Overall Rating
Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
3.7
(9 Ratings)  (9 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.6
SCENERY
4.7
PRODUCTION
3.8
SWAG
3.1
The New Hampshire Marathon is New Hampshire’s best kept secret for almost 30 years! Come experience the natural beauty of NH in a small, friendly and community oriented event. We have events for every age, ability and goals. Full marathon, half marathon, 10K and a kids’ marathon event that ends … MORE
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    venu.vegesana FIRST-TIMER '22

    Its simple packet pickup and small town race great race support team and wonderful pasta dinner Good aid stations and course support Beautiful Course with Rolling Hills. save energy for … MORE

    Its simple packet pickup and small town race
    great race support team and wonderful pasta dinner
    Good aid stations and course support
    Beautiful Course with Rolling Hills. save energy for last miles

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I was doing the Maine Half Marathon on Sunday and was already planning to stay at my parent's house in NH Friday night so decided to make it a double … MORE

    I was doing the Maine Half Marathon on Sunday and was already planning to stay at my parent’s house in NH Friday night so decided to make it a double and do this half marathon Saturday morning. This is located in Bristol which is about a 40 minute drive north of Concord. This is a small but not tiny no frills race with about 150 marathoners and 250 half marathons. The finish line is at a school in Bristol. Easy and scenic drive up there. The marathon is a loop. For the half you are shuttled to the half way point of the marathon and it is a point to point. I got packet pick-up the morning of the race. It is in the basement of the school. It was easy and included a nice long sleeved tech shirt and some coupons and information pamphlets about NH. I then went on the school bus that took us to the start. Shuttles seemed well organized. It was a cool morning. Perfect running temp but cold for standing around waiting to race so they kept one bus for runners to stay warm in. There were porta potties at the half start but the line was very long. As I said this is a no frills race. There is not timing mat at the start. Just a banner that says start. Still everything was organized and started on time. As this has a small field and the half and full had different start line it took everyone very quick to go past the start so you’d only lose a few seconds at most not having the timing mat. The course is rolling hills back to the school. It is a beautiful course with fall foliage and lovely lake views. One of the prettiest courses I’ve done in the northeast. It was very well marked and easy to follow. One negative is the roads were open. It was at first on quiet country roads which was fine but the last couple miles were along a main highway and there were cars zooming past. There were signs to watch for runners and a large shoulder to run on so it’s didn’t feel unsafe but it also could have been safer. The course is very hilly. It is about the same as the Rochester half marathon in terms of total elevation but at least the half is net downhill. The first few miles were relatively flat and more downhill. The middle was very hilly and rough and the end was mostly downhill. If you did hill training you could get a decent time though it’s not a PR course. There were plenty of aid stations about every 2 miles. A little closer together closer to the end when you need more. Finish line again just a banner but there is a timing mat and a clock with your time. My finishing time was fine for the amount of hills. I was aiming for about 3 hours. The medal is tiny. Just a little medal of NH. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have been giving the same medal for 20+ years. There was good post race food and festivities for the size of the race with the typical fruit, granola bars, bagels along with pizza including cheese. They also had students hold a bake sale. Overall this was a good race. It was not my favorite half marathon for NH and wouldn’t be my first choice as I’d prefer a bigger race with bigger medals and closed (or at least coned off) streets, but if you prefer low frills, smaller races or want to combine NH with Maine this is a good choice.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    Hamsco FIRST-TIMER '22

    Beautiful scenery, course wasn't too hard. Rolling hills, but mostly down hill. There were plenty of water stops, and really nice people. The shirts were nice and medals could have … MORE

    Beautiful scenery, course wasn’t too hard. Rolling hills, but mostly down hill. There were plenty of water stops, and really nice people. The shirts were nice and medals could have been a little better.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    bryantcam41 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is a point-to-point race which I love. This race had some up and down during the first half (ie mix of inclines and down hill). Travel logistics was very … MORE

    This is a point-to-point race which I love. This race had some up and down during the first half (ie mix of inclines and down hill). Travel logistics was very easy. There was plenty of parking available at the high school (site of the Bib pick up) close to the start and finish. The scenery was great throughout the course.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    The first half of the course has rolling hills. Most of the uphills had a downhill right after which was nice. Good amount of water stops. Almost no crowd and … MORE

    The first half of the course has rolling hills. Most of the uphills had a downhill right after which was nice. Good amount of water stops. Almost no crowd and only a small number of participants. I wish I had more information about race day before getting there.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3
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    Joann FIRST-TIMER '17

    It is a beautiful time to run and see the fall colors. Starts and finishes in a quaint New England town with most of the course around a scenic lake. MORE

    It is a beautiful time to run and see the fall colors. Starts and finishes in a quaint New England town with most of the course around a scenic lake.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    mattyjohn23 FIRST-TIMER '16

    The volunteers were great! The food after was awesome! Last but not least the scenery was beautiful! My headphones broke and I had to run without music. It sucked, but … MORE

    The volunteers were great! The food after was awesome! Last but not least the scenery was beautiful! My headphones broke and I had to run without music. It sucked, but the views made it worth it! There was a lot of hills but the other runners where awesome kept on motivating others to keep going! Very nice

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '14

    The New Hampshire Half Marathon is a beautiful, scenic and hilly course, which circles Newfound Lake. The half marathoners are actually taken to the marathon halfway point by bus and … MORE

    The New Hampshire Half Marathon is a beautiful, scenic and hilly course, which circles Newfound Lake. The half marathoners are actually taken to the marathon halfway point by bus and start at mile 13.1 while the marathoners start at mile 1. The course has gorgeous views and often shows great fall foliage colors.

    This is a small-town-feel race: little to no spectators, no fancy frills, but a great, challenging and rewarding course. The race medal is basically the same every year but the shirt changes. Post-race free showers and massages are available. This is a great race to double with the Maine Marathon (the next day) for those trying to finish 50 states on a budget.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '14

    This is a runner's race in that there's very few bells and whistles to the organization. The start has no timing mat, the medal is a tiny, copper trinket, and … MORE

    This is a runner’s race in that there’s very few bells and whistles to the organization. The start has no timing mat, the medal is a tiny, copper trinket, and the t-shirt’s neon green tint was a bit gaudy. However, I really enjoyed the race nonetheless because of the gorgeous fall colors all around me. The course is hilly, so be prepared for some elevation change, but it’s not the worst. Enjoy the flatness of miles 10 – 16, because before and after that you’ll be dealing with constant incline. Post-race showers were available and they were a blessing.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    2
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    1
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