The New Bedford Half Marathon - New England's Premier Half Marathon

Why should you run this year's New Bedford Half Marathon on March 20th 2011? This event has an unparalleled history, a runner friendly closed course, and one of the finest half marathon experiences anywhere.

For the last 34 years the New Bedford Half Marathon has attracted the best runners in the world to test their metal on a classic course just five weeks before the Boston Marathon. World records have fallen, great races have transpired, and participants of all stripes have had banner days over the storied history of this famous spring classic.

The New Bedford Half Marathon has so much going for it that it really is a "can't miss" event. Mark March 20th on your calendar soon to take part in this venerable classic. Join runners in the know who have been coming to New Bedford for 34 years. Live the history, soak up the experience, take the challenge and discover how championship races are supposed to be run. Yes, it is a New England USATF Championship, but it is open to all runners!

Focusing on an excellent experience for every runner...
This is a runners' race with a 100% closed course and a detail of over 100 police officers to ensure the safety of the field. No runner will ever have to share the road with an automobile anywhere over the course of this beautiful 13.1-mile counter-clockwise loop.

The New Bedford Half Marathon was one of the first half marathons in New England—before they became THE event for all--and it has survived and thrived as half marathons have become increasingly popular. Last year saw a record 2,600 plus finishers and this year the upward trend is expected to continue because of the value and experience that the race provides.

Don't miss out – The New Bedford Half Marathon has got it all!
The New Bedford Half Marathon touches every base. There is history. There is a classic course. There is a quality elite field. There is an excellent runner experience for every participant. And it is open to all. The value is obvious, the experience outstanding, the organization top notch, and runners show their appreciation by coming back every year.

A Race with History?
This classic race is steeped in history. Ingrid Kristiansen set the world record here, (knocking off Joan Benoit Samuelson's previous record), in 1989. Geoff Smith still holds the course record of 1:02:05 set in 1986; the same year he won the Boston Marathon.

A race that attracts the world's best?
New Bedford consistently attracts an elite field from all over the region and world. New Bedford will again be the USATF Grand Prix and has an excellent prize package (see the race Website at ). Racers come to test themselves against the course and the quality field they know will show up. Over the course of the 34-year history of the race it has always fallen on the 3rd Sunday in March perfectly timed as a tune up for Boston on Patriot's Day.

A Race with a classic course?
The New Bedford Half Marathon course is classically challenging, while at the same time scenic. The course is deceptive because to some it seems difficult—a few small climbs--but many runners, (including yours truly), post excellent times there. The course has a little bit of everything and is genuinely interesting for all runners—whether your first try at the distance or 300th.

This course throws some hills at you early but then relents with a long, protected downhill section where you can really fly. Next, the course turns along the water where there is sometimes a sea-breeze headwind, but the course offers tailwinds too. Finally there is a long hill in the last mile but it ends with a downhill sprint to the finish.

It's a great course to practice your tactical running skills. It has something new and interesting at each turn. If you work the course well it is a fast course and will reward your execution.

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