Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5K

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Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5K
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The 7th Annual Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5k has a new home. Join us on Sunday, December 8th, 2019 for another day of scenic New England running! We are relocating to the campus of the Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA. Join the fun at New England’s best holiday road race, where you celebrate your finish with an after-party featuring refreshing craft beer, hot soup and cocoa and plenty of snacks!PS: The new course is much easier and just as pretty!
5K run and Half Marathon
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Sun 8th Dec 2019
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Haverhill, United States
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Where and when
NECC Haverhill Campus, Haverhill, MA 01830, USA
Start times
Sun 8th Dec 2019
5K run:
9:00am |
Half Marathon:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5K
5K run
Half Marathon
Route information
Half Marathon
The Jingle Bell Half Marathon offers runners a figure 8 loop course through the most rural section along the Merrimack River in Haverhill Massachusetts. The race starts and finishes at the Northern Essex Community College campus which is ideally located off of Route 495. The course is well marked with easy to see mile markers and race marshals at all key locations..
The first loop is an easy 5K that brings you right back to the start area. The course then travels exclusively on rolling rural roads in Haverhill. This course is much easier than the Atkinson course!
There are five water stops along the course, one of which will also have Gatorade and one will have hot chocolate! We know that sometimes nature calls at the when it’s least convenient, that’s why we’ve put portable toilets at two water stops.
Grab your holiday costumes and get ready for fun! The 5k course is great for runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. It follows the same route as the half marathon for the first three miles then splits off and finishes at the start area on the Northern Essex Community College. This is a gently rolling course with no tough hills.
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What's included
Half marathoners get a wicking long-sleeve pullover while 5k runners get an awesome cotton-blend short-sleeve tee!
All runners get treated to hot soup, hot chocolate, granola bars, Stonyfield yogurt, and Hint water at the post-race party inside the Sports Center!
As if that weren’t awesome enough, runners 21+ get two tasty craft beer from our friends at Smuttynose Brewing Company!
Half marathoners also get a commemorative medal!
Not only do you get a wonderful day of amazingly scenic running, but you’re also treated to an after-party in the Sports and Fitness Center at NECC, featuring FREE bone-warming hot chocolate & soup, healthy granola bars, bananas and Hint flavored water. As if that weren’t awesome enough, runners 21+ get two tasty craft beers! The best part? It’s all included with your registration!
Prizes are awarded to the top 3 men and women finishers overall, and to the top 3 men and women in the following categories: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Awards must be picked up at the race inside the Sports Center, look for the Awards Table. They will not be mailed.
How to get there
NECC Haverhill Campus, Haverhill, MA 01830, USA
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Both races starts at 9 a.m. at Sports and Fitness Center at Northern Essex Community College Please arrive by 7:30 a.m. to ensure you have time to park, check-in, and stretch before the race begins.
The after-party takes place in the Fitness Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be plenty of FREE parking available right at the Northern Essex Community College!
Event day logistics
Packet pick-up will be held at Sport and Fitness Center at NECC on the morning of the race from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race tee! Half marathoners will get their medals at the Finish, as always. Shirts won’t be mailed out after the event if you don’t pick yours up, so don’t oversleep!
Spectator Info
We discourage spectators from driving out on the course, as many of the roads are narrow and this will cause a safety hazard. Spectators will enjoy seeing all the runners at mile 3 as the half marathon and 5K course loop back right by the start area.
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