The Loco Half & Full Marathon kicks off with packet pickup at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 28th at Rockingham Ballroom in Newmarket, NH. Both races start at 8 a.m. and the party goes until 1 p.m.! Click a section below for more details.
The Loco Half & Full Marathon offers runners a scenic 13.1-mile loop course along winding country roads through four coastal NH towns: Newmarket, Lee, Epping, and Newfields. Half marathoners run one loop, while marathoners run two. The late October date usually provides ideal running temps in the 50’s in addition to amazing fall foliage. The course elevation has a change of less than 100 feet, so it’s flat and fast. For the past two years, over 32% of our marathoners qualified for the Boston Marathon!
The race starts and finishes at the Rockingham Ballroom in Newmarket. There are just the right number of flat sections, a few rolling hills to help you use different muscles, and a spectacular 3-mile section on the Rail Trail. The first three miles are rolling and take you down a shaded road to Lee, NH. Next up is an almost totally flat section until Mile 5, after which there’s a gentle incline into Epping where you’ll likely see a pair of Clydesdale horses grazing in the field as you pass Clarke Farm.
You’ll then run through Newmarket and up a small hill before heading out onto the last 3-mile stretch on the beautiful Rail Trail. It’s relatively flat with almost imperceptible gradual downhill sections, so take some time to look around and enjoy the views of beaver ponds and unspoiled forests!
There are six water stations on the loop course (meaning 11 for the full marathon):
WATER: Miles 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13.1, 15.5, 18.5, 20.5, 22.5 and 24
GATORADE: Miles 5, 9, 18.5 and 22.5
Vanilla Energy Gel: Mile 6.6, 13, and 20.3
The course is USATF Certified at 13.10938 miles.
Printable map with corner directions: Click Here
Not only do you get a wonderful day of amazingly scenic running, but you’re also treated to an after-party in the Rockingham Ballroom, featuring FREE bone-warming soup, healthy Stonyfield Yogurt, energizing Clif Bars, and Hint flavored water. As if that weren’t awesome enough, runners 21+ get tasty craft beer from our friends at Smuttynose Brewing Company! The best part? It’s all included with your registration!
Packet pick-up will be held at the Rockingham Ballroom on the morning of the race from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race tee! You’ll get your medals at the Finish, as always. Shirts won’t be mailed out after the event if you don’t pick yours up, so don’t oversleep!
There’s no parking at the ballroom! See the parking section below for details on the free shuttle service.
There won’t be an official bag check, but runners can leave bags inside the ballroom until 1:00 p.m. Clothes left unclaimed after the race will be donated to a local shelter. Loco Races is not liable for any losses or thefts that may occur.
Directions & Parking
Parking for the runners and spectators is FREE and will be in the Newmarket Industrial Park, 5 Forbes Road, Newmarket, NH 03857. The lot is 1 mile from the Start/Finish at the Rockingham Ballroom.
We’ll provide a free shuttle service between the lot and the Start/Finish according to this schedule:
6:25 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (two buses)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (one bus)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (two buses)
12:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. (one bus)
There is no parking at the Rockingham Ballroom or golf course. Also, please do not park on Ash Swamp Road or Route 108. Cars parked illegally will be towed!
Qualifying For Boston
Only the full marathon serves as a qualifying race (not the half). To qualify for the Boston Marathon, your finish time must meet (or be better than) the following times*:
AGE _____ MEN ________ WOMEN
18-34____ 3hrs 05min ____ 3hrs 35min
35-39____ 3hrs 10min ____ 3hrs 40min
40-44____ 3hrs 15min ____ 3hrs 45min
45-49____ 3hrs 25min ____ 3hrs 55min
50-54____ 3hrs 30min ____ 4hrs 00min
55-59____ 3hrs 40min ____ 4hrs 10min
60-64____ 3hrs 55min ____ 4hrs 25min
65-69____ 4hrs 10min ____ 4hrs 40min
70-74____ 4hrs 25min ____ 4hrs 55min
75-79____ 4hrs 40min ____ 5hrs 10min
80+ ____ 4hrs 55min _____ 5hrs 25min
*Please check BAA site for any changes to qualifying standards.
-Achieving a qualifying time doesn’t guarantee entry, but simply the opportunity to submit a registration.
-If the total amount of submissions surpasses the allotted field size for qualified athletes, then those who are the fastest among the pool of applicants in their age and gender group will be accepted.
-The Boston Marathon always takes place in April, but opens for registration in early September, so next year’s marathon likely be sold out by the time The Loco Marathon rolls around in late October. This means you’ll be able to use your qualifying time from our marathon to register for the following year’s Boston Marathon.
Disclaimer: The Loco Marathon is organized by Loco Sports, Inc. This marathon, like other USATF certified marathons, serves as a qualifying race for the BAA Boston Marathon. There is no formal relationship or agreement between Loco Sports and the BAA. We submit results to the BAA so that it may accept or deny applicants according to its own rules and regulations. Please check the Boston Athletic Association website for up-to-date info on qualifying standards and registration info.