BRISTOL — Registration for the 26th annual New Hampshire Marathon, half-marathon, 10K, and kids’ run is now open. First held in 1993 as a single race event run mainly around Newfound Lake, the New Hampshire Marathon has evolved into four different events: the 26.2 mile marathon, a 13.1 mile half-marathon, a 10K race, and a kids’ marathon run in sections that finishes on race day. The events will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Over 600 runners come from not only New Hampshire and across the U. S., but from around the world. Both the marathon and half-marathon have been recognized as superior events by Runners’ World and the 100 Half Marathons Club.

Participants in the 10K run and marathon will begin on Lake Street, in front of the Newfound Memorial Middle School while the half-marathon will start at Sculptured Rocks in Groton. Downtown Bristol traffic going both ways will be temporarily delayed while runners start out. North Main Street will remain open as a detour. Those participating in the half-marathon are reminded that buses will be leaving NMMS at 8 a.m. to take runners over to the starting point. Those running in the event must be checked in before this time.

To register, visit www.nhmarathon.com. Check in time on race day will be 7-8:45 a.m. in the NMMS cafeteria. Pre-registered runners may also check in on Friday, Sept. 28, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Those interested in the pasta dinner on Friday night may pre-register for $8 or at the door for $10 between 5-7:30 p.m. Maps, lodging and sponsor info, entry form, and more may also be found online at www.nhmarathon.com.

With a generous $4,000 donation from store manager Joel Lloyd, Hannaford Supermarket in Bristol is the title sponsor of the event for the second year running. Over the years, donors’ fees, race entry fees, and funds from related events have contributed over $275,000 to three local organizations: the Tapply-Thompson Community Center, the Circle Program, and Camp Mayhew. These groups provide important support to area youth through year-round programs that serve over 500 children a year.

Those who don't wish to run in the event, but wish to support it can use the registration link to sign up to be a volunteer. Jobs include helping with registration, parking cars, directing traffic, manning water stops along the route and assisting at the finish line. Many of these positions require only a few hours on the morning of race day. You can also contact race headquarters at race@nhmarathon.com or by calling 603-744-2713.

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