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Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5K Race Details

The Jingle Bell Half Marathon & 5K returns to Hampton, NH with a jolly fun run on Sunday, December 8th, 2024 at 9:00 AM.

Race weekend kicks off with early packet pickup beginning at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 7th, 2024 at the Sports and Fitness Center at Northern Essex Community College. On race day, Sunday, December 8th, 2024 packet pickup will begin at 7:00 AM. Keep reading for more important live race details. Can’t make the live event? Run virtually.









The Half Marathon

The Jingle Bell Half Marathon brings runners on a picturesque figure 8 loop course that runs along the Merrimack River in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The race starts and finishes at the Northern Essex Community College campus, located off Route 495.

The first loop is an easy 5K that brings you right back to the start area on campus. You’ll then continue onto the rural roads of Haverhill. The roads are not closed to the public, but don’t worry! We’ll have course marshals and police along the course.

There will be 5 aid stations along the course located at miles 2.4, 5, 6.8, 9.3, and 11.4. Gatorade and water will be served at every aid station. UnTapped Energy Gels will be featured at mile 6.8. Portable toilets will be available for participant use at all aid stations.

2023 5K map

The 5K

The Jingle Bell 5K run is the best way to spread holiday cheer with the whole family. Grab even your smallest Whos (even if they are a little Grinchy in the morning) and celebrate the happiest season of the year on the course.

You’ll take the first loop of our half marathon course through the Northern Essex Community College campus, finishing back at the starting line. The course is very easy, and great for runners of all ages and fitness levels. You’ll be as jolly as St. Nick by the time you reach the post-race party at Northern Essex Community College!

2023 5K map


Please note: We encourage runners to carpool as much as possible to reduce the number of cars on-site as we are expecting record numbers in 2024!

There will be free parking for participants at Northern Essex Community College. Parking attendants and volunteers will be directing all participants and spectators into the appropriate lots on race morning.

Only certain entrances and exits will be open on race morning, so please plan to arrive early. You will also have a short walk to the packet pickup area and start line, so give yourself plenty of time to get to the starting line.

Access to Northern Essex Community College from Route 110 will be closed at 9:00 AM for the start of the race and will re-open once all participants have cleared the surrounding roads.

All participants and spectators who park in the Spurk Parking Lot, Faculty & Staff Parking Lot, and Behrakis One-Stop Parking Lot will not be permitted to leave those lots until 10:00 AM once all runners have cleared College Ave. We appreciate your cooperation in advance as runner safety is our number one priority.


Both races start at 9:00 AM at the Sports and Fitness Center at Northern Essex Community College. If taking I-495, take exit 111 and the campus will be almost immediately as you get off the highway. Please arrive by 7:30 AM to ensure you have time to park, check-in, and stretch before the race begins.

Post Race Party

Have a holly jolly time at the Jingle Bell post-race party featuring festive beverages like hot chocolate and coffee along with bagels, doughnuts and other holiday treats. PLUS you can sing along to festive tunes while you warm up!


The half marathon will award prizes for the top 3 men and women finishers overall, and to the top 3 male and female in the following categories: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

The 5K will award prizes to the top 3 male and female finishers overall, and to the top 3 male and female finishers in the following categories: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+.

All awards will be emailed out to participants after the event within 5-7 business days. There will not be an awards tent or ceremony at the event!

Bib pickup

Packet Pick-Up

Early packet pick-up will be held in the gymnasium of the Sports and Fitness Center at NECC on Saturday, December 7th, 2024 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Participants are encouraged to pick up their bib at early packet pick-up to make for a less stressful race morning.

Can’t make it to early packet pick-up? No worries! Day of packet pick-up on Sunday, December 8th, 2024 will also be offered at the Sports and Fitness Center at NECC from 7:00 AM – 8:45 AM.

Bib pickup

Packet Mailing

Save time on packet pickup by adding on packet mailing at registration! Already registered? Don’t worry! You can add it on through your EnMotive account by following these instructions.

The deadline to add packet mailing to your registration is November 17, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Please note, we are unable to mail out packets after the packet mailing deadline has passed.

Elite Runners Perks

If you’ve achieved an exceptionally low finish time at marathon or half marathon in the past 18 months, we have a perk for you! Elite runners who meet the qualifying standards below are eligible for a fully comped entry to this year’s race! To apply for a fully comped entry as an elite athlete, please click the apply today bottom below to submit your application!

Male Elite Runner Qualifying Standards


Male Masters Qualifying Standards

  • Masters 40-44 – Sub 2:40 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 45-49 – Sub 2:48 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 50-54 – Sub 2:55 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 55-59 – Sub 3:05 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 60-64 – Sub 3:15 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 65-69 – Sub 3:25 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 70-74 – Sub 3:37 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 75-79+ – Sub 3:55 Marathon / 1:55 Half

Female Elite Runner Qualifying Standards


Female Masters Qualifying Standards

  • Masters 40-44 – Sub 3:00 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 45-49 – Sub 3:12 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 50-54 – Sub 3:22 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 55-59 – Sub 3:40 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 60-64 – Sub 3:58 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 65-69 – Sub 4:15 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 70-74 – Sub 5:00 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 75-79+ – Sub 5:00 Marathon / 2:10 Half
Standards for both the marathon and half marathon must have been run within 18 months of the 2024 race day to qualify. Elite athlete support (travel, lodging, prize money, and/or food assistance) will not be provided by Ventures Endurance.

Applications must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the event. Late entries may be accommodated on a case by case basis. If an event sells out and is at capacity, additional elite athlete entries will not be considered. An elite complimentary entry is non transferrable and only applied to the Half Marathon and Marathon distances. Other distances do not qualify.

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