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Great Bay Half Marathon & 5K

2 races scheduled · 1000 participants · Sun 5th Apr 2020 · Newmarket
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About this event

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.

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Remember when you were a kid and you used to run around outside with your friends climbing trees, jumping in puddles, playing tag, and just plain having fun? Well Rugged Maniac is simply an adult version of that! We build 25+ epic obstacles for you and your friends to play on (like fire jumps, water slides, trampolines, and underground tunnels), put them in a 3-mile course, and then throw a crazy party with plenty of beer and music!

How to enter

Tickets available until Fri Apr 03 2020

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+)

Prizes:

5k:

  • 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+
Half Marathon
11:00am Sun 5th Apr 2020

Run 21.1km

The Center for Orthopedics and Movement 5k
11:00am Sun 5th Apr 2020

Run 5km

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Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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. … read more
FAQ
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. … read more
FAQ
Can I run with a baby stroller?
Unfortunately, for safety reasons, strollers are not allowed on the course.… read more
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Route description
Route description

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.

5k

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.

Logistics and schedule

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.

Spectators

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.

How to get there

Newmarket, NH 03857, USA

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Parking

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.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
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.
FAQ
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.
FAQ
Can I run with a baby stroller?
Unfortunately, for safety reasons, strollers are not allowed on the course.
FAQ
Can I run with me dog?
No, dogs are not allowed on course during the race.
FAQ
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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