Race Weekend

2024 Race Weekend

Schedule – Sunday, September 29, 2024

Full Marathon starts at 7:00 am sharp. The first bus will leave from Keene State College to bring you to the start at 5:15 am. The last bus to bring you to the start will be 5:45 am.

Half Marathon starts at 8:00 am sharp. The 1st bus will leave from Keene State College to bring you to the start at 6:30 am. The last bus will leave at 7:00 am.

Super Seniors Marathon begins at 8:00 a.m.

Kids Marathon begins at 8:30 a.m.

Jump to: Pre-Race Schedule or Race Day Schedule

Pre-Race Schedule

Friday & Saturday September 27-28, 2024.

Volunteer  Orientation & Check in
Tentatively scheduled. Please wait for confirmation.
Tuesday 6:00 pm
MoCO Arts – Founders Theater

Full and Half Marathon Runner check in and bib pick up
4 – 7 p.m.
Ted’s Shoe & Sport
115 Main St, Keene, NH

12 – 5 p.m.
Spaulding Gymnasium
Keene State College

Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
5:00 p.m.
Monadnock Covenant Church
90 Base Hill Rd
Keene, NH 03431

Arrival: 5:00
Welcome & Opening Remarks: 5:15
Program: 5:30
Dinner: 6:30
(Pasta, meat & vegetarian sauce options, salad, rolls, desert. Cash bar available)

2024 Keynote Speaker – Bobbi Gibb.

Bobbi Gibb, waving to crowd and holding flowers at the finish line at Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016

Bobbi Gibb is recognized as the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon and winner of the Pioneer Woman’s Division in 1966, 1967 and 1968.

The Boston Marathon has been run since 1897.  It wasn’t until 1966 when Bobbi hid in some bushes near the starting line in Hopkinton MA and jumped in to become the first woman to run and finish the race.  Clarence DeMar Marathon and Boston Marathon maintain close ties given the race’s namesake holding the record for most wins (7) which is unlikely to ever be broken.  Bobbi continues a string of speakers with material impacts on the history of the Boston Marathon and perpetuate the strong relationship with DeMar races.

Gibb has written a memoir entitled Wind in the Fire: A Personal Journey and a book titled 26.2 Essays: An Inspiring New World View. She has been included in Who’s Who of American WomenWho’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. In 1982 she was inducted into the Road Runners Club of America Long Distance Running Hall of Fame

She pursues a career in art and writes on a wide range of topics including economics, spirituality, the nature of natural systems, and the phenomenon of subjective experience.

Past Keynote speakers have included:
Garry Allen – Mount Desert Island Marathon Race Director
Dave McGillivray – Boston Marathon Race Director and motivational speaker
Amby Burfoot – Boston Marathon winner, running journalist and author
Dick Beardsley – London Marathon winner, author and motivational speaker
Bill Rodgers – 4-time Boston and NYC Marathon champion, member 1976 Olympic marathon team
Frank Shorter – Gold medal winner ’72 Olympics and Silver medal winner ’74 Olympics

Race Day Schedule


Bib & Packet Pickup and New Registration
Full Marathon Runner
Spaulding Gymnasium-Keene State College, 5:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m.

Half Marathon Runner
Spaulding Gymnasium-Keene State College, 5:45 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Bus Schedule
All buses leave from the Spaulding parking lot at Keene State College. (see Parking Map) Parking for shuttles to the starting area in Gilsum and Surry will be in any of the Keene State College Lots. Please do not park in a lot reserved for residential students, a fire lane, a lawn, or a handicapped space without a permit as you will be fined and/or possibly towed.

Make sure you are on the right bus. They will be labeled.

Full Marathon runners to Gilsum start
Busses run from 5:15 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. Busses leave when full or nearly full.

The starting gun goes off at 7 a.m. sharp.

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 Mtn. Beach
Busses run from 6:30-7 a.m. Busses leave when full or nearly full.

The starting gun goes off at 8 a.m. sharp.

If you are being dropped off by family or friends at the Surry Mtn. Beach start, you must arrive no later than 7:20 a.m.

Half Marathon runners return to Surry Mtn. Beach from Keene State College Maddison Street Parking lot
Important:  The gate to Surry Mtn Beach will be closed and locked at 2:00 pm on Sunday.

1st bus leaves at 12 p.m.
2nd and final bus leaves at 1 p.m.

Download the bus schedule

Weather/Cancellation PolicyLogo for Scott Hussey Photography
Download the policy PDF.

Event Photographer
Scott Hussey Photography

Watch for your runner at the finish broadcasted on Facebook Live.

Comprehensive news coverage provided by The Keene Sentinel




Awards for Full and Half Marathon finishers will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the Keene State College quad near finish line.

Awards are given to the top male and female finisher in each race. All finishers receive a finisher’s medal.

Awards are also given to the first and second winners in each age category. We recognize the top three male and female winners from Cheshire County, as well.

Register for the race