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The First Annual Black Bear Half Marathon and 5K in Beautiful Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
It is all about the Running Lifestyle - Half marathon and 5K too. If you are looking for an amazing running challenge, one that will define your personal best--along with the chance to visit one of the nicest spots in New England, the Black Bear Half Marathon and 5K are races not to be missed in this famous resort village, running August 25, 2013.

The First Annual Black Bear Half Marathon and 5K in Beautiful Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

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By Skip Cleaver
Posted Saturday, 29 June, 2013

This inaugural event in Waterville Valley, a small resort village in the White Mountains, will be an outstanding event, and one that celebrates running and the running lifestyle. It is also the fourth half marathon in the 2013 New England Half Marathon Tour established by 3C Race Productions, and one of two in New Hampshire this year—Wolf Hollow in Nashua in November is the other. The Black Bear provides an excellent opportunity to run a challenging, scenic and enjoyable half marathon or 5K. They will have everything covered in preparation for this event with an outstanding course including wonderful mountain vistas along the rushing Mad River of New Hampshire.

However, one very important key here—ALL runners are welcome, all paces and levels of experience for this increasingly popular distance.

They have taken an innovative approach in creating this exciting first time event, working with the Waterville Valley Resort and Chamber of Commerce to show the very best of this “Town at the End of the Road”, as they like to say. And best of all, it benefits a designated charity and supports the Plymouth High School Track and Cross-Country teams, as they will help man the fluid stations and monitor the course, getting the kids involved in a big time road race. So this event becomes a community service project that is working to promote that healthy, running lifestyle for young and old alike.

The half marathon and 5K both have 10-year age groups through 70+, and overall winners and age group winners will receive unique commemorative pint glasses as awards. Additionally, all half marathon finishers will receive an attractive custom medal for completing the course. And all pre-registered half marathon participants will get custom technical T-shirts, and 5K runners will get colorful cotton T’s, a nice touch to remember this inaugural event. Additionally, all participants receive a make-your-own goodie bag, unique to 3C race Productions events. Please visit the race website for details:

Get Ready to Run!
The running lifestyle and the integrity of the sport are key elements for this organization, led by Race Director and 3C Race Productions President Michael Amarello at You can also reach him by phone at 603-429-8879. You can visit the race website for information on all things associated with the event: Sponsorship, volunteering, participation, registration, pickup, race descriptions, course map, timing, contacts, directions and parking, and more:

Do register before August 11 and save.

This will be a first class event with B-tag timing by Yankee Timing Company using the state-of-the-art Chronotrack system with the chip built into the race bib, which is yours to keep. There will be six fluid stations along the course, with an enjoyable post race celebration with fresh fruit and pastries and other refreshments to celebrate your accomplishment. You can pick up your B-tag bib and race packet on race morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. in the resort parking lot.

The half marathon gets underway on Sunday, August 25, at 9:00 a.m. The 5K blasts off at 9:30 a.m. The start is immediately adjacent to the resort in the parking area—specifically on Route 49 between Packard’s Field and White Mountain Athletic Club.

The half marathon is challenging, no doubt about it, which is part of the charm. After all, this is New Hampshire and this is a ski resort town. But you may also be surprised about how mild the hills are, especially heading down and back Route 49 along the Mad River, which flows through Waterville and on to Campton, a tributary of the Pemigewasset River.

The half marathon begins with a counter-clockwise loop heading north into and through the village along Corcoran’s Pond, Boulder Path Road, the golf courses, West Branch Road and Tripoli Road. It then reconnects with Route 49 at 3.2-miles for the out-and-back (4.5 each way) before returning back by the resort to the village center for a triumphant finish. Most of the last mile is on Snow’s Brook Circle and the finish mat will be right in front of the Conference Center.

Waterville Valley
All who visit remark on what a pleasant, vibrant place it is—perfect location for a new half marathon and the development and growth of the running lifestyle, a fitting location for the New England Half Marathon Tour which highlights some of the best spots in the six New England states.

Waterville Valley is a quaint, quiet village with less than 300 full time residents. But you would never know that when exploring the wonderful facilities and infrastructure that has been developed to serve the public in every way possible. It is a year round resort community for every season, although best known for outstanding skiing in winter. This half marathon tour shows an entirely different side of this dynamic region, with swimming, hiking and running trails, golf and much more.

It is truly a valley created by the Mad River and surrounded by impressive peaks. Mount Tecumseh is the famous skiing mountain (4,004 feet), but Mount Tripyramid (4,180), mount Osceola (4,315), Mount Kancamagus, and Sandwich Mountain also cast their shadows on the village. It is an impressive natural setting and really awe-inspiring.

Waterville was settled in the 1760’s, and incorporated in 1829. The resort was established by Olympic skier Tom Corcoran, who skied at Dartmouth College, was a four-time national Alpine champion and two-time Olympian (1956 and 1960).

They say “Town at the End of the Road” for good reason. It is. Route 49 comes in from the southwest and that is it, and ends there; although there is an unpaved road across the hills to Woodstock. On the other hand, it is only two hours from Boston and an hour 15 minutes from Manchester; 2 ½ from Providence and 3 ¼ from Montreal. It is Exit 28 (Campton Exit) off Interstate 93, an easy drive with a memorable stretch from the Interstate to the village on Route 49.

New England Half Marathon Tour 2013
New this year is the already popular New England Half Marathon Tour 2013, which includes eight excellent events held in six states. Each has both a half marathon and a 5K so that all attendees have an event to their liking. Races for this year began with the Lime Rock Half Marathon in Lakeville, Connecticut (June 9, 2013), followed by the Killington Half Marathon in Vermont (June 16). It continues with the Holyoke Twin Reservoirs Half Marathon (July 21), followed by this one, the Black Bear Half Marathon on August 25 in Waterville Valley, NH. The others include Freeport (ME, 9/8/13), Fall River (MA, 10/20/13), Colt State Park (RI, 11/10/13), and Wolf Hollow (NH, 11/24/13).

They have chosen unique and unexpected venues for half marathon and 5K runners, offering experiences that are varied and fun, for example, Fall River and Battleship Cove, or the incomparable Freeport, Maine with L.L. Bean.
Several new half marathons are planned for next year to expand the circuit for 2014, including Narragansett (RI), Old Orchard Beach (ME), Speedway (NH), Boothbay Harbor, (ME), Moose on the Loose (NH), and Saratoga Springs (NY).

3C Race Productions
This company produces dozens of races, including the Wolf Hollow Half Marathon, Freeport Half Marathon, Fall River Half Marathon, and the Moose on the Loose 10-mile trail run and the New England Half Marathon Tour 2013 as outlined below. This is a full service and very 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 full race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more:

The Place to Be, the Thing to Do
Healthy activities such as this race, where elite runners as well as inexperienced new runners can compete at the same time on the same course, are very exciting, and very important. All can participate, either in the half or the 5K—walkers are welcome and they will experience a race venue and the excitement of road racing, perhaps for the first time. Next time maybe they will be a runner.

This is truly one you will not want to miss, so register now. It is really exciting to participate in an inaugural event, first annual, especially when you know it is bound to be a true classic and important date on the New England running calendar and beyond. This event itself is paying it forward for all, the running community and the community at large.
This first-ever event is one of the eight half marathons in the New England Half Marathon Tour. It will be run in the beautiful Mad River Valley through and just outside the village of Waterville Valley. For more information or to register, please go to



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