Info /FAQ:

  • Start Time: 11:00 AM
  • Start Location: Downtown – across from entrance to Mills/Registration
  • Finish Location: By the big white church downtown


Where is registration and bib pickup?

Newmarket Mills –  55 Main Street, Newmarket NH 03857 (this is inside that big stone mill building in downtown Newmarket) – look for signs!

What times can I pickup my bib and shirt?

– Sunday, April 9th from 9:30 to 11:00 AM

Can I reserve a race tee shirt in a certain size?

When you check the box next to a t-shirt size on your registration form, you are not reserving a shirt; you are helping us plan how many shirts we need to order in each size. If it is important that you get a shirt in your size, please come early. (No T-shirts will be mailed out, you must come to the race to receive your shirt.)

Where is the start?

The Half and the 5K both start and finish right downtown in Newmarket. This makes the race much easier logistically for you. Once you get downtown and pick up your number you are all set!. There will be a convenient bag check area down at the waterfront ( Located by the big white Community Church ).

Can I switch from the half marathon to the Beyond the Rainbow 5K?

Yes, if you need to switch, that is not a problem but please contact Linda by April 1st so she can make sure you are accurately recorded. (there are no refunds for switching to the  5K)

Can I run or walk with a baby jogger? No, for safety reasons, strollers are not allowed on the course.

Can I run with my dog? NO, we like pets too but please leave your 4-legged friends at home.

Can I run with headphones or ear buds?

For safety reasons, we discourage the use of headphones on the course. Truthfully, this is one of the prettiest routes, you’ll find, both visually and aurally. Why not take a day off from the buds and enjoy the sounds of Spring and a “running conversation” with some new friends?

What Medical Safety plan do you have in effect:Thanks to our support from the Core Physicians at Exeter Hospital and the Newmarket Fire and Rescue league we have a whole team of doctors and emergency specialists ready to help on the course. At the start and finish is an ambulance, and there are two other squads of paramedics out on the course. At the finish look for the popup tent with the Medical logo on it. Many thanks to our Core Physicians who volunteer their time and expertise to the race: Race Doctor Bios

Can I get a refund if I register but don’t run?

No, registrations are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Note: you may switch from the Half Marathon down to the 5K. Contact for details.

What will the weather be like?

The race is in early April, in New England, so expect any type of weather. We have had a couple chilly years and a couple of real stunners. Typical Low Temp is 34, High is 58 and Average is 46 degrees (perfect running weather). We suggest you keep an eye on the forecast and plan accordingly. The race goes on rain or shine!

What distance is this race?

There are two race distances. The Half Marathon is 13.1 miles long and, after wending its way through in-town villages, traverses a lovely dirt road section then brings runners back along a rolling country road featuring spectacular views of the Great Bay. This course is USATF Certified and accurate according to USATF standards and is well-marked.

The 5K race is 3.1 miles long and follows the early portion of the half marathon course before heading to the Finish. Course maps are available elsewhere on this web site and will be available near Registration on race day.

Where can I stay ?There are several excellent places to stay in nearby Durham, Exeter, and Portsmouth.


Can I view the course before the race?

If you want to drive the course or, race day, arrive early and walk or jog portions of the course. With the exception of the Start & Finish areas, most of the race course is accessible before the race begins.

Where are the best locations for spectators?

Vehicle traffic on the course during the race is highly-discouraged (Durham police will be monitoring the Dame Road and Durham Point Road sections) and will be frustrating for drivers (due to long delays, especially in-town). Please do not attempt to drive on the course during the race! You will not make it back in time to see the finish.

What are the parking accommodations?

We encourage you to arrive early and use parking at the High School, Elementary School and adjacent town lots.  Parking marshals will be on hand to guide you. This year there is no bus shuttle to the Industrial lot.

Will there be bag-check facility?

Yes, there will be a bag check set up downtown in the basement of the Newmarket Community Church. This is the church with the big white steeple right at the finish. After the race, bags will be available inside the basement of the church. Please pick up your bag right after you finish and BEFORE 2:45 PM. Note: We are not responsible for lost or damaged property.

Where is the start and how do I get there?

The start is right downtown at 80 Main street – across from Newmarket Dental. It is approximately a 1/10th mile from the finish which is in the same place as the last 3 years. Everyone – Half Marathon and 5k runners (both runners and walkers) start at the same location and time. There is a start mat for your start and your exact start will be accurately recorded.

Where are the Water Stops?

There will be five water stops, located approximately at 2 miles, 4.5 miles (plus Gatorade), 6.5 miles, 9 miles (plus Gatorade)  and 11 miles. Energy Gel is available at 6.2 miles (a bit before the 3rd water stop).

Ok, so now that I’m hydrated, where are the port-a-potties?? In addition to portable facilities at Registration, Start and Finish there are also on-course units – one at 5.8 miles on Dame Road and two at the 9.8 & 12.2 mile Bay/Cushing Road interchange.

Is there a time limit for the Half Marathon?
Yes, to be fair to our race marshals and water stops, the official end is 3:30 hours for the Half Marathon. However, we keep race signs up for the end of the course until the final person passes by. Also, the final water stop may be self-serve instead of having a team there to serve you. For timing, we often will have the timer keep a watch running until the final person is in. If you are not past mile 10 by 3 hours, we will divert you to go straight to the finish.  (Eliminating the Moody Point section.) You will still receive a time and medal.

Where does the race finish? All race participants are treated to a glorious downhill finish along the traffic-free Main Street in downtown Newmarket. The sidewalks and roadside are lined with cheering spectators; it’s really quite a spectacle!

Will I receive a medal?

Custom medals will be awarded to all registered finishers in the HALF MARATHON only.

Will there be an after-race celebration? Oh, yeah! Runners will enjoy a variety of delicious food and drink items at the celebration area down from the Finish at Schanda Park on the waterfront – look for the big white tent. For beer please join us after the race at The Riverworks and the American Legion Hall (both on Main Street, near the Finish) for an after-race brew!Are there Award for top finishers?

Yes, there are awards for top overall finishers, female and male, as well as age group winners. Look for the Red Tent with the Awards Banner on it. Awards go three deep, with 10-year age groups for the half marathon and 10-year age groups for the 5K. You must be present to receive your award (awards will not be mailed out afterward).

Can I take a shower after the race?
No showers available.

How is the race timed?
Participants will wear a bib number with an electronically-readable chip (B-Tag) affixed. As runners cross the Finish line they run over a mat with a sensor that recognizes and records each runner’s “chip time”. Bib numbers must be attached to the FRONT of your shirt and right side up – to be read accurately. Please do not bend or fold your number.