Great Bay Half Marathon & 5K

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Great Bay Half Marathon & 5K
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Run from the streets of Newmarket to the gravel paths of Lubberland Creek Preserve and back along the coastline in this stunning and varied race. There are hills throughout the course, from gentle to challenging, so you will have earned the craft beer supplied at the after party.
Half Marathon and The Center for Orthopedics and Movement 5k
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Sun 5th Apr 2020
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Newmarket, United States
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Where and when
Newmarket, NH 03857, USA
Start times
Sun 5th Apr 2020
Half Marathon:
11:00am |
The Center for Orthopedics and Movement 5k:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Great Bay Half Marathon & 5K
Half Marathon
$59 - $79
The Center for Orthopedics and Movement 5k
$25 - $35
Route information
Start Line: 82 Main Street
Half Marathon - 13.1 miles
Starting on paved roads in Newmarket, the first few miles have some gentle hills. The terrain then changes to gravel and gets hillier, but there are some incredible views over fields and forests. You enter the stunning Great Bay Estuary at mile 5, where you return to paved roads along the coast. You might even catch sight of herons and bald eagles. You will be running on roads with live traffic, so please keep to the left. You will face some steep climbs and long, gentle downhills. The course flattens out around Moody Point (mile 9). You finish by heading back into Newmarket, passing different neighbourhoods and architectural styles.
You start on the same course as the half marathon for the first 2.5miles, where you will turn off right. You head up a steep hill, but are then rewarded with a downhill finish through downtown and passed the cheering crowds.
After Party: Schanda Park for Food. Riverworks restaurant and American Legion for beer.
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What's included
  • Free long sleeve 1/4-zip t-shirt for half marathon runners
  • Free short sleeve tech t-shirt for 5k runners
  • Scenic route
  • 5 Water and snack stations at Mile 2, 4.5, 6.5, 9, and 11
  • Toilets on route at Mile 5.8, 9.8 and 12.2
  • Finisher's medal
  • Showers available
  • After party
  • Free pizza
  • 2 free Smuttynose craft beers (for runners aged 21+)
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Man and Woman overall
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Man and Woman in age groups: U19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Half Marathon:
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Man and Woman overall
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Man and Woman in age groups: U19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
How to get there
Newmarket, NH 03857, USA
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Parking nearby may be limited as the High School is still under construction. Parking is easiest at the Newmarket Industrial Park, where there will be a shuttle bus service to registration. Final shuttle back to the lot leaves at 3:30pm from St Mary's Church on South Main Street.
Other parking is available at Lamprey Health Care, Newmarket Junior/Senior High School, and Newmarkey Elementary School.
Event day logistics
Location: Newmarket Mills, 55 Main Street, Newmarket, NH US 03857
  • 09:30 - Packet pickup (race bib and t-shirt)
  • 11:00 - Both races start
There will be an after party to celebrate finishing the race, supplied with Smuttynose craft beer and local food.
Spectator Info
There will be thousands of people spectating this spring road race, and everyone is welcome to join in the after party. We recommend staying downtown for the start and finish, and it is not advised to try to drive along the route as you will hit runner traffic.
Where can I leave my baggage?
There is a bag check area located in the basement of Newmarket Community Church. This will close at 2:45pm.
Can I run with headphones?
Running with headphones is not encouraged. The course is beautiful, with plenty of natural sounds to enjoy, so you won't miss your music.
Can I run with a baby stroller?
Unfortunately, for safety reasons, strollers are not allowed on the course.
Can I run with me dog?
No, dogs are not allowed on course during the race.
Is there a cut-off time for the half marathon?
Yes, so that are marshals and volunteers don't have to work overtime, you must finish the half marathon within 3hrs30mins. However, signs will still be up if you are slower than this, and self-serve water stations. If you haven't reached Mile 10 after 3 hours, you will be directed to the finish via a shortcut, and still receive your finisher's medal.
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