Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
4.7
(6 Ratings)  (6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.8
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.3
The 10 Miler course is a picturesque route around Manchester’s Massabesic Lake. The course is highlighted by a lake front finish and many lake views along the course. The 2-person relay has an exchange zone at the 5 mile mark. USATF certification number NH16012BK Course Time Limit: 3 Hours WATER … MORE
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    mak506 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I was a little intimidated by this race as it was the longest I'd ever run by 2.5 miles. It turned out to be a great experience. Yes, the hills … MORE

    I was a little intimidated by this race as it was the longest I’d ever run by 2.5 miles. It turned out to be a great experience. Yes, the hills were a lot and I did a bit of walking on the ups (definitely wasn’t alone), but the scenery, friendly volunteers, and fellow racers more than made up for that–it felt like we were all in it together. The only thing I didn’t enjoy on the course was the portion of the last mile that was run on a highly slanted curve at the edge of the road. But I parked on the same, not-closed-off, road, so I wouldn’t want to give up the ease of that either!

    This is an out of town race for me, but if I were local I’d definitely be a regular! Looking forward to checking out other Millennium races as well.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    seagroves87 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I ran the full 10 mile race 2 years ago during the pandemic. It was a well produced race but very rainy that day which affected the race experience. I … MORE

    I ran the full 10 mile race 2 years ago during the pandemic. It was a well produced race but very rainy that day which affected the race experience. I decided to do this race again since there was an event in Boston this weekend I wanted to go to. I was initially going to sign up for the full 10 mile race but my dad has been having some health issues and wanted to do the race but he wasn’t sure he would be able to do the 10 miler so we decided to do the relay together. The production on the relay particularly the shuttle buses was outstanding. For the race there is race day packet pick-up or you can go to the store the day before. This is a very popular race as it is part of a big New England race series so there are a ton of participants. Makes it a fun environment but parking was a pain. We arrived about an hour early and we still had to park over half a mile away so arrive early if you want to park close. We picked up our packet the day of the race. For the relay you each get a bib and ankle timer and each participant gets a shirt. The shirt is nice quality but I personally didn’t like the design and color scheme (black shirt with red writing) that much this year. My dad did the first leg since he likes the start of the races the best and I did the second leg. For the relay the second leg participants take a shuttle to the half way point. The race starts at 8am and the shuttle leaves around 8:05 just after the last participants cross the start area and the shuttle starts in an area with a great view of the start line where you can see all the participants start and cheer on your relay partner. It then takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get the relay exchange which allowed about 5 minutes and then you got to see the fastest runners go past you which made waiting entertaining by being able see everyone run by. There was also an announcer right before the relay exchange who called out the runners passing and also called out the bib numbers of relay participants who had a different color bibs than the full 10 milers so you could be ready in the exchange area. This was extremely impressive how organized the relay way. The race course is more described in my last review and it is a pretty NH course though not as pretty as a fall race. It is very hilly but the second leg is net downhill so not as bad but there are 2 large hills in the second half. Weather was perfect today which allowed for a better running experience than 2 years ago. I exceeded my expectations and was able to run everything except two big hills that I walked and finished my leg just over an hour and had one of my best race paces since coming back from injury. You get a really nice medal at the finish line and there were plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic drink choices. There is also a post race party with free beer at a local restaurant if interested. Overall this is a very good race. It is between 4 and 5 sneakers this year with the perfect weather and outstanding relay production I bumped up the score to 5 sneakers. It’s again not a race I would go to NH for alone but if it is the same weekend as an event I want to do in NH or Boston I would definitely do it again.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    M_Sohaskey Aug 30, 2022 at 4:35pm

    Thanks, Amy... glad you were able to run this one with your dad, and hope he's doing well!

    Thanks, Amy... glad you were able to run this one with your dad, and hope he's doing well!

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    memories1113 FIRST-TIMER '22

    As always Millenium Running put on another great race but man the hills were killer! Thankfully someone warned us to take it easy on the first half because the second … MORE

    As always Millenium Running put on another great race but man the hills were killer! Thankfully someone warned us to take it easy on the first half because the second half has some big hills! It was a pretty course where the first half goes along the lake. I was one of the last runners but there were plenty of people cheering me on at the finish. I hadn’t signed up in time to get a t-shirt but after the race they did have some extras so I was able to grab one. We got there about an hour early since we had to pick up our bib but we were lucky and got a spot right near the start/finish.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    Tova FIRST-TIMER '22

    PRODUCTION: As usual, Millennium Running put on an efficient race. I definitely wish I’d arrived earlier, as I had to parallel park along the race course almost a mile (uphill … MORE

    PRODUCTION: As usual, Millennium Running put on an efficient race. I definitely wish I’d arrived earlier, as I had to parallel park along the race course almost a mile (uphill from the finish line) away from the festival area. The gear check, shirts, course info, etc. were all very easy to find and the check-in process was smooth and efficient. They used corrals at the start and asked runners to self-seed based on pace, which cut down significantly on starting line chaos. There were water stations along the course every two miles, two of which also had Gatorade. It was nice to see local teens and tweens out volunteering and cheering. There were several timing stations along the course as well.

    COURSE: The T-Shirt didn’t lie; there are a lot of hills! I was pleasantly surprised to see a LOT of downhills, and honestly felt I was spending more time running downs than plodding on ups. There were two very big hills where the majority of those around me walked, but I was able to maintain a consistent pace throughout the run using a mix of sprinting the downs, walking the big ups, and jogging the flats and small ups. There was a lot of tree shade, and a few residents hung outside and cheered, including one who left a cooler full of ice and small bottles of water out for the runners. Beautiful scenery between the shaded trees and lake views.

    SWAG: My favorite race shirt so far. The 2022 design was black with white-and-red lettering saying, “Why the HILL Not?” No XS option. The 2022 medal is huge and beautiful with the “sunset” race graphic framed in a rectangle and the name/date of the race engraved on the back.

    AFTER-PARTY: The after-party took place at a local restaurant where you could redeem your beer ticket. I raced alone and decided not to attend the after-party. The festival area had the usual post-race fuel, including water and Powerade (both warm), bananas, several kinds of yogurt smoothies, pretzels, chips, and peanut butter cracker snacks. There was plenty of everything to go around for everyone. The volunteers at the finish line were friendly. At the finish line, the announcer called everyone’s name. I was a late finisher compared to most of the field, and he still had enthusiasm in his voice announcing finishers and made little positive comments about folks as they came through.

    OVERALL: This was my longest race, and in fact my longest run at this point. I was apprehensive because I heard how difficult the hills were and pictured a hellish (hillish?) run. I needn’t have worried. There were a lot of downhills and flats, some little rollers, and 2-3 big hills over the ten miles. This was my personal favorite race experience to date (for whatever that’s worth as it was only my third road race) and would love to do it again next year.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    M_Sohaskey Aug 30, 2022 at 4:58pm

    Congrats, Tova! Challenging course for your longest run yet, but clearly you showed discipline and followed a smart strategy. And it sounds like you're well on your way to success… MORE

    Congrats, Tova! Challenging course for your longest run yet, but clearly you showed discipline and followed a smart strategy. And it sounds like you're well on your way to success in both Hampton and Honolulu. Exciting times! Keep up the hard work, and thanks for sharing another helpful review here on RaceRaves! LESS

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    Tova Aug 30, 2022 at 8:55pm

    Thank you, Mike! I appreciate the kind words. The Galloway method informed my strategy on this run, and I’m going to keep it up in Hampton and Honolulu. I’m glad… MORE

    Thank you, Mike! I appreciate the kind words. The Galloway method informed my strategy on this run, and I’m going to keep it up in Hampton and Honolulu. I’m glad you found my review of this race helpful! LESS

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    nanskimtn REPEAT RUNNER '21

    4th in age! NE Grand Prix competitive race! Love the shirt! Love the course! Love the people! Love the staging / organization / millenium running group. They kept it together … MORE

    4th in age! NE Grand Prix competitive race!
    Love the shirt!
    Love the course!
    Love the people!
    Love the staging / organization / millenium running group.
    They kept it together during the covid crisis and the community keeps coming back. I truly admire the set up of the finish for a 10 miler — top notch!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '20

    I am originally from NH and now that I am back on the East Coast I am planning to visit quite a bit as long as covid rates stay low … MORE

    I am originally from NH and now that I am back on the East Coast I am planning to visit quite a bit as long as covid rates stay low in both NH and NY therefore I was very happy to hear the Millenium Running in NH is planning to hold all their fall events with social distancing protocols. I was very impressed by the organization of this race and the ability to host a race with over 500 runners safely. Each runner was placed in a wave based on predicted finishing time with faster runners in earlier waves so there is less passing. Each wave is limited to 99 participants and each gets a number 1 to 99 and stands at a cone 6 ft apart based on their number then every few seconds a new runner goes. Each wave is given a time for parking, packet pick up and entering corral to avoid large congregations. Parking was easy but since I was in a later wave I had to park kind of far. Packet pick-up was that morning (or the option of early pick up at the store but I arrived too late the evening before). You got bib and T-shirt. Only issue with shirts and really only production issue is they were out of men’s mediums (I switched to choosing men’s sizes since women’s sizes are too unpredictable) but they had women’s larges left which ended up being a perfect fit for me. I have mixed feelings about the shirt. It is tech and fits nice. I like how the race logo has the elevation profile incorporated in the image but the color is kind of an ugly charcoal grey. The start went quite smooth and I like how they personally introduce each runner before they start adding more excitement to the start line. The weather at the start was gloomy, cool and slightly drizzly which I actually like running in weather like that. The course itself is quite tough and very tough for a road race. They aren’t lying about the hills. It was pretty nonstop up and down for the whole race. This year the race was run the reverse direction as usual so the runners ran against traffic and roads didn’t need to be closed. With the wave starts, spaced out runners, and lots of signage it felt safe running on the open roads. This changed course meant the steepest hills were up front which is better but the finish was not downhill which is worse. There were 3 water stops with small water bottles and the last 2 had small powerade bottles. This seemed very hygienic but not very good for the environment. So many half full water and powerade bottles in the garbage. I hope they get recycled and even though I prefer to run lighter I plan to use my hydration pack next race to reduce the waste. The course went around a pretty lake and the views of the lake were nice. The rest of the race was pretty (it’s hard to find a not pretty 10 mile in NH) but not as pretty as a New England race in the Fall. The hills were tough and this had probably the second toughest hills I dealt with on a road race after the Chinatown Firecracker 10K but after those mountain trail races I can’t give it a 5 star in difficulty (but it may be that difficult for exclusive road runners). About halfway through it started to rain hard and I no longer liked the weather (I can’t always expect perfect weather now that I am out of LA). Most of the race was road but the last mile was on the rail trail. Normally I’d like some easy, non techinical trail at the end of the race but not in the rain as it was muddy and hard to avoid puddles. Also the last mile was a slight incline so it was a tough end. At the finish line they called out all the runners as they crossed another nice personal touch. Given the hills and weather I was happy to finish under 2 hours. At the finish line there was water, powerade, fruit cups, coconut bars, bananas and apples. You were also given your medal. The medal was amazing. It was huge and by far my largest medal from a non half or full marathon. However it didn’t have the year but from what I saw online was a different medal than last year. I will forgive RDs this year for not putting the date on the medal since they may not have been 100% sure the race would happen when they ordered them. This was not the most pleasant race with the rain which was not the race’s fault but was very organized and felt very safe. I’m not sure in a year with multiple races to choose from that I would choose to visit NH for this race alone but if I had another reason to be in town the week of the race I would absolutely run it again. I hope Millenium Running can keep holding their events like this as I am hoping to run the New England Half and Manchester City Full. But their cancellation policy is more than fair offering credit to any future Millenium Running event so low risk to sign up for their races if you are local or visit NH a lot.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 03, 2020 at 12:21am

    Things have gotten hot & humid in LA recently, so your rainy weather may have been preferable! And did you say they introduced each runner before you started? As in,… MORE

    Things have gotten hot & humid in LA recently, so your rainy weather may have been preferable! And did you say they introduced each runner before you started? As in, introduced over the PA?? That would be crazy in a motivational kinda way. I'm on Millennium's email list and have been curious how their in-person protocols would play out, but it sounds like so far, so good. Hopefully California follows NH and gets its act together soon... LESS

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    seagroves87 Sep 03, 2020 at 6:05am

    Yep the PA announced each runner which was great because the start line or lack there of is what I have found is the worst part of most of the… MORE

    Yep the PA announced each runner which was great because the start line or lack there of is what I have found is the worst part of most of the races with covid procedures. A rolling start kind of feels like a training run and doesn't have the excitement of a usual race day (although I get why it is done and it is better than no race). I was very impressed as I was a little nervous to run a race with so many people but I was never within 6 feet of anyone for more than a brief few seconds if passing on course with how staggered the start was. The start line did have to stay open for a few hours so very impressive job by the staff. I feel like it is a little easier to work with the government on a covid plan in a small state like NH and it would be tricky to do a race like this in LA with all the traffic given how long there were runners out there as it would be impractical and expensive to shut the streets down that long but you could definitely do a trail race in CA with these procedures. LESS

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 03, 2020 at 2:29pm

    Nice! Great way to welcome your runners and, as you said, make it feel less like a training run and more like an actual race. And yes, though races like… MORE

    Nice! Great way to welcome your runners and, as you said, make it feel less like a training run and more like an actual race. And yes, though races like the LA Marathon may not happen soon, my hope is that the state starts to allow more leeway for smaller road & trail races, many of which could happen with similar safety protocols but which instead continue to cancel due to our still-high infection rates and an inability to get permits. LESS

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