The event kicks off with packet pickup on Sunday, March 28th in Hampton Beach, NH. Due to Covid safety restrictions, you will be assigned a specific check in time to show up for your 5K or Half Marathon. This time will be 30 minutes before your scheduled start time. In general the 5K will start with heats at 7:00 a.m. - The Half at 8:00 a.m. Depending on your pace you will be assigned a specific time to start. The faster your running pace, the earlier you will start. Click a section below for more details.
Due to the change in the start process, we have had to modify our course for this one year. The course now begins on the beach at Hampton Beach State park - at low tide. You will run about 1/2 mile on the beach on hard packed sand then run out of the Hampton Beach parking lot onto Ocean Boulevard. 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 by the Beach between A and B Streets for a well-deserved post-race snack!
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 course is not measured and certified but it is 13.1 miles.
The Half will be started after the 5K this year, separate from the 5K to satisfy our COVID Safety rules.
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, The course now begins on the beach at Hampton Beach State park - at low tide. You will run about 1/2 mile on the beach on hard packed sand then run out of the Hampton Beach parking lot onto Ocean Boulevard and finish on the Boulevard between the A and B street signs.
The 5K will start before the half marathon this year.
All runners will be treated to craft beer from our friends at Smuttynose (21+), steaming hot soup (both minestrone and chicken noodle), and an assortment of healthy snacks after the race! The best part? Everything is included with your registration!
Directions & Parking
The Start is on the beach at the Hampton Beach State Park (the packet pickup location).
Parking will be at this park, or any legal spot along Ocean Boulevard.
Ashworth by the Sea
295 Ocean Boulevard
Hampton Beach, NH 03842
Rooms are only $109 plus tax the Saturday before the race with code Hampton Half! Both king and double queen rooms with balcony and side view of the ocean are available!