2019 Race Weekend

2019 Race Weekend

Schedule – Sunday September 29th

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.

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Pre-Race Schedule

Friday & Saturday, September 27-28, 2019

Volunteer  Orientation & Check in
Tentative Tuesday, September 24, 2019
6 pm
MoCo Arts – Founders Theater

Full and Half Marathon Runner check in and bib pick up
Friday, September 27, 2019
4 – 7 p.m.
Ted’s Shoe & Sport
115 Main St, Keene, NH

Saturday, September 28, 2019
12 – 5 p.m.
Spaulding Gymnasium
Keene State College

Pre-Race Pasta Dinner
Saturday, September 28, 2019
5:15 p.m.
Courtyard Marriott Hotel
75 Railroad St Keene NH

Arrival: 5:15
Program: 5:45
Dinner: 6:30
(pasta, meat & vegetarian sauce options, no alcohol)

2019 Keynote speaker: Dick Beardsley

Dick is a compelling motivational/inspirational speaker at Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations,
conferences, conventions, corporate events, fundraisers, galas, sporting events, prisons, schools and drug treatment centers. Dick is referred to as a running legend in the United States and is best known for his incredible race in the 1982 Boston Marathon. That race, on a very hot day, was dubbed the “Duel in the Sun” as he battled world record holder Alberto Salazar down to the finish line. Both broke the American record.
Dick will share his life with you and you will leave knowing that anything is possible, despite any roadblocks or doubts. With perseverance and courage, you will know you can take the next step when you don’t think that you can or have it in you. You will leave with the ability to believe in yourself and embrace life’s challenges, not matter how daunting. You will leave inspired and he will bring you to laughter, tears, the pinnacle, the bottom, and back up again. You will be walked through his exciting highs and his dark valley of despair and through the anguish to that great light of hope and redemption.

Register and pay for your pasta dinner when you register for the race. Pricing is $25 for runners and additional adults. $10 for children 10 and under. If you are a Team DeMar runner, attendance at the pasta dinner is on us! See the Team DeMar page for more details.

Race Day Schedule

Sunday, September 29, 2019

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

Download the bus schedule (schedule coming soon!).

Brick House PizzaPost Race Celebration
Join us at Brick House Pizza & Wings for our post race celebration.
101 Key Rd, Keene NH

Weather/Cancellation Policy
Download the policy PDF.

Radio Coverage
We are proud to partner with the Monadnock Broadcasting Group and 3 of their local stations in promoting DeMar weekend as well as providing live broadcasts from the start of the race and at the finish area on race day.

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.

Dream Big book coverDream Big
DeMar is proud to support and promote 2017 keynote speaker, Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon Race Director’s newly published children’s book “Dream Big”, available on-line at Amazon or Barnes & Noble. We are grateful for Dave’s generous support in celebrating our 40th annual event back in 2017 as our keynote speaker.

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