LOCO Half & Full Marathon
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Spectacularly beautiful (and fast) course
The LOCO half and full Marathon is a spectacular 13.1 mile loop course run completely on tree-lined rural roads. It travels through four local coastal towns: Newmarket, Lee, Epping and Newfields New Hampshire.
Not only is a scenic course, it is designed to be fast and easy. Half marathoners run one loop. Marathoners run a second loop. For the past two years over 32% on average of marathoners qualified for the Boston Marathon.
IDEAL WEATHER: The third weekend in October in New Hampshire is ideal for marathons. The average temperature is 57 degrees and the highest temperature recorded is 76. With an 8:00 AM start, most runners will be running in temperatures in the mid 40’s to low 50’s on an average day.
IDEAL DATE: The third weekend in October is a perfect date as it allows enough time in the fall for your race specific long runs AND enough time to run a competitive long race like a half marathon to test your fitness.
GREAT POST-RACE CELEBRATION: The LOCO Half and Full Marathon will start and finish at the Rockingham Ballroom. This classic ballroom is sited besides a landscaped golf course. A catered race feast is available to registered runners with Smuttynose Beer. Friends & Family may partake in the feast for a nominal fee.
IDEAL RACE SIZE: The race will be capped at 1,000 runners total in the full and half. This is the ideal race size to be large enough to find a running partner to qualify with, but not too large that you have to zig zag on the course to get around runners who started in the wrong place in the start corral, or stop in front of you at water stops.
Time Limits: Marathon
- Age 16 – 59: 4:30 Time Limit
- Age 60 and above: 5:00 Time Limit
- Notice: you must come through the half way point by 2:30.
Here’s the slide show from the 2015 race:
Photo album can be seen at our Facebook page.
Is it your life long goal to run “Boston” ?
So many runners dream of running the Boston Marathon – officially. Now choose a race specifically designed to help you achieve your dream!
“As a seven time official participant of the Boston Marathon, I am excited to offer this new competitive race. The LOCO Marathon is the ultimate Boston qualifier race designed for runners who are aiming to qualify for the BAA Boston Marathon” . (LOCO Mike)
Runners who are interested in a race dedicated to help them run an excellent time and qualify for Boston can be expected to attend from all over the country and perhaps the world. Give it your best shot, run with others who have the same pace and goal in mind.
PACE GROUPS: What better way to accomplish your elusive goal than to run in a pack of veteran runners – who all have the same pace goal in mind. Official RACE pacers will also be provided for specific times related to Boston Marathon qualifying standards.
COURSE SUPPORT: To insure that you are adequately hydrated, there will be 10 aid stations at 2 -2.5 miles along the course. Aid stations include water, Gatorade and even two energy gel stops. Additionally, there will be Marathon Qualifying Posters at miles 5/10/15 and 20 indicating what finish pace you are on.
About the Director: LOCO Mike has officially run the BAA Boston Marathon 7 times with a PR of 2:35:45 in 1982
Disclaimer: The LOCO Marathon is organized by LOCO Sports, Inc. This marathon like other USATF certified Marathons serves as an event to qualify for the BAA Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is organized by the BAA. There is no formal relationship or agreement between LOCO Sports and the BAA. The LOCO Marathon submits results to the BAA for this marathon so that it may accept or deny applicants according to its’ own rules and regulations.