Fall begins on September 22nd this year. Fall New England marathons are generally cool and usually not cold. It may rain, but you probably won’t get snow. Fall is a great time for marathons in New England.
Fall New England Marathons 2018
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 – 9AM
This event features a Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K, and Kid’s Marathon. Truly something for everyone. 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!
2018 will be the 26th running of this event.
Sunday, September 30th, 2018 – 8AM start time
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.
For 2018, Amby Burfoot will be the keynote speaker.
On Sunday buses take runners to the starting line in Gilsum. Marathon buses leave at 6:15, Half-Marathon buses start leaving at 6:30AM.
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!
Sunday, September 30th, 2018 – 8AM
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.
2018 will be the 35th year for this out and back double loop race. 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!
114 runners finished in 2017. RESULTS
The marathon only accepts 180 registrations, so check their site for open registration.
Sunday, September 30th, 2018 – 7:45AM
Registration is $80 for the Marathon, $55 for The Half and $160 for the Marathon Relay through April 30th. The combined races are capped at 3,500 runners. Registration closes when that number is met or September 27th, which ever comes first. So don’t wait!
Both races are USATF Certified, the marathon is a Boston Qualifier and has some nice prize money!
Sunday September 30th, 2018 9:00 AM
Run it – Bike it – Hike it – But do it!
Doin’ the dirt through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom – 26.2 miles 17 miles 13.5 miles 6 Miles.
Check their web site for details. Not your average road race, so wear your trail shoes!
Sunday, October 7th, 2018 – 7:30AM
Race along the ocean and help support six local charities.
These 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.
Registration is $95 for the Marathon and $75 for the Half-Marathon. Race Day registration begins at 5:15AM!
Saturday, October 13th, 2018 – 8AM
I ran this marathon in 2012 and had a great and very eventful experience. You can read my race recap HERE. The race is very well-organized with lots of community and spectator support. They have some very cool features as well.
The Hartford Marathon is a Boston Qualifier.
All three races start at 8AM. The kids fun run, HMF FitKids Run starts at 9:30AM.
Registration is $115 for the Marathon, $80 for the Half and $35 for the 5K. Prices increase on September 30th and there is no race day registration. They charge $15 to mail your packet and strongly encourage you to visit the Expo Friday to pick up your packet and visit all the cool vendor booths. There is no race day packet pickup.
Check the registration page for relay team and youth prices.
The HMF FitKids Run is $10.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation takes sustainability seriously. Click HERE to see how they are making their races eco-friendly.
Saturday October 13th 8:00 AM
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.
Sunday October 14th, 2018 8:00 AM
East Burke, VT
The Northeast Kingdom’s annual mountain bike or trail running marathon is hosted by Kingdom Trails, Burke Mountain and Victory Hill Sector.
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. All proceeds go towards building and maintaining trails along the route!
Start/Finish Venue: Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, East Burke, VT 05832
Events: Marathon Trail Run: 1 Lap 27 miles, Start@8 AM with the CircumBerzerk Bilers
MTB Challenge Waves: go at 10 AM
Registration:$70 until 11/30/17, $90 until 7/30/18, $120 until 9/15/18, $140 until close of online registration on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2017 at midnight. Late (onsite) registration. Number pickup & late (onsite) registration for $160 at Sherburne Lodge from 5:00 to 7:30 PM and on raceday from 6:45 until 9 AM. TRAIL RUNNERS register at ultrasignup.com
Saturday, Octoberber TBD, 2018 – 6 Hour Ultra, Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Relay
Freestyle Farm, 188 Mack Hill Road, Amherst, New Hampshire
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.
All proceeds benefit the Amherst Land Trust.
This race is USATF Sanctioned and part of The Trail Runner Trophy Series.
Sunday, October 14th, 2018 – 8:30AM
South Hero, VT
It 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 $55 for the marathon and $35 for the Half. Field is limited to 750 runners.
This is a great destination race for GBA runners.
Sunday, October 21st, 2018 – 8AM
This marathon always sells out. There are very few flat marathons in New England, but Baystate is one of them. The bridges over the Merrimack River are about the only “hills” you will encounter.
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, I’ve run it four times. Baystate Recap – 2014
Sunday, October 14th, 2018 – 8AM – Marathon and Marathon Relay,
Half begins at 8:30 in Northeast Harbor
Bar Harbor, ME
Named ‘Most Scenic & runner-up Best Overall Marathon’ by Runner’s World
New England Runner Magazine’s Race of the Year!
This popular race begins in Bar harbor, hits the half-way mark near Northeast Harbor and ends in Southwest Harbor. MDI has some of the most beautiful scenery and you will get to take it all in at the perfect pace.
Registration is $95 for the Marathon and $80 for the Half.
Sunday, October 28th, 2018 – 7:30AM
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 still open and is $100 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half and $35 for the 5K.
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.
Sunday, October 28th, 2017 – 8:30AM
The one-loop course begins and ends at the Village Green in Falmouth center. The first part is easy, the latter is a test. The people who do well on this course follow the following formula: go out easy, take plenty of fluids, and save energy for the hills. Although the course is not closed to traffic, it is run on secondary roads and monitored by the police and numerous volunteers.
Registration is $90 and limited to 1,200 runners.
Saturday October 27th – 7:30AM
The Cape Cod Marathon Half race course is a fast and scenic route that hugs the Falmouth coastline of Nantucket Sound. Designed to maximize runners’ view of Martha’s Vineyard and the beautiful waters of Nantucket Sound this out and back course is limited to one hill. But don’t be alarmed this one hill occurs at miles 3.5 and 9.75 and is over before you know it.
Registration is $80.00 and limited to 1,700 runners. No Race-Day registration.
Why not make a weekend on The Cape out of it and run both the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday?
For $175, 200 lucky runners will get to face the ultimate challenge and go for the Clam Chowdah Challenge mug. There is no race day registration for this event either.
Registration for the Clam Chowder Challenge is 50% full as of September 10th.
All finishers of the Clam Chowdah Challenge will receive a chowdah bowl and “medal” spoon, medals for both races and a race shirt.
Sunday, October 28th, 2018 – 8AM
The 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. So no faking 60+ to get the extra 30 minutes to finish the race!
Cut-off time for the Half-Marathon is 2:30.
This USATF Certified marathon is a Boston Qualifier. The half is also USATF certified and combined registration is limited to 1,000 runners.
This race is a Runner’s Choice award recipient from runnersgoal.com
Saturday November 3rd, 2018 Tentative date
50 Miler start – 6:15 AM
Marathon start – 6:30 AM
Willowdale State Forest, Ipswich, MA
Details to follow!
Sunday, November 11th, 2018 – 8:50 AM
5K on Saturday November 10th 2018 – 9:30 AM
Now in its 12th year, Manchester is USATF Certified and a Boston Qualifier.
The 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.
On-Line Registration is $85 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half, $180 for the Marathon Relay and $90 for the Half Relay. The 5K is $30. Race day registration begins at 7AM and is $110 – marathon, $100 – half. Check site for relay and 5K race day registration rates.
Free race photos will be available
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Details to follow!
Looking for a Winter 2018 marathon? Click HERE.
Run well my friends!