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Bear Brook Trail Marathon & Half Marathon

July 19th, 2014

Race Status: ON

Snowmobile Lot
Bear Brook State Park
Allenstown, NH

Marathon (~27 miles), Half Marathon (~13 miles)

Start Time:
06:30 am

Bib pick-up:
05:00 am to 06:00 am

$35 (Marathon), $25 (Half Marathon) [pre-registration only]


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Race Director(s):
Ryan Welts (Marathon)

Chris J. Dunn (Half Marathon)

Ryan Welts

Course Details:


Marathon: 06:30 AM

Half Marathon:  07:00 AM


Marathon:  Awards for Top 3 men & women as well as a unique finishers awards for all finishers!

Half Marathon:  Prizes for Top 3 men & women; large prize drawing for all!

NEW FOR 2014!

In an effort to reduce the waste at our events we are going to beta test a cupless approach at this event.  While we will offer ample amounts of fluids at multiple aid stations we will not provide plastic, Styrofoam, or paper cups.  You must provide a container to carry fluids.  We are offering Ultraspire cupless cups for advanced purchase (see the Merchandise section of online registration) at cost.

The following information pertains to the Marathon distance;

Course Rules:
All runners and crew must practice \'Leave No Trace\'. Any runner or crew seen littering on the course or in the park will not be allowed to return to the event. The trail can be a busy place on the weekend and runners may encounter hikers, mountain bikes or horses on the trail. Headphones will be permitted, but PLEASE make sure you are aware of what\'s going on around you! Trekking poles are permitted.

Dropping out:
Runners not able to complete the race due to physical or mental circumstances must check-in solo or aided to the nearest aid station, notify aid station volunteers, and turn in their bib number to aid station personnel. This policy is to ensure that all runners are accounted for during the race and is for the safety of all participants. Runners failing to notify race organizers or volunteers of a dropped status or who fail to turn in their bib numbers will not be permitted to return in future years or endeavors.

Pacers will not be allowed.

Access to all aid stations will be by foot or bike. Crews are to provide assistance to runners only within 200 meters of an aid station. Catching runners outside of aid stations is strongly discouraged. Supplies present at aid stations are for the use and consumption of athletes only. Driving directions for crews will be handed out at registration on race day. 


[course may be moodified due to trail conditions and closures]
Starting out from the snowmobile parking lot runners will head down the Snowmobile Trail toward One Mile Trail then bear left onto Bear Brook Trail.At the junction of Bear Brook Trail and Little Bear Trail runners will turn hard right and run Little Bear Trail toward Hayes Field. Runners will cross Hayes Field and gain the Bobcat Trail. Staying on Bobcat Trail to the junction with Broken Boulder Trail and turning left then veering right onto Pitch Pine Trail. Runners will reach AID STATION #1 (AS#1) at Campground Road at Mile 6.Leaving AS#1 competitors will cross the road and continue on Pitch Pine Trail and then bearing right at Y intersection out in a logged area. This will lead to Hemlock Trail where runners will bear right. Runners will follow Hemlock Trail to the end and turn left on Snowmobile Trail just before paved road. Follow Snowmobile Trail to pavement at campground and turn left toward beach. Cross the beach and bear right on to Beaver Pond Trail singletrack. Follow Beaver Pond Trail to its junction with the Lynx Trail-turn left at first junction after a short climb turn right to stay on Lynx Trail follow Lynx a short distance and bear left onto short singletrack section then rejoin Lynx Trail bearing left climbing to AID STATION #2 (AS#2) at Podunk Road at approximately Mile 10.9. Leaving AS#2 join Hall Mountain Trail climbing over Hall Mountain and Follow Hall Mt. trail to JCT with Ferret Trail at 4H camp right onto Ferret Trail stay straight through the row of boulder and follow edge of field to far end and turn right onto singletrack to then turn right onto Hall Mountain singletrack. Follow Hall Mountain singletrack to end at AID STATION #3 at Podunk Road at approximately Mile 15.9. Leave AS#3 and run west down Podunk Road to junction with Broken Boulder Trail. Turn right onto Broken Boulder Trail then left onto Chipmunk Trail. Follow Chipmunk Trail to junction with Spruce Pond Road and turn left climbing up to and crossing Podunk Road onto Bear Hill Trail. Right on Bear Hill Trail then sharp left at junction with Hedgehog Ledge Trail. Follow Hedgehog Ledge Trail to end and take right onto Ferret Trail. At junction turn right onto Lowland Trail. Follow Lowland Trail to AID STATION #4 (AS#4) at Hayes marsh at Mile 23.5. Leave AS #4 continuing on Lowland Trail and take left onto Carr Ridge Trail at 4 way Jct. Follow Carr Ridge Trail down to junction with Cascade Trail. Left on Cascade follow Cascade to jct with Catamount Hill trail Cross bridge and head uphill follow Catamount Hill Trail over Catamount Hill summit and descend to One Mile Trail. Turn left and head to finish at snowmobile lot.

Elevation Gain: 2342 ft
Minimum Elevation: 307 ft
Maximum Elevation: 926 ft


Start / finish snowmobile lot.  One mile Trail.  Right on Catamount Trail.  Right on Cascade Trail.  Straight on Bear Brook Trail.  Straight through Hiker lot.  Straight on Snowmobile Trail.  Left on Pitch Pine Trail.  Left on Hemlock- section #1, #2,#3.  Right on Snowmobile Trail.  Left on Pitch Pine Trail.  Right on Bobcat Trail.  Right on Podunk Road.  Left through Hayse Field.  Straight on Carr Ridge Trail.  Left on Cascade Trail.  Left on Catamount Trail.  Left on One Mile Trail. 


Bear-Paw Regional Greenways is a land trust with a mission to permanently conserve a network of lands that protects our region’s water, wildlife habitat, forests, and farmland. Bear-Paw works to conserve open space through outreach, education, and the completion of land protection projects in Allenstown, Candia, Deerfield, Epsom, Hooksett, Northwood, Nottingham, Raymond, and Strafford, New Hampshire.


We are happy to offer all active military, retired military, and military spouses a discount on registration.  See the details on the online registration page.

NOTE:  No transfers or refunds after July 12, 2014.  

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