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WELCOME TO THE NEW CASTLE 10K

WHEN

  • Saturday, April 18th 2020

  • Race start time at 9:30am

    • Wheelchair start at 9:25am​

    • Yoga start at 8:45am - 9:15am (mat not included)

  • Race end time at 11:30am​

    • Archway and vendors will stay until 11:30am​

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DISTANCE

10K = 6.2 miles

RACE DIRECTOR CONTACT

nick@newcastlenh10k.com

START/FINISH LOCATION

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?

CLICK HERE

REGISTRATION FEES

  • $30 - 11/1/2019 - 12/31/2019

  • $35 - 1/1/2020 - 3/31/2020

  • $40 - 4/1/2019 - 4/14/2019​​

  • NO ONLINE REGISTRATION ON 4/15-18

  • $40 - in person registration on Friday, 4/17 at bib pickup at Runners Alley in downtown Portsmouth, and on Saturday, 4/18 race day at the event (if the race is sold out before 4/14, we'll have a very small amount of bibs available - so get there early)

  • This race is limited to 750 runners - please don't wait to register. 

WANT TO STAY IN THE KNOW BUT DON'T WANT TO REGISTER?

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL LIST

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION

  • 1 FREE BEER at Throwback Brewery (see "BEER" section below for more details)

  • Custom Dan Blakeslee poster print (see below for more details) 

  • 1 Stainless Steel Pint Glass with logo/date printed on it - FIRST 600 REGISTRANTS ONLY

  • Free 30-minute yoga in the park near the start, prior to race start led by TBD

  • Snacks will be provided post-race

DAN BLAKESLEE CUSTOM PRINT

  • In the effort to change things up a bit, Dan Blakeslee has been commissioned to create a custom black and white print for the New Castle 10K and I'm giving you an 11" x 17" poster print of this masterpiece for free - JUST FOR SIGNING UP! The hope is to commission Dan each year to make a different print for the race - to collect year after year.

  • Please note the details below:

    • The print will not be available to view until closer to race day but I'll post it on FB and IG when it is available. You can't rush creativity, so we're expecting a sneak peek sometime in March, 2020.
    • If you do not pick up your bib and poster print, we are unable to ship it to you. 

    • Prints are ONLY AVAILABLE to registered runners - not available for sale within the store or at the event.

    • There will be options in the checkout process to have your print custom framed by Live Free Photography.

  • This is only available to runners who register PRIOR TO registration closing, which is 11:59pm on 4/14 - and is not available to runners who register day of the race

  • If you don't know who Dan is, he's an EXTREMELY talented artist who's claim to fame includes the Heady Topper beer logo, and the Newport Folk Festival 2019 print. Check out some of his work by clicking here...

GOODIES

  • The goodies below are available for purchase within the checkout process - they are NOT included with your race registration

  • Gray & blue fitted crew style sweatshirt = $20

    • Click here for the unisex sizing chart...​​
    • I LOVE this sweatshirt! The hoodie option will make a comeback in future years, but in the meantime... welcome crew!

    • Last day to purchase this apparel item is 2/29/2020 (there will be a limited amount for sale at registration; random sizing )​

  • 2018 and 2019 goodies for sale during registration

  • Want to purchase goodies but don't want to register for the race? Click here. You will still need to pick up your items at bib pickup or at the event; no shipping available.

BIB (AND ALL OTHER ITEMS) PICKUP

  • Friday, April 17th at Runner's Alley in downtown Portsmouth - from 3pm - 6pm. This year we will be located inside the building, in the room at the top of the stairs. You can enter through Runner's Alley or the center building doors.

  • Saturday, April 18th near the race start line, from 7:30am - 9:15am

  • PLEASE NOTE you can have someone else pick up your bib but they must also be running in the race and picking up their bib and items. The reason for this is so that we can track who is picking up your items, due to the items we're giving away. Sorry for any inconvenience. This is not negotiable so please do not ask if we can make an exception. Parking at the event is very close to the start line, so you will have time to drop your items in your car before you start.

CHARITIES

In an effort to support as many different organizations throughout the Seacoast, the benefactors for the 2020 New Castle 10K will be the following:

BEER

  • Beer is not allowed within Great Island Common, so we have teamed up with Throwback Brewery to provide a beer for each runner at their brewery. All you need to do is present your race bib at the brewery and they'll provide you with a beer. Only 1 beer per person, per bib, per visit. Valid Saturday, April 18, 2020 (race day) through Sunday, May 17, 2020. Gratuity is not included - please tip your bartenders/servers.

PRIZES

  • 1st place male/female

  • 2nd place male/female

    • $75 gift certificate to Runner's Alley​

    • $75 gift certificate to Philbricks Sports

  • 3rd place male/female

    • $50 gift certificate to Runner's Alley​

    • $50 gift certificate to Philbricks Sports

  • Age group winners male/female

    • $10 gift certificate to Runner's Alley​

    • $10 gift certificate to Philbricks Sports

           *age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

           *No awards ceremony, please visit Nick at the timing trailer to pick up your winnings.

RACE ROUTE

  • Turn left out of Great Island Common, turn right onto Sagamore Ave (towards bridge and hill), turn right at light onto South St. (cemetery), turn right onto New Castle Ave, turn right to continue on New Castle Ave, turn left into Great Island Common. This route is all right hand turns and we ask that you stay on the right side of the road throughout the entire race - you can't get lost! Click here for a map of the route...

WATER STOPS

AFTER THE RACE & NUTRITION/FUEL

  • Vendors have been asked to stay at the event until 11:30am (please visit them prior to start to insure you have time)

  • Water will be available as a self-serve option after the finish line, until 11:30am (in compostable cups - if you don't throw your cup away at the event, please try to dispose of it into a compostable bin)

  • Snacks will be available after the finish line, as a self-serve option until 11:30am

  • Don't forget to fuel your body. If you need tips, click here...

ABOUT THE RACE

  • The locals will tell you that the "New Castle Loop" is almost a right of passage to being a local and running on the Seacoast. Highlights of this race include running over 4 bridges, and the stunning views, including the Portsmouth Shipyard, the shuttered naval prison, the Piscataqua River, lobster boats, sailboats, the lighthouse, and the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Marina. With all of the friendly faces, this race is sure to be one of your favorites.

    This race is LIMITED TO 750 RUNNERS, so reserve your spot now!

Friendly race

LITTLE TO NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

  • We're working our hardest to keep this event as environmentally friendly as possible. With that said, some of our steps towards a zero impacting event include:

    • This is a NO PLASTIC BOTTLE event! Instead of providing plastic bottles for everyone as they cross the finish line, we will be providing finishers with a compostable cup to fill with water and then dispose of into a compostable trash bag.​

    • Water stops will be providing water to runners in compostable cups, and then disposing of into a compostable trash bag.

    • This is a carry-in, carry-out event! We only have 1 trash barrel at the event with the goal to NOT fill it; we barely filled it in 2018 and 2019.

PARKING

  • There is parking at the event, however, while we didn't have any problems fitting everyone in previous years, it's important to know there are a limited amount of spaces. Don't stress about it - we'll make it work, but we need to work together. Please review the tips below to help avoid any problems.

  • Tips to ensure there will be parking for everyone:

    • Please follow the guidance of the amazing volunteers when entering the Great Island Common

    • Carpool​ if you can (most runners carpooled in previous years - THANK YOU)

    • Ride your bike if you're local

    • Spend the night on the lawn

    • Swim in from the Isle of Shoals

    • NO parking on the road outside of the Great Island Common or in the library parking lot (please, we don't want to possibly impact the residents or guests; but just in case - there will be signs)

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Facebook Page - "like" our page to stay in the know

  • Facebook Event - let us know you're attending the event

  • Instagram - hashtag your photos at #newcastlenh10k

  • YouTube - click here to watch the video from above on youtube.com

DELICIOUS FACTS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS

  • Male course record (age 26): 33:52

  • Female course record: (age 31): 40:29

  • Youngest participant to race: 8

  • Oldest participant to race: 68

  • Amount donated to date, to local charities: $11,250

    • Previous Recipients:​

      • Cocheco Valley Humane Society (2018)​

      • NH SPCA Koda Fund (2019)

      • New Castle Safe Path Trust (2019)

  • Click here for the 2019 race results

  • Click here for 2018 race results