A new half marathon will be running on May 15 on a terrific New England course; you must be a part of this inaugural celebration—and it is perfectly timed for the spring season, filling a half marathon void on the Massachusetts North Shore. New England distance running can be tremendously enjoyable, especially if you have the right combination of a scenic course, great organization, historic sea-side towns, tasty post race offerings—perhaps even a vacation weekend in Rockport and Gloucester. Where will you be on May 15th? Check out the race website to see where hundreds of your closest friends will be running the third Sunday in May!
This half marathon will be a national and regional magnet because of the course, the amenities, the facilities, and the placement on the calendar. This is a quiet time at an otherwise bustling harbor and resort town—a time to enjoy the serenity of the quiet shoreline and really take in the natural beauty and rhythm of the New England seaside.
Check out the details at the race Website, www.twinlightshalfmarathon.com or e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This race is for all who want to experience a half marathon, whether as a goal in itself, or as a marathon trainer. It will include a running division with a 10:00 a.m. start time, and a walking division, which will step off at 9:00 a.m. Race headquarters, and the start and finish, will be Good Harbor Beach, Thatcher Road (Route 127A), Gloucester, Massachusetts, 01930. All who register will receive wicking Techwick shirts. There are ten-year age group awards and special awards for Filly and Clydesdale division winners.
This course is as interesting as it is scenic, and much of it will be on rural roads with nearly five miles immediately along the ocean. You will love running along these shore-hugging roads—historic Victorian and Edwardian homes, New England coast with panoramic ocean views—including islands off shore.
The out-and back course along the coast promises to be among the most enjoyable in the northeast, as anyone who has run on Cape Ann can tell you. There is a lot of history in the region, with Gloucester being one of the largest fishing harbors on the east coast, and Rockport being one of the most visited and photographed villages in the country. It is easy to imagine why this area has been such a tourist destination.
The race begins at Good Harbor Beach, travels northbound on Thatcher Road, Route 127A, and goes right through the center of the famous and iconic town of Rockport. It loops around at Halibut Point before returning back to Good Harbor Beach for the finish.
Along the way runners will pass several lighthouses—thus the name—as well as such locations as Whale Cove, Pigeon Cove, Sandy Bay, Milk Island, Thatcher Island, Rockport Art Association, and more wonderful views than you can imagine. There are some hills to make it interesting, even challenging at times, but it begins at 25 feet MSL and the highest point in the course is only 121 feet. The hills actually add to the pleasure of the course because they allow everyone to take in the breathtaking beauty of Cape Ann and the Atlantic.
It is very close to major transportation hubs—less than an hour from major airports at both Logan International in Boston and Manchester-Boston in New Hampshire.
Registration and Amenities
Registration is available online on the race website at www.twinlightshalfmarathon.com/registration.htm.
Packet pickup and late registration (if available, the race is expected to close out quickly) will be available both Saturday, May 14, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Manchester Athletic Club in nearby Manchester, Massachusetts; and on race morning from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. at Good Harbor Beach.
They have partnered with the Manchester Athletic Club www.manchesterathleticclub.com,
the race's official training center located at 8 Atwater Avenue, Manchester, Massachusetts, 01944.