The 6th Annual Loco Half & Full Marathon is returning to Newmarket, NH on Sunday, October 27, 2019 for another beautiful day of fall running through southern New Hampshire! Looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon? This course is flat and fast, making it one of the easier qualifying marathons in New England!
The Loco Half & Full Marathon offers runners a scenic 13.1-mile loop course along winding country roads through four coastal NH towns: Newmarket, Lee, Epping, and Newfields. Half marathoners run one loop, while marathoners run two. The late October date usually provides ideal running temps in the 50’s in addition to amazing fall foliage. The course elevation has a change of less than 100 feet, so it’s flat and fast. For the past two years, over 32% of our marathoners qualified for the Boston Marathon!
The race starts and finishes at the Rockingham Ballroom in Newmarket. There are just the right number of flat sections, a few rolling hills to help you use different muscles, and a spectacular 3-mile section on the Rail Trail. The first three miles are rolling and take you down a shaded road to Lee, NH. Next up is an almost totally flat section until Mile 5, after which there’s a gentle incline into Epping where you’ll likely see a pair of Clydesdale horses grazing in the field as you pass Clarke Farm.
You’ll then run through Newmarket and up a small hill before heading out onto the last 3-mile stretch on the beautiful Rail Trail. It’s relatively flat with almost imperceptible gradual downhill sections, so take some time to look around and enjoy the views of beaver ponds and unspoiled forests!
There are six water stations on the loop course (11 for the full marathon):
WATER: Miles 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13.1, 15.5, 18.5, 20.5, 22.5 and 24
GATORADE: Miles 5, 9, 18.5 and 22.5
Vanilla Energy Gel: Mile 6.6, 13, and 20.3
The course is USATF Certified at 13.10938 miles.
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