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How do I register?
Is the online registration secure?
Can I switch from the full to the half (or vice versa?)
How much is the race entry fee?
$90 until 11:59 p.m. on 8/27/17
$100 until 11:59 p.m. on 9/11/17
$110 from 9/11/17 until race day
$60 until 11:59 p.m. on 8/27/17
$70 until 11:59 p.m. on 9/11/17
$80 from 9/11/17 until race day
Super Seniors & Kids’ Marathons
Free with completion of mileage log
Can I get a refund if I cannot run?
Is there an age requirement to run the full or the half?
What about the t-shirts? Are the men’s and women’s cut the same? What sizes are available. Can you guarantee I’ll get my size?
Every registered runner will receive a Clarence DeMar Marathon t-shirt. (Plus an appropriately gaudy finisher’s medal when you cross the finish line!) A sizing chart is available on the Online Registration page. Men’s and women’s shirts are cut differently.
BUT…If you want to guarantee that you’ll get your shirt and your requested shirt size, register early and on-line.
We do our best to give each runner their size, but to get the really cool t-shirts we all love, we have to order pretty far in advance. If you register early, then we can make a more accurate order. e can NOT guarantee you a shirt if you wait until race weekend to register.
When (and where) do I pick up my bib and runner packet?
Runners can check in and pick up their bibs and runner packets according to the following schedule.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Ted’s Shoe & Sport
115 Main Street, Keene NH
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Keene State College
RACE DAY: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Keene State College
Full Marathoners: If picking up your bib and packet on Race Day, do so at Keene State College and then board the shuttle bus to the start in Gilsum.
If you are having family or friends drop you off in Gilsum, pick up your bib and packet at Keene State College first.
Half Marathoners: If picking up your bib and packet on Race Day, do so at Keene State College and then board the shuttle bus to the start in Gilsum.
What is the Early Start option?
If you expect to take more than six hours to complete the Full Marathon, you may begin the race at 7 a.m. You must be pre-registered to start at 7 a.m.. There will be no race day registrations for Early Starters. All Early Starters will be issued a specific bib number series. If your bib number is not in that designated series, you are not permitted to start at 7 a.m.
If you think you may finish in 6 hours or less, you are required to register for the regular 8 a.m. start. You risk being disqualified and not receiving an official finishing time if you finish in less than 5 hours and 30 minutes.
DeMar race officials reserve the right to deny requests for early registration, or otherwise switch an Early Start registration to the regular 8:00am start. If you have registered for the Early Start and we move you to the regular start, we will let you know in advance of the race.
Does the Half have an EARLY START option?
What’s the course like?
Is it USATF-certified?
Will running this race qualify me for the Boston marathon?
The date of the Clarence DeMar Marathon is usually after the next Boston Marathon registration has closed. However, a Clarence DeMar BQ will also qualify you for the following year’s Boston Marathon. A 2017 DeMar BQ gives you the opportunity to register for the 2019 Boston Marathon. In 2016, 20% of all DeMar finishers achieved a BQ!
What are the award categories?
1st and 2nd place in each age category:
We also recognize the top 3 male and female Cheshire County finishers.
What are the course records?
Women – Cathy O’Brien – 1995 – 2:33:56
See the the complete list of champions.
Are there pace groups?
Where do I park?
How do I get back to my car at the end?
There are no buses returning to the Gilsum start line.
Where’s the starting point (and how do I get there)?
The Half Marathon begins at the Surry Recreational Dam in Surry, NH. (See the course map.) You may park there, be dropped off there by family and friends, or you may take the shuttle buses from the Keene State College Spaulding parking lot.
Can I have someone drop me off at the start?
What is the Race Day shuttle bus schedule?
Make sure you are on the right bus. They will be labeled.
Full Marathon Early start runners to Gilsum start
6 a.m. Only 1 bus for early start runners.
Full Marathon runners to Gilsum start
Busses run from 6:15-6:45 a.m. Busses leave when full or nearly full.
All Full Marathon runners will be dropped off at the Gilsum Elementary School where there is plenty of parking and they will have access to the gym/cafeteria before the race starts.There are no busses returning to Gilsum after the race.
Half Marathon runners to Surry Recreational Dam
Busses run from 6:30-7 a.m. Busses leave when full or nearly full.
Half Marathon runners return to Surry Dam from Keene State College Spaulding lot
1st bus leaves at 12 p.m.
2nd and final bus leaves at 1 pm
TK-Download the bus schedule.
What’s the weather like in September?
Can I run with my dog, a stroller, headphones?
Strollers—No. Spectators are welcome to have strollers.
Headphones—Discouraged. The USA Track & Field sanctioning body strongly recommends that, for their safety, runners not use headphones or earbuds. It is not prohibited at the Clarence DeMar Marathon and DeMar Half Marathon, but discouraged for the safety of our runners.
Services & Logistics
How do I get to Keene?
Which airport should I fly into?
There are three airports near Keene.
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
1 Airport Road
Manchester, NH 03103
56 miles from Keene
Roughly a 1-hour, 15-minute drive
A small, accessible airport
Logan International Airport
1 Harborside Avenue
Boston, MA 02128
92 miles from Keene
At minimum a 2-hour drive
A large, busy airport; likely has most direct flight from your location
Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, CT 0609.
90 miles from Keene
Roughly a 90-minute drive
A small accessible airport with direct flight options.
What kinds of amenities do you offer on site?
Amenities include a pre-race pasta dinner, water stations approximately every 1.5 miles and portapotties every 6 miles, strategically placed cheering stations along the route, showers and massages at the finish line, a race t-shirt and finisher’s medal, and a crew of volunteers who care for you every step of the way.
Is there a medical team on site?
Where should I stay?
Anything good to eat around here?
What about the Spaghetti Dinner?
Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Courtyard Marriott Hotel
75 Railroad St Keene NH
Arrival — 5:30-6:00
Program — 6-6:30
Dinner — 6:30
(pasta, meat & vegetarian sauce options, no alcohol)
Keynote speaker: Dave McGillivray. DMSE Sports. Race Director Boston Marathon.
You must pre-register for the Spaghetti dinner. Space is limited. We are expecting to sell out the pasta dinner.