FAQs

When is it? The New England Green River Marathon will take place on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Start time for all runners is 7 a.m.

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Registration
Getting there
Parking
The race
Amenities and awards
Food
Where to stay
A priority on our environment
Why are you putting on this race?

Registration

NEW: The race is FULL for 2018! See the registration page for waitlist information.

How do I register?
You can register online through RunReg until July 15, unless we reach our field limit of 350 runners before then. (see Registration page)

How much is the race entry fee?
The cost is $95 before April 1 (early bird rate), and $105 from April 1 until registration closes on July 15.

Is the race full?
YES!

What if the race is full and I’m a member of the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club?
Please get on the waitlist. See the RunReg registration page.

Can I get a refund if I cannot run?
No we don’t offer refunds. However, you may request a deferral to 2019.

Can I transfer my registration to another person?
No. There is a waitlist that we use once registration has closed to be as fair as possible.

Is there an age requirement?
You must be at least 16 on race day.

When (and where) do I pick up my bib and runner packet?
Bibs will be mailed out in the weeks before the race. T-shirts will be available in the finish area after the race.

Will there be day-of registration?
No. You must pre-register online or by mail no later than July 15.

Do you offer a military discount?
Yes, for active duty and reserve personnel. Use the coupon code MILNEGRM18 in the online registration form. Please be prepared to verify your status.

Is there a cap on the number of runners?
Yes. The limit for the first year of the race is 350.

Getting there

How do I get to Greenfield/ Marlboro?

Greenfield Community College, where the race finishes, and where parking is provided, is located near the intersection of Interstate 91 and Route 2. Take exit 26 off I-91 and follow the traffic rotary to Route 2 west. Once on Route 2, take a right at the first traffic light onto Colrain Road. We are located on College Drive, six-tenths of a mile ahead on the left. GPS: One College Drive, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 01301

Marlboro College, where the race will start, has room for drop-offs only. No parking. There will be buses to take runners to the start from Greenfield Community College (see below). To get to Marlboro College, take Exit 2 off Interstate 91 in Brattleboro, Vermont. Turn right onto Route 9 West through West Brattleboro. Continue on Route 9 for approximately 10 miles, past the Marlboro Elementary School on left. Turn left onto South Road for approximately three miles, through the village of Marlboro to the college. GPS (use with caution; may lead you down rural roads!): 2582 South Road, Marlboro, VT 05344

Which airport should I fly into?

Logan International Airport
1 Harborside Avenue
Boston, MA 02128
Logan is a 2-hour drive from Greenfield. This is a large, busy airport and likely has the most direct flights from your location.

Bradley International Airport
Schoephoester Road
Windsor Locks, CT 0609
Bradley is roughly a 75-minute drive from Greenfield. This is a smaller accessible airport with many direct flight options.

How do I get to the start?
The start is at Marlboro College, but the parking is at the finish at Greenfield Community College. We are running a bus service from the parking area to the start. Buses will leave starting at 5 a.m. The last bus will leave at 5:30 a.m. (see Schedule page).

Can I have someone drop me off at the start?
Yes, but there is no parking at Marlboro College.

Parking

Where do I park?
There is ample space to park at Greenfield Community College (finish). Runners must take the bus or be dropped off at Marlboro College (start). There is NO parking at the start.

How do I get back to my car at the end?
You can park at Greenfield Community College (finish) and get your car right where the race ends.

The Race

What time does the race start?
The marathon starts at 7 a.m.

Is there a time limit?
Yes, the course will close at 1:30 p.m., six and a half hours after the start.

What’s the course like?
The course follows most of the length of the Green River from Marlboro, VT to Greenfield, MA. We chose this course because of its beautiful, quiet New England scenery- you get to run through a historic covered bridge! See the full course description on the Course page.

What is the net elevation loss?
This is a net downhill (-1,450 feet) marathon (26.2 miles), and as such is a good candidate for a marathon PR and/or a BQ. Keep in mind that this isn’t an easy course; no marathon is, and this one does have a few uphills! But if you train right, it could be a fast one for you. Remember, train for the race, so be sure to include hills and dirt surfaces in your training.

Is the course USATF-certified?
Yes. The course is certified by USATF (course certification MA18003JK) and as such is a Boston Qualifier.

Is there a half-marathon option?
No. Due to logistics this race will be strictly a full, point-to-point 26.2 mile marathon.

How many water stops will there be?
There will be aid stations with water and/or electrolytes approximately every 2-3 miles.

Is this race in time to register for the 2019 Boston marathon?
Yes! 2018 New England Green River Marathon BQ gives you the opportunity to register for the 2019 Boston Marathon.

Will the course be closed to traffic?
No – our race is too small and the roads too rural to close them! Signs, traffic cones, and race marshals will help alert traffic, but runners will be expected to watch for vehicles and obey the rules of the road.

What’s the weather usually like there at that time of year?
The weather can be extremely variable. Some years are very hot and humid while some years the morning temperatures might be in the low 40s. A majority of the course is shaded, though less so in the last 3 miles. The river corridor is frequently a few degrees cooler than surrounding areas (the last few miles are more open and may be warmer).

Can I run with headphones?
Headphones are discouraged. Our insurer and club partner, the Roadrunners Club of America, strongly discourages runners from using headphones or earbuds. Why? Because it is the cause of injuries due to reduced awareness of surroundings, including other runners, bicycles, and motor vehicles. Remember, this is an open, rural course with traffic, and you must obey traffic laws, yielding right-of-way when appropriate. Besides, how will you enjoy the sounds of the gurgling Green River, the beautiful birdsong that fills the valley, or the soft sound of rustling leaves if you have earphones on?

Are there showers available after the race?
No, unfortunately not.

Do you have a severe weather or cancellation policy?
Yes. Extreme conditions (extreme heat and humidity, high winds, heavy rain, thunderstorms) not only risk the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators and community members, but they also place a burden on the community’s health care system and emergency services. Therefore, extreme conditions may cause delay or cancellation. We will communicate as best we can, through this site and on our Facebook page.

Is there a medical team on site?
There will be EMTs at the finish line, available to respond to any point on the course. Note that cell signal is non-existent for parts of the course, but we will have radios and course patrollers (in addition to the water stops every 3 miles).

Amenities and Awards

What kinds of amenities do you offer on site?
At Marlboro College (start): there will be portapotties, a rain shelter, a bag drop, and race officials to help with any registration questions or other issues.

At Greenfield Community College (finish): parking, porta-potties, rain shelter, refreshments, bag pick-up, and awards!

Will there be a bag drop/pickup?
Yes, bags can be dropped at Marlboro College at the start, and will be delivered to the pickup site at Greenfield Community College

Do you give awards?
This is a fundraiser, so we are not giving cash prizes to top finishers, but there will be trophies for the top male and female finishers and  in the following age groups (both male and female)

16-18
19-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70-74
75-79
80-84
85+

Will there be finisher’s medals?
Yes. In keeping with the spirit of conserving the watershed, medals will be environmentally friendly.

Are there portable toilets along the course?
Yes, there will be at the start, finish, and approximately every five miles.

Food

Is there food along the way and at the finish?
There will be bananas and gels on the course at selected aid stations. We will provide good local food at the finish, with vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore options!

Will there be a pre-race dinner?
No. The Pioneer Valley region does have many excellent dining options – see below!

Where are good places to eat locally?
In Greenfield, we recommend The People’s Pint, Hope and Olive, and Magpie. If you want to put together a picnic for the tent or hotel room, stop in at the Green Fields Cooperative Market or Foster’s Supermarket.
In Brattleboro, we recommend Superfresh Organic Café, Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery, and Amy’s Bakery Arts Café. To shop for your own food, try the Brattleboro Food Co-op.

Where to stay

Where can I stay in the area?
Note: this is just a sample (but very varied) selection of the available
accommodation in the area. Some of the places are not just convenient, but also
characterful (historic New England homes and inns). You may also want to check
Airbnb listings.

Northampton (30 minutes south of Greenfield)
The Hotel Northampton
Quality Inn and Suites

Hadley (35 minutes southeast of Greenfield)
Holiday Inn Express
Comfort Inn

South Deerfield (20 minutes south of Greenfield)
Red Roof Plus

Old Deerfield (15 minutes south of Greenfield)
Deerfield Inn

Greenfield (where the bus to Marlboro leaves and the race finishes)
The Brandt House
Greenfield Lionhouse
Poetry Ridge B&B
Old Tavern Farm (Perfect for spectating near mile 25!)
House on the Hill B&B

Brattleboro (25 minutes north of Greenfield, 20 minutes east of Marlboro)
Latchis Hotel
Econo Lodge
Dalem’s Chalet Alpine Lodge
The One Cat
Holiday Inn

Marlboro (where the race starts)
Whetstone Inn
Swanhill B&B
Colonel Williams Inn

Wilmington (25 minutes west of Marlboro)
Vintage Motel
The White House inn

A priority on the environment

We are a “leave no trace” race! With enjoyment of this area comes the responsibility to reduce our impact on both the natural and human environment. We will use compostable water cups and plates for food, clean up all signs and other course marking equipment, and take care not to mar or mark any trees, stones, structures, or other parts of the environment. We will work with area residents, towns, colleges, and visitors to keep them informed of our activities and ensure that our use is neighborly, safe,  and respectful.

Why are you putting on this race?

Well, because we love running and we love the Green River! This is a small, rural, community race and isn’t a big money maker; to us it’s more about getting together to celebrate our love of the outdoors and running. To those two ends, any proceeds go to the Connecticut River Conservancy and the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club (SMAC).

Since 1952, Connecticut River Conservancy has worked to protect your rivers from source to sea so everyone can enjoy them. Our rivers belong to all of us. CRC is their voice. They find environmental problems and fix them, across all four Connecticut River states. They run community river cleanups. They remove deadbeat dams and plant trees. They protect and restore wildlife. They speak up on behalf of your rivers. To learn more or join the effort, visit www.ctriver.org. Connecticut River Conservancy’s work includes the many tributary rivers and streams that flow into the Connecticut River, including the Green River. The Green River Cleanup is the largest local cleanup group participating in CRC’s nationally recognized 4-state Source to Sea Cleanup event each fall. Hundreds of volunteers get their hands dirty and feet wet keeping the Green River free of trash. To learn more about the Source to Sea Cleanup, visit www.ctriver.org/cleanup.

Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health, fitness, and friendly competition through running in Western Massachusetts. Originally founded as a women’s running club in 1972, it quickly moved to wecome all runners. Today the club has over 350 members and reaches over 2,800 runners each year through its races, track and hill workouts, track meets, and robust youth track program. We are a member club of both USA Track & Field (USATF) and the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). To learn more – and to join, visit us at https://sugarloafmac.org/

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the Green River near mile 15 (photo by Jennifer Garrett)
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