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New Half Marathon in New Hampshire, the Applecrest Half Marathon by LOCO Sports
Are you looking for a really good fall half marathon? The first annual Applecrest Half Marathon is one of those “must do” fall races in New England. This will be a classic at a beautiful location - Applecrest Farm located in the New Hampshire seacoast. The organization and amenities will be top notch, the course is outstanding, and all levels, including walkers, are welcome for this coastal tour, September 2, 2012 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.

  
New Half Marathon in New Hampshire, the Applecrest Half Marathon by LOCO Sports

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Sunday, 19 August, 2012

Here you go for Labor Day weekend, New England, a beautiful and enjoyable fall half marathon along rural New Hampshire roads, sponsored by Applecrest Farms and Orchards, one of the oldest and most venerable orchards in the entire USA—just a beautiful place to enjoy and run in September. This is a place you would want to visit anyway, and it is doubly inviting because LOCO Sports has done it again—planned an outstanding event that caters to all runners and walkers too. This is another of their signature half marathons, and anyone who has participated in LOCO events will tell you of a terrific experience.

The location is beautiful and is a working farm. The orchards are bountiful with apples, of course, but they also have pumpkins, raspberries, and peaches. Applecrest Farms is also famous for their home-made apple pie and home-made ice cream and cider, all of which you will receive as a treat after your half marathon run. The course will be a reward in itself, and you will have the opportunity to pick your own fruit following the race. So bring the family and a little extra money to get some wonderful fresh fruit or pumpkins to take home.

This event is destined to be a huge success and great experience—you can say you did the first one. It is less than an hour from Boston and Portland, and will be held on one of the oldest—and largest—orchards in New England. http://www.applecresthalf.com/

The start will be at 8:30 a.m. for both runners and walkers, so there will be plenty of time left to enjoy the day at Applecrest or on the Seacoast. Be sure to bring the entire family, as there will be plenty to do, including: Live music, folk and bluegrass; horse-drawn hay rides; farm animal petting zoo; face painting and balloons; pie-eating contest, cider making, and more.

For additional event information please contact mike@locorunning.com.

Sponsors, in addition to Applecrest Farm and LOCO Sports, include Stonyfield Farm organic yogurt, Green Layer shirts, sustainable lifestyle apparel, and Exeter Hospital’s Sports Medicine Specialty Team.

About the Course
The course is beautiful, especially this time of year when the entire Seacoast region prepares to explode into fall colors, which are especially vibrant along these lanes, bordering the fields and historic orchards. And all of it will be rural roads—very rural indeed--along land that has been producing fruit and vegetables for centuries. You will love running along these pathways—especially with such a well-organized, well orchestrated event.

The course is USATF-certified, and will be carefully marked and monitored. There will be five aid stations with water at each, along with energy gel at one and Gatorade at another.

This race begins and ends right on the property at Applecrest Farm. What a course. It is quiet and peaceful, and the scent of apples and harvest will be in the air. There is some elevation change with just enough moderate rolls to be invigorating. The course is basically one large loop along rural roads with historic homes and structures, fields and orchards abound as it winds its way through Hampton Falls and Kensington.

Race Amenities
There will be awards for the top three overall females and males as well as five-year age group awards. Additional race amenities include: Beautiful rural course, plenty of parking, commemorative wicking technical shirts to all registered half marathon participants; and all registered finishers will receive a beautiful commemorative finisher’s medal. And of course all will receive that apple pie and ice cream, cider and fresh-as-can-be fruit.

Go to the Website—Register Now
As you probably know, other LOCO half marathons, including Great Bay, Half at Hamptons, Rockfest, and All Women’s have been sellouts. And the reason is obvious—they provide an outstanding race experience. So don’t wait; get your registration in while you can. For registration questions contact linda@locorunning.com.

Please check their outstanding race Website for details, including excellent directions, information on Applecrest Farm, accommodations, a course map and information, parking instructions, charities, sponsorship, average weather conditions, registration, awards, and more: http://www.applecresthalf.com/. Applecrest Farm is easy to get to, just off Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire and not far from the Massachusetts border—and Maine border.

Visit Applecrest Farm—you will want to visit again and again throughout the fall
Applecrest Farm is New Hampshire's oldest and largest apple orchard. It is one of the oldest continuously operated orchards in America. Four generations of the Wagner family have worked this land, dedicated to their simple mission of sustainably growing the finest fruits and vegetables available.

Discover a bounty of grown-on-the-farm delights, including over 40 varieties of apples, peaches, berries, sweet corn, pumpkins and an array of summer vegetables. Beneath the timbers of a 200 year-old barn, find jugs of all-natural apple cider, made-from-scratch confectioneries (including the famous hot cider donuts) and an array of other locally produced farm goods. More about Applecrest Farm at www.applecrest.com.

Applecrest Farm Orchards
133 Exeter Road
Hampton Falls, NH 03844

Be a Part of the Inaugural Applecrest Half Marathon
This race will be terrific right out of the gate; another LOCO gem! This one is for everyone from the swiftest to the back of the pack runners and walkers; it is the same beautiful course for all—quiet rural roads, fields, farms and orchards. Think fall—apple picking time--and sign up for an outstanding running experience. Please do not plan on race day registration. Do it now! Have a great run and fall fun fest at Applecrest. We will see you there.

 

 

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