With new race on schedule, NH's running scene isn’t half bad
John Mortimer, founder of the Elliot Millennium Running Series, announced on Tuesday that his group will sponsor the inaugural New England Half Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 28. The 13.1-mile race will start at the entrance of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon and end in front of the State House on North Main Street in Concord.
The new race brings the number of half marathons in New Hampshire in 2014 to 24. Many of Mortimer’s races are staged with families in mind, but he cautions that the half marathon is not for everyone.
“Scouting out the topography, working within the municipalities, we wanted to get it right,” said Mortimer. “Sure enough the course from the speedway to the capitol was exactly 13.1 miles and the scenic course includes an elevation drop of 175 feet from start to finish.”
“Our half marathon will be exactly one week after the Sylvania 300 (Sept. 21). I’ve met the governor at many events and she’s an advocate of physical fitness,” said Mortimer. “Jerry Gappens, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the town of Loudon are supporting this and it’s all for a great cause.”
If 2,500 runners register, the New England Half Marathon will become the largest inaugural half marathon in state history, Mortimer said.
“We were originally going to call it the ‘Downhill’ half-marathon,” said Mortimer. “But we wanted to reach out to a larger scope of runners and, shockingly, no one had used ‘New England’ to sponsor their race. So we have it and we’re definitely off to a great start.”