Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
4.8
(8 Ratings)  (8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4.3
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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    cdefonso FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my first time running Smuttynose, and I had an amazing time! We stayed in Hampton Beach on Saturday and Sunday nights so we didn't have to worry about … MORE

    This was my first time running Smuttynose, and I had an amazing time! We stayed in Hampton Beach on Saturday and Sunday nights so we didn’t have to worry about driving in on race day. Packet pickup was easy and quick on Saturday afternoon. The 3/4 zip fleece pullover was really nice. They had other merchandise for sale there as well.

    We were able to just walk 10 mins to the starting line from our hotel in the morning. As race conditions go, the weather was just perfect. Overcast and 59 degrees with a slight wind. However, I have heard in years past, it can be cold, windy and rainy! The starting line didn’t have any porta-potties, so you either had to walk a few blocks to the finish to go or hold it! We got started right on time at 8am. Though crowded, it wasn’t unmanageable and it thinned out enough to pass runners if you needed to. The mile markers were way off from what my Garmin GPS showed. Mile marker 2 showed up when my watch said 1.66. And then my watch showed 2.73 at mile marker 3. I don’t know what happened there! The first 5 miles or so run through Hampton Beach and then after that you run along the ocean northwards. It’s out and back so the faster runners had to navigate through the large packs of slower runners and there weren’t any cones to separate the runners running in different directions. Aid stations were about every 2 miles so it felt sufficient to me.

    The finish line was well organized, with people handing out water and bananas. Food tent lines moved quickly, giving out clam chowder, minestrone soup and lobster rolls. A vegan wrap was also available. We were given 2 beer tickets that could be redeemed at the clam shell stage or at bars across the street.

    Highly recommend this race to anyone looking for a fast course and a great party afterwards.

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    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I will start off by saying this is an awesome race and probably my second favorite half marathon of the year after Surftown. This race is produced by Loco Running … MORE

    I will start off by saying this is an awesome race and probably my second favorite half marathon of the year after Surftown. This race is produced by Loco Running who is the other big race company in NH besides Millennium. However earlier this year Loco was bought by a larger national race company Ventures Endurance so this was the first time Ventures Endurance produced the race. The people from Loco are still involved. I did think the event was overall well organized but there were a few minor issues I’m guessing that were likely a result of the change in management which is to be expected. My dad also ran the half marathon and my mom and her high school students volunteered at some of the water stops so it was a family event for us. Pre-race communication was pretty sparse. There was an email sent Friday. It had the basic information but there could have been more specific details. The race starts at 8am but my mom had to get there at 6:30am to set up the water stop so we woke up super early since it is about an hour drive from my parents house. Parking was very easy and free that early. I thought packet pick-up could have been more organized. I was originally registered for Half at the Hamptons which is another Loco race back when it was owned by Loco earlier this year but that got moved to a date I couldn’t do so I opted to defer to this race. However unbeknownst to me, there was a waiver for this race I never filled. After I waited a few minutes in line for my bib they told me I couldn’t pick up my bib because I hadn’t signed the waiver and that I had to speak to the woman at the end of the registration table. However after waiting in line to talk to the woman at the end she had no idea what I was talking about because the actual woman I was supposed to talk to stepped away for a few minutes. She eventually came back and I figured it out and electronically signed the waiver with her and then had to wait in line again to get my bib. Not a huge deal but kind of annoying waiting in so many lines and there would have been a few much simpler solutions. The simplest being having paper copies of the waivers at the bib pick-up stations. I understand wanting to go paperless so 2 other solutions would be to have emailed people without a waiver beforehand and/or having it so the bib pick-up people could also do the electronic waiver. After the bib pick-up drama the rest was pretty smooth. It was easy to get the fleece pull-overs. They are extremely nice. One of the nicest clothing articles I’ve received from a race. The start of the race was relatively smooth. My only critique of the start is there were no porta-potties by the start line only at the finish line which was a couple blocks away. They had runners line up in self seeded waves. I went to the last one which was 11 min/mile or more and waited near the front figuring I would be one of the faster of this group and everyone around me was running a similar pace. The race is chipped time with a timing mat at start and finish since this is a large race and it took a couple minutes for the end of the line to get to the start. This was one of the biggest races I participated in since the pandemic though not as big as usual years which made the race extra fun. However there were pretty much no covid protocols. Whether this is a good or bad thing I will leave up to you. The course is super nice and super flat. The first section is a short loop down the main area of Hampton Beach then through some beach neighborhoods and then an out and back along the ocean back to the main Hampton Beach street followed by a lollipop loop the other direction along the ocean and through a neighborhood then back along the ocean to the finish along the main street. You do pass the finish line a few times. This can be frustrating for some people but it also great for spectators. Unlike Surftown and Surfcity where you couldn’t really see the ocean for most of the race, there were absolutely gorgeous ocean views this race. The neighborhood though was much nicer in Westerly, RI. There were some friendly spectators here but no celebrity mansions. The course is pretty much pancake flat until the neighborhood where there are some minor hills. Total elevation under 200 feet. Weather was gorgeous today. This is often a cold and windy race according to my dad whose run it a few times before but today it was in the low 60s and there wasn’t much wind. Compared to Surftown there was no wind. It was barely a factor today. However I didn’t think there were quite enough aid stations for a day this warm. The volunteers were great and I’m not just saying that because my mom was running 2 of the aid stations. They genuinely were but I think there was only 5 aid stations and they were about 2.5 miles apart. This would be enough for a cold day but today was a little humid and I sweated a lot. Luckily I was carrying water. Half the aid stations were just water and half had water and gatorade. There were also volunteers handing out gels. I appreciated the gels but I thought it was odd the gels were given out about 1/2 mile from a water station as I like to wash down my gel with water again luckily I brought my own water. There was plenty of porta potties on course which was good since I needed one since I couldn’t go right before the race. Also the roads were either completely closed off or half the road closed off so you never had to worry about dealing with traffic. Course was really easy to follow too. My biggest critique of the course is the mile markers were crazy off. The mile 1 marker was correct but the mile 2 marker came up at 1.67 miles. The 3rd and 4th also came about a quarter mile short. I was nervous the race was measured wrong but luckily the mile 5 marker was in the right place and they were mostly right after that though seemed to be off by like 0.1miles here and there. Anyways between the beautiful weather, fast course and exciting atmosphere I was super fast today and realized if I pushed myself the last 3 miles I could actually break 2:30 something I hadn’t done since January and I did it! This was actually my fastest half marathon this year and my fastest since the New England half nearly 1 year ago and second fastest since the pandemic. At the finish line you get your medal. It is a nice medal. I would say compared to other half marathon medals it is above average though not a top 25% medal. The medals always have the cute harbor seal that is part of the Smuttynose label which I like. At the finish line there are bananas and water. Then you can go to a food tent where there are lobster rolls and clam chowder and even better they had vegan minestrone soup and hummus wraps. The hummus wraps were freshly made and delicious. The soup was pretty good too. There was also a booth with hint flavored water. Overall this was a really fun race and a great and fast course. The swag was very nice along with the post race food. There were a few minor details that could be fixed but I think they will once the new management company is more familiar with things. Would definitely recommend this race for NH or just in general. There are a few other races I want to run that occur on this weekend but I will definitely consider this one again!

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    plucas45 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Not only was the race organized extremely well, but the swag was fantastic as well as the food afterwards. Clam Chowder and Lobster! Loved it. Flat course, but a bit … MORE

    Not only was the race organized extremely well, but the swag was fantastic as well as the food afterwards. Clam Chowder and Lobster! Loved it. Flat course, but a bit windy which made it a bit more difficult, but loved it. Worth returning.

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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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.)

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    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.

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    5

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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.

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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    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.

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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    3

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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.

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    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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