Loco Half & Full Marathon Race Details

The Loco Half & Full Marathon will be held on October 20th, 2024 at 200 Exeter Rd, Newmarket, NH 03857. Both the half & full marathon start times will be at 8 AM with the after-party ending at 1 PM!

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The Course

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 will run one loop, while marathoners run two. The late October date generally provides ideal running temperatures in the 50’s in addition to incredible fall foliage along the course!

The race starts and finishes at Rockingham Country Club. The course elevation has a change of less than 100 feet, so it is flat and fast! There are just the right number of flat sections, a few rolling hills for working those different muscle groups, and a spectacular 3-mile section on the Rail Trail. For the past two years, over 32% of our marathoners qualified for the Boston Marathon.

*Please note: The 3-mile section of the rail trail is NOT paved. Participants will be expected to be comfortable running on a hard packed, dirt trail. The trail will be leaf blown with rocks painted prior to the event to ensure runner safety.

Shaded Roads and Beautiful Trails

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, you’ll head into 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. Take the time to look around and enjoy the views of beaver ponds and unspoiled forests!

USATF Certification

USATF Marathon Course Certificate (Coming Soon!)

USATF Half Marathon Course Certificate (Coming Soon!)

The course cutoff will be 5 hours and 45 minutes.

Hydration

There are (6) water stations for the half marathon and (13) water stations for the full marathon.

Water: Miles 2, 3.7, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13.1, 15.5, 16.9, 18.5, 20.5, 22.5, & 24

Gatorade: Miles 3.7, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13.1, 16.9, 18.5, 20.5, 22.5, & 24

UnTapped Energy Gels will be featured on course at Mile 7, 13.1, and 20.5.

Packet Pickup

Early packet pickup will be held on Saturday, October 19th, 2024 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Great Bay Athletic Club.

Packet pick-up will also be held at the Rockingham Country Club on the morning of the race from 6:00 AM – 7:45 AM where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race wearables! You’ll receive your finishers medal once you cross the finish line. Wearables won’t be mailed out after the event.

All marathon runners will be required to show ID in order to pick up their bibs.

Save time on packet pickup by adding on packet mailing at registration! Already registered? Don’t worry! You can add it on through your EnMotive account. Please note, we are unable to mail out packets after the packet mailing deadline has passed.

Please Note: On race morning, there is absolutely NO participant or spectator parking allowed at the Rockingham Country Club. Participant drop offs are also highly discouraged. See the parking section below for details on the free and encouraged shuttle service.

Directions & Parking

Parking for runners and spectators will be available at several locations near the venue. The following businesses within the nearby industrial park have graciously allowed participants and spectators to use their parking for the 2024 event:

Paul White Tile Company – 1 Forbes Rd, Newmarket, NH 03857
Hagan Design & Machine – 8 Forbes Rd, Newmarket, NH 03857
Profile Metal Forming – 10 Forbes Rd, Newmarket, NH 03857
PromoCentric – 5 Forbes Rd, Newmarket, NH 03857
Sperry Tents Seacoast – 12 Forbes Rd, Newmarket, NH 03857

These locations offer FREE parking. The Industrial Park is located 1 mile from the Start/Finish at the Rockingham Country Club. All participants and spectators will be required to use the shuttle buses provided since Route 108 is not safe to walk on.

A detailed shuttle schedule will be released closer to event day!

There is NO participant or spectator parking allowed at the Rockingham Country Club (200 Exeter Road, Newmarket, NH 03857).

An extremely limited number of VIP parking spots are available for purchase during registration at the Great Bay Athletic Club (191 Exeter Road, Newmarket, NH 03857). Those who purchase VIP parking will be issued a parking pass several days before the event and will need to show our staff member upon arrival. *VIP parking for the 2024 event is officially SOLD OUT!*

Anyone without VIP parking will not be allowed into the Great Bay Athletic Club parking lot and will be directed to the Industrial Park just down the road.

Gear Check

Gear check will be available at the gear check tent outside the Rockingham Country Club. Event specific gear check bags will be available to all participants at early packet pickup and on race morning. Although not required, we encourage participants to use the event specific gear check bag provided by Ventures Endurance for a smoother gear check process.

To check your gear simply place your belongings in the bag, write your bib number in the appropriate location on the bag, and hand it over to the gear check volunteers.

Please remember to pick up your gear by 2:00 PM. Ventures Endurance is not liable for any losses of thefts that may occur.

Course Cutoff

Marathon Course Cutoff: 5 Hours and 45 Minutes

All marathon runners will be expected to come through the half marathon split within 2 hours and 50 minutes. Marathon runners who do not pass through the half marathon split within this timeframe will be directed to the half marathon finish. Due to road closures, volunteer timeframes, and police details the course cutoff will be enforced. We thank you in advance for your cooperation!

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The After Party

Not only do you get a wonderful day of unbe-leaf-able scenic running, but a post-race party at the Rockingham Country Club featuring food from The Old Salt Restaurant will be waiting for you at the finish line! Warm up after your run with some Old Salt soup and chili with a tasty craft beer or hard seltzer (21+) to wash it all down. The best part? It’s all included with your registration!

The After Party

Not only do you get a wonderful day of unbe-leaf-able scenic running, but a post-race party at the Rockingham Country Club featuring food from The Old Salt Restaurant will be waiting for you at the finish line! Warm up after your run with some Old Salt soup and chili with a tasty craft beer or hard seltzer (21+) to wash it all down. The best part? It’s all included with your registration!

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Elite Runners Perks

If you’ve achieved an exceptionally low finish time at marathon or half marathon in the past 18 months, we have a perk for you! Elite runners who meet the qualifying standards below are eligible for a fully comped entry to this year’s race! To apply for a fully comped entry as an elite athlete, please click the apply today bottom below to submit your application!

Male Elite Runner Qualifying Standards

MARATHON – 2:27
HALF MARATHON – 1:11

Male Masters Qualifying Standards

  • Masters 40-44 – Sub 2:40 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 45-49 – Sub 2:48 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 50-54 – Sub 2:55 Marathon / 1:30 Half
  • Masters 55-59 – Sub 3:05 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 60-64 – Sub 3:15 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 65-69 – Sub 3:25 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 70-74 – Sub 3:37 Marathon / 1:40 Half
  • Masters 75-79+ – Sub 3:55 Marathon / 1:55 Half

Female Elite Runner Qualifying Standards

MARATHON – 2:59
HALF MARATHON – 1:25

Female Masters Qualifying Standards

  • Masters 40-44 – Sub 3:00 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 45-49 – Sub 3:12 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 50-54 – Sub 3:22 Marathon / 1:44 Half
  • Masters 55-59 – Sub 3:40 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 60-64 – Sub 3:58 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 65-69 – Sub 4:15 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 70-74 – Sub 5:00 Marathon / 1:50 Half
  • Masters 75-79+ – Sub 5:00 Marathon / 2:10 Half
Standards for both the marathon and half marathon must have been run within 18 months of the 2024 race day to qualify. Elite athlete support (travel, lodging, prize money, and/or food assistance) will not be provided by Ventures Endurance.

Applications must be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the event. Late entries may be accommodated on a case by case basis. If an event sells out and is at capacity, additional elite athlete entries will not be considered. An elite complimentary entry is non transferrable and only applied to the Half Marathon and Marathon distances. Other distances do not qualify.

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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 GroupsMenWomen
18-343hrs 00min 00sec3hrs 30min 00sec
35-393hrs 05min 00sec3hrs 35min 00sec
40-443hrs 10min 00sec3hrs 40min 00sec
45-493hrs 20min 00sec3hrs 50min 00sec
50-543hrs 25min 00sec3hrs 55min 00sec
55-593hrs 35min 00sec4hrs 05min 00sec
60-643hrs 50min 00sec4hrs 20min 00sec
65-694hrs 05min 00sec4hrs 35min 00sec
70-744hrs 20min 00sec4hrs 50min 00sec
75-794hrs 35min 00sec5hrs 05min 00sec
80 & Over4hrs 50min 00sec5hrs 20min 00sec

Important Notes

*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.

Disclaimer: The Loco Marathon is organized by Loco Races LLC. 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.

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Awards

Awards will be given to the top 3 overall men and women for both the full and half marathon distances for the following age groups:

Half Marathon
Top 3 male and female winners in each age group: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+

Full Marathon
Top 3 male and female winners in each age group: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+

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Ready to Run?

“Fall” in love with New Hampshire all over again at the 10th Annual Loco Marathon & Half Marathon. Join hundreds of runners on the course while experiencing the stunning autumn foliage and scenic country roads of FOUR New Hampshire towns.Join us in Newmarket on October 20th—Sign up to race today.