Half at the Hamptons - Great Seaside Winter Running Adventure at a Famous Coastal Resort
This unique half marathon on February 20, 2011 offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Coast and a taste of the historic charm of Hampton Beach. Spring marathon training run, or seaside winter adventure, this run along the serene shore in late February is ideal. And enjoy a super post race party with taps flowing.
Posted Wednesday, 22 December, 2010
Yes, 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. It gets better every year, and this is the fourth annual, with its fast, scenic loop course. Outstanding race organization by LOCO Running and the classy seaside resort and post race celebration have earned this event very high marks. And it is an ideal time to visit and run at Hampton Beach—no tourists, just runners and walkers along that beautiful shoreline.
Whether you are seeking to keep your winter running on track, inspired and motivated, or are training for a spring marathon, this is the ideal race to shore up your goals and put some spark in your running regimen. It has a limited field of 1,200, so mark your calendar, get that registration in and make the most of the “off season” with this fantastic mid–winter running challenge. Make 2011 a terrific year for your running career, and keep those goals and motivation on course. Cold weather distance running is an excellent way to improve and preserve your conditioning for spring season 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
Okay, it’s not perfectly flat—there are two small hills, but only 60 feet of elevation. But it is perfectly scenic. 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 on this course, which is a feast for the eyes with its magnificent coastal views, surf and solitude.
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 across from 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 (north end) 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, including 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: Smuttynose 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 runners are expected to participate in the race.
Better yet, stay at the Ashworth:
295 Ocean Boulevard
Hampton Beach, NH 03842-3610
(603) 926-6762 - Main
(603) 926-2002 - Fax Ashworth Website
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. And everyone will receive a memorable custom finisher’s medal and long sleeve T-shirt to mark the occasion. You must be present at the awards ceremony to receive an award. 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 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.
The folks at LOCO also have a solid history of successful race management, including the Rockfest Marathon and Half Marathon, Great Bay Half Marathon, The Maine Coast Half Marathon, the Stow Eight Miler, the “Will Run for Beer” Series, and additional new and exciting races coming your way in 2011. You can count on them to provide a terrific race experience from start to finish.
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 using Chronotrack to insure accurate and rapid results.
Check the race Website for details, including registration, course map, lodging options www.hamptonhalf.com . And definitely be there to enjoy a great run at a popular destination. Enjoy the Hamptons—they are far more than a summer destination. Join in this beautiful winter seaside tour with its fast, scenic loop course, outstanding race organization, and classy seaside resort post race celebration. It is Winter Wonder!