Fortunately the New England winter Marathons and Ultras were run before COVID-19 derailed everyone’s running season.
In a few months I start making updates for Winter ’21.
Stay healthy and hopefully I’ll see you at a race soon.
Winter isn’t the most popular season for marathon running and Winter New England Marathons are few and far between!
It’s hard enough to train in winter conditions let alone trying to run a marathon!
The Roxbury and Millinocket marathons take place before the Winter Solstice and Millinocket is the only December marathon in New England. I’ve also included them in the fall directory where they belong.
Astronomical Winter 2019 officially begins on Saturday, December 21st at 11:19 PM EST. The “Winter Solstice” marks the beginning of winter. On the Winter Solstice the sun reaches the southern most point in the sky at Noon local time.
After the Winter Solstice each day grows longer until the Summer Solstice, the day with the most sun light.
After the Winter Solstice, the northern hemisphere continues to cool for the next two months. That is why February has some of the coldest days of the year. We also tend to get our greatest snowfall in February.
All of this makes running or racing a character building experience!
Click on race names for the latest details. Let me know if you know of other New England Winter Marathons.
New England Marathons Winter
TBD November 2020 | 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 $40 or $35 for the Half.
Race day registration is $50 for either race.
In 2017 there were only 57 finishers. This race is not for the casual runner.
Here is a report on the 2017 race.
5 December | 10 AM | Saturday
33 Penobscot Ave Millinocket, Maine
In 2018 184 runners crossed the Marathon line and 1120 finished the Half!
213 runners from across the country ran the Marathon in 2017. Maine runners took the top three finishes. 942 runners completed the Half.
In 2015, six runners ran the marathon and 42 finished the Half.
This race continues to grow in popularity and make contributions to the Millinocket region.
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 was a series of the running events, each consisting of a marathon, half and 5K. For 2020 it looks like they are only having the Hartford event.
Here are some of the things that you can look forward to at your Arena Attack Race:
NEW FOR 2020! All marathon & half marathon finishers receive awesome Arena Attack shirts!
Finisher medals made from stainless steel, made by a CT-based explosion proofing company.
Race distances include marathon, half marathon, & 5k.
We control the climate, so we can make sure the conditions are optimal.
Perfectly flat course!
Absolutely spectator-friendly! You’ll see your runner on each lap.
Water stations and real bathrooms are never more than a half-lap away!
We digitally track your laps and project your lap count clearly in your line of sight.
On-course music keeps the runners and spectators entertained all day.
25 January 2020 |9 AM | Saturday
Runners will complete 130 laps on the course with a 5 hour time limit. The marathon has a waiting list as of 2 December. Registration is $90.00 if a spot opens
20 January 2020 | 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.
26 January 2020 – 10:00 AM – Sunday
West Running Brook Middle School – Derry, NH
I’ve run this race twice and it’s been very cold or freezing both times. The first time I ran the race the school parking lot was glazed in black ice. I kept sliding down the parking lot while waiting for the race to begin.
Bring your big boy shorts for this run!
The 25th Annual Northeast Delta Dental Boston Prep – this moderately challenging 16-miler is ideally scheduled for runners training for the Boston Marathon, any other spring marathon or a Runner looking for a mid-winter challenge! Are you a regular runner but not ready for a full 16? Try the “BP-Lite,” which offers a taste of the Boston Prep experience on a 5 mile course!
Registration was $65 through January 13th, then $70 and $75 on race day. a 5-Miler option is available for $30.00
Everyone should put this race on their bucket list. It really is an experience not to be missed.
Here is my 2015 race recap.
23 February 2020 10:00 AM – Sunday
Registration was: Marathon registration is $65 through January 15th, Half is $57 and the 10K is $50. The Marathon relay is $115 per team.
The marathon has a registration limit of 400 runners, so don’t wait!
These races are USATF Certified:
- USATF Certification # MA11001RN – Marathon
- USATF Certification # MA11002RN – Half Marathon
- Boston Marathon Qualifier – 6 Hour Course Time Limit
29 February 2020 – 8:00 AM – Saturday
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 was $225 for the 100 Miler, $95 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half and $65 for the 10K.
TBD March, 2020 – 8:00 AM – Saturday – may have been cancelled
Misquamicut State Beach, Westerly, RI
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 for 2020 has not opened. In 2019 registration was: Marathon – $90.00,1/2 Marathon – $60.00 and 4 Miler – $30.
This race received some bad reviews for 2019 and I do not see any information listed for 2020. It looks like this race will not be held in 2020. If you hear differently, please contact me.
7 March | 10:00 AM | Sunday
Hampton Beach, NH
I know it’s not a marathon, but who wants to sit around until spring?
I’ve run this half three times. It’s a great way to polish off winter.
It’s often cold and sometimes there is a cold breeze off of the Gulf of Maine. Sometimes it’s just a beautiful day.
Here is my 2019 race Recap.
Winter officially ends on March 20th, 2019 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!