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New England Road Races

There are literally hundreds of road races throughout New England year-round. From fun runs, to 5 and 10K races, to longer half-marathons, and marathons and even a 220 mile relay race from Rhode Island to Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and finishing in Maine.

Of course the grandaddy of all of these races is the world-famous Boston Marathon that is held on Patriots day every year. The course runs 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to Boston. Thousands of runners participate every year and tens of thousands more watch and cheer on the runners.

Below are most of the major long-distance races (marathons and half-marathons) and a sample of some of the other major road races throughout New England by season.

To find any of the hundreds of other races throughout New England you may wish to check:

New England Spring Road Races

Spring is a great time to hit the road for a run. Gone (hopefully) are the snow banks making the roads dangerous for runners and cars to share. Gone too are the icy cold temperatures. You can actually comfortably run in shorts again, and may need to as temperatures warm up later in spring!

Following are some of the major spring races throughout New England:

When Race Location Distance
March The Half of Quincy: Historic Quincy’s Half-Marathon Quincy, MA 13.1 miles
April Boston Marathon Hopkinton, MA to Boston, MA 26 miles, 385 yards
April Cheshire Half Marathon Cheshire, CT 13.1 miles
April Gansett Marathon Narragansett, RI 26.2 miles
April Great Bay Half-Marathon Newmarket, NH 13.1 miles
April Oleksak Half-Marathon Westfield, MA 13.1 miles
April Rollin Irish Half Marathon Essex Center, VT 13.1 miles
April Stratton Faxon Greater Danbury Road Race Danbury, CT 13.1 miles
May Boston’s Run to Remember Boston, MA 13.1 Miles
May Cox Sports Marathon Providence, RI 26 miles, 385 yards
May Dandelion Run Derby, VT 13.1. miles (also a 10K)
May Memorial Day Marathon Races Lenox, MA 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, 10k, 5k
May Middlebury Maple Run Middlebury, VT 13.1 miles
May RaceVermont.com Half Marathon (Spring) Shelburne, VT 13.1 miles
May Redding Road Race Redding, CT 13.1 miles, 10K, 5K, 1 mile
May Rhode Races Half Marathon Providence, RI 13.1 miles
May Shires of Vermont Marathon Burlington, VT 26.2 miles
May Sugarloaf Marathon Eustis, ME 26.2 miles
May Vermont City Marathon Burlington, VT 26.2 miles
May Wallis Sands Half Marathon Rye, NH 13.1 miles
June Amica Ironhorse Half-Marathon Simsbury, CT 13.1 miles, 10K, 5K
June Covered Bridges Half Marathon Pomfret, Woodstock, Quechee, VT 13.1. miles
June New England Relay RI, CT, MA, VT, NH, & ME 220 miles

New England Summer Road Races

While the warm months of summer do feature a lot of races of shorter distances, the heat of the summer is not that conducive to the longer distance races. For this reason it should come as no surprise that there are many fewer half-marathons and marathons in the hot summer months.

Following are some of the major summer races:

When Race Location Distance
August Blueberry Cove 13.1 Tenants Harbor, ME 13.1 miles
August Falmouth Road Race Falmouth, MA 7 miles
August Kingdom Run Irasburg, VT 13.1 miles, 10k, 5k
August Providence Rock n Roll Half Marathon Irasburg, VT 13.1 miles
September Maple Leaf Half Marathon Manchester, VT 13.1 miles, 5k

New England Fall Road Races

With the return of cooler temperatures in the fall comes an increase in the number of long-distance races. All throughout New England you can find half-marathons and marathons.

Following are some of the major fall races throughout the six-state region:

When Race Location Distance
September New Hampshire Marathon Bristol, NH 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, 10K
September Niantic Bay Half-Marathon East Lyme CT 13.1 miles
September Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon and Half Marathon Hampton, NH 26.2 and 13.1
October Amica Marathon and Half Marathon Newport, RI 26.2 and 13.1
October B.A.A. Half Marathon Boston, MA 13.1 miles
October CHaD Hero Half-Marathon Hanover, NH 13.1 miles, 5K
October Hartford Marathon & Half-Marathon Hartford, CT 26.2 and 13.1
October TARC Fall Classic Lexington/Burlington, MA 26.2 miles, 13.1 miles, 50K, 10K
October Tufts 10K for Women Boston, MA 10K
November Chilly Half-Marathon Newton, MA 13.1 miles
November RaceVermont.com Fall Half-Marathon Charlotte, VT 13.1 miles

New England Winter Road Races

And for those intrepid souls willing to brave the cold and the elements, there are even some major races in the dead of winter:

When Race Location Distance
February Half at the Hamptons Half-Marathon Hampton, NH 13.1 miles
February Hyannis Marathon, Half Marathon & Marathon Team Relay Hyannis, MA 13.1 miles
February Martha’s Vineyard 20-Miler Vineyard Haven, MA 10 miles
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