Half at the Hamptons - Great Seaside Winter Running Adventure on New Hampshire's Seashore
Run along the beach at Hampton--quiet, peaceful Hampton Beach in late winter. This popular and unique half marathon on February 22, 2015 offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and a taste of the historic charm of this legendary resort town. It's your ideal spring marathon training run and seaside winter adventure.
Posted Monday, 2 February, 2015
You have got to experience this run along the serene shore in late February! It is ideal for distance training and to keep those competitive juices flowing for the New Year. Set those 2015 running goals and sign up before all the spaces are gone. It does sell out because the course is wonderful and it's followed by a super post race party with taps flowing. It's the second of eight events in this year's "Will Run for Beer" series.
Yes, it is a 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 eighth annual with its fast, scenic loop course. Outstanding race organization by LOCO Sports and the classy seaside resort and post race celebration have earned this event very high marks indeed. And it is an ideal time to visit and run at Hampton Beach—no tourists, just runners along that beautifully scenic shoreline.
It is one of two half marathons in the LOCO "Will Run for Beer" 2015 Series along with Great Bay in Newmarket on April 12. Two things make signing up very urgent--Half at the Hamptons sells out, and they are getting close (sold out weeks in advance the last six years); and, if you want to be part of the "Will Run for Beer" Series, you must register for the series prior to midnight on January 31. Sign up by midnight, December 31 and it's only $5.00--then $10.00 until the close at midnight on February 10.
Series registration is separate from individual race registration, and of course both are required. Running five of the races in the series wins a sporty, highly desirable "Will Run for Beer" wind jacket, a truly unique racing award and a sure-fire conversation starter with runners and non-runners alike.
Will Run for Beer Series
As for Half at the Hamptons, there are very few February half marathons. 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 late winter running challenge.
The Ashworth is race headquarters with packet pick up on Sunday race morning from 8:00 a.m. until race time at 10:00 a.m. There is no race day registration. They expect it will be sold out well before hand in any case.
New Year's Resolution anyone? Make 2015 a terrific year for your running career. 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 well-organized half marathon and let winter know who is boss! Check it out here: Half at the Hamptons.
Scenic, Flat and Enjoyable Course
Okay, it’s not perfectly flat—there are two small hills, but with only 60 feet of elevation. And it is perfectly scenic with five of the 13.1 miles directly along the shore with ocean views. Get ready to chase away the winter doldrums, whether you are a seasoned distance runner or a first time half marathoner. Runners of all abilities will be energized on this course, which is a feast for the eyes with its magnificent coastal views, surf and solitude. The course is open for three hours, 30 minutes, or 16 minutes per mile.
It is also one of the flattest and most enjoyable half marathon courses—as easy as any in New England. You will start and finish in Hampton Beach near the Ashworth-by-the-Sea Hotel across from the “Old Lady of the Sea” Marine Memorial.
Runners will head south initially for a samll loop with the start line at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and J Street near the Ashworth, then head north on Ocean Boulevard. There is an eight mile refreshing loop, mostly on Hampton’s rural roads with farm vistas and picturesque North Hampton neighborhoods. It then continues with a breathtaking ocean-side tour.
This is a loop course where the 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 travel 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 on Ocean Boulevard just south of 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, Lindt chocolates, chili and hot soup will definitely help invigorate participants and this unique post race party, held in the perfect location. Savor your run with this fantastic celebration 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 truly enjoy your accomplishment. You will be in good company as Smuttynose flows and the party rolls into the afternoon.
It could be a great opportunity to stay at the Ashworth:
295 Ocean Boulevard
Hampton Beach, NH 03842-3610
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 three deep for 10-year age groups. Every registered runner will receive a memorable custom finisher’s medal and long sleeve T-shirt to mark the occasion. You must be present to receive your award. All awards can be picked up at your convenience at the awards table within the hotel. Of course, this beautiful, enjoyable, flat course is an award in itself.
LOCO Sports - For Runners by Runners
This is another great race by the folks at LOCO Sports. 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. Check out their other offerings at
LOCO Sports Website.
The folks at LOCO are always developing new and innovative ideas for events. They have years of experience and a solid history of successful race management, including the aforementioned "Will Run for Beer" Series and 5K, Great Bay Half Marathon, Rockfest Half Marathon, the Women's (and One Lucky Guy) Half Marathon, the Stow Eight Miler, the Stonyfield Earth Day 5K, Margarita's 5K, and many more exciting races coming your way. You can count on them to provide a terrific race experience from start to finish, and beyond, as you will attest from the Ashworth Hotel ballroom.
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 by Yankee Timing Company using ChronoTrack B-tag (chip within the race bib) to insure accurate and rapid results.
Check the race Website for details, including registration, course map, lodging options and much more: Half at the Hamptons. And definitely be there to enjoy a great run at a popular destination in the off season. Enjoy the Hamptons—far more than a summer destination. It is a Winter Wonder!