Race Info / FAQ
Race Date: Sunday, December 10th, 2017
- Start Time 9:00 AM
- Bib Pickup 7:30 – 9 AM
- 5K & Half Marathon start at the same time and location
What bling do I get with the race?
All registered runners in the Half Marathon will receive a long sleeve technical racing shirt with the race logo and a tasty post race celebration inside the ballroom with a NH Craft beer, hot cocoa and hot soup. All registered half marathon finishers will receive a nice finishers medal. *You have to pickup your bling at registration.
All registered 5K runners will receive a short sleeve cotton blend shirt with the race logo and a tasty post race celebration inside the ballroom with a NH Craft beer, hot cocoa and hot soup. *You have to pickup your bling at registration.
Shirts will not be mailed.
Can I run with a baby jogger?
Baby joggers are allowed but we ask that you start your race at the back of the pack.
Can I run with my dog?
No, please do not run with your dog on the course and please leave your pets at home. Note, please respect our request for no pets on the Country club grounds. NO DOGS inside the ballroom!
Can I get a refund if I register but don’t run?
No. we plan the race based on the number of registered runners, so once you have registered we cannot offer you a refund. There are NO refunds, transfers or deferrals.
Can I run with headphones or ear buds?
For safety reasons, we discourage the use of headphones or ear buds on the course.
Are there Award for top finishers?
Yes, there are awards for top overall finishers, female and male, as well as age group winners. Look for the Awards table inside the ballroom. Awards go three deep, with 10-year age groups.. You must be present to receive your award. Awards will NOT be mailed.
What will the weather be like?
Good question! The weather in southern New Hampshire is variable in the Winter, but you knew that! The average temperature for early December is 42 degrees – ideal running weather. But it is New England after all, so be prepared! The web site will keep you updated on any weather related issues regarding the race. Also, if the race is to be cancelled or postponed an email will be sent to you with further information.
What happens if there is a snow storm? Your safety and the safety of our wonderful volunteers and police are always top priority. Should the Police indicate that conditions are not safe on the roads due to weather or other conditions, we will cancel or postpone the race.
What distance is this race?
The half marathon is 13.1 miles. The course is wheel measured and accurate and will be USATF certified.
The 5K is an accurate 3.1 miles but due to the elevation drop it is not certified
What is the course time limit?
We will keep the 1/2 Marathon course open in accordance with a 3:30 hours finish time, or approximately 16 minutes per mile. Note, We will keep the signs on the course up for the very last person and water stops may be self serve in the later stops. A timer, clock and medals will be available for everyone that finishes. (No time limit for the 5K(
Will there be bag-check facility?
There is no bag check. Parking is close to the start and finish. Please plan accordingly.
Where are the water stops?
Five aid stations (4 fluids, 1 gel):
- Water: Miles 2.75, 5.5, 7.5 and 10.5
- Gel: Mile 7.4
- Gatorade: Mile 5.5
- Hot Cocoa/Lindt: Mile 10.5
NOTE: all mileages approximate.
Where are the port-o-potties?
Port-o-potties are located at the Parking area plus at the Mile 7.5 and Mile 10.5 aid stations.
Where is the start and how do I get there?
The race starts and finishes near the Atkinson Resort & Country Club – 85 Country Club Dr, Atkinson, NH 03811
What are the parking accommodations? First, we urge you to consider car-pooling (with friends you know or new friends you make at the ride-share board) or other alternative transportation – for options, look here. There will be parking in the vicinity of the race and within short walking distance.
Can I take a shower after the race?
Yes, but it will have to be at home as there are no facilities available at the race!
Will there be an after-race celebration? Oh, yeah! Runners will enjoy a variety of delicious food and drink items including, of course, hand crafted Henniker Brewing Company beer, hot soup, Clif Bars, Hint water, hot chocolate and tasty Stonyfield yogurt!
Can I view the course before the race?
Most of the race course is accessible before the race begins. A course map is available here.
Where are the best locations for spectators?
The entire course is not particularly spectator-friendly as it is one big loop. If you plan to drive out on the loop to watch the race, you will be stuck in runner traffic and not get back to see the finish.
How is the race timed?
Participants will wear a bib number with an electronically-readable chip affixed. As runners cross the Finish line they run over a mat with a sensor that recognizes and records each runner’s “chip time”. Bib numbers must be attached to the FRONT of your shirt or jacket to be read accurately.
Hint: Be sure to expose your bib as you cross the start and finish mats so the timing sensors can get your accurate time.