Race Details

The event kicks off with packet pickup at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 8th in Newmarket, NH. Both the half marathon and 5k start at 11 a.m. and the party goes until 4 p.m.! Click a section below for more details.

The Course

The Half Marathon

The Great Bay Half boasts a challenging but gorgeous course along the Great Bay estuary, featuring a 3.5 mile section on a well-maintained winding dirt road, sightings of bald eagles and great blue herons, and a dramatic finish in the heart of historic Newmarket. Just picture yourself on the final downhill stretch of closed downtown streets running past the centuries-old fieldstone mill buildings and throngs of cheering spectators!

We also provide some on-course entertainment for your running pleasure! Weather permitting, there will be live music at four locations along the course to keep you motivated. Also keep on the lookout for the belly dancers from Lotus Rising Belly Dance at Mile 10!

The Beyond The Rainbow 5k aims to bring awareness (and donations) to Exeter Hospital’s The Beyond The Rainbow Fund – helping local NH cancer patients since 2002. Learn more here.

The 5k starts at the same time and place as the half marathon! You’ll run (or walk) the same course as the half marathon up to Mile 2.5, at which point you’ll veer right when the marathoners stay straight. The course then goes up a short steep hill (sorry!) but finishes with a downhill stretch through the heart of downtown with thousands of cheering spectators!

The After-Party

Not only do you get a wonderful day of amazingly scenic running, but you’re also treated to an after-party at Schanda Park on the banks of the Lamprey River featuring delicious local pizza, healthy Stonyfield Yogurt, energizing Clif Bars, and Hint flavored water (look for the big white tent). As if that weren’t awesome enough, runners 21+ get tasty craft beer from Henniker Brewing Company! Simply head on over to The Riverworks restaurant or the American Legion when you’re done eating. The best part? It’s all included with your registration!

Directions & Parking

Directions

Registration and packet pickup take place at Newmarket Mills, 55 Main Street, Newmarket, NH 03857. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to ensure you have time to park, check-in, and stretch before the race begins at 11 a.m.

Both the half and 5k start at 82 Main Street in front of Newmarket Mills and finish just two blocks down the street.

The after party takes place at Schanda Park for the food and at The Riverworks restaurant and the American Legion for beer.

Parking

Parking is FREE at Lamprey Health Care, Newmarket Junior/Senior High School, and Newmarket Elementary School. All lots are within an easy half-mile walk to the start/finish!

Packet Pick-up

Packet pick-up will be held at Newmarket Mills on the morning of the race from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race tee! Half marathoners will get their medals at the finish line. Shirts won’t be mailed out after the event if you don’t pick yours up, so don’t oversleep!

Ready To Run?

Reserve your spot today at The Great Bay Half Marathon & Beyond The Rainbow 5k!