Updated March 13th, 2023
Astronomical Winter 2023 officially began on Thursday, December 21st at 10:27 PM EST and will last through March 20th. This link is to an article that nicely explains the seasons.
The New England Winter Marathon season for 2023 concluded. Some races have posted dates and opened registration for races in December 2023 through March 2024. But many race were run recently and the organizers are probably enjoying some time off!
New England Marathons Winter
Roxbury Marathon 2023
* November | 8:30 AM | Saturday – see you in 2023
Hurlburt Recreation Area – 18 Apple Lane, Roxbury CT
This scenic, hilly, no-frills, early winter 26.2 mile foot race will cost you only $45 or $35 for the Half.
Registration for 2023 should open in September.
In 2019, only 47 runners finished the marathon. In 2022 only 36 runners finished the marathon and 38 runners finished the half marathon. This race is not for the casual runner.
Here is a report on the 2017 race.
Millinocket Marathon and Half 2023
2 December | 10 AM | Saturday – 2023
31-33 Penobscot Ave Millinocket, Maine
In 2015, twelve runners ran the marathon and 42 finished the Half and it has taken off from there.
The race was cancelled in 2020 but in 2021, 154 runners finished the marathon and 944 completed the half. In 2022 176 finished the marathon and 1191 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.
Boston Prep 16 Miler and 5 Miler 2023
* January | 10:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2024
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 27th 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!
2024 registration is not open yet. For 2023 it was, $75 for the 16-miler and $40 for the 5-Miler through January 20th.
Proceeds Benefit the Greater Derry Track Club’s Kids Summer Fun Run Program.
Everyone should put this race on their bucket list. It really is an experience not to be missed.
Here is my 2015 race recap.
PEAK Snow Devil Winter Races
* February | 8:00 AM | Saturday – see you in 2024
This is a snow shoe event where you can run a 100 miler, 100K, a Marathon, Half Marathon or a 10K.
The 100 miler begins at 6AM and the 100K begins at Noon on February 5th The Marathon begins at 7:30AM, Half at 8AM, 10K at 8:30AM and 5K at 9AM all on February 6th.
Snow shoes are required and this race is 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!
2023 registration was:$175 for the 100 Miler, $120 for the 100K, $85 for the Marathon, $65 for the Half, $55 for the 10K.
MV Winter Classic and Amity Relay
* February| 11:00 AM | Saturday – see you in 2024
Vineyard Haven, MA
The MV Classic is a 20 mile run and the Amity Relay is a 2-person 10 mile run each. taking place on Martha’s Vineyard.
2023 registration was: $85 for the Classic and $160 for the Amity Relay.
Registration includes: Race T-shirt, a finisher’s medal, bag check at the starting line, a post race meal, busing back to the boat, and a great experience overall.
The MV Winter Classic and Amity Relay is a “must race” for die-hard runners of many levels. From highly competitive athletes looking for a test of their Boston and spring marathon readiness to dedicated recreational runners seeking to extend the length of their monthly long-run, this race offers the chance to combine a visit to one of the East Coast’s most beautiful shore communities with a race on a fast, USATF certified course.
The MV Winter Classic and Amity Relay will benefit several Island youth programs. Proceeds from your registration fee will be distributed among these programs to help offset expenditures and rising costs of operation.
Martha’s Vineyard is an island and the race website provides some directions for you to make ferry reservations.
2023 Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & Marathon Team Relay
* March | 10:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2024
Now in it’s 41st year, the course is paved and mostly flat and gentle, with a few rolling areas along an an extremely picturesque and historical route.
2023 registration was: $75 for the Marathon, $65 for the Half, and $60 for the 10K. The Marathon relay is $130 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
The Ocean’s Run Marathon, Half Marathon, 4 Miler & Kids’ Fun Run
TBD March | 8:00 AM | Saturday – 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 2022 has not opened. In 2019 registration was: Marathon – $90.00,1/2 Marathon – $60.00 and 4 Miler – $30.
I’ve checked their website several times and I don’t see any updates since 2019. We may have lost another New England running event.
The 2023 Hampton Half
* March | 10:00 AM | Sunday – see you in 2024
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 and it’s one of my favorite halfs.
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.
This is a USATF measured and certified course.
If you are a race director and I have missed your race please contact me at: [email protected] 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!