The Monadnock Half Marathon and 5K—In Beautiful Rindge and Jaffrey, New Hampshire
Fascinating Rindge, NH will be the site of the eighth event in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014. The challenging Monadnock Half Marathon and 5K will be coming Sunday, August 10, 2014, a summer half and 5K running along the back roadways and dirt roads to and from the campus of Franklin Pierce University, with stunning mountains and Pearly Pond on display. It’s a great family outing because it has a 5K running out and back on the half marathon course!
Posted Thursday, 7 August, 2014
This half marathon is challenging, there is no doubt about it. There are some hills and rolls, but also some easy sections including dirt roads free of traffic, and in many areas the majestic Mount Monadnock beckons nearby. This is an ideal location for a half marathon, with its famed mountains and additional distinctive natural beauty combined with the campus setting and the boathouse and beach where the race starts and finishes.
The Monadnock Half Marathon will run on a basic out-and-back course with a small loop which includes several miles on forested dirt roads. This will be the second of four New Hampshire races in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014, and the eighth of 14 overall. It is another distinctive event in the 14-race series of “Great Races in Great Places”. The 5K will run entirely on the HM out-and-back course, ending at the same finish line near the Pearly Pond beach. http://www.monadnockhm.com/
You will be able to pick up your race bib, T-shirt and make-your-own goodie bag the day of the race from 7:30 a.m. to race time. The half marathon will start at 9:00 a.m. with the 5K blasting off at 9:30. The 5K has the same starting line and finish point as the half marathon, and that is the beach and boathouse on the FPU campus at 40 University Drive, Rindge, NH 03461. It is just off Route 119 and near the intersection of Route 119 and US Route 202. It is very near the Massachusetts border and only 90 minutes from Boston.
As noted, this is one of 14 New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 events as shown below.
The Monadnock Half Marathon and 5K have the New England/New York running world buzzing. What a gorgeous setting, and what a terrific destination with multiple opportunities for hiking and camping in addition to running. Franklin Pierce University is located on 1,000 mostly wooded acres on the shore of the beautiful Pearly Pond and near the base of the famous Grand Monadnock Mountain.
It is a half marathon for all comers, all paces, and an ideal race for beginners in the 5K. It is also a terrific initial half marathon for those looking to step up to that distance. Both the 5K and the half marathon have all the amenities. At least 20% of race proceeds will go to the Franklin Pierce University Cross Country teams for assistance with water stops and course monitoring.
As with each of the New England Half Marathon Tour events, the amenities are impressive. Half marathoners will receive custom tech shirts and 5K runners get unique cotton T-shirts. The top three overall winners, women and men, and top three age group winners will receive logoed pint glasses (both races), and all half marathon finishers will receive an attractive custom finishers’ medal, a nice touch to remember this unique inaugural event. Please visit the race website for details: http://www.monadnockhm.com/
Both events will be using the “B tag” Chronotrack system (timing chip built into the race bib) from Yankee Timing so you know the results will be both accurate and immediate. A well supported course includes 6 aid stations for the half and promises a truly memorable experience. All participants will be rewarded with fresh fruit and pastries and more at the post race celebration. It is presented by 3C Race Productions.
The Towns of Rindge and Jaffrey
Rindge is the most southeasterly town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, and borders Massachusetts. It is closer to many Massachusetts cities than to many of those of New Hampshire. The population was 6,014 at the 2010 census. Rindge is part of the famous Monadnock region, is predominately rural; and home to Franklin Pierce University, the Cathedral of the Pines, and part of Annett State Park.
The town of Jaffrey has been a tourist destination since the 1840’s, with the lovely Contoocook River and historic mills, the historic town hall built in 1775, the Clay Library (1896), and a village that is very much up to date. But it still reminds one of centuries past. Novelist Willa Cather lived in Jaffrey and is buried there. For Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Twain, Abbot Thayer and many others, Mount Monadnock was a magnet and hiked many times. And it is for hikers today; and is said to be the world's third most climbed mountain, following Japan's Mount Fuji and China's Mount Tai. Thousands climb Mount Monadnock annually, and it is especially inviting in August.
Monadnock means “Mountain that Stands Alone” in the Abenaki native language, and is within the 40 square miles of Jaffrey, a town of about 5,500 in Cheshire County, the southwestern most county in New Hampshire. Jaffrey sits at the intersection of US Route 202 and Routes 124 and 137.
The neighboring towns of Peterborough and Dublin also offer interesting scenic tours, fascinating histories and insights.
3C Race Productions
This company produces many races, including the Killington Half Marathon and the Catamount Half Marathon in Vermont, the Colt State Park Half Marathon in Rhode Island, the Lime Rock Half in Connecticut, the Fall River Half Marathon in Massachusetts, and many more in the New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 as outlined below, along with numerous other events.
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 6.1 million dollars for a variety of charities thus far since 2002.
Please visit their website for information on the race schedule, directions, recent news, opportunities, results, photos, videos and more: http://www.3craceproductions.com/
New England Half Marathon Tour 2014
Begun in 2013, the very popular New England Half Marathon Tour 2014 is greatly expanded. It includes 14 excellent events in seven states, up from eight races last year. Each event includes both a half marathon and a 5K so that all participants have a race distance to their liking. There will be one each in New York and Connecticut; two in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont; three in Rhode Island, and four in New Hampshire. Races for this year began with the Moose on the Loose Half Marathon in Nashua, NH on April 13. Here is the full schedule:
+Moose on the Loose Half Marathon and 5K, Nashua, NH (April 13, 2014)
+Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge Half Marathon and 5K, Foster, RI (May 11, 2014)
+Lime Rock Half Marathon and 5K, Lakeville, Connecticut (June 8, 2014)
+Killington Half Marathon and 5K, Killington, VT (June 15)
+Catamount Half Marathon and 5K, Brattleboro, VT (June 29, 2014)
+Saratoga Springs Half Marathon and 5K, Saratoga Springs, NY (July 13, 2014)
+Twin Reservoirs Half Marathon and 5K, Holyoke, MA (July 20, 2014)
+Monadnock Half Marathon and 5K, Jaffrey, NH (August 10, 2014)
+Black Bear Half Marathon and 5K, Waterville Valley, NH (August 24, 2014)
+Freeport Half Marathon and 5K, Freeport, ME (September 7, 2014)
+Old Orchard Beach Half Marathon and 5K, Old Orchard Beach, ME (October 12, 2014)
+Fall River Half Marathon and 5K, Fall River, MA, (October 19, 2014)
+Colt State Park Half Marathon and 5K, Bristol, RI (November 9, 2014)
+Wolf Hollow Half Marathon and 5K, Nashua, NH (November 23, 2014)
Several of these events are new, which is very exciting. Check it out at: www.nehalfmarathontour.com
This is Your Half Marathon
You have been getting ready to do one this summer, so here it is. Whether it is your first or your 101st, this is for you. The Monadnock region is a unique place for many reasons, and there will be lots to see in the surrounding area, Monadnock State Park, as well as the village of Jaffrey with the historic district and former mills with the mountains in the background. The Monadnock is much closer than the White Mountains for many of New England’s population centers, but offers some of the same charm, mountain vistas, challenges, and scenic beauty.
Come and enjoy the fun at a very different and enjoyable inaugural event. The awards, the amenities and post race festivities with fruit and pastries will be loads of fun, headed by race director Michael Amarello. The setting is unique and tranquil and the course is ideal! For additional information you can contact Michael at 603-429-8879 or by e-mail at michael@3Craceproductions.com.