Updated July 20th, 2021
You will be pleasantly surprised to see that most races have set dates and opened registration for Fall 2021 marathons.
Please read all COVID-19 and refund statements before registering for any of these races.
For meteorologists, Fall begins on September 1st. For the rest of us it begins on September 22nd.
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. It’s possible but unlikely to have snow this time of year.
Looking for a winter run? There aren’t many marathons in New England over the winter and COVID shut down most of them.
I will be updating the New England Winter Marathons 2021 listing available HERE.
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New England Marathons Fall 2021
Sandwich, MA | ? September | Saturday | 8:00 AM
This race was cancelled in 2020 and has been cancelled for 2021 also.
Their website looks to be offline and their Facebook page hasn’t been updated in a while.
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 was Camp Hayward, 52 Pinkham Road, Sandwich, MA.
Keene, NH | 26 September | Sunday – REGISTRATION OPENED JANUARY 1ST!
Start times: 7:00 AM FULL, 8:00 AM HALF
This point to point marathon is almost as legendary as the man.
In Melrose Massachusetts many of our club runs pass the monument to Clarence Demar. Many runners 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 Is: $110 for the full and $80 for the Half. The field is limited to 600 runners for each race.
Demand for bibs is sure to be very high. If you are interested in this race you should register right away. But please read their disclaimers first.
Newport, VT | 2 October | Sunday | 9:00 AM 2021 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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.
Marathon Distance and 17 Miles: $75
Half Marathon is $60 and the 10K is $45.
Registration is limited to 25 runners each for race. That’s a total of 100 bibs.
If you want to run this race you should read their disclaimers are register today!
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.
Bristol, NH | 2 October | Saturday | 9:00 AM – 2021 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
This event features a Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K for 2021.
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!
Registration is $70 for the marathon, $55 for the half and $30 for the 10K.
Prices increase $5.00 on August 29th, but I doubt there will be any bibs available by then.
Register to run any of the races virtually for $25!
Ashford, CT | 3 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
The race is a double out-and-back covering a distance of 26.4 miles. The course is simply a 13-mi-long, northern section of the Nipmuck Trail, which is one of the Blue-Blazed trails managed by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association.
The start line, and middle point, is located at Perry Hill Rd in Ashford. The course runs south for 6.2 mi until reaching Rt 44, then back to the start, then north for 7 mi until reaching Boston Hollow Rd, and finally back to the finish/start line at Perry Hill Rd.
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!
For 2021, registration will be limited to 180 runners, in total.
$35 for the marathon and $60 for the marathon relay. On August 1st the marathon goes to $40 and the marathon relay to $70.
Portland, ME | 3 October | Sunday | REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
After a virtual-only event in 2020, the Gorham Savings Bank Maine Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relay returns to an in-person event in 2021!
Featuring an out-and-back course with rolling hills and views of the Portland skyline, the Back Cove, Casco Bay, and peak fall foliage.
The Marathon is USATF certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier. The Half Marathon is also USATF certified and the Marathon Relay is a unique 2 to 4-person marathon-length event.
While the Maine Marathon community is hopeful for a return to live racing, we will continue to offer our virtual race option, which, in addition to the full, half and relay, includes a 5K and 10K, so all can enjoy this race safely wherever they may be.
We’re also committed to providing as much certainty as we can in these constantly changing times, which is why we have a refund policy if your — or our — plans change.
Registration is $30 for any of the virtual events.
The in person race fees through August 31st are:
$160 – Marathon Relay
$90 – Marathon
$65 – Half Marathon
This is a Maine Track Club event and approximately 40% of gross revenue is donated to charities each year.
Amherst, NH | 23 October | Saturday |5:00 PM REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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.
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.
Hartford, CT | 9 October | REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Registration is open with a limited number of bibs available for all races.
Fees are: Marathon – $115, Half Marathon – $90, 5K – $38, Youth Charity 5K – $15.
2021 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.
359 people ran the virtual marathon and 1,135 ran the virtual half. Thousands of people ran the 5K and 10K.
Newport, RI | 10 October | Sunday | 7:30 AM REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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 2021 opened March 10th: Marathon $102, Half Marathon $82 through October 7th.
The field limit has increased to 1,500 runners. With 2020 deferrals, there are only 620 bibs available.
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.
Boston, MA | 8 – 11 October| Marathon Weekend
The BAA has announced that October 11th is the date for the in-person race and the Virtual Boston Marathon can be run between October 8th and 10th.
On March 2nd they announced that the virtual Boston Marathon will be open to the first 70,000 to register! Kind of exciting.
From the BAA:
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that if road races are allowed to take place as part of the Massachusetts reopening plan, the 125th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, October 11, 2021.
“We announce the 2021 Boston Marathon date with a cautious optimism, understanding full well that we will continue to be guided by science and our continued collaborative work with local, city, state, and public health officials,” said Tom Grilk, President and C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “If we are able to hold an in-person race in October, the safety of participants, volunteers, spectators, and community members will be paramount.”
BOSTON—The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced it will offer a virtual Boston Marathon, which will be open to everyone aged 18 or over, in celebration of the 125th Boston Marathon this fall. Held in addition to the in-person Boston Marathon scheduled for Monday, October 11, 2021, the virtual race will be open to the first 70,000 registrants.
“We anticipate having a reduced field size for the in-person road race on Monday, October 11 but want to celebrate and honor the 125th running of the Boston Marathon through this virtual race,” said Tom Grilk, President and C.E.O. of the B.A.A. “For the first time in our history, most everyone will have the opportunity to earn a Unicorn finisher’s medal for every B.A.A. race in 2021—no matter whether they choose to walk or run.”
South Hero, VT | 17 October | Sunday | 8:30 AM REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
The marathon and half-marathon begin and end near the house where Clarence H. Demar, 7 time Boston Marathon Winner, once lived.
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 $60 for the marathon and $40 for the Half. Day of registration is $70 and $50, respectively.
Field is limited to 750 runners.
East Burke, VT | ? October | Sunday | 8:02 AM
Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, East Burke, VT
Ultimately this race was cancelled in 2020, for the 2nd year in a row. 2021 registration has not opened yet and their website has not been updated.
This race has probably been cancelled for 2021. Hopefully, not for good.
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.
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
Cornwall, CT | 16 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: $75 for the 8 hour event, $110 for the 2-person 8 hour relay, $40 for the 10K and $35 for the 5K.
Fee increases by $10 on August 31st.
While this isn’t a marathon, it is a fall running event, and we don’t have many to pick from this year.
Stowe, VT | 16 October | Saturday | 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 the Half is $75. Prices increase by $15 after August 31st.
Bar Harbor, ME | 17 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM – Marathon and Marathon Relay,
Half begins at 8:30 in Northeast Harbor
2021 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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 open: $115 for the Marathon, $100 for the Half, Three-person relay is $90 through August 31st.
Lowell, MA | 17 October | Sunday
Baystate Marathon and Half Marathon 2020 were virtual events.
For 2021 there are both in-person and virtual race options.
This 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
Narragansett, RI | 24 October | Sunday | 7:30 AM
2021 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
The Marathon starts at 7:30AM, Half at 8AM and the 5K at 8:15AM.
Marathon – $95, Half Marathon – $65, 5K – $30
Virtual Marathon and Half – $50, virtual 5K – $30.
These races feature FREE PHOTOS and a secured bag check at the start.
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
West Haven, CT |30 October | Saturday | 9:00 AM
This race was moved from it’s original date due to COVID-19 right onto our fall schedule!
Registration is open and is: Marathon – $95, Half-Marathon – $70 though October 24th.
Falmouth, MA | 31 October | 8:00 AM
This is a great fall Cape Cod racing event.
The Marathon will be limited to 1,200 runners, 16 years or older. The Half will be limited to 1,750 runners, 14 years and older.
Included in entry fee: (subject to change due to state/town COVID health restrictions on race weekend)
Gender-specific long sleeve shirt
Customized bib with the first name spelled how you registered (if registered by September 13, 2021)
Secure gear check
Boston Qualifier and certified race course stocked with water and Gatorade
Unique coastal medal
Hot clam chowdah and soup station with vegan, gluten free and dairy free options at the finish line!
Apple cider donuts!
The best town, volunteers and committee to support you!
The marathon was named “The Best Marathon in Massachusetts” by the RaceRaves in 2018.
Falmouth, MA | 30 October | 8:00 AM
Please see above for details and registration.
The Clam Chowdah Challenge consists of the half and full marathon run on Marathon weekend.
Are you up to the Chowda Challenge?
All finishers of the Clam Chowdah Challenge will receive a chowdah bowl and “medal” spoon, medals for both races and a race shirt.
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.
Newmarket, NH | 24 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM
2021 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Cancelled in 2020, The LOCO races are back for 2021!
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 is– $79 for the marathon and $59 for the half marathon.
Norwich, VT | ? October | Sunday | 9:00 AM No 2021 information yet
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
Roxbury, CT | ? November | 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.
Manchester, NH | 6-7 November | Sunday | 7:30 to 9:30 AM
2021 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
You have the option to run in Manchester or run a virtual race.
Virtual races can be run between November 2nd and 8th.
START LINE PROCEDURES
This event will utilize “time trial start” format that will facilitate “social distancing” for the entirety of the event. Participants will be seeded based off their self-submitted paces. Athletes will start one-by-one in a time-trial format, 10 seconds after one another. Participants will be assigned a dedicated start time along with specific times for parking, check-in time and report to corral time.
See there website for more details.
The largest New Hampshire marathon, 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 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 $25.
The virtual marathon and half are $40. The virtual 5K is $30. Virtual relay registration is also available.
Next price increase is May 30th.
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, finisher video and bag check will be available.
Millinocket, ME | 4 December | Saturday 2021 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
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!
Looking for a Winter 2019 marathon? Click HERE.
Run well my friends!