Great Half Marathon - Trails Along the Nashua River, the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon and 5K in New Hampshire
Enjoy a terrific new half marathon coming Sunday, November 25, 2012. This inaugural event, Nashua's first half marathon in many years, runs mostly in beautiful Mine Falls Park, and it includes a 5K and loads of fun. The half marathon distance is becoming very popular--here is a wonderful trail course that is easy to negotiate whether it's your first or 101st--two person half marathon relay too!
Posted Monday, 19 November, 2012
A new half marathon in Nashua, New Hampshire has New England runners excited. This is an event that everyone can participate in, with three great options to enjoy the gem of the Nashua park system and a runner’s paradise. You can do the half marathon, of course, but if you are not up for 13.1 miles you can do a 5K along some of the same trails OR get a Buddy and enjoy the relay with legs of about 7.6 and 5.5 respectively. This is a great course that is soft underfoot with only a few mild rises, but it is fairly flat for the most part through forest land adjacent to the canals and river that made Nashua a powerhouse in textiles with water powered mills.
Power your way along these trails in a late season celebration of distance running with a first class event. There will be tech shirts and finisher medals for half marathoners and relay runners; custom T-s for 5K participants, runners and walkers. Prizes include keepsake logo pint glasses for top three overall and age division champions, a nice touch to remember this inaugural event. Post race celebrations will include fresh fruit and delicious pastries and more.
The new Nashua YMCA is adjacent to the start and finish and 20% of race proceeds will go to the “Y”. And the race will also donate significantly to Nashua’s three high school cross-country programs, so you can feel good that part of your registration fee will go to strengthen the running and fitness community.
Everyone, it seems, is doing half marathons these days, and here is one for all comers, all paces. It is a mild, easy, scenic course with an exciting relay and accompanying 5K and all the amenities. Best of all, it benefits the running community.
Nashua is 20 minutes from Manchester and under an hour from Boston. However, runners are coming from all over New England and New York for the first annual celebration of running in the “Gate City”. Soon it will also be known as the “Half Marathon City”. Please visit the race website for details: http://www.wolfhollowhalfmarathon.com/
The Yankee Timing Company will be using the “B-tag” Chronotrack system (timing chip built into the race bib) so you know the results will be both accurate and immediate. A well supported course includes six water stops for the half and relay and two for the 5K. This event is presented by 3C Race Productions and is sponsored in part by Runner’s Alley, New Hampshire’s only running only store with locations just meters from the half marathon race course in Nashua, as well as Portsmouth and Manchester.
The Half Marathon and relay will start at 8:15 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9:00. The half marathon and relay race begins at the Conway Hockey and Skating Arena and ends adjacent to Stellos Stadium. The 5K begins close to the Stadium and ends at the same finish line. This location is easy to get to and just off Route 3 and the Everett Turnpike at Exit 5 (West).
The Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay Course
The Wolf Hollow Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay course starts on Riverside Drive in front of Conway Arena Hockey and Ice Skating facility and navigates a counter-clockwise loop around Nashua High School South and returns past the starting line to Stellos Stadium. The course then heads into Mine Falls Park by the dam and falls and through the Main Gate, following the canal to the Nashua High School South Bridge.
The course crosses the bridge to the south side and then follows the canal on that side (paved) side under the Route 3/Turnpike Bridge continuing to the Cove Footbridge where it returns to the north side of the canal. On the north or left side it runs all the way to the Nashua mill yard just west of downtown. The course then returns on the lower (river) side trails back under the Route 3/Turnpike Bridge. When the course meets the trail from Nashua High School South to Lincoln Park it turns right and across the Nashua River on the footbridge to go a full lap around Lincoln Park and then return back across the bridge to the main trail.
The course then heads west back to the trail intersection just inside the Main Gate. The course then turns left heading east again along the canal and repeats this loop through Mine Falls Park to the Millyard and back. At the end of the second loop the course turns to the right through the Main Gate, past the boat ramp and out of Mine Falls Park, passing in front of Stellos Stadium and finishing in the adjacent parking lot.
The relay runners' handoff point will be approximately 50 yards past the end of the first loop. Basically the first runner does the paved portion and the first trail loop and the second runner the second trail loop back to the stadium.
The 5K Course
The 5K course starts near the entrance to Mine Falls Park. The course then goes past the falls and through the Main Gate following the canal to the Nashua High School South Bridge. The course crosses the bridge and then follows the canal on the opposite side under the Route 3/Turnpike Bridge continuing to the foot bridge to the soccer fields opposite Whipple Street. The course crosses the bridge and then heads back towards Stellos Stadium on the north side of the canal, going back under the Route 3/Turnpike Bridge. The course takes the high trail following the canal back to the Nashua High School South Footbridge and then follows the first mile of the course past the start line and Stellos Stadium to the finish line in the adjacent parking lot.
3C Race Productions
This company produces many races, including the Fall River Half Marathon and the Moose On the Loose 10 Miler Trail Race & Relay, the Jack London 10K Trail Race, the Wounded Warrior 5K, and many more top-notch New Hampshire and Massachusetts races. This is a full service professional organization that manages and produces events all over New England and sometimes beyond—over 125 events per year, including road races, trail races, triathlons, biathlons and snow shoe competitions. Founded in 2002, this company has helped provide funds and donations for many non-profits totaling about 1.5 million dollars for a variety of charities thus far.
Please visit their website for information on the race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more: http://www.3craceproductions.com
This is Your Half Marathon
You have been getting ready to do one, and many are urging you to run 13.1, so here it is. Whether it is your first or 400th, this is one you should do. Mine Falls is a unique place for many reasons, essentially an undeveloped wooded park in the middle of New Hampshire’s second largest city with forest, wildlife, historic canals, the Nashua River, and really lovely trails. This is a place you should visit (and run in) with or without these races. http://www.wolfhollowhalfmarathon.com
Come and enjoy the fun at a very different and enjoyable event. The awards, the raffle and post race festivities with fruit and pastries will be a lot of fun, headed by race director Michael Amarello. For additional information you can contact Michael at 603-429-8879 or by e-mail at michael@3Craceproductions.com. The “Gate City” now has a half marathon—make running history and be there.
Registration is very reasonable but don’t delay, you can save money over race day registration and you will want to get one of those technical or custom shirts.