The Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5k kicks off with packet pickup at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 9th at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club in Atkinson, NH. Both races start at 9 a.m. and the party goes until 1 p.m.! Click a section below for more details.
The Jingle Bell Half Marathon offers runners a single-loop course through the rolling terrain of southern New Hampshire. The race starts and finishes at the beautiful Atkinson Resort & Country Club and travels on back country roads through Atkinson, NH; Salem, NH; and Haverhill, MA. The course is well marked with easy to see mile markers and race marshals at all key locations..
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 the water stops at Mile 7.5 and Mile 10.5.
The course is USATF Certified at 13.10938 miles.
Downhill and wicked easy is the best way to describe this 5K course. 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 two miles then splits off and finishes at the Woodlock Recreation area.
All runners will get a ride back to the Atkinson Resort & Country Club on the free shuttle bus!
Not only do you get a wonderful day of amazingly scenic running, but you’re also treated to an after-party in the grand ballroom of the Atkinson Resort & Country Club, 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 from our friends at Smuttynose Brewing Company! The best part? It’s all included with your registration!
Packet pick-up will be held at Atkinson Resort & Country Club 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!
Directions, Parking & Shuttle
Both races starts at 9 a.m. at Atkinson Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, NH 03811. 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 ballroom of the country club from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be plenty of FREE parking available right at the country club!
The half marathon loops back to finish at the country club, but the 5k finishes at Woodlock Reserve, so we’ve arranged for a free shuttle bus to pick up the 5k finishers and bring them back to the start! NOTE: Spectators may also use this shuttle to get from the Country Club to the finish and back. Spectator shuttle to the 5K finish leaves at 8:45 AM.