New this year, early packet pickup will be held on Saturday, April 29th, at the Great Bay Athletic Club from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM as well as on race morning from 6:00 AM – 7:45 AM. at the Lowe's of Portsmouth (1440 Greenland Rd, Greenland, NH 03840). We'll have designated free parking in the lot (read below for more). At packet pickup, you'll receive your bib and commemorative race t-shirt. Medals will be given out at the finish. Important Note: Shirts will not be mailed out after the event if you don't pick yours up, so don't oversleep!
Jump into spring on this beautiful rural course that runs on the outskirts of Portsmouth and through the historic towns of Greenland and Newington!
The Margarita Half features a gently rolling, scenic, and relatively easy course. The course starts at the Lowe's parking lot and makes a loop around a Portsmouth Avenue neighborhood. Then, it heads onto Newington Road with views of the Great Bay Estuary and pastoral farm fields. As you cross the town border into Newington, you experience the serenity of the Great Bay National Wildlife preserve before coming into the village area where you run by centuries-old stone walls and cemeteries. At the turn around you will be treated to views of the Newington Historic district complete with the Old Town Hall. Be sure to high five your friends as retrace your steps back to the finish line at Mercedes Benz of Portsmouth.
The 5K starts at the same place and time as the half marathon (8:00am). Both races share 3.1 miles together when the 5K ends at the finish line party at Mercedes Benz of Portsmouth.
The party is just getting started when you cross the finish line. Join us after your race on the lawn at Mercedes Benz of Portsmouth (309 Portsmouth Ave, Greenland, NH 03840) for an after party filled with margaritas, beer from Smuttynose Brewing Company, mouth-watering tacos, and other snacks and treats to help you celebrate and recover. The best part? Everything is included with your registration!
Results & Photos
The half marathon will award prizes for the top 3 men and women finishers overall, and to the top male and female in the following categories: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. The 5K will award prizes to the top 3 men and women finishers overall, and to the top male and female in the following categories: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. All awards will be mailed out to participants after the event within 2-3 business days. There will not be an awards tent or ceremony at the event.
Directions & Parking
Free parking is available near the Target store next to the Lowe’s located in the same shopping plaza. Packet pickup, the race start line, and parking are all located there at the Greenland Meadows Shopping Mall on Route 33 (1450 Greenland Road, Greenland, NH 03840). The finish is located less than a mile from the parking lot. Free shuttles will be operating from the finish to take runners back to the mall parking lot.
IMPORTANT PARKING NOTE: there is no parking at the finish area at Mercedes Benz of Portsmouth or on adjacent roads. Please park in the designated lot and utilize the free shuttle service.
We ask all spectators to please refrain from driving on the courses! The course follows narrow roads and additional cars will cause traffic and safety issues.
That said, we do highly encourage friends and family to cheer on your and other runners. We highly recommend parking in the free mall lot and cheering on runners on Route 33 at the 2-mile mark and nearby at the finish.
Parking: There is NO PARKING available at the Finish. Also, please do not park in the Dunkin' Donuts lot across from the finish area. All spectator cars should be parked at the Lowe's/Target parking lot. All spectators should take the free shuttle to the finish area and back to parking.
Shuttle Times: Shuttles will begin taking spectators from the parking lot of the start area to the finish starting at 7:30 AM. There will be a brief pause at the start of the race, shuttle service will resume continuously at approximately 8:30 AM and run until 12:15 PM.