Fall begins on September 22nd this year. Fall is a great time for New England marathons. The weather is generally cool and the cold usually doesn’t settle in until November.
There can be surprises with unusually hot days and it has been known to snow in October. If you are travelling far for your Fall New England marathon, be sure to pack carefully and don’t forget your hat and gloves!
If you like trail races you’ll be happy to see that I recently added several trail races to the schedule.
Fall New England Marathons 2018
Saturday, September 22, 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.
That’s the same great price for a half marathon, or run a 6-hour ultra and see how many miles you can do.
All proceeds benefit the Amherst Land Trust. The trust protects rural, scenic, and open-space lands for future generations.
This race is USATF Sanctioned and part of The Trail Runner Trophy Series.
Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 8:00 AM
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.
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 are available for $10
Registration was $60 for the Marathon and $50 for the Half. 10K is $30 and the 5K is $25.
Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 9:00 AM
5 October, 2019 – 27th Running
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.
Registration: $70 for the marathon, $55 for the half and $30 for the 5K through September 29th.
Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Start times: 7:00 AM FULL, 8:00 AM HALF
29 September, 2019 – 42nd Running
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 was 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!
Registration: $90 for the full and $60 for the Half. The field is limited to 600 runners for each race.
Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 8:00 AM
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!
In honor of their 35th year they have added a 35 miles race which is open only to experienced trail runners.
The marathon only accepts 180 registrations and registration opens on June 1st. $35 for the marathon, $60 for the relay and $35 for the 35 Miler.
Sunday, September 30, 2018 – 7:45 AM
6 October, 2019
Both races are USATF Certified, the marathon is a Boston Qualifier and has some nice prize money!
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.
Registration: The marathon is $85, the half is $60, and $140 for the Marathon Relay through June 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!
Sunday, September 30, 2018 9:00 AM
29 September, 2019
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 and 6 Miles courses.
Registration for 2019 is open and fees through January 1st are:
Marathon Distance and 17 Miles: $65
Half Marathon Distance and 10 Miles: $45
Shorter Distances, 1, 2, 4, and 6 miles (10K): $20
Youth, 18 and Under: $10
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.
Sunday, October 7, 2018 – 7:30 AM
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 open and is: $95 for the Marathon and $75 for the Half-Marathon. Race Day registration begins at 5:15AM!
Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 8:00 AM
2018 marks the 25th running of the Hartford Marathon. 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.
All three races start at 8AM. The kids fun run, HMF FitKids Run starts at 9:30AM.
Registration is open. $125 for the Marathon, $120 for ages 16-22, $100 for the Half, $95 for ages 12-22 and $38 for the 5K. Additional price bands for younger 5K runners. $10 HMF Kids Run and don’t forget the Marathon Relay if you don’t feel up to a full marathon. 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 13, 2018, 8:00 AM
Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge,East Burke, VT
The Marathon Trail Run is one 27 mile lap and start 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 open and is: $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 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. TRAIL RUNNERS register at ultrasignup.com
All proceeds go towards building and maintaining trails along the route!
Start/Finish Venue: Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, East Burke, VT 05832
Saturday October 13, 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.
Registration is open: Full Marathon is $90, and $105 after September 1st. Half is $75 and $90 after September 1st.
Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 8:30 AM
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 14, 2018 – 8:00 AM – 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! And many other accolades, too many to list here.
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.
The marathon had 651 finishers in 2017, and the half had 580 finishers. The Marathon is USATF Sanctioned & Certified: ME12018JK.
Registration is $100 for the Marathon and $85 for the Half. Two-person relay is $85, three-person relay is $75. Registration is open.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 8:00 AM
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
Registration is open. $100 for the marathon, $80 for the half and $110 for the relay through August 31st.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 7:30 AM
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 and is $90 for the Marathon, $60 for the Half and $28 for the 5K through July 7th.
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 28, 2018 – 8:30 AM
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 open. $80 for the marathon, until October 28th and is limited to 1,200 runners. Marathon relay registration is $195.
Saturday October 27, 2018 – 7:30 AM
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 $70.00 until October 27th 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 $150, 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 and registration fees go up on October 27th.
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 28, 2018 – 8:00 AM
The 5th 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. The Marathon is a Boston Qualifier and makes two loops. 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 is open and is $89 for the marathon and $69 for the half through August 24, then $99 and $79 respectively. If you wait until race day the marathon is $110 and the half is $90, so don’t wait.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
50K Ultra 9:00 AM
Marathon 10:00 AM
Half Marathon 11:00 AM
Saturday November 3, 2018
50 Miler start – 6:15 AM
Marathon start – 6:30 AM
Willowdale State Forest, Ipswich, MA
Registration opens June 26th at 7 PM EST.
Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 8:00 AM
Greylock Glen Pavilion, off of Gould Road in Adams
No awards. No medal. Just bragging rights. And knowing you are a certified badass.
Sunday, November 4, 2018 – 8:50 AM
Penmen for Patriots 5K – Saturday November 3rd 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.
Registration is open. $100 for the Marathon, $85 for the Half, $180 for the Marathon Relay and $110 for the Half Relay. The Penmen for Patriots 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 8, 2018 10:00 AM
Half Marathon starts at 10:10 AM
Looking for a Winter 2018 marathon? Click HERE.
Run well my friends!