Half at the Hamptons - Great Seaside Winter Running Adventure at a Famous Coastal Resort
This unique half marathon on February 15, 2009 offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Coast and a taste of the historic charm of Hampton Beach.
Posted Friday, 30 January, 2009
It is Winter Wonder! Join the crowd for a beautiful winter seaside tour. You won’t want to miss out on another opportunity to be part of a memorable racing tradition this February. Last year’s successful inaugural race, with its fast, scenic loop course, outstanding race organization, and classy seaside resort post race celebration have earned this event high marks.
Whether you are seeking to keep your winter running on track and inspired or are training for a spring marathon, this is the ideal race to shore up your motivation and put some spark in your running regimen. Mark your calendar and make the most of the off season with this fantastic mid–winter running challenge. Cold weather distance running is an excellent way to improve and preserve your conditioning for next season’s success, which will be right around the corner. Celebrate your winter fitness with a bracing, invigorating half marathon and let February know who is boss!
Scenic, Flat and Easy Course
Get ready to chase away the winter doldrums, whether you are a seasoned distance runner or a first time half marathoner. Runners and walkers of all abilities will be energized running this course, which is a feast for the eyes with its magnificent coastal views. It is also one of the flattest and most fun half marathon courses—as easy as any in New England. You will start and finish in Hampton Beach at the Ashworth-by-the-Sea Hotel and the “Old Lady of the Sea” Marine Memorial. Runners will head north on Ocean Boulevard. After an eight mile refreshing loop of Hampton’s streets and roads and picturesque North Hampton neighborhoods and rural vistas, it continues with a breathtaking five-mile ocean-side tour.
Here is a bit of history for you, first settled in 1639, this town was part of Hampton known as “North Hill” following the separation of New Hampshire from Massachusetts.
This is a loop course where the top of the loop eventually ends back on Route 1A, one of the most scenic Atlantic roads on the rocky New England coast. Along the way you will enjoy an unobstructed view of the Atlantic surf, the rocky cliffs at Little Boars Head, a seaside promontory that became fashionable in the 19th century. This area contains stunningly elegant examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. The course continues past North Hampton State Beach. You will take in the quiet atmosphere unsullied by noise, crowds and distractions. During this time of year, runners will have it mostly to themselves.
On your way south, you will have just traveled the so called ‘two mile drive”. It is said to be the most breathtaking ocean side stretch on the East coast. Finally, you will come back to Hampton Beach to the finish at Ashworth-by-the-Sea, completing this gorgeous USATF-certified course, ready to enjoy the well deserved post race party.
Party at the Grand Hotel
What a terrific and unique combination: Lindt chocolate, Harpoon brew, and hot soup will definitely help invigorate this unique post race party, held in the perfect location.
Celebrate your run or walk with this fantastic post race in the elegance of the Ashworth-by-the-Sea ballroom. A Hampton beach landmark for over 90 years, this grand historic hotel is a fitting place to savor your accomplishment. You will be in good company as 1,200 or more runners are expected to participate in the race.
Join your friends for an after-race feast that features these wonderful Harpoon Brewery products, along with delicious Lindt Chocolate (Lindt’s USA headquarters is in nearby Stratham, New Hampshire).
The hotel features a beautiful beach-front view with their deck overlooking the Atlantic; it has three floors, an indoor pool, and several dining areas. Opened in 1912 by George Ashworth, the hotel has enjoyed a wonderful reputation and has become the premiere showplace of Hampton Beach.
There will be prizes for the top runners, of course, plus awards for teams and 5-year age groups, walker awards, as well as special awards for top Hampton finishers. There will be random “Newbie” awards at the Loco Booth. And everyone will receive a memorable custom finisher’s medal and long sleeve T-shirt to mark the occasion. This beautiful, easy, flat course is an award in itself.
LOCO Running- For Runners by Runners
This is another great race by the folks at LOCO Running. LOCO sports was founded in New Hampshire by runners just like you who believed that loyal runners deserved a company truly dedicated to the sport of running and to the running community.
They are experienced in developing running shoes with over 35 years of hands on expertise that has led to the creation of some of the most popular running shoes ever made. For more information about the company and its products, please visit http://www.locorunning.com/
The folks at LOCO also have a solid history of successful race management, including the Great Bay Half Marathon, The Maine Coast Marathon, the Stow Eight Miler and the “Will Run for Beer” Series. You can count on them to provide a terrific race experience from start to finish.
Volunteers Join the Fun
Join the Hampton Half Marathon Volunteer team. If your friend, family member is racing, it’s a great way to support them while actively participating in the race. Race volunteers work hard, have a great time and support a great cause.
Participants are encouraged to raise money for their favorite charity using this event. LOCO will provide special prizes for those who raise money for designated charities. In order to receive your prize for raising money, you must first register with us to designate a charity. For more information about race charities go to: www.locorunning.com/hampton-charity.php
There are so many great reasons to make this a winter running adventure you can call your own. The Half at the Hamptons has it all, beautiful, scenic course, great race organization, historic sea side resort and an amazingly fun filled post race party with plenty of awards and good times. It is professionally organized to satisfy a runner’s every need; and professionally chip timed to insure accurate and rapid results.
Check the details at the race website: www.locorunning.com/hamptonhalf.php
including registration information course map, lodging options and directions.