Washington Street and Spring Street, which they turn onto and begin a long stretch southward through the city.

Runners will quite literally run through one of the oldest settlements in American history at this race, as human history in the Concord area dates back thousands of years to the original Pennacook Native American tribes who lived, farmed and fished here in what is now the Merrimack River.

First settled by white Europeans in the mid-1720s, the city that we now know as Concord later into the 18th century, and today it is home to the oldest continuously operating state legislature building anywhere in the United States, the New Hampshire State House that was built in the mid-1810s. Runners will pass by the State House early in the race and get much more of a feel for this New England capital on the subsequent miles along the course, which unfold past Rollins Park, stretches of the Cilley State Forest and White Farm.

The middle miles of the race take runners out of the city and into the countryside that surrounds Concord, hitting the second hilly stretch of the race after about the mile 7 marker along Silk Farm Road. The hills continue over the next three miles through bucolic rural roads, and then flatten out again once runners make the turn onto Langley Parkway, which heads southeast toward White Farm and then east toward the campus of New Hampshire Hospital, which runners will criss-cross through on their way back into the city.

Runners next head north toward the campus of the University of New Hampshire, and then back again around Rumford Street, Franklin Street and Charles Street before turning back into White Park where the race finish line lies. The scheduled starting time for the race is 9:00 AM, and the race is open to both runners and walkers.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in central southern New Hampshire, just over a 20-minute drive north from Manchester and roughly 70 miles northwest of Boston, Mass., Concord typically sees September temperatures that average between 47°F and 72°F, while rainfall totals average just under 3.2 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (Sept. 8), the average low is 49°F and the average high is 75°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Heads Up Half Marathon

Starting Time

9:00 AM


$45 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2012
$55 between January 1 - May 31, 2013
$60 between June 1 - August 31
$70 on September 1 and after


To reserve your spot in the late summer 2013 running of Concord's Heads Up Half Marathon, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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