New Hampshire > Smuttynose Palooza Indoor Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
Milford, NH • Saturday, January 14, 2012 • Course Map
Ever wanted to run as flat and fast a half marathon as you could possibly find in New England in the middle of January? Well, you'd be hard-pressed to find one flatter than Milford's Smuttynose Palooza Half Marathon, Relay and Cabin Fever 5K -- it's run indoors on the running track inside a gym and indoor sports facility, as a much welcome break from the frigid weather here outside this time of year.
Set for its second annual running in the early part of winter 2012, the Smuttynose Palooza indoor races take runners around the track inside the Hampshire Hills Athletics Club Dome, an indoor gym and sports facility located along Emerson Road, just south of Milford. Because they'll be running around a track, organizers say this is the only half marathon with as many water stops as it has -- no fewer than 68.
Runners start and finish the half marathon and the half marathon relay completely inside, with just over five laps around the indoor track equal to one mile -- which means runners in the individual half marathon will make about 68 laps around the track to complete their 13.1 miles. There's also a half marathon relay for teams of between 2 and 5 runners each, so team members can run as many as 34 laps or as few as 12 or 13 laps each.
The half marathon and relay aren't the only races on the day of the event, however -- there's also the aptly named Cabin Fever 5K. For this race, runners will have to leave behind the relative warmth and comfort of the Hampshire Hills gym, as this race will be run outdoors in what will likely be temperatures in the 20s or perhaps even the teens. Depending on the weather in the days leading up to the race, there could be snow on the ground as well, so come prepared for some wet, snowy or muddy terrain.
While the 5K and half marathon relay races are run in the morning -- the 5K starting time is scheduled for 8:30 AM, followed by the half marathon relay at 9:30 AM -- the individual half marathon doesn't begin until 2:00 in the afternoon. It's also divided into two heats, the first of which starts at 2:00 PM and the second begins at 4:00 PM.
Weather & Climate
Located in southern New Hampshire, about 20 miles southwest of Manchester and roughly 50 miles northwest of Boston, Mass., Milford typically sees very cold weather in January, when average monthly temperatures range between 33°F and 12°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 3.4 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Jan. 14), the average high is 33°F and the average low is 12°F.
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Registration for the winter 2012 running of Milford's Smuttynose Palooza Indoor Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and Cabin Fever 5K race is closed. Please check back later for information on how to sign up for the race's 2013 running.
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