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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, September 30, 2017
2016: Saturday, October 1, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Mostly Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 63°F (17°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 95.06
Course Score: 95.52

Race Size

2016: 198 Finishers
2015: 246 Finishers
2014: 281 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 6.6%
2015: 11%
2014: 5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The rolling to hilly New Hampshire Marathon course loops around Newfound Lake.

Marathon Rankings

The New Hampshire Marathon was the 251st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 238th largest in 2014.

This year 6.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the New Hampshire Marathon the 156th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 220th highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 95.52 ranks it as the 393rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th fastest course in New Hampshire.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the New Hampshire Marathon a PR Score of 95.06. This PR Score ranks it as the 382nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in New Hampshire.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 746 feet (227m)
Min Elevation: 462 feet (140m)


Ratings & Reviews for the New Hampshire Marathon

4.5 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2015 New Hampshire Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great small race - wonderful town support, everything was super easy, and the course was BEAUTIFUL! Logistically very straightforward - picked up my bib that morning, used the restrooms inside, walked right out to the start.

Race Tips

Be prepared for some steep hills. It is a small field size, so not as much focus on where you line up as you might expect - however, this year we started with the 10k racers, which I imagine was much worse for them than the marathoners! But don't let those speedy 10k racers psyche you out!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Small town so hotels fill up - we stayed at a wonderful B&B (Henry Whipple House), but it did require a 2 night minimum. Drive up from Boston took twice as long as expected on Friday night. Did a great hike the day after (upon recommendation of Henry Whipple proprietor) at Cardigan Mountain. Great sandwiches and ice cream post-race at the Mill.

review of 2012 New Hampshire Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Very nice, small no stress race. Stay warm pre-race in a High School gym (with real toilets). No timing chip but you really don't need it. Very pretty course running around Newfound Lake. They have race day packet pick-up!

Race Tips

The course is quite hilly. The hilliest I've ever run (25 marathons). Mercifully most of the hills are in the first half and after miles 17 or so its all flat or downhill. Plenty of water stops.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I drove in race morning so I can't comment on Hotels but Bristol is a small town so booking early is probably a necessity.

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the New Hampshire Marathon in 3:54:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

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