The half marathon will travel on a course identical to 2011 and 2012. As of right now, the elevation guide we have shows this to be the flattest course in New England for a Marathon, and half marathon.
The race course has been measured and certified according to the USATF and is a Boston Qualifier. (Certified NH11027RF)
There are two small hills at miles 4 and 6, but the highest elevation gain is only 60ft!
Half Marathon Elevation Chart
This Half marathon travel on mostly scenic country roads and include miles of oceanside views. The course is very flat - for New England - and has only one medium hill you travel over once but you are rewarded with a spectacular view.
Our course starts in the center of Hampton Beach near C street, and north of the large Sea Shell. The starting line is about 1/4 mile north of the famous Seashell on Hampton beach. Before you start, why not plunge into the cool ocean water at Hampton Beach Park? It has a wide sandy beach with bath-house, showers and lifeguards (in the summer) along with blocks of attractions, restaurants, and hotels.
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 for the small but picturesque town of North Hampton, first settled in 1639.
Following the separation of New Hampshire from Massachusetts, this part of Hampton was known as "North Hill" or "North Parish". Just off the course are the Fuller Gardens, where you can enjoy two acres of formal flower gardens (hundreds of tulips and 2,000 rose bushes) on a turn-of-the-century estate.
There are century old historic homes, hay fields and stone walls all along the rural route. Some people love the inner loop even better than the famous ocean side of the course.
This is a "loop" course where the top of the loop eventually ends back up on Rt. 1A by mile 9. This loop includes some of the most scenic Atlantic Ocean roads on the rocky New Hampshire coast. Enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean and the rocky cliffs at Little Boars Head, a seaside promontory that became a fashionable summer resort in the 19th century, and contains elegant examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. You will travel on past North Hampton State Beach where it's still possible to find some peace and quiet, and you might even spot some hardy souls riding the waves. 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.
As you wind your way southward, you will have traveled the so-called “two-mile drive”, which is said to be the most spectacular ocean-side drive on the East Coast. On the left, nothing but ocean, on the right, expansive beautiful homes. Finally you'll return to finish at Hampton Beach and celebrate with a well-deserved after-race party.