The event kicks off with packet pickup at 8 a.m. on Sunday, March 4th in Hampton Beach, NH. Both the half and the 5k start at 10 a.m. and the party goes until 2 p.m.! Click a section below for more details.
With an elevation gain of only 115 feet, the Hampton Half is one of the flattest, fastest and most scenic half marathons in New England, second only to the Smuttynose Rockfest Half in October!
The course begins at C Street and Ocean Boulevard with a loop around downtown Hampton Beach. It then heads north right along the Atlantic Ocean and turns inland for a loop on tree-lined roads before coming back out to the ocean at Mile 10. It finishes with a three-mile stretch along the beach, ending back at the Start for a well-deserved party!
This course is very spectator friendly with great views of the runners at the Start, Mile 2, Mile 4, and at the Finish. All miles are marked with mile markers and all corners have at least one arrow. Race marshals and police will be stationed at any confusing corners.
The race starts in designated pace stalls. The course is measured and certified by the USATF.
The 5k Course
The Hampton 5k is one of the most scenic road races in New England! The course is comprised of the first 3.1 miles of the half marathon course, which means you’ll be cheered on by tons of spectators as you run beside the beautiful Atlantic ocean. After the finish, head on over to the Ashworth By The Sea Hotel for the after-party!
5k runners start alongside the half marathoners at 10 a.m. and also get hot soup and delicious Harpoon craft beer (they just get the party started a little earlier)!
Packet pickup takes place inside the Ashworth By The Sea Hotel, 295 Ocean Blvd, Hampton, NH 03842. on the morning of the race from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race tee! As always, half marathon participants will get their medals at the finish line. Shirts won’t be mailed out after the event if you don’t pick yours up, so don’t oversleep!
Join us after the race in the ballroom of the Ashworth By The Sea hotel for an after party featuring craft beer from our friends at Harpoon, steaming hot soup (both minestrone and chicken noodle), delicious Stonyfield Yogurt, and tasty Lindt chocolate! The best part? Everything is included with your registration!
Directions & Parking
The Start/Finish is in front of the Ashworth By The Sea Hotel (the packet pickup location). Please arrive by 8 a.m. to ensure you have time to park, check-in, and stretch before the race begins at 10 a.m.
Your GPS should bring you straight down 101E to Ocean Boulevard. You can then turn right or left and find FREE parking at any of the state park beach lots a short walk from the Ashworth By The Sea Hotel.