The New England Marathons Winter list is short as winter isn’t the most popular season for marathon running in New England.
Winter 2018 officially began on Thursday, December 21st at 11:28 AM EST. Known as the “Winter Solstice”, the first day of winter has the least amount of sun light. The sun rises to its highest point in the sky around Noon time.
The good news is that the days begin to get longer from this date forward. The bad news is that the northern hemisphere continues to cool for the next two months. That is why February days tend to be the coldest of the year on average. We also tend to get our greatest snowfall of the season in February.
Some of these New England Marathons have already taken place. I included them on the New England Marathons Winter list because the list is short already and to help you plan for next year.
Click on race names to link to the event web site for the latest details.
New England Marathons Winter
Saturday December TBD, 2018 8:30 AM
Hurlburt Recreation Area – 18 Apple Lane, Roxbury CT
This race was postponed to December 16, 2017 due to dangerous weather conditions.
This scenic, hilly, no-frills, early winter 26.2 mile foot race will cost you only $25.
In 2017 there were only 57 finishers. This race is not for the casual runner.
Here is a report on the 2017 race.
Saturday December 8, 2018 10 AM
33 Penobscot Ave Millinocket, Maine
213 runners from across the country ran the Marathon in 2017. Maine runners took the top three finishes.
The Half Marathon had 941 finishers including Melrose Running Club’s own Daniel de Oliveira who ran a 2:06 Half. The Half was dominated by Maine runners who took all ten top finishes and all but one of the top 25 finishes.
Our FREE marathon & half was started in 2015 to help a struggling northern Maine mill town that has been devastated by the closing of their major employer. Do not run Millinocket for what you get instead RUN MILLINOCKET for what you GIVE. Please do not take spots in our race unless you are serious about doing your very best to show up (of course we know life happens) but please don’t register just because our race is free. All participants are required to generously patronize Katahdin area businesses in lieu of an entry fee. Our 2016 edition was a tremendous success and we look forward to growing our event in 2017 and all the positive influence it brings!
Millinocket used to be a mill town with two paper mills. When I was growing up the economy and the town were vibrant. The high school had competitive sports teams and they were just another city in Maine.
Now the mills are gone and times have changed in Millinocket. The organizers of this race seek to draw runners from near and far to help inject a little economic life into this Northern Maine town.
As they say in the quote above, don’t sign up just because it is free. Sign up because you want to run the race and provide some stimulus to the local economy while you are there.
2018 registration is open!
Arena Attack Race Series Indoor New England Marathons
Imagine running in a proper distance race, in the middle of a typical New England winter, but you can dress like its September. Awesome, right? We thought so too… so we made it reality. Introducing the Arena Attack Indoor Road Race Series! Utilizing the wide concourses found in indoor arenas, we run distance races ranging from 5k to the marathon.
This series takes place on three dates in three different locations.
January 21st, 2018 9 AM
Runners will complete 130 laps on the course with a 5 hour time limit. The marathon is sold out. Registration is $80.00.
January 28th, 2018 8 AM
Mullins Center Amherst, MA
Runners will complete 133 laps on the course within 5 hours. Registration is $80.00 and is almost sold out.
February 11th, 2018 9 AM
This race is actually two half marathons with the first starting at 9 AM and the second at 11:15 AM. The time limit for the first Half is 2:10 and 3 hours for the second Half.
Registration is $60 for each Half Marathon and is almost sold out.
February 24th and 25th, 2018 10 AM
You can also run both races and make a full weekend of it on The Cape.
The Marathon and Half Marathon are USATF certified and the marathon is a Boston Qualifier.
Marathon registration is $65 through January 15th, Half is $57 and the 10K is $50. The Marathon relay is $115 per team.
Check their website for further details and to register.
March 3rd and 4th 2018 8 AM
This is a snow shoe event where you can run a 100 miler or March 3rd or a Marathon, Half Marathon or a 10K on March 4th. All races begin at 8AM.
Snow shoes are required and this is another race not for the faint of heart. The course is a 6.5 mile loop with 1200 feet vertical.
Registration is $225 for the 100 Miler, $140 for the Marathon, $90 for the Half and $80 for the 10K.
Winter officially ends on March 10th, 2018 so this is the end of my list.
If you are a race director and I have missed your race please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not a race director and know of a marathon that I missed, please contact me at the same email.
Run well my Friends and try to keep warm!