All Women (and One Lucky Guy) Half Marathon, Stunning Autumn Experience in the Historic Seaport of Newburyport
LOCO Sports welcomes you to this popular autumn must-run event in Newburyport, Massachusetts on Sunday, November 4, 2012. This is New England’s best all-women’s half marathon. Formerly the Maine Coast Half Marathon, the event is in its sixth year—the second in historic Newburyport and rural West Newbury.
Posted Sunday, 7 October, 2012
Get ready to run an amazing half marathon on Sunday, November 4th through the historic seaport town of Newburyport and along the narrow rural lanes of West Newbury, with its fields and forests, ponds and pastures—real horse country. The All Women’s Half Marathon is a certified half marathon course that runs along postcard perfect lanes in northeastern Massachusetts.
Yes, of course it is a race, but it is so much more. It is a rare opportunity for women to enjoy the freedom and camaraderie that is so prevalent in a women’s race; plus it offers opportunities for a true destination race—hotels, inns, B&B’s, restaurants, shopping the seaport waterfront, nearby Plum Island, a gem on the Atlantic shore. Oh yes, there is a beautiful race course too!
This tremendously enjoyable event is professionally organized by the folks at LOCO Sports, and in its 6th very successful year. You are guaranteed an amazing race filled with camaraderie with other runners, great prizes and good times. So ladies (and one lucky gent—more below), lace up your running shoes and kick your training into high-gear as you will definitely want to run this one-of-a-kind event!
Runners-and walkers too-of all levels are welcome and encouraged to run in the supportive atmosphere of this race. You will see highly competitive runners, joggers, walkers and everyone in between. Some women will be running to break a personal record, others to break a course record. Some women will be running their first half marathon, others might be running their 100th. And all athletes, no matter their speed, will have created healthy goals and stuck to an appropriate training routine in order to accomplish them. This half marathon is a terrific goal race to train for, whether you're a novice or a pro. So register early and join us on Sunday, November 4th, at 11:00 a.m. for an unforgetable race! http://www.allwomenshalf.com/
One Lucky Guy
This is a women's only field with one exception: one lucky guy is allowed to race with about 1,200 to 1,500 women. The only requirement for the singular male registrant is that he pay $5 to join the lottery for this individual opportunity ($5 per chance up to 3, and 5 for $20). All proceeds of the One Lucky Guy Lottery will benefit a local community group so it really is a great cause. If you are that one guy, lucky and able, you'll get to run with (and probably get beaten by) a lot of women. And you automatically win your division! You will also receive a special “One Lucky Guy” T-shirt and prize, including free race entry. If you, or a special guy you know, love running and are interested in surrounding yourself with powerful women in motion, join the lottery today! See the interesting stories on the last two guys to win on the race website.
Out-of-Towners, Make it a Race Weekend Getaway!
Bring your partners, families, friends, or make it a solo adventure, and create a mini vacation for yourself. Newburyport, Massachusetts is one of New England’s most scenic places to visit and only minutes from even more adventures in locations like Plum Island, Rockport-Cape Ann, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, or even Salem or Boston. So stay the night and make it a long weekend trip. Bringing the camera is a must since there is a picturesque shot at every turn.
Commuter Rail, Website and Rideshare
Speaking of Boston, if you live anywhere within the Boston Metro area you can take the convenient MBTA Commuter Rail right into downtown Newburyport. Or you can check out the rideshare program listed on the race Website, and you can get excellent directions and info on parking and getting around Newburyport.
LOCO has an excellent race website for you with information on the course, awards, medals, women’s cut T-shirts, “One Lucky Guy”, FAQ’s, registration (also linked above and below), lodging, dining, results, sponsors, and contacts and more.
This 13.1-mile certified course is a moderate loop along the streets of Newburyport and the lovely country roads of West Newbury—you might call it horse country with tranquil reservoirs and Little Crane Pond along the way. You will run in pure New England beauty, and the foliage will still be beautiful framing fields, pastures, picturesque farms and historic homes, and back into the heart of Newburyport.
The start and finish are located at Newburyport High School at 241 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950, and the first 2.5 miles will be mostly along Hale Road departing Newburyport. Hale becomes Middle Street entering West Newbury, and you will turn left along Upper Artichoke Reservoir, keeping the water on your right. At this point, you are nearing the 3-mile marker and on your way toward clockwise loop that makes up the majority of the course. Forested roads alternate with fields and pastures as you explore this region. It will be difficult to believe that you are so close to a major metro area, as it seems so bucolic and remote.
At about 5.3-miles you will see Little Crane Pond on your left and will run along it for about half a mile. There is an uphill section, nothing major, at about seven miles, and this half way point also includes a little over a quarter mile of hard-packed dirt road. The section from seven to 10 is really beautiful, and at about 10.4 you will pass between two reservoirs on Middle Road—Lower Artichoke on your left and Upper Artichoke on the right. After passing this point you will reenter Newburyport and finish the last two miles on the same streets you came out on. You will be impressed with this course, and there will be plenty of aid and porto-potties along the way. They have planned well for you.
Race Certification and Logistics
This course is USATF-certified. The race is professionally timed using the ChronoTrack B-Tag timing chip, which is built into the race bib number and included in your race packet. There will be a start mat , so the times will be net from start to finish, in addition to standard or gun time. Water, Gatorade and energy gel stations will be available throughout the race at convenient locations. For a more detailed course map, visit: http://www.allwomenshalf.com/
Awards and Prizes
All finishers will receive a custom finisher’s medal to commemorate the momentous occasion! In addition there will be awards for the top three runners overall, and awards will go 3 deep in five-year age groups.
All participants will receive a custom technical wicking T-shirt (sized for women, of course).
Last year’s winner was Holly Madden of Scituate, MA with a 1:25:29 showing. Remarkably Jane Welzel, originally of Hopkinton, MA and now of Fort Collins, Colorado, finished second overall with a time of 1:29:34 at age 56. Jane was an elite runner in New England with many race victories, including marathons, to her credit and a five time Olympic Marathon trials qualifier. She is the sister of Linda St. Laurent (LOCO Linda), one of the founders of LOCO Sports.
This race is organized by LOCO Sports, the organization from Newmarket, New Hampshire that was formed by runners for runners in an effort to contribute, in a meaningful way, to the running community. They are seasoned runners, racers, and race organizers who are concerned with your experience and are invested in the running community. They have successfully organized many events, including the Half at the Hamptons, the Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon and Marathon (September 30 in Hampton Beach), Applecrest Half Marathon, the Will Run for Beer Series, Great Bay Half Marathon, and the Stowe Vermont 8 Miler, to name just a few. They are truly dedicated to putting on an excellent event and creating enjoyable, scenic and memorable courses. To learn more about LOCO Sports and LOCO Running Races, visit: http://www.locoraces.com/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Okay Women Runners, Train up and Get it Done!
The All Women and One Lucky Guy Half Marathon has become a popular event for women looking for a long distance race with that special atmosphere of camaraderie. We know that all-women’s races offer something special to participants. The unique spirit and unmatched energy of an all-women’s race provides an opportunity that cannot be matched by other races and events. This all-women’s race provides a terrific destination, a chance for a super weekend get-away, and certainly gives women athletes their due, in their own race. The All Women and One Lucky Guy race is the single women-only half marathon in New England. Don’t miss it!