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Hambletonian Marathon, Half Marathon & Good Time Trotters Relay

Sunday October 2, 2016   –   8:00 am

Be Humbled by the Hills While Taking in Views that Thrill!

A Race for Diehards*

A Real Runners’ Marathon*

The “Big Sur” of the Northeast**

…and don’t forget the dancing cows!

It’s the Hambletonian Marathon!

The fourth annual event is taking place on Sunday, October 2, 2016 in colorful Orange County, Goshen, New York…just an hour-and-a-half north of New York City, in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Looking for a challenge? Then the Hambletonian is the race for you!

  • Run 26.2 miles of glorious rolling roads, farmlands, and trails through Goshen and nearby Orange County communities
  • Take in breathtaking scenic vistas and brilliant fall colors
  • Thrill to the sight of dancing cows (yes, you read that right!)
  • Receive unparalleled support from committed volunteers and local spectators along the entire route
  • Finish at the spectacular Goshen Historic Horse Track, the oldest harness racing track in the world (don’t worry…the horses have assured us the track is ours for the day!)
  • Celebrate at our Finish Line Festival, featuring a comforting meal, cold beer and other drinks, and post-race activities!

New This Year:  Half Marathon!

If the notion of running 26.2 miles of glorious hills makes you want to:

  • Run home and hide under the covers
  • Start popping pain relievers NOW
  • Take up knitting instead of running
  • Cry like a baby

….. you can still participate!

Many of our supporters have asked us for a half marathon, and we’ve heard you. This year’s event will therefore feature the first-ever Hambletonian Half Marathon (13.1 miles) for those who want to be part of this historic event, but just aren’t up to the full course.

Yes, of COURSE We Still Have the Relay!

As always, we still have our ever-popular Good Time Trotters Relay! And this year’s event includes a two-person event. Your relay options:

  • 3-person relay: Leg 1 (11.5 miles), Leg 2 (9.8 miles), Leg 3 (4.9 miles)
  • 2-person relay: one person may run any two legs
  • Extend Leg 1 of either relay option to also include the half marathon!

See what others have said about us on marathonguide! This is a race not to be missed!

*Read about us in Psychology Today!
**Comment from a 2015 marathon participant

2016 Hambletonian ® Marathon Proceeds to Benefit:

Food Bank of the Hudson ValleyOrange County Citizens Foundation

 

TRAINING RUN SUNDAY 8/28/16 – 19, 14 OR 10 MILES

Training Run this SUNDAY August 28, 2016 – distance for marathoners following our posted program is 19 miles. We will run the second loop of the marathon course (14 miles) and add 5 miles before, during or after the run (your choice).

Meet at 7:00 am at the start of the Heritage Trail in Goshen at Trailside Treats (GPS address is 28 St. James Place, Goshen, NY) to start the 14 miles.

If anyone (half marathoners?) wants to run 10 miles (the second loop from Goshen to the Chester Depot) meet at 6:40 am at the Chester Depot for a ride back to Goshen for the 7 am start (GPS address for the Chester Depot is 19 Winkler Place, Chester NY). Let us know if you are doing this so we know to wait for you.

Carry enough water for 10 miles – there will be water & Gatorade in Chester at the Depot near the concrete barrier next to the porta potty so you can drink and/or refill there.

All are welcome, whether or not you’re running the Hambletonian! Hope to see you!

Any questions please call Kathleen Rifkin at (845) 527-3825 or email info@hambletonianmarathon.com

TRAINING RUN SUNDAY 8/21/16 13, 12, OR 8 MILES

Training Run this SUNDAY August 21, 2016 – distance for marathoners following our posted program is 13 miles. We will run the half marathon course which is the FIRST loop, plus an additional 1.6 miles (we will follow the actual course after the first loop vs. adding distance on the Heritage Trail – directions will be provided but if you are planning on doing this on your own, the turn off of Main Street onto Orange Ave (at mile 11.5) is NOT marked, FYI. After that, all turns for the end of the half course are marked).

Meet at 7 am at the start of the Heritage Trail at Trailside Treats (GPS address is 28 St. James Place, Goshen, NY).

Carry enough water for 8 miles – there will be water & Gatorade at the 8 mile mark at the entrance to the Heritage Trail at Hartley Rd. so you can drink and/or refill there.

If anyone wants to do the first 8 miles of the course only (half marathoners?) meet at the Hartley Rd. entrance to the Heritage Trail at 6:40 for a ride to Goshen for the 7 am start. Please let us know if you’d like to do this so we know to wait for you. Email me for directions if you need them:  info@hambletonianmarathon.com or call Kathleen at (845) 527-3825

All are welcome, whether or not you’re running the Hambletonian! Hope to see you!

TRAINING RUN SATURDAY 8/13/16 – 18 MILES

Training Run this SATURDAY August 13, 2016 – distance for marathoners following our posted program is 18 miles. We will run the second loop of the marathon course (14 miles) and add 4 miles before, during or after the run (your choice, however I recommend doing it before due to the warm humid weather forecasted for this weekend).

Meet at 7:00 am at the start of the Heritage Trail in Goshen at Trailside Treats (GPS address is 28 St. James Place, Goshen, NY) to start the 14 miles.

There will be no ride this week for a shorter distance.

Carry enough water for 10 miles – there will be water & Gatorade in Chester at the Depot near the concrete barrier next to the porta potty so you can drink and/or refill there.

Call Kathleen Rifkin at 845-527-3825 or email info@hambletonianmarathon.com with any questions.

All are welcome, whether or not you’re running the Hambletonian! Hope to see you!

TRAINING RUN SUNDAY 8/7/16 – 10, 14 OR 17 MILES

Training Run this SUNDAY August 7, 2016 – distance for marathoners following our posted program is 17 miles. We will run the second loop of the marathon course (14 miles) and add 3 miles before, during or after the run (your choice). Meet at 7:00 am at the start of the Heritage Trail in Goshen at Trailside Treats (GPS address is 28 St. James Place, Goshen, NY).

If anyone wants to do 10 miles (half marathoners?), meet at the Chester Depot at 6:40 am for a ride to the start line for the 7:00 start. You will leave your car in Chester and run from the start in Goshen to it. Please let us know if you are doing this so we know to wait for you in Chester. GPS address for Chester Depot is 19 Winkler Place, Chester NY.

Carry enough water for 10 miles – there will be water & Gatorade in Chester at the Depot near the concrete barrier next to the porta potty so you can drink and/or refill there.

Any questions please call Kathleen Rifkin at (845) 527-3825 or email info@hambletonianmarathon.com

All are welcome, whether or not you’re running the Hambletonian! Hope to see you!

 

TRAINING RUN SATURDAY 7/30/16 – 7 AM – 13.1 MILES

 

Training Run this SATURDAY July 30, 2016 – distance for marathoners following our posted program is 13.1 miles. We will run the half marathon course which is the FIRST loop, plus an additional 1.6 miles (we will follow the actual course after the first loop vs. adding distance on the Heritage Trail – directions will be provided but if you are planning on doing this on your own, the turn off of Main Street onto Orange Ave (at mile 11.5) is NOT marked, FYI. After that, all turns for the end of the half course are marked).

Meet at 7 am at the start of the Heritage Trail at Trailside Treats (GPS address is 28 St. James Place, Goshen, NY).

Carry enough water for 8 miles – there will be water & Gatorade at the 8 mile mark at the entrance to the Heritage Trail at Hartley Rd. so you can drink and/or refill there.

There will be no ride provided for a shorter distance this week.

Please call Kathleen Rifkin at (845) 527-3825 or email info@hambletonianmarathon.com if you have any questions.

All are welcome, whether or not you’re running the Hambletonian! Hope to see you!

 

TRAINING RUN SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016 – 15, 14 OR 10 MILES

 

TIME CHANGE FOR THIS WEEK DUE TO THE FORECASTED HEAT – WE ARE STARTING THE RUN AT 6:30 AM!

Training Run this SUNDAY July 24, 2016 – distance for marathoners following our posted program is 15 miles. We will run the second loop of the marathon course (14 miles) and add 1 mile before, during or after the run (your choice). Meet at 6:30 am at the start of the Heritage Trail in Goshen at Trailside Treats (GPS address is 28 St. James Place, Goshen, NY).

If anyone wants to do 10 miles (half marathoners?), meet at the Chester Depot at 6:10 am for a ride to the start line for the 6:30 start. You will leave your car in Chester and run on the course from Goshen to it. Please let us know if you are doing this so we know to wait for you in Chester. GPS address for Chester Depot is 19 Winkler Place, Chester NY.

Carry enough water for 10 miles – there will be water & Gatorade in Chester at the Depot near the concrete barrier next to the porta potty so you can drink and/or refill there.

All are welcome, whether or not you’re running the Hambletonian! Hope to see you!

Call Kathleen Rifkin at 845-527-3825 or email info@hambletonianmarathon.com if you have any questions.

TRAINING RUN SUNDAY 7/17/16 AT 7AM – 14 MILES

Training Run this SUNDAY July 17, 2016 – distance for marathoners following our posted program is 14 miles. We will run the second loop of the marathon course. Meet at 7 am at the start of the Heritage Trail in Goshen at Trailside Treats (GPS address is 28 St. James Place, Goshen, NY).

There will be no ride this week for shorter distances so if anyone is interested in 10 miles (Goshen to the Chester Depot when following the course) transportation is on your own.

Carry enough water for 10 miles – there will be water & Gatorade in Chester at the Depot near the concrete barrier next to the porta potty so you can drink and/or refill there.

All are welcome, whether or not you’re running the Hambletonian! Hope to see you!

Any questions please call Kathleen Rifkin at 845-527-3825 or email info@hambletonianmarathon.com.

NO TRAINING RUN THIS WEEKEND

There is no training run this weekend (7/2-7/3). Marathoners following our posted program have a 12 miler – options are:

1. Run the Great American 10K in Goshen (Saturday morning at 8 am) and do it again either as a warm up or a cool down. The start is in the same area where we meet for our training runs.

2. Run the first loop of the Hambletonian Marathon course (it is marked). Don’t forget to go THROUGH the gate at the senior center to stay on course after mile 10.5-ish at the end of the unfinished portion of the trail, then continue to follow the white arrows!

3. Run 12 miles on your own.

We will be back on the course for a drop down 9 miler on Saturday July 9. Check back next Wednesday for details.

Have a fun and safe July 4th weekend!

TRAINING RUN SUNDAY 6/26/16 – 10 or 11 MILES

Training Run this SUNDAY June 26, 2016 – distance for marathoners is 11 miles. We will run on the second loop of the marathon course from Goshen to Chester (10 miles) and add 1 mile on the trail when we get to Chester. Meet at 7 am at the start of the Heritage Trail in Goshen at Trailside Treats (GPS address is 28 St. James Place, Goshen, NY).

We will have 2 cars in Chester to bring people back to their cars in Goshen (don’t worry, you don’t have to run back! 🙂 At least not this time!). Please call Kathleen Rifkin at (845) 527-3825 or email info@hambletonianmarathon.com to let me know if you’re coming so we make sure we have enough room in the cars to drive people back after the run.

If you’re worried that you will get to Chester and have to wait for the drivers to finish their runs for a ride back (I’m talking to the fast people!), you can make your own arrangements and leave your own car in Chester before the run – just be back to Goshen in time for the 7 am start. Slow(er) people – we will wait for you! Except I’m usually the one bringing up the rear these days!

Carry water for 10 miles as we will only have it at the end of the run in Chester.

All are welcome, whether or not you’re running the Hambletonian! Hope to see you!

NO TRAINING RUN THIS WEEKEND

There is no scheduled training run this weekend (6/18-6/19). Marathoners have a drop down week of a 6 mile long run. The following weekend, we are up to 11 miles! Check back Wednesday next week for the training run announcement for the weekend of 6/25-6/26. Hope everyone’s having a great week!