Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4.5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SWAG
4
The Great Bay Half Marathon & 5K is returning to Newmarket, NH for another day of scenic New England running by the Great Bay estuary! Join thousands of runners and spectators at New Hampshire’s best spring road race, where you celebrate your finish with an after-party featuring Smuttynose craft beer … MORE
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    kgerber103 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I love this race. I ran it for the first time in 2019 (hence the review) and plan to run it again in the future once races are back post-COVID. … MORE

    I love this race. I ran it for the first time in 2019 (hence the review) and plan to run it again in the future once races are back post-COVID. The scenery is incredible, the aid stations were well-placed, and the race was well-attended without feeling overly-crowded. Race packet pickup also went very smoothly the morning of the race.

    There are a few caveats that I would flag for people who haven’t run this race before. First, it is HILLY. The race course covers a series of up-and-down hills from miles 4 through 10, followed by a gradual incline/decline in miles 10-12. My watch said I gained around 550 feet of elevation on the course, and the earlier hills were around 100 ft. of elevation each. Most of my training was on flat ground and I struggled on some of the larger hills. Pace yourself accordingly.

    Second, the race started fairly late in the day – I think around 11 a.m. Although it was around 45 and cloudy when we started, by the end it was 65 and sunny, so be prepared for it to warm up a lot during the race. A lot of runners were wearing warmer gear and I imagine the last few miles would’ve been tough.

    Otherwise, it was a great race that I’ll definitely be revisiting in the future!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    omnirunner REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This is a challenging half-marathon. Great Bay is known for it's hills. There are several steep and long hills on this course and they can eat you alive. Fortunately there … MORE

    This is a challenging half-marathon.
    Great Bay is known for it’s hills. There are several steep and long hills on this course and they can eat you alive.
    Fortunately there are only a few of these hills and if you run smartly you will survive and enjoy the great scenery of the Great Bay Estuary.
    The race is run partly in Newmarket, NH on pavement, then on dirt roads as you run out into the Great Bay Estuary.
    I find it awesome to be running a race on a dirt road in the woods and to be able to smell the forest and salty air.
    The after race party takes place at several bars and the American Legion Hall. Smuttynose Brewing provides the post race beverages and there is plenty of pizza and snacks after the race also.
    The Over The Rainbow 5K starts with the half, so don’t try to keep up with the lead pack in the beginning, they are only running 3.1 miles!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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