The Second Annual Portsmouth Half kicks off with packet pickup at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 5th at Lowes on Portsmouth Ave – Rt. 33. The race starts at 8 a.m. and the party goes through the morning! Click a section below for more details.
Packet pick-up will be held at Lowes of Portsmouth on the morning of the race from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race tee. As always, half marathoners receive a medal at the finish line. Shirts won’t be mailed out after the event if you don’t pick yours up, so don’t oversleep! Note, to get back to your car after the race there will be a Shuttle bus leaving every 5 minutes.
Jump into Spring on this beautiful rural course that runs on the outskirts of Portsmouth and through the historic towns of Greenland and Newington!
The Portsmouth Half features a gently rolling, scenic, and relatively easy course. The race course is revised slightly this year. The new course starts at the Lowes parking lot and makes a loop around a Portsmouth avenue neighborhood. Then it heads out onto Newington Road with views of the Great Bay Estuary and pastoral farm fields. As you cross the town border into Newington, you experience the serenity of the Great Bay National Wildlife preserve before coming into the village area where you run by centuries-old stone walls and cemeteries. At the turn around you will be treated to views of the Newington Historic district complete with the Old Town Hall. Next you will high five your friends on the out and back section and retrace your steps back to the finish.
This course is measured up to USATF specifications.
Join us after the race on the lawn at Mercedes-Benz of Portsmouth for an after party featuring craft beer from local brewery Smuttynose, pizza samples from American Flatbread, Hot Chili and delicious Stonyfield Yogurt, and refreshing Hint Water! The best part? Everything is included with your registration!
Directions & Parking
Park near the Target store which is next to Lowe’s in the same shopping plaza. (Look for Event Parking signs.) Registration, parking and the race start is at Lowe’s in Greenland on Rt. 33. (1440 Greenland Road, Greenland, NH 03840). IMPORTANT PARKING NOTE: there’s no parking at the finish area dealership or on adjacent roads, but there will be plenty of FREE parking at Lowe’s After you finish there is a FREE shuttle from the finish to Lowe’s.
Spectators: You are very welcome to come and park at Lowe’s for FREE and use our handy shuttle from the start to the finish area. The shuttle will go before and after the start.