Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.6
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.2
SCENERY
4.2
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4
The Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon & 5K is returning to Hampton Beach, NH this September for another day of rocking and running! Join thousands of runners and spectators at New England’s fastest, flattest, and most scenic road race where you celebrate your finish with a huge party featuring Smuttynose craft … MORE
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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '19

    We went to run the Smuttynose as our New Hampshire race. this was state #35 for me. We flew into Boston and the drive to Hampton was right at 1 … MORE

    We went to run the Smuttynose as our New Hampshire race. this was state #35 for me. We flew into Boston and the drive to Hampton was right at 1 hour. The town is “rustic” and the people are very friendly. You won’t find any Marriotts or Hiltons in Hampton. We stayed about .5 miles from the start and was able to watch the sunrise on the ocean from our room.

    The race was well organized. Instead of a shirt they gave a 1/4 zip fleece.
    The fleece is a nice fleece. The medal was fine (not fancy) but is also a bottle opener. (The race is sponsored by a brewery). The course was flat except for a couple of small hills in the neighborhood part of the run. The race is mostly up and down the road next to the beach and the crowds were pretty nice through most of the race. I would have given the difficulty a 1 except you have to run into the prevailing wind for the final 3 miles or so. The post race party was fun with some live music. There were 4 places you could get your post race beers and 2 of them had live music. The only reason I did not give this race a 5 was because you only got a bottle or water and a bag of chips as finish line food. No chocolate milk, not gatorade, no bananas, etc. They did have lobster rolls and clam chowder, which I was told was very good. But that isn’t my type of finish line food. All in all, a very good race experience in a nice little town.

    I would definitely recommend this race to anyone looking to complete a New Hampshire race. Also, kudos to the Grandview Motel (where we stayed) and Lola’s Kitchen (little shop next to our Motel where we got coffee, water, etc.)

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    lchristensen44 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The packet pickup is very efficient and the 1/4 zip is good quality. Get there early (6ish) if you want free parking. There are plenty of porta potties and public … MORE

    The packet pickup is very efficient and the 1/4 zip is good quality. Get there early (6ish) if you want free parking. There are plenty of porta potties and public restrooms before the race. The course is relatively flat and includes running over a drawbridge, through the touristy beach area and residential housing. There were mile markers at each mile and sufficient water stops and one gel stop. The only clock is at the finish line. The food tent was great and the beer tickets could be redeemed at multiple venues which helped with the crowds. The medal was a cute bottle opener too. Additional merchandise like short sleeve tech shirts were on sale at packet pickup and post race for reasonable prices.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    docdandadio FIRST-TIMER '16

    A very fun race with great scenery and well run, lots of great volunteers. Great venue at the end with good tunes and food, great fleece and medal as well. MORE

    A very fun race with great scenery and well run, lots of great volunteers. Great venue at the end with good tunes and food, great fleece and medal as well.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    Tororuns FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my 2nd of a BtoB so I took my time and glad I did. What a fun race! Enjoyed the crowds and kept stopping along the course to … MORE

    This was my 2nd of a BtoB so I took my time and glad I did. What a fun race! Enjoyed the crowds and kept stopping along the course to chat & drink. Great chilly wx with sunshine. Nice after party too if that’s how u roll. Nice fleece pull over too. Flat fast course too.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    ivy164 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was by far one of my favorite half marathons! Fast and flat, right along the ocean! Great after party! Well organized with email communications regarding packet pickup/parking and race … MORE

    This was by far one of my favorite half marathons! Fast and flat, right along the ocean! Great after party! Well organized with email communications regarding packet pickup/parking and race day start/finish line.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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