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Excitement is Building--All Women and One Lucky Guy Half Marathon in Historic Newburyport, Massachusetts
All Women and One Lucky Guy Half Marathon: Lace up, Women! Get ready to run in the all-female (and one lucky guy) half marathon in New England! You will never forget the camaraderie you feel when running in this all women’s field. Run in solidarity with your sisters (and one brother) as you achieve 13.1 miles of glory!

  
Excitement is Building--All Women and One Lucky Guy Half Marathon in Historic Newburyport, Massachusetts

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By Traci Joy
Posted Friday, 18 October, 2013

LOCO Sports welcomes you to this popular autumn must-run event in Newburyport, Massachusetts on Sunday, November 3, 2013. This is New England’s first and best all-women’s Half Marathon, though it includes one lucky guy! So, ladies, sign up today and run this memorable course in one of Massachusetts prettiest coastal towns. And guys--one lucky guy -- enter the One Lucky Guy lottery for your chance to run with over a thousand women! It may be your lucky day!

Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome and encouraged to participate in the supportive atmosphere of this race. You will see highly competitive runners, joggers, walkers and everyone in between. Some women will be running for personal records, others to break a course record. Some women will be running their first ever half marathon; others might be running their 100th. All athletes, no matter their pace, will have healthy goals and stick to an appropriate training routine in order to accomplish them. This half marathon is a terrific goal race like no other, whether you're a novice or a pro. So register early and join in on Sunday, November 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. for a wonderful racing experience!

Register and check details at: http://www.allwomenshalf.com/

You will enjoy late autumn in New England as you run through town and outskirts of Newburyport and West Newbury into “horse country.” You will run along two reservoirs: the Lower and Upper Artichoke Reservoirs and the watering hole near Moulton Street. Crisp cool morning air with autumn leaves beneath your feet, a low midday sun on the water and some of the strongest female runners in New England--sounds like the perfect day and place for a challenge.

Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., Newburyport is the place to be. This race is family friendly and expertly organized by LOCO Sports. Whether a seasoned competitive racer or novice, you will not want to miss this coveted race. Reviews are outstanding each year. In fact, rave reviews, applause and appreciation pour into the race director’s office for months. So sign up now! You have the time to train and get your friends, family and co-workers involved!

Newburyport is a gorgeous seaside quintessential New England town known for rich history. Newburyport was settled in 1635 as a part of Newberry Plantation. In 1764, it became the town of Newburyport and in 1851 thrived well enough to be named a city. It is the birthplace of the United States Coast Guard and contains many historic buildings and is home to many historic events. Visitors might be interested in the Cushing Museum and Gardens and the Newburyport Custom House Museum or Plum Island for example. Newburyport was once an important seaport and ship-building center. Make it a destination, a fun road trip with friends and/or family; a great weekend racing getaway for everyone!

Be a part of history—and a unique racing adventure--when you run in the All Women & One Lucky Guy Half Marathon field. This USATF-certified course is mostly flat, fast and has only modest hills. There are a two small inclines and nothing exceeding 100 feet in elevation. So if you are trying to PR, this course is for you! You will be running on a beautiful course on mostly rural roads with (almost) all women.

One Lucky Guy
This is a women's only field with one exception: one lucky guy is allowed to race. The only requirement for the singular male registrant is to join the lottery. ($5 per chance, or 5 chances for $20) All proceeds of the One Lucky Guy Lottery will benefit a cause associated with Newburyport High School. If you are that one guy, lucky and able, you'll run with a lot of women and be a celebrity for the day. What could be better? You automatically win your division! You will also receive a special “One Lucky Guy” T-shirt and prize, including free race entry. If you, or a special guy you know, enjoy running and are interested in striding with strong, powerful female athletes, join the lottery! Click here to play: http://www.allwomenshalf.com/oneluckyguy.php

This is the seventh year for the All Women's Half Marathon, the only one in New England. The course runs on spectacular town and country roads starting at Newburyport High School and then running mostly in lovely West Newbury. Each year runners rave about the beauty of the course. This exceptional event is professionally organized by the folks at LOCO Sports. You are guaranteed a memorable race filled with camaraderie with other runners, great prizes and good times. So ladies (and one guy) kick your training into high-gear and definitely plan to run this one-of-a-kind event!

LOCO Sports
This race is organized by LOCO Sports of Newmarket, New Hampshire, created by runners for runners in an effort to contribute - in a meaningful way - to the running community. They are seasoned runners who are concerned with your experience and invested in the running community.

The LOCO goal is to make this sport really fun. They have organized many highly successful events, including the Half at the Hamptons, the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon and Marathon, the Applecrest Half Marathon, the Will Run for Beer Series, Great Bay Half Marathon, and the Stowe Vermont 8 Miler, to name a few. They are truly dedicated to excellent events and creating enjoyable, scenic and memorable courses. To learn more about LOCO Sports visit: http://www.locoraces.com/ or e-mail info@locorunning.com.

Make it a Weekend Getaway!
If you are coming to visit from near or far, Newburyport has much to offer for hotels, inns, restaurants, historic tours, small-town beauty, and of course, shopping. You can visit Plum Island, the clock tower cast by Paul Revere, or drink a beer (or two) at the Newburyport Brewing Company. Do a warm up walk-jog through Newburyport’s historic sea port, or visit the state parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the area. This is a great place for the kids, and an even better place for mom to run!

Grab your friends, family, co-workers and enjoy the opportunity. Whether a road trip, a flight, or even by MBTA Commuter Rail – get to Newburyport for this race. You will not be disappointed!

Here is the race’s chosen hotel information: http://www.allwomenshalf.com/lodging.php
and here are some ideas from TripAdvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g41706-d672943-Reviews-167_Water_Bed_and_Breakfast-Newburyport_Massachusetts.html

For those living closer to Newburyport, there are easy and fast ways to get to the start line – there will be a ride=sharing service through PickupPal (http://www.pickuppal.com/pup/group/All-Women--One-Lucky-Guy-Half-Marathon-Newburyport-Ma#summary) and you can always take public transportation – here is the MBTA site: http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/

Race headquarters and the start and finish are located at Newburyport High School at 241 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950, and the first 2.5 miles will be mostly along Hale Road departing Newburyport. Hale becomes Middle Street entering West Newbury, and you will turn left along Upper Artichoke Reservoir, keeping the water on your right. At this point, you are nearing the 3-mile marker and on your way toward clockwise loop that makes up the majority of the course. Forested roads alternate with fields and pastures as you explore this region. It will be difficult to believe that you are so close to a major metro area, as it seems so bucolic and remote.

At about 5.3-miles you will see Little Crane Pond on your left and will run along it for about half a mile. There is an uphill section, nothing major, at about seven miles, and this half way point also includes a little over a quarter mile of hard-packed dirt road. The section from seven to 10 is really beautiful, and at about 10.4 you will pass between two reservoirs on Middle Road—Lower Artichoke on your left and Upper Artichoke on the right. After passing this point you will reenter Newburyport and finish the last two miles heading back to the school. You will be impressed with this course, and there will be plenty of aid and porto-potties along the way. LOCO knows what you want and need.

This course is USATF-certified. The race is professionally timed using the ChronoTrack B-Tag timing chip, which is built into the race bib number. There will be a start mat this year, so the times will be net from start to finish, in addition to standard or gun time. Water, Gatorade and energy gel stations will be available throughout the race at convenient locations. For a more detailed course map, visit: http://www.allwomenshalf.com/

Packet pickup will be located at Newburyport High school from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013. The start time for runners and walkers is 11:00 a.m. sharp!

T-Shirts, Awards and Prizes
All registered runners will receive custom Womens wicking T-shirts with the race logo and a large selection of sizes for this race.

All finishers will receive a custom finisher’s medal to commemorate the achievement and occasion! In addition there will be awards for the top three runners, and five-year age group awards for the top three in each group.

Winners will go to the red tent prize table to pick up prizes. There is no awards ceremony.
Male: First Prize: Male -Age Group winner (of course he is the only one running in this division, but he WILL win for the men, which is an incentive to sign up for this unique race!)

Don’t Miss Out!
The All Women and One Lucky Guy Half Marathon has become a popular event for women looking for a long-distance race that is fast, yet fun; supportive, yet competitive. All-women’s races offer something special to participants. The unique spirit and unmatched energy of an all-women’s race provides an opportunity that cannot be matched by co-ed races. Plus it is a terrific destination, a chance for a super weekend get-away, and certainly gives women athletes their due, in their own race. It’s your All Women and One Lucky Guy race. Register Now!
Newburyport, MA: http://newburyportinfo.com/

 

 

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