New England Marathons Fall 2020

Looking for a great fall marathon in New England? This extensive listing of marathons all over New England is continually updated and features registration discount codes.

Updated September 18th, 2020

For meteorologists, Fall began on September 1st. For the rest of us it begins on September 22nd.

Many races have been cancelled while others have gone virtual. A few races are still being run in person, but not very many.

Races that are still moving forward have posted COVID-19 statements. Please read these statements and refund policies before registering for a race.

Marathons that have gone virtual often have reduced registration fees. So if you live far from New England this is a great opportunity to run a New England Fall marathon.

Autumnal equinox will be September 22, 2020. The days will continue to grow shorter and cooler until the Winter Solstice on Saturday December 21, 2020. Winter Solstice is the day of the year with the fewest minutes of day light. 

Fall is a great time for marathon running in New England. In late September the air begins to cool and we usually do not have many major storms. By the end of Autumn on December 21st, the leaves have all fallen and the air has a crisp coolness to it.

Looking for a winter run? There aren’t many marathons in New England over the winter but check out New England Winter 2019 marathons HERE.

GREEN RACE – I am designating any race that makes a serious effort to reduce waste and keep recyclable materials out of a landfill.

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New England Marathons Fall 2020

Cape Cod MOVES “Y-Not” Trail Races

Sandwich, MA | 26 September | Saturday | 8:00 AM        CANCELLED

GREEN RACE

COVID 19 strikes again.

The course is rolling with a nice variety of single track and double track. There are some short paved road sections. The course is a 5K loop almost entirely set on the YMCA Camps Hayward and Burgess. Some sections have sticks, roots and ruts. Trail shoes are recommended but not needed for this course.

There will be a short loop to make up the distances needed for the half marathon and marathon.

Base Camp for the race will be Camp Hayward, 52 Pinkham Road, Sandwich, MA.

This event has something for everyone. Ranging from a 50K to a 5K and a marathon relay.

EVENT RESULTS 2019

Stay by the Race!
Three season cabins will be available for rental! These will be for $25 per person, per night. They have electricity but no heat. There are showers on the property. These can be reserved when you register.

This is a Green Event!
There will be no cups allowed on the course! We will be composting out of the race and using only compostable materials (e.g. forks and spoons!). Bring a container to fill with fluids.

Race shirts were available for $10.

Registration closed May 7th.  Registration was $50 for the Marathon and $40 for the Half. 10K is $30 and the 5K is $20.

The Ultra 50K is $60 and the 8 person marathon relay is $75.

Clarence Demar Marathon and Half-Marathon

Keene, NH | 27 September |  Sunday – CANCELLED

Start times: 7:00 AM FULL, 8:00 AM HALF

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Please read the cancellation notice from the Keene Elm City Rotary. You will gain a greater appreciation of what this race means to the community and the people The Rotary helps.

This point to point marathon is almost as legendary as the man. In Melrose we run by the monument to Clarence Demar on our winter running route and on many Sunday Long runs as well. Many runners in my club make it a point to touch the monument as they run by.

This race encompasses an entire weekend if you want it to. You can drive up to Keene Friday night and pick up your bib at Ted’s Shoe & Sport on Main Street. Drive the course or go for a short run on Saturday. Saturday night there is a pasta dinner at the Courtyard Marriott.

On Sunday buses take runners to the starting line at Gilsum Elementary School.  The first Marathon bus leaves Keene State College at 5:15 AM and the last Marathon bus leave at 5:45 AM.

For the Half-Marathon, buses start leaving Keene State College at 6:30 AM. The last bus is 6:00 AM. Drop off point is Surry Mtn. Beach.

If you have never heard of Clarence Demar here is a brief bio.

The Clarence Demar Marathon is USATF Certified, a Boston Qualifier and a  Runner’s Choice Award recipient from runnersgoal.com!

Registration was: $90 for the full and $60 for the Half. Frees increase by $10 on August 16th and another $10 on September 13th through race day registration. The field is limited to 600 runners for each race.

EVENT RESULTS 2019

Fly to Pie Kingdom Marathon, Half and 10K

Newport, VT | 3 October | Sunday | 9:00 AM

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Doin’ the dirt through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom – 26.2 miles, 17 miles, 13.5 miles and 6 Miles courses.

2020 Registration is open:

Marathon Distance and 17 Miles: $75

Half Marathon is $60 and the 10K is $25.

Registration is limited to 50 runners each for the marathon and 17 mile Iconoclast. The half marathon and 10K are limited to 75 runners each.

There are four great routes, offering four very different options to all types of athletes, runners, bikers, and hikers of all ages and all abilities.

A tough, “vista riddled,” and spectacularly beautiful full marathon that will challenge the best marathon runner.

The 13.5 distance is also the course for the family bike challenge is perfect for kids and parents of all ages.

The 17 mile Iconoclast for something just a little different. (It’s a great training run for the NYC Marathon) And, new in 2016, a 6 mile walk, run, or bike from Irasburg Common to Parker Pie.

For one day in September, we fill these dirt roads through “the gut” of The Northeast Kingdom. Everybody but the 6 milers start at Lakeview Aviation at the Newport Airport in Coventry and heads one way or another to Parker Pie in West Glover, with a great pizza party, great beer, and great music. 6 milers start at Irasburg Common. Shuttle service back to the start is provided by our friends at Jay Peak.

EVENT RESULTS 2019

28th New Hampshire Marathon, Half-Marathon & 10K

Bristol, NH | 3 October | Saturday | 9:00 AM  – CANCELLED

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This event features a Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K, and Kid’s Marathon. Truly something for everyone.

This is a hilly race with less than 200 finishers in each of the past four years and less than 10% of marathoners BQ.

You may want to drive up Friday and enjoy the pasta dinner at 5:00pm at the Union Lodge, and get a good night’s sleep.

This race takes place around Newfound Lake, and lodging options are listed on the race website.

The New Hampshire Marathon is a Runner’s Choice Award recipient from Runnersgoal.com!

All three races are USATF Certified and the New Hampshire Marathon is a Boston Qualifier!

Cash prizes for the top finishers of all three races!

Viewtherace.com NH Marathon course video

Registration was $70 for the marathon, $55 for the half and $30 for the 10K.  

On July 17th the race directors decided to cancel the 2020 race due to restrictions that were put in place to combat COVID-19.

EVENT RESULTS 2019

37th Annual NipMuck Trail Marathon and Relay – Virtual

Ashford, CT | 26 September to 11 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM

NipMuch has gone virtual but on-site.

Due to the COVID-19 situation that we all find ourselves in, we unfortunately find that NipMuck can’t be held in the traditional race format this year. We’re transitioning to a virtual race format, which will give participants the option of traversing the NipMuck course any time between the dates of Saturday Sept 26 to Sunday October 11.

We will provide maps of the course that can be used in the AllTrails phone app to help keep you on track. As the race is being held virtually, it’s the expectation that participants be able to traverse the course self-supported.

The NipMuck Trail Marathon is a classic old-school trail race taking place along a northern section of  the Nipmuck Trail. The race aims to preserve many of the qualities from the early days of the New England trail racing scene.

The race site warns of rough terrain and that in some areas an injured runner may wait an hour or more for medical assistance. This is not for the casual runner!

EVENT RESULTS 2019

87 runners finisher the race in 2019.

Registration is open! 

$35 for the marathon and $60 for the marathon relay. On August 1st the marathon goes to $40 and the marathon relay to $70.

Maine Marathon Half-Marathon and Relay

Anytown, USA | 26 September – 12 October | VIRTUAL

Please see the race web site for details.

Registration for the virtual races is open.  All distances will be $35.

If you have already registered, you can request a refund for the difference between the cost of the virtual race and what you paid.  The marathon was $90 and the half was $65. The Marathon Relay was $140. 

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You have the option to run the race on the course on October 12th.

All three races are on an out and back course with rolling hills and views of the Portland skyline, the Atlantic Ocean, and plenty of fall foliage.

All participants are together for the first 6.5 miles before the half marathon breaks off and returns to Portland. The marathon and relay continue along Route 88 to Yarmouth before the return trip to Portland.

This is a Maine Track Club event and approximately 40% of gross revenue is donated to charities each year.

Viewtherace.com Maine Marathon course video

EVENT RESULTS 2019

Joe English Twilight Challenge

Amherst, NH |  TBD October | Saturday   – cancelled

The Joe English Twilight Challenge is an evening/night trail run hosted by Freestyle Farm in Amherst, NH. The event consists of a marathon, a half-marathon and a 6-hour ultra-marathon. The marathon and half-marathon may be run individually or by relay teams. The relay teams (half or full marathon) consist of 2 or 5 runners completing either 5 or 10 laps on a 2.62-mile loop beginning at 7:00 p.m. The 6-hour ultra-marathon begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Ultra participants run the 2.62-mile loop continuously for 6 hours.

Most of the race will be run at night on the groomed equestrian trails at Freestyle Farm.

The event is expected to draw 350 runners ranging from casual athletes to experienced ultra-runners. The event is set within a unique venue with high quality trails around a 50-acre pond. The course will be marked with fluorescent light sticks, ground flags and signal fires.

joe-english-challenge, ultra marathonRegistration for 2020 is not open

Medals will be awarded to the first and last place finishers.

All proceeds benefit the Amherst Land Trust.  The trust protects rural, scenic, and open-space lands for future generations. Founded in 1975, the trust has worked to educate the public about conservation and protect thousands of acres of land similar to the lands across which most of the challenge runs.

This race is USATF Sanctioned. 

EVENT RESULTS 2019

Hartford Marathon, Half-Marathon & 5K

Anytown, USA | 8-11 October | VIRTUAL

Registration is open!    The virtual Marathon, Half, 10K and 5K are all $25.  

The three multi-race challenges are $35.

The 2020 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon will take place from October 8 through 11 as a virtual event and include a new 10K race distance, the 5K race and three new multi-distance race challenges to engage widespread participation.

GREEN RACE

hartford marathon, new england fall marathons2020 marks the 27th running of the Hartford Marathon, wherever you run it.

I ran this marathon in 2012 and can verify that it is very well-organized with lots of community and spectator support.

You can read my race recap HERE.

The Hartford Marathon Foundation takes sustainability seriously. Click HERE to see how they make their races eco-friendly.

When you run the virtual events this year, be sure to keep the spirit alive and be responsible with your trash.

2019 EVENT RESULTS

Amica Newport Marathon & Half

Newport, RI |  11 October | Sunday | 7:30 AM   CANCELLED

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Race along the ocean and help support six local charities.

The Amica Newport Marathon was voted as the “Best Marathon in Rhode Island” and a “Top 20 Half Marathon in the USA” in 2018. In 2016 the race was voted as the “Best Half Marathon” and “Best Race Swag” in the Northeast.

Registration for 2020 is closed:  Marathon $97, Half Marathon $77. Second price increase is July 31, 2020.  

Both races are USATF Certified and the marathon is a Boston Qualifier.

Shuttle service to the start begins at 5AM. FREE PHOTOS and bag check will be available.

ALL EVENT RESULTS 2019

Green Mountain Marathon & Half

South Hero, VT  | 18 October | Sunday | 8:30 AM

The marathon and half-marathon begin and end near the house where Clarence H. Demar, 7 time Boston Marathon Winner, once lived.

vermont marathon, fall new england marathonIt is out and back on the west shore of South Hero and Grand Isle; a land of farms, apple orchards and summer cottages. The terrain is flat to rolling and about half dirt road (hard packed and well maintained).

The half marathon course is an out and back that finishes at the Folsom School (same as the full marathon).

Infinite Pasta-bilities Dinner is Saturday night  at Folsom School, 4 – 7PM.

This is a race for runners by runners and has a reasonable registration fee of $60 for the marathon and $40 for the Half. Day of registration is $70 and $50, respectively.

Registration for 2020 is open!

Field is limited to 750 runners.

CircumBurke Trail Challenge

East Burke, VT | 9 – 18 October | Sunday | 8:02 AM – CANCELLED

Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, East Burke, VT

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This year, in order to maintain the social distancing priority, participants can choose out of 6 dates to complete the course – each day’s registration is capped at 50.

Participants will be released periodically in waves to maintain space from the start of the Challenge.

The Ride With GPS app will be used to map and track progress. Participants must have access to a device to run the app during the event.

The Marathon Trail Run is one 27 mile lap and starts at 8 AM. The CircumBerzerk Bikers MTB Challenge starts at 10 AM.

This 27 mile circuit brings athletes through single track and logging trails on Burke Mountain, the Victory Hill Sector and Kingdom Trails.

The one lap event is for runners or bikers. The two lap “CircumBerzerk 50+ miler is for bikers only.

Elevation gain on the course is more than 3,000 feet.

Registration is closed

Late (onsite) registration is $160. Number pickup & late (onsite) registration is at Sherburne Lodge from 5:00 to 7:30 PM and on race day from 6:45 until 9 AM. 

All proceeds go towards building and maintaining trails along the route!

Start/Finish Venue: Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, East Burke, VT 05832

EVENT RESULTS 2018

Mohawk Mountain Races

Cornwall, CT |  11 October | Saturday | 8:00 AM 

In cooperation with Mohawk Mountain, the Mohawk Mountain Race is sponsored by Steep Endurance at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, CT.

Normally a ski mountain in the winter, the mountain will be transformed into a super fun course! With its challenging ascents and descents on the ski mountain, it is sure to be a race to remember with sweeping viewpoints of the popping Fall foliage at every turn. With several distances to choose from (5K/10K) and NEW this year, Half Marathon/Marathon options, there’s something for every member of the family!

Registration is open! Fees are: $80 for the 8 hour event, $120 for the 2-person 8 hour relay, $45 for the 10K and $35 for the 5K.

Fee increases on September 30th.

While this isn’t a marathon, it is a fall running event, and we don’t have many to pick from this year.

Trapp Lodge Mountain Marathon

Stowe, VT |  17 October | Saturday | 8:00 AM  CANCELLED

This race will challenge you! Although Trapp lodge has some of the smoothest, most runnable trail around, they also boast some incredible single track. Steep climbs and descents and a newly updated climb to the highest point on the Trapp Lodge Property; Round Top Mountain!

The 13.1 mile loop course is approximately 2/3 double track wide trails and dirt roads, and 1/3 serpentine, rugged single track. Full marathon racers will traverse this loop twice. This is a challenging trail race with significant elevation gain and loss and some steep scrambling segments.

Registration is closed. Full Marathon was $90 and the Half was $75. 

2019 EVENT RESULTS

Mount Desert Marathon, Half and Relay

Bar Harbor, ME |  18 October | Sunday |  8:00 AM – Marathon and Marathon Relay,
Half begins at 8:30 in Northeast Harbor – CANCELLED

Registration for 2020 has been cancelled

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Named ‘Most Scenic & runner-up Best Overall Marathon’ by Runner’s World

New England Runner Magazine’s Race of the Year! And many other accolades, too many to list here.

The Marathon and Marathon Relay begin in Bar Harbor, hits the half-way mark near Northeast Harbor and ends in Southwest Harbor.

Miles 12 through 19 are run along the eastern shore of Somes Sound, the only true fjord on the Atlantic Coast. While the entire island is beautiful, Somes Sound has always been one of my favorite areas on MDI.

The Half Marathon begins at 8:30AM in Northeast Harbor and runs north along Somes Sound for five miles.

The marathon had 737 finishers in 2018, and the half had 632 finishers. The Marathon is USATF Sanctioned & Certified: ME12018JK. 

Registration is closed $105 for the Marathon, $90 for the Half, Two-person relay is $95, three-person relay is $85. 

PAST RESULTS – All races

Baystate Marathon & Half Marathon – Virtual

Anytown, USA |  10 – 18 October |  VIRTUAL

Baystate Marathon and and Half Marathon 2020 will be a virtual event. Registration is $30 for the marathon, half and 5K races.

baystate, bay state marathonThis marathon always sells out. There are very few flat marathons in New England, but Baystate is one of them.

If you are looking to qualify for Boston, this is a good choice. The race is mostly flat with the bridges over the Merrimack having the most elevation gain. Part of the course is a double loop, so it can be challenging to see the “Mile 22” sign when you are at Mile 12 and starting to feel it.

This is a well supported race with local high schools competing to have the best water stop! There is plenty of parking at the Tsongas Arena garage.

This is a favorite race for many GBA runners and had about 1,300 finishers in 2018. I’ve run Baystate four times. Baystate Recap – 2014

Viewtherace.com Baystate Marathon course video 

EVENT RESULTS 2019

6th Annual Ocean State Rhode Races

Narragansett, RI |  25 October | Sunday | 7:30 AM

GREEN RACE

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The Marathon starts at 7:30AM, Half at 8AM and the 5K at 8:15AM.

These races feature FREE PHOTOS and a secured bag check at the start.

Registration is open for the virtual runs-   $50 for the Marathon, $50 for the Half and $30 for the 5K. 

On location race registration is full.

Exclusively for Omni Running readers – get 15% off of registration when you use code OMNIFAN. Click here to go to the registration page.

The Marathon is a Boston Qualifier. The Ocean State Rhode Races Half is the final stop of the Rhode Race Series, a four stop series of Rhode Island Half Marathons.

This race harkens back to the original Ocean State Marathon with the start in Narragansett Beach.

It follows beautiful Rt 1a and showcases wonderful ocean views, old stone walls, working farms, estuaries and kayak stands. It really is a pretty one.

It is a smaller marathon so if you are looking to BQ – you won’t have to fight through crowds of people at the start.

Rhode Races & Events is committed to recycling at this year’s Ocean State Rhode Races. Road Races create a lot of waste, but we’ll reduce our footprint by diverting hundreds of pounds of cardboard boxes, water jugs, and plastic bottles from the landfill.

To learn more about our race day efforts and how you can help – please click this link.  Additionally – all clothing discarded at the start of the race will be donated to North American Family Institute.

Rhode Races offers a variety of discounts and packages for companies looking to foster their corporate health and wellness initiatives.  Employees training and participating together helps promote team camaraderie, increased branding and a sense of goodwill.  Join our Corporate Fit Challenge and compete to be the “Most Fit” or the “Most Philanthropic” business. Learn more 

2019 EVENT RESULTS

Cape Cod Marathon and Half Marathon

Anytown, USA | October 1-25  VIRTUAL

On Monday, August 10, 2020, the Town of Falmouth, MA voted to cancel all Special Events in town through December 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, this includes the 2020 Cape Cod Marathon Weekend Event

As a result, we will be offering virtual versions of our race. You can chose your day to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles any day between October 1-25, 2020.

You will be able to print out your custom bib for your run(s).

For the Clam Chowdah Challenge the days should be two consecutive, 13.1 the first day and 26.2 the next.

Our brave, loyal participants will be able to add their time to a leader board as proof of their time(honor system).

A package will be sent out to all virtual participants in November(Clam Chowdah Challengers will receive an additional item, it is a surprise!).

Entry fee is $75 for either race and includes:

  • Downloadable personalized bib
  • Full Color Sublimated Fleece Blanket- A custom  50″x60″full color sublimated fleece blanket for those cool winter nights
  • Custom knit beanie with a POM on top
  • Pair of Sublimated Stretchy Gloves- Custom full color sublimated gloves that stretch over fingers
  • Sublimated Face Mask- A custom 2 layer full color sublimated poly/cotton face mask
  • Leader board for results
  • Unique coastal finisher medal
  • Custom printable certificate

Registration is open

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If you have already registered for either or both races you have these options:

Race Deferral: – This would allow registered runners to defer their registration to the 2021 event without any additional charge.

Donation: – Registered runners will have the opportunity to donate their entry fee to The Falmouth Track Club to support our running events and programs.

The marathon was named “The Best Marathon in Massachusetts” by the RaceRaves in 2018.

2019 MARATHON RESULTS

Cape Cod Half Marathon

Anytown, USA | October 1-25  VIRTUAL

Please see above for details and registration.

2019 HALF RESULTS

Clam Chowdah Challenge

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Pick your favorite course and run The Clam Chowdah Challenge! Both a half and a full marathon.

For the Clam Chowdah Challenge the days should be two consecutive, 13.1 the first day and 26.2 the next.

Registration for the Virtual Clam Chowdah Challenge is $90!

Registration is open.

All finishers of the Clam Chowdah Challenge will receive a chowdah bowl and “medal” spoon, medals for both races and a race shirt.

Previous Marathon and Half Marathon results

In 2019 the organizers implemented changes to minimize the environmental impact of these races. They are reducing waste by:

Replacing plastic bags with Eco-Friendly for Number Pick Up bags
Providing compostable cups at all water stops
Replacing single-use plastic water bottles with reusable water bottles at the finish lines
Creating Compost/Recycle/Trash stations at the finish line
Providing compostable bowls and spoons for the soup and chowder at the marathon and relay finish line
Recycling left over medals when needed

While running your virtual race you can reduce your footprint also.

Don’t toss water bottles or drop that tare off from your gel pack. If you have trash while you are running, hold onto it and look for a trash barrel.

LOCO Half and Full Marathon

Newmarket, NH | 25 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM CANCELLED

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The 7th Annual LOCO half and full Marathon is a spectacular 13.1 mile loop course run completely on tree-lined rural roads.

It travels through four local coastal towns:  Newmarket, Lee, Epping and Newfields New Hampshire.

Not only is a scenic course, it is designed to be fast and easy. Half marathoners run one loop. Marathoners run a second loop.  For the past two years over 32% on average of marathoners qualified for the Boston Marathon.

The Marathon is a double loop of the Half-Marathon. It’s all country roads and 3 miles of rail trail.

This is a runner’s race. The finish time cut-off for 59 years and under is 4:30. For 60 and older it is 5 hours even.

Most marathons have a 6 hour cut-off time. If you are running to see the foliage, you may want to pick another race. If marathon runners cannot make the half-way mark by 2:15 or 2:30 for 60+ years, you will be pulled from the course!

Oh, and marathon runners MUST bring photo ID. So no faking 60+ to get the extra 30 minutes to finish the race!

Cut-off time for the Half-Marathon is 2:30.

The course is USATF Certified at 13.10938 miles. Combined registration is limited to 1,000 runners. Finisher’s medals for all marathon finishers!

Hot food will be served after the race and Smuttynose Brewing will be pouring!

Registration was $89 for the marathon and $69 for the half marathon. 

2019 EVENTS RESULTS

Nor’Witch Halloween 25K, 50K and 100K

Norwich, VT | 31 October | Sunday | 9:00 AM CANCELLED

Challenging in true Vermont tradition, expect elevation gains between 1400′ and 3550′ !

The course is not, repeat, NOT certified! Being hilly, you can also expect to run between 30-45 minutes slower than your average flat marathon time making a BQ pretty unlikely for many if not most.

The Half’witch time limit of 6-hours and gentle downhill final portion of the course are a great combination for walkers, even with all those 1,400 feet of hills thrown in! You’ll feel like Superman or Wonder Woman at the finish line!

Registration is closed: 100K – $150, 50K – $95, 25K – $60

The Roxbury Marathon and Roxbury Half Marathon – CANCELLED

Roxbury, CT |  November 2020 8:30 AM

The Roxbury Marathon and Roxbury Half Marathon are hilly, no-frills foot-races that are run over some of the roads used by the Roxbury Races annual series (about 40 races from February into early December each year).

The entry fee is $35 for the half marathon and $40 for the marathon to cover costs.

Registration is not open as of September 18th.

Manchester City Marathon, Half, Relays & 5K

Manchester, NH |  8 November | Sunday | 8:45 AM

You have the option to run in Manchester or run a virtual race.

The largest New Hampshire marathon, Manchester is USATF Certified and a Boston Qualifier.

manchester marathon, new england fall marathons, new hampshire marathonThe web site describes the race as hilly, challenging and scenic. Many friends have run this race and only had good things to say about their experience.

Registration is open – $100 for the Marathon, $85 for the Half, $180 for the 4-way Marathon Relay and $120 for the 2-way Marathon Relay. The 2-way Half Relay is $110. The 5K is $30.

The virtual marathon, half and 5K are all $30. Virtual relay registration is also available.

Next price increase is September 27th.

The first 2,000 runners will receive a long sleeve event shirt. All runners will enjoy Sam Adams beverages as well as flat bread pizza, Dasani water and Stoneyfield yogurt.

Free race photos and bag check will be available.

EVENT RESULTS 2019

Viewtherace.com Manchester City Marathon course video

The Millinocket Marathon & Half

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Millinocket, ME |  5 December |  Saturday

Marathon starts at 10AM
Half Marathon starts at 10:10 AM

There is no registration fee for this race. This New England Marathon was conceived of as a way to help the economy of a Northern Maine former mill town: Millinocket.

When I was growing up the paper industry made Millinocket a bustling town. While I was attending college at The University of Maine the mill was on it’s last legs. Everyone knew that hard times were coming, just like they did in so many other mill towns across America.

Just like other mill towns across the country, Millinocket is working to reinvent itself.

This race allows you to be a part of that revival and run a great marathon or half marathon.

This race is at least five hours north of Boston. Throw in some traffic or weather and you’ll be well beyond five hours. Just keep that in mind.

Oh, it it’s guaranteed to be cold. It’s just a question of how cold. Keep this in mind before you register.

A note from the Race Director:

Important: Please don’t register unless you are somewhat serious about traveling to Millinocket in the first place. Although our race is FREE, we still prepare bib numbers and accrue expenses to prepare for your participation. We totally understand that life happens, but if you can’t come, don’t just NOT show up; it’s very important to officially cancel your registration in a timely manner so that those volunteering their time and funds do not expend them unnecessarily. Thank you for your understanding — we can’t wait to see you in the Magic City!

2020 registration is open!

Looking for a Winter 2019 marathon? Click HERE.

Run well my friends!

Andy

New England Road Trip challenge

Get your mojo on the go! Try the New England Road Trip challenge series and compete with runners from all over New England and the world!

Is your running motivation in a funk? Lost your mojo?

Why not try the New England Road Trip challenge to get your rear in gear?

New England Road Trip Challenge

Bay State Race Services recently announced this new challenge which begins on August 10th. Registration is open now and will be until October 31st.

The sooner you sign up the sooner you can start logging your miles towards the challenge.

Take your pick of New England Road Trip Challenges from the 52 mile run from Boston to Providence or run the entire virtual road race circuit of 716 miles!

You can run virtual races and “double dip” or log your training miles. Submit your miles and watch your self move along your designated route.

This is a great way to challenge your self even if you don’t like running virtual races.

Virtual Races, New England Road Trip challenge

Pick one or several challenges or run them all!

Boston to Providence – 52 miles (~ 1.00 miles/day)  Finish by Sept. 30th

Concord to Boston – 68 miles (~ 1.30 miles/day)     Finish by Sept. 30th

Providence to Hartford – 76 miles (~ 1.46 miles/day) Finish by Sept. 30th

Augusta to Concord – 140 miles (~ 1.68 miles/day)  Finish by Oct. 31st

Montpelier to Augusta – 180 miles (~ 2.16 miles/day) Finish by Oct. 31st

Hartford to Montpelier – 200 miles (~ 2.4 miles/day) Finish by Oct. 31st

Tour of the Capitols – 716 miles (~ 4.97 miles/day)  Finish by December 31st.

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You are going to run a bunch of miles between now and the end of September, October or the end of the year.

Why not join the challenge and see who get’s there first!

Check out the challenge web site for complete details.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

 

Time for a Margarita Half Marathon

I definitely did not feel like having a margarita after this run. The heat really knocked the snot out of me and booze was the last thing I wanted.

The Margarita Half Marathon was originally scheduled for May 3rd in New Hampshire.

Due to COVID-19 the Margarita Half Marathon and 5K were turned into virtual races. I ran my half marathon on July 10th.

May is a great time to run a half marathon in New Hampshire, July is not such a great time to run a half marathon in the Greater Boston Area (GBA).

Running the Margarita Half Marathon 2020

This was my second half marathon in 14 days. On June 27th I ran The Great Bay Half which was postponed from April 5th to a virtual half.

I had Friday off and decided it would be a good day for a half. No matter how  unfit I was or how hot it was, I was going to do it.

At 8:56 AM I set off from Medford headed to somewhere in Cambridge. I had a general idea of where I was going. My sole criteria for a turn around point was the mile 6 mark.

It’s easier to add on distance on the way back. In May I ran a half and ended up walking almost a mile so I could stop my watch at 13.1 miles for my official distance.

Sometimes I learn from my mistakes.

Garmin lists the temperature at 73° F, but that must have been at 8:56 when I started my watch.

As I ran down my street I actually felt pretty good. And that’s unusual. Usually a knee or an ankle makes a few grumbles.

I should have recalled that when things start out well, they often do not end well.

The First Six Miles

I knew it was going to be warm, hot even. Over the past few months my training has been poor.

My only goal was to finish the race through an honest effort. There’s no cheating in virtual racing. At least not for me.

The first two miles got me to the Somerville side of the Mystic River bridge.

This segment, along the Fellsway, was mostly in full sun.

Margarita Half Marathon, virtual halfAfter the bridge I took a right onto Shore Drive towards Blessing of The Bay Boat House. They had the crew of summer work kids out front for their morning brief.

I was glad to see that at least some kids were getting the opportunity to earn a few dollars and learn how to work this summer.

I went under the Rt. 93 bridge and headed south on Mystic Ave/Rt. 38. The on-coming traffic kept me very focused as the sidewalk is narrow here and folks like to fly down this road.

I found a break in traffic and crossed Mystic Ave to run the back side of Foss Park. The pool was full, but the facility was closed.

I chose this route for a little shade.

To avoid the bridge over the rail tracks I went down Broadway to Cross Street and ran through East Somerville up to Washington Street.

I hit Mile 4 just before I crossed The McGrath Highway and headed for East Cambridge.

Eventually I ended up in Kendall Square and headed down Broadway to find my turn around spot.

Margarita Half 2020, Kendall Square
Broadway in Kendall Square

On my way down Broadway I passed a Starbucks. I wasn’t at mile 6 yet but one water bottle was almost empty and I wasn’t even half way yet.

I ordered a Trenta iced coffee on my phone and turned back to Starbucks.

As I approached the door I stopped my Garmin and then stepped into the dark coolness. My drink was being made as I approached the counter, so I only had a minute or so to cool off.

I grabbed a straw and stepped back into the heat.

The Long Road Home

I was now on my way home and short on distance. My watch hit mile six as I walked down Broadway drinking my coffee. Man it was good!

I took a leisurely jog back through Kendall and The Canal District down to Lechemere Station.

My shorts were so wet from sweat and water dripping off of my coffee that for a moment I thought I had a problem!

When it’s  hot and you are sweating, that is a good thing.

I found a trash can on Cambridge Street and tossed in my empty cup. It only took about a mile and 12 minutes to drink the entire cup. And all of the ice had melted.

I pretty much took the same route back to Washington Street and then took a left into the neighborhood.

At this point my quads were exhausted and I was beginning to feel altered.

I checked my running belt for a salt pill, but I didn’t have one. That was a crucial error on a day like this.

My sports drink had some sodium, but I was dripping sweat.

I got back onto Broadway and ran the same route back to Blessing of the Bay Boat House.

Fortunately they had a porta-potty on the grass next to their parking lot.

It was like an oven in there,  but I meant business!

I continued on the bike path next to Rt. 93 and headed for Medford.

I didn’t hit mile 11 until I had crossed The Mystic Valley Parkway and was less than a mile from home.

At this point I was doing a fair amount of walking and experiencing the worse part of what I had anticipated.

Virtual Margarita Half Finish, Virtual HalfWhen I got back into my neighborhood I started going up and down the side streets to get in my distance.

So close to home and I felt like I was running laps!

I managed to jog down my street and stopped my watch before I got to my house.

I was DONE!

I don’t think everyone has run and reported their results yet. But as of my run I was 131 out of 138!

Have you run any virtual races this year? How do you feel about them?

Run well my Friends!

Andy

Rhode Master Series 2020

Looking to run Rhode Island in 2020? The Rhode Master Series of Marathons and Half Marathons is still taking registrations for feet on the street races!

2020 Rhode Island Rhode Master Series

Originally posted on March 6, 2020. Updated July 8, 2020

My how things have changed.

The Rhode Master Series consists of five Rhode races in five cities and towns across Rhode Island.

The first race, The Newport Marathon and Half Marathon was a live event in April. They 419 finishers for the full marathon and 1139 for the half.

Pretty amazing considering that Massachusetts was under shelter in place orders and The Boston Marathon was postponed at that time.

Newport Full Results

The Bristol Independence Half on June 27th went virtual and had 792 runners – Bristol Full Results.

Jamestown Half is still scheduled for September 19th.

The Narragansett Marathon and Half is still scheduled for October 25th.

The Providence Marathon was scheduled for May 3rd but was cancelled due to the Governors stay at home order which was in place through May 8th.

You can still take your pick of 4 half marathons and two marathons, with three events consisting of both distances.

Sign up for the series and run 3 or 4 of the races. As a Rhode Master Series runner you will receive discounts on registration fees, an exclusive medal that will “complete” the series, swag just for series runners and special sponsor discounts for series runners.

Information on the series is here.

Featured in my post, New England Marathons Fall, you can receive 15% off the Narragansett Marathon or Half.

This discount is normally reserved for Rhode Master Series runners who run at least three races.

Ocean State Rhode Races – Narragansett

Narragansett, RI |  25 October 2020 – Sunday – 7:30 AM

rhode island marathon, fall marathons, virtual race

The Marathon starts at 7:30AM, Half at 8AM and the 5K at 8:15AM.

Narragansett is the final stop in the Rhode Master Series and you are sure to see many Rhode Masters receive their series medal.

This race harkens back to the original Ocean State Marathon with the start in Narragansett Beach.

It follows beautiful Rt 1a and showcases wonderful ocean views, old stone walls, working farms, estuaries and kayak stands. It really is a pretty one.

It is a smaller marathon so you won’t have to fight through crowds of people at the start to achieve your PR or BQ.  The marathon is a Boston Qualifier.

These races feature FREE PHOTOS and a secured bag check at the start.

Registration is open –   $95 for the Marathon, $65 for the Half and $30 for the 5K.

They also have a virtual half marathon option for $50.

Exclusively for Omni Running readers – get 15% off of registration when you use code OMNIFAN. Click here to go to the registration page.

Next price increase is August 31st, 2020.

Rhode Races & Events is committed to recycling at this year’s Ocean State Rhode Races. Road Races create a lot of waste, but we’ll reduce our footprint by diverting hundreds of pounds of cardboard boxes, water jugs, and plastic bottles from the landfill.

To learn more about our race day efforts and how you can help – please click this link.  Additionally – all clothing discarded at the start of the race will be donated to North American Family Institute.

Run Rhode Island well my Friends,

Andy

Fourth of July 5K Races

The Fourth of July weekend is a great time for a 5K. Since July 4th is on Saturday for 2020, it looked like everyone would have an extra day on July 3rd to run a 5K.

With COVID-19 many races have been cancelled or have gone virtual.

Check to see if your local race has gone virtual or has been cancelled and what their refund policy is.

Click on the race title to go to the race web site for registration and additional race details.

Virtual 4th of July

Many races have been cancelled for 2020 and some have gone virtual.

I think the 4th of July was too close to when states started ordering people to self quarantine.  Back in March and April when race directors needed to make the “go or no go” decision there was too much uncertainty.

Virtual races are still new to many runners and race directors probably worried that few runners would sign up.  It was easier and less expensive to simply cancel an event.

Independence run 5K 

Akron, NY | 6PM | CANCELLED?

A USAT&F certified 5K course beginning and ending at Veterans Park

Independence Run 5K, AkronSpecial designed commemorative short sleeve shirts for the first 250 registered participants and Goodie bag  provided by Race sponsors.
Food, Beer, Refreshments, 50-50’s and Awards ceremony immediately following at Veterans Park, Corner of Buell Street & Skyline Drive. Akron NY. FREE access (with race bib).
All proceeds to projects sponsored by The Akron-Newstead Rotary and Akron Lions Club.

Registration $25.00

Pound Ridge 5K

Pound Ridge, NY | Pound Ridge Elementary School  | 9AM | CANCELLED?

Start is at the Pound Ridge Elementary School and it ends at the Pound Ridge Town Park.  There will be music playing and refreshments at the finish.

The Registration will open at 7:30am with the 5K race starting at 9:00am.  The kids races start after the 5K finishes.

Registration $15 Adult, $10 for the kids

LP Miracle Mile

Houlton, ME  | Drake’s Hill on Military Street | 6PM |VIRTUAL

The third running of the Miracle Mile will go to benefit CureSearch and Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation.
In the last two years of racing we have had more than 400 people come to downtown Houlton, ME and help raise over $10,000!
Runners and walkers from all over the state toed the line to race one of the fastest miles New England has to offer.

Now the Miracle Mile can be in your neighborhood!

Montpelier Mile

Montpelier, VT  | 112 State Street  | 6PM – CANCELLED?

As of June 20th, their web site stills says check back for details.

Vermont’s fastest mile! Kick off to Montpelier’s Independence Day Parade! A classic 1 mile race through historic Montpelier in front of thousands of spectators.
After the race enjoy the parade & fireworks! 

Registration $15 adult, $5.00 kids 12 and under – races limited to 300 each.

Fourth of July 5K Races

Virtual Jennifer Tinney Memorial 4th of July Road Race

Boxford, MA  | 1 Elm Street  | 8:00AM | VIRTUAL

Run the 5 Miler or run or walk the 2.5 miler or 1 miler. Truly something for the entire family.  All in the comfort of your own neighborhood or favorite local route!

Registration is $25 for adults and  $20 for children fall all races.

Thomaston 4th of July Annual Firecracker 5K Road Race

Thomaston, ME – Beechwood Street   – 8:30 AM

Race Day Registration (cash only) $25, T-shirt NOT guaranteed.

This race is still an on-ground event!

25th Annual Firecracker 5K Run & Walk

Nantucket  | 10 Young’s Way  | 8:00AM | CANCELLED

Fire Cracker 5K race, Nantucket

A gently rolling course out to Monomy and Back. Race starts and finishes at Nantucket Health Club.

Registration is $25, Race Day Registration is not listed.

They expect 1,000 runners and walkers so I wouldn’t wait to register.

Pittsfield Independence 5K Road Race

Pittsfield, MA  | Wahconah Park  | 9:30AM | CANCELLED

There is no race day registration and it appears that the only option is to down load a form and mail it in. Better get a move on if you want to run this race. Check their web site for additional details.

Friends of the Fourth

Winthrop, ME | 117 Bowdoin St.  | 8AM | VIRTUAL RACE

Previously, after a loop through downtown Winthrop, most of the course followed the beautiful eastern shore of Maranacook Lake.

A family-friendly tradition that you can run at home this year, all proceeds go towards the conservation of the Cobbossee Watershed.

Glen Rock 9/11 Tribute Run 5K/2K Jr.

Glen Rock, NJ  | Veterans Park   | 9AM | CANCELLED

Race Day Registration $25 for each race

A 5k run and 2k Junior Run through the beautiful streets of Glen Rock.  Athletes will enjoy running the 4th of July Parade route prior to the start of the parade and then get to stick around to enjoy the parade itself.

Proceeds go to benefit G.R.A.C.E.  An organization set up after 911 to provide assistance to family members of those who died in the terrorist attacks.  Today, G.R.A.C.E. continues its hard work by maintaining the 911 Memorial in town, and providing scholarship funds to High School Seniors in memory of Glen Rock’s eleven victims.

I hope you have a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend with friends and family. Check out one of the Third or Fourth of July 5K races!

Andy

Virtual 5K Races 2020

With so many races being cancelled due to COVID-19, it’s nice to have the option to run a virtual 5K and support local causes that need your support now more than ever.

Have you ever run a virtual 5K race before?

Until April 20th of 2020, I’d never run virtual 5K races or any other type of virtual races. Running a “race” by myself just seems like a training run to me.

On training runs, I never run as hard as I do during a race.  And the virtual 5k races I’ve run have felt like training runs.

Virtual races allow us to have some fun. Maybe provide the motivation we need to go for a run and our race fees are helping local organizations who really need our support right now.

Virtual 5K Races

It seems like virtual 5K races are everywhere this year but mainly in your in-box.

If you are like me you get emails for virtual races almost every day.

And like me, you’ve probably gotten way too many emails from races you signed up for, informing you that they are going virtual.

My running club, Melrose Running Club, held two virtual races the weekend the Boston Marathon was supposed to take place.

We had the “Keep Your Distance 5K” and the “Virtual-ly Insane Half Marathon” on the weekend of April 20th. Everyone had a good time with it.

We ran the Cinco De Mayo QuaranTeam Virtual challenge on May 5th and will be running the Stepping Stones for Stella 5K and 10K the weekend of June 21st.

The way things are going we will probably be going virtual for the rest of the year.

Can you imagine crowding into a corral before a race?

How about running down the street behind and betwixt hundreds of other runners? All breathing deeply and exhaling forcefully?

There’s a lot of sweat, snot and spit flying during a race. That’s on top of being in everyone else’s space and breathing their air.

Finding Virtual 5K races 2020

As I mentioned above, you probably have more emails than you want announcing new virtual 5K races, 10K and even half marathons.

I’m running two virtual half marathons. God help me!

So between your in-box and the web site of your local race management or timing company, you can probably find more virtual races than you’d care to.

Since you can run a virtual race anywhere and you don’t have to go anywhere, pick a race that supports a cause dear to your heart. Perhaps one that raises funds to thank and support our healthcare providers and first responders.

A few Virtual 5Ks to choose from

Miles 4 My Community – May 23rd. This is a nation-wide effort to raise Virtual racemoney to support local youth sports programs and other local organizations impacted by COVID-19. You can run a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon for a $20 donation. Larger amounts will be accepted.

Registration includes a virtual bib and for $10 each you can order a shirt and a medal.

You track your results with your GPS watch or an app. They are not exactly clear on how to submit your results. That information may be in the registration confirmation email.

Sign up using code ‘maskon’ and you’ll receive a custom printed running gaiter with your registration!

Margarita virtual 5K

Margarita 5KJune 14th.  This race was scheduled to take place in Portsmouth, NH but now it can take place in your neighborhood.

For this race they will mail your shirt, bib and medal. So you can run around your neighborhood in the race shirt, with a bib. When you get home you can mix your own margarita and show off your medal.

The 5K is $39. There is also the Margarita Half for $79. Swag for the half includes a nice quarter zip fleece.

2020 Boston Run Fest Virtual – June 19-21 Registration is free and you can run a 5K, 10K or half-marathon.

Boston Road Runners, Boston Run FestBoston Road Runners is a local non-profit to inspire youth to run. Our vision is to create a community of runners to support one another while giving back. The Boston Run Fest will benefit the youth to support their runs through youth runs, youth running programs, and create a safe space for youth to gain confidence.

The run is open and free we encourage everyone to make a donation to support our non-profit.

Stepping Stones for StellaJune 21st.   This race is free with a donation appreciated to support their work. Click the image below for details.

Stepping Stones for Stella, virtual 5K race
Click to learn more

Smuttynose 5K – June 21st.  This race is still scheduled to happen at the Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, NH. Loco Running does have a COVID 19 notice on the race web page stating that they may have to go virtual.

You will still get a shirt, bib and medal but no beer or BBQ.

I think it’s a safe bet that this will be a virtual race.

Smuttynose Will Run 5K for Beer, Virtual 5K

Of course you can make up your own virtual 5K race and make a donation to a local food pantry.

Run well my Friends and stay healthy!

Andy