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Great Bay Half and Beyond the Rainbow 5k

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April 8, 2018 (Sunday)
Half Marathon, 5 K
Newmarket, New Hampshire
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Join thousands of runners and spectators at New Hampshire’s best spring road race, where you celebrate your finish with an after-party featuring local craft beer and plenty of food!

Event Start Location
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.

Course Description
Half: 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!
5k: 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!

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Packet Pickup / Expo
55 Main St. Newmarket, NH

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Post Race Activities
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 two tasty craft beers! 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!

Rain or shine.

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 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!

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Retailers (near this event)
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 Store City  State   Distance   More Info 
 Runners Alley  Portsmouth NH 7.9 Miles store info
 Greater Boston Running Company Newburyport  newburyport MA 18.7 Miles store info
 Yankee Runner  Newburyport MA 18.7 Miles store info
 Whirlaway Sports Center  Methuen MA 27 Miles store info
 Runners Alley  Manchester NH 27.2 Miles store info
 Joe Kings Shoe Shop  Concord NH 31.4 Miles store info
 Greater Boston Running Company Andover  Andover MA 31.7 Miles store info
 Athletes Corner  Andover MA 31.7 Miles store info
 Marx Running & Fitness  St. Lowell MA 35.6 Miles store info
 New England Running Co.  Beverly MA 36 Miles store info
 Beverly The New England Running Company  Beverly MA 36 Miles store info
 Runners Alley  Nashua NH 36.1 Miles store info
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