New England Marathons are few and far between. Winter isn’t the most popular season for marathon running in New England. The Roxbury and Millinocket marathons take place before the Winter Solstice and Millinocket is the only December marathon in New England. I hate to move them to the fall directory.
Winter 2018 officially began on Thursday, December 21st at 5:23 PM 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.
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New England Marathons Winter
TBD November, 2019 8:30 AM – Saturday
Hurlburt Recreation Area – 18 Apple Lane, Roxbury CT
This scenic, hilly, no-frills, early winter 26.2 mile foot race will cost you only $35.
In 2017 there were only 57 finishers. This race is not for the casual runner.
Here is a report on the 2017 race.
8 December, 2018 10 AM – Saturday
2018 registration has closed.
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.
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.
Running inside in January in a temperature controlled environment sounds pretty good to me. I’m not a fan of races that loop the same route and these races are run on indoor tracks. So you are looking at 130+ laps! The good news is that they keep track of your laps for you and water and bathrooms are never more than a lap away.
And there are no hills!
19 January 2019 9 AM
Runners will complete 130 laps on the course with a 5 hour time limit. The marathon still has 3 spots open as of 12 November. Registration is $80.00 and closes January 19th, or when ever those last three spots are taken.
20 January 2019 8 AM
Marathon runners will complete 133 laps on the course within 5 hours. Registration is $80.00. There is also a half-marathon and a 5K option. Registration is open and there are 21 spots still available.
27 January 2019 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. You can run a half or a full marathon. There is also a 5K option.
Registration is $60 for each Half Marathon and the 5K is $40. Registration for the marathon is closed but the halfs and 5K still have spots available as of 12 November. You could still register for the two halfs and run a full, but your results would show two half marathons.
February 23 and 24, 2019 10 AM
Registration is open!
35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis, Massachusetts
You can 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.
These races are USATF Certified:
- USATF Certification # MA11001RN – Marathon
- USATF Certification # MA11002RN – Half Marathon
- Boston Marathon Qualifier – 6 Hour Course Time Limit
22 – 23 February 2019 8 AM
2019 registration is open!
This is a snow shoe event where you can run a 100 miler, a Marathon, Half Marathon or a 10K. The 100 miler begins at 6AM on February 22nd and the Marathon begins at 8AM, Half at 9AM and the 10K at 10AM all on February 23rd.
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. Only 13 runners finished the marathon in 2018!
Registration is $150 for the 100 Miler, $95 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half and $65 for the 10K.
3 March, 2019 – 8:00 AM – Saturday
Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly, RI
2019 registration is open!
All courses are USATF Certified and the marathon is a Boston Qualifier! This race has always been a great tune-up for Boston and other late Spring Marathons.
This race winds through the quiet Westerly beach communities of Misquamicut and Weekapaug. There are water views at nearly every stretch of the race. With hardly any climbs to speak of, this race is fast and furious!!
The race starts and finish at the Misquamicut State Beach! A portion of the proceeds to benefit The Westerly Track and Athletic Club!
Registration through 1/31/19 is: Marathon – $90.00,1/2 Marathon – $60.00 and 4 Miler – $30.
2/1/19 to 3/1/19 – Marathon – $100,1/2 Marathon – $70, 4 Miler – $35. Add $10 for Race Day Registration
Winter officially ends on March 20th, 2019 so this is the end of my list.
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Run well my Friends and try to keep warm!