The Harvard Pilgrim Big Lake Half Marathon – Exciting, Scenic Race along Lake Winnipesaukee on May 8th

The Harvard Pilgrim Big Lake Half Marathon is one of the best New England spring distance races. You will love this race. It gets better and better each year, so don't miss this exciting gem, an experience you will totally enjoy for the course, the locale, the amenities, and for just plain fun!

A beautiful lakeside course, it is surrounded by mountains. Not only is this a great place to race, but you will want to leave time to savor the tranquil beauty of this unbelievably scenic region. Plan to spend the weekend exploring the amazing beauty of New Hampshire's Lakes Region as spring explodes in blooms and buds along the course. The Harvard Pilgrim Big Lake Half Marathon is one race that will leave you with a feeling of enjoyment and accomplishment, during and after the event. There is great support and live entertainment during and after the event.

They have a post-race party planned with live music along the lakeshore, with good food and beer that will keep you pumped and joyous long after you cross the finish line. The Harvard Pilgrim Big Lake Half Marathon is undeniably scenic and rewarding. We urge you to go to Alton Bay to experience this event.

It runs on Saturday, May 8, starting at 9:00 a.m. It begins in the town of Alton, and runs through Alton Bay and along the shore to West Alton before returning to the finish line at the Bandstand and Community Center in Alton Bay—right on the lake, the Big Lake.

You want amenities? The Harvard Pilgrim Big Lake Half Marathon has them: Pre-race pasta dinner; colorfully unique T-shirts; bag check; chip timing; digital clocks every mile; eight water and aid stations along the course, a complimentary massage tent; terrific post race food; great raffle prizes; unique age group prizes--bottles of maple syrup; cash prizes, finish line and post race announcing by New Hampshire's own Andy Schachat.
As the title sponsor of The Big Lake Half Marathon for the second consecutive year, Harvard Pilgrim is proud to support an event that improves the health and wellbeing of society; they really want to help people be as well as they can be. Enjoy wellness, enjoy life, and enjoy this race.

Wonderful Experience You Will Find Rewarding
There are many individual awards, including top three overall, and top three in five-year age groups, plus cash awards for the top five women and men. However, everyone wins here with beautiful technical T-shirts and distinctive custom medals to every finisher. Add the fantastic scenery of this beautiful region, the excitement, enjoyment, sense of accomplishment, party atmosphere, and the thrill of participating in a remarkably well-organized event. Race staff, volunteers, and organizers treat every participant like a champion, and a guest.

The Harvard Pilgrim Big Lake Half Marathon is entering its ninth year and has gained wide appeal. And it has grown. It is now selling out at 1,500 runners, so don't wait until the last minute.

If you are coming as a spectator and want to enjoy the fun in a different way, check the volunteer page on the race Website—get involved. Without volunteers there would be no races.

Pre Race and Registration
There is a pre-race dinner from 5:00 to 7:00 on Friday night, May 7th, the night before the race. It is an old-fashioned community meal, a really good time with great food, and a chance to commune with friends—old and new. Held at the Alton Central School, it is sponsored by the Alton-New Durham Lions Club; it's only $10 (proceeds to charity).

Registration/packet pickup will also be at Alton Central School, 41 School Street, Alton, NH 03809, a quarter mile from the start. You may pick up the packet—goodie bag, bib number and timing chip—Friday before the race from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., or race morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. Do not plan on race-day registration; it will likely be sold out. If picking up race morning, come early to allow for parking and getting to the start line. Carpool if possible.

The finish is 1.5 miles from the start, so bag check is provided. Shuttle bus service will bring runners and spectators back to the start from the finish area. And do not miss the post-race festivities, the "Big Lake Bash" with live music—at the bandstand immediately on the bay.

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