The Big Lake Half kicks off with packet pickup at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18th in Alton, NH. The race starts at 8 a.m. and the party goes until 1 p.m.! Click a section below for more details.
The Big Lake Half offers runners a scenic course along winding country roads around beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Starting on Letter S Road in Alton and finishing in front of ‘Shibley’s at the Pier’ in Alton Bay, this “lollipop” loop course provides spectacular views of forests, quaint cottages, and the White Mountains.
There are five water stops along the course, two of which will also have Gatorade and one will have energy gel! We know that sometimes nature calls at the when it’s least convenient, that’s why we’ve put portable toilets near the corner of Route 11 and Route 11D around Mile 6.
The course is USATF Certified at 13.10938 miles.
Not only do you get a wonderful day of amazingly scenic running, but you’re also treated to an after-party at ‘Shibley’s At The Pier’ overlooking Alton Bay, featuring FREE pizza, local ice cream from Jordan’s, healthy Stonyfield Yogurt, energizing Clif Bars, and Hint flavored water. As if that weren’t awesome enough, runners 21+ get tasty craft beer from Sierra Nevada! The best part? It’s all included with your registration!
Packet pick-up will be held at Alton Central School on the morning of the race from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. where you’ll receive your bib and commemorative race tee! You’ll get your medals at the Finish, as always. Shirts won’t be mailed out after the event if you don’t pick yours up, so don’t oversleep!
There will be a bag drop by the Start from 6:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. Be sure to label your bag with your race number and make sure it’s closed tightly to avoid losing anything. We’ll truck the bags to the Finish for you, but you must pick them up by noon. To keep things secure, you’ll have to show your bib to retrieve your bag.
Directions & Parking
The race starts at 8 a.m. near Alton Central School, 41 School St, Alton, NH 03809. Please arrive by 6:30 a.m. to ensure you have time to park, check-in, and stretch before the race begins.
The after-party takes place near the finish at Shibley’s At The Pier from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Parking & Shuttle
Start Area Parking
There are a variety of FREE parking options near the Start.
START Parking Locations:
– Alton Central School lots
– Street parking along Pine Street, Appleyard Lane, Church Street, Jones Field Road, and Letter S Road (left side only – heading away from the school)
– The dirt lot across from the Alton Fire Department
– The Community Church of Alton (Church Street lot)
– Old Alton Family Practice lot
Finish Area Parking
For those who want to drop off a runner at the Start and park at the Finish, there are two FREE options, but space is limited:
– Alton Christian Conference Center (main lot)
– NO PARKING this year at the dirt lot across from Shibley’s At The Pier
Because the Start and Finish are in different locations, we’ll have a shuttle operating on the following schedule:
7:30 a.m. – Spectator Shuttle departs from Alton Central School to take spectators to the Finish.
8:30 – 9:30 AM Spectator shuttle resumes at 8:30 AM for spectators to get to the Finish area. The Shuttle make a loop every 15 minutes from the school to the finish. If you miss the bus, you’ll have to walk to the Finish 1.5 miles away.
9:30 a.m. – Shuttle begins constant service from the Finish to the School parking areas by the Start.
1:00 p.m. – Shuttle service ends.