Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
4
(2 Ratings)  (2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
2.5
The Margarita Half & 5K is returning to the historic New Hampshire towns of Portsmouth, Greenland, and Newington this April — because when life gives you margaritas, you make a run for it! No matter what distance you choose, all roads lead to the can’t-beat after party that features delicious … MORE
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Recent reviews

    chrispstaunton FIRST-TIMER '24

    The Margarita Half was a fun local race, I was sad to learn that 2024 was the last year for it though! I was looking for a race on this … MORE

    The Margarita Half was a fun local race, I was sad to learn that 2024 was the last year for it though!

    I was looking for a race on this specific date as I was traveling for work and found the Margarita Half. First off, packet pickup was simple and easy. The volunteers were very friendly and we chatted for a while. I was surprised to hear that I was their 2nd person from Texas. Sounded like they had a fair number of out-of-towners including some from California. Probably people like me, in the area.

    Race production was well organized. All the volunteers were very friendly and helpful. The DJ at the start and end was doing a great job of hyping things up. I was really surprised at the number of people given that it was just a local race. People definitely turned out! Aid stations on the course were well stocked and volunteers were plentiful.

    The course was good. Nice rolling hills through the New Hampshire countryside. We went through several neighborhoods and small towns. We went through a national wildlife refuge at one point. I turned off my music at one point so I could just take in the sounds of nature and enjoy the run.

    The after-party was well done. The free breakfast burrito included was huge and perfect for after the run. A margarita at 10am is always nice as well! The finishers medal and race shirt were nice. Nothing crazy, but that’s to be expected. I didn’t run this one for the swag.

    The only goofy part was the finish was 2/3 of a mile from the start, so you had to get back to your car. They were run shuttles (school buses), but the shuttle pickup was 1/3 of a mile in the other direction. Many people (including me) just walked back. Not my favorite after just running a half, but oh well.

    Overall if I was a local, I’d run the race every year. It was fine as a destination run that I needed on that specific day. I was sad to find out a few days later that 2024 was the last year for the race, maybe they will bring it back at some point.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    alyxpearce19 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Le me preface this review with this; it's always difficult to review a race when the weather is crappy. It was cold, windy and sideways raining. The course was hilly, … MORE

    Le me preface this review with this; it’s always difficult to review a race when the weather is crappy.
    It was cold, windy and sideways raining.
    The course was hilly, but not terrible and as the laws of physics say, what goes up must come down, so there was equally as much downhill for this race. There were very few spectator spots, so if you’re looking for a race to keep you hyped, this is not the one. The volunteers were all excellent and incredibly nice. The roads were open to traffic, but the volunteers and police details did a great job keeping that under control. Though there were some sections of the out and back where is wasn’t clear which side of the road to run on. They had the cones set up for the out portion and I assume they wanted the back to be within the cones as well, but it would have been difficult given the fact that there were still many runners still heading out.
    The shirts were simple cotton tees, noting fancy, and the medals were pretty average. The after party was great with the many different alcohol options. As someone with Celiac it is always nice to have an adult beverage option for me.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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