The half marathon will travel on a new course in 2014. but will retain the same cool finish area. As of right now, the elevation guide we have shows this to be the flattest course in New England for a half marathon. The new course will be more spectator friendly alowing spectators to stay at the beach and see you run at the start, mile 2, mile 4 and the finish.
The race course will be measured and certified according to the USATF.
New certification pending.
This Half marathon travel on mostly scenic country roads and include oceanside views. The course is very flat - - and has no hills but a few very gradual inclines. (At mile 6 the course gradually goes up hill a total of 50 feet over a 1.5 mile stretch)
The 2014 course is slightly different from last year. 85 percent of the course is the same. Only 15% of the course is changed from about mile 8 to mile 10. (We no longer go into North Hampton). The course starts in the center of Hampton Beach near B street, and north of the large Sea Shell. The starting line is about 1/4 mile south of the famous Seashell on Hampton beach.
For 2014 you will go two loops around the Hampton Beach area affording the thousands of spectators a chance to cheer you on. After these two totally flat loops you will head north on Ocean Boulevard along the water to High Street and turn then inland.
Here you will run on tree lined shady roads in pretty residential loop of Hampton before coming back out to the ocean at mile 10.
You will follow the ocean on your left for three miles to your grand finish at the Sea Shell pavillion.
The race for Half Marathon starts in designated pace stalls. Wave to all your friends and family as off you go south on Rt. 1A or Ocean Boulevard for about 1 mile with the Atlantic Ocean and Hampton Beach to your right.. After a foliage laden loop of Hampton's rural roads and neighborhoods the course heads back to the Atlantic Ocean along Rt. 1A.
North Beach also has a sandy beach, bathhouse and lifeguards. Right on the water’s edge, the park offers beautiful gardens and places to spread out for a picnic or nap.
Finally you'll return to finish at Hampton Beach and celebrate with a well-deserved after-race party.