In 2013 the Duxbury Half Marathon was founded by Pam Smith to support the Duxbury Senior Center’s Alzheimer’s programs. Pam originally set out to run a marathon distance (26.2 miles) around town in an effort to raise funds for the program. After further consideration, she realized the potential to raise thousands of dollars if her run became a town effort and that is how the Duxbury Half Marathon was born.
There were a little over 100 runners the first year ranging from elites to everyday weekend warriors. Now in its third year, the race has grown to a field size of over 250 preregistered runners and that’s no surprise. This years race has attracted runners from as far away as Colorado! It is a beautiful course along the water featuring a handful of hilly sections that make the course both fun and challenging. The race is great final long run for those participating in the Boston Marathon which is only nineteen short days away.
The race begins at the Senior Center, which is located at the top of Mayflower Street next to the town forest. Runners make their way to hilly and scenic Bay Road. This is a challenging part of the course because the hills are consecutive for two straight miles, but the views of the bay and Standish Monument are wonderful. Next, you loop around Standish Shore and head down Washington Street before the final four miles back to the Senior Center and the finish line.
Runners are guaranteed loud cheering, good times, and scenic views as well as orange slices, water stations and even jelly beans along the way.
Both first place male and female finishers win $100. Even if you aren't planning on running get out and cheer the runners to the finish line. A great section of the course for cheering is Hall's Corner because runners will be passing through twice during the race.
The registration fee for the 13.1 miles is $65 and 100% of the proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s programs here in Duxbury. Registration is available online at Active.com. You can also register onsite at the Senior Center in Duxbury on April 3rd from 4-7pm and race morning from 6:30-7:15am.