Updated November 18th
The 2022 New England Marathons Fall season is over. I will be updating this post for Fall of 2023 New England Marathons.
Looking for a winter run? There aren’t many marathons in New England over the winter but I have a New England Winter Marathons 2022/2023 listing available HERE.
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New England Marathons Fall 2023
Keene, NH | 24 September | Sunday 2023
Start times: 7:00 AM FULL, 8:00 AM HALF
This point to point marathon is almost as legendary as the man.
Clarence DeMar lived in Melrose Massachusetts and our club runs by his monument on many of our club runs. 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 was selected a Runner’s Choice Top New Hampshire Marathon from the readers of runnersgoal.com.
The weekend can be a family event with a Kid’s Marathon for children from Kindergarten to Grade 5.
For 2022 there were 229 marathon finishers and 307 half-marathon finishers.
Bristol, NH | 30 September | Saturday | 9:00 AM 2023
This event features a 1-mile kids race and registration is FREE.
2023 registration has not opened. But had been $90 for the marathon, $70 for the half and $50 for the 10K.
In 2022, this race had it’s best turn out since 2014. There were 188 marathon registrations, 304 for the half, and 114 for the 10K. Total registrations were 606, up from 475 in 2021.
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 was selected as a Runner’s Choice Top New Hampshire Marathon by Runnersgoal.com readers.
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!
Coventry, VT | 7 October | Saturday | 9:00 AM 2023
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.
Registration is open for 2023 : $75 for the Marathon and 17 Mile Iconoclast, Half Marathon is $60 and the 10K is $25.
On-site registration IS NOT available.
20% of all registration fees are donated directly to Halo Foundation which provides support for local individuals and families battling cancer to help fund un-covered expenses related to travel and treatment.
Registration is limited to 100 per distance race and 200 for the 10K run/walk.
If you want to run this race you should read their disclaimers are register today!
The full address for your GPS: 2628 Airport Rd, Coventry, VT 05825
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.
Ashford, CT | 2 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM – see you in 2023
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.
Marathon registration was $40 and the marathon relay was $70.
Registration was limited to 180 runners in total and there is no race-day registration.
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!
Portland, ME | 1 October | Sunday | 7:45 AM – 2023
This New England fall marathon went virtual in 2020 but was back to in-person event for 2021 and 2022. As in 2022, this race will feature both in-person and virtual running options.
Virtual runners can run a marathon, half, relay, 10K or 5K either on the course or anywhere.
Through January 1st, 2023 registration fees are:
$75 – Marathon
$50 – Half Marathon
$120 – Marathon Relay
This is a Maine Track Club event and approximately 40% of gross revenue is donated to charities each year. Since 1997 this has amounted to $5.8 million going back into the local community.
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.
Amherst, NH | 1 October | Saturday |5:00 PM – see you in 2023
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.
Registration for 2022 is closed but had been $45 for adults and $35 for youth for all distances.
This race is USATF Sanctioned.
Hartford, CT | 8 October | Saturday – see you in 2023
Registration for 2022 is closed but had been – Marathon – $130, Half Marathon – $110, 5K – $40, Youth Charity 5K – $20. HMF FitKids is only $12.00
All virtual races were $46.00
2022 marked the 28th 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 | 8 October | Sunday | 7:30 AM – 2023
Race along the ocean and help support six local charities.
The Amica Newport Marathon was recently voted as having the “Best Half Marathon” and “Best Race Swag” in the Northeast by Competitor Magazine.
In 2018 they were voted as the “Best Marathon in Rhode Island” and a “Top 20 Half Marathon in the USA”.
2023 registration is open! Marathon $100, Half Marathon $70 through December 31st.
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.
This is something that I wish more races did. I have bags of race shirts already.
Donate Your Shirt to Charity
You are now able to opt out of receiving your event t-shirt when registering. We will then in turn donate the cost of producing that shirt to our partner charities, and announce the donation amount from this initiative following the event.
The race’s charitable partners are the Aquidneck Land Trust, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Boys Town New England, The YMCA Newport, and Clean Ocean Access and other local non-profits.
South Hero, VT | 16 October | Sunday | 8:30 AM
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).
Both races are USATF Certified: VT15301JK
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 – CANCELLED
Burke Mountain, Sherburne Lodge, East Burke, VT
This race was last run in 2018. I’ll keep it on the list and will make updates as new information becomes available.
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 was $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 | 15 October | Saturday | 8:00 AM – see you in 2023
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 closed : $90 for the marathon, $80 for the half, $50 for the 10K and $40 for the 5K.
Stowe, VT | 15 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM 2023
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.
2023 registration is not open yet – Full Marathon was $105 and the Half was $95 in 2022.
Bar Harbor, ME | 15 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM – Marathon and Marathon Relay,
Half begins at 8:30 in Northeast Harbor – See you in 2023
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 Half Marathon are sold out. Only the Team Relay has a few bibs available.
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.
2023 registration is not open yet But was – $130 for the Marathon, $115 for the Half, Three-person relay is $100.
Lowell, MA | 15 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM – 2023
2023 registration has opened $115 for the Marathon, $100 for the Half and $50 for the half-marathon relay.
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 | 29 October | Sunday | 7:30 AM
The Marathon starts at 7:30AM, Half at 8AM and the 5K at 8:15AM.
Marathon – $80, Half Marathon – $55, 5K – $20
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
Falmouth, MA | 7-8 October | 8:00 AM – Saturday and Sunday – 2023
This is a great fall Cape Cod racing event.
Registration for 2023 is open! Early bird rates are: – $95 for the Marathon, $85 for the Half, and $35 for the 5K.
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 | 7 October | 8:00 AM – see you in 2023
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 Chowdah Challenge?
All finishers of the Clam Chowdah Challenge will receive a chowdah bowl and “medal” spoon, medals for both races and a race shirt.
Run the Chowdah Challenge for $185
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 | 22 October | Sunday | 8:00 AM – 2023
The 9th 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!
2023 registration is open! $79 for the marathon and $59 for the half marathon.
Roxbury, CT | 12 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.
2023 registration has not opened yet
Manchester, NH | 12 November | Sunday | 7:30 to 9:30 AM
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 – $90 for the Marathon, $75 for the Half, $160 for the 4-way Marathon Relay and $110 for the 2-way Marathon Relay. The 2-way Half Relay is $95. The 5K is $25.
The virtual marathon and half are $40. The virtual 5K is $30.
They are looking for volunteers.
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 | 3 December | Saturday
Marathon starts at 10AM
Half Marathon starts at 10:10 AM
The last of the New England Marathons for fall of 2022 and registration is closed!
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!