• Where is the start/finish?– The race starts and ends at the Southampton High School, 141 Narrow Ln, Southampton, NY 11968
  • Do you have directions to Southampton High School? – Southampton High School is in the heart of Southampton Village.  Click here for directions from NYC.
  • Do you have course maps? – The half-marathon course can be viewed here. The marathon course can be viewed here.
  • When and where is packet pickup?– Packet pickup–collecting your race number, chip and shwag bag– is offered several times for your convenience in the week leading up to the race. Packet pick up will be in NYC and Southampton at the following times:
  • Monday, September 26th, 5-8PM, JackRabbit Sports, 140 West 72nd Street
  • Tuesday, September 27th, 5-8PM, JackRabbit Sports
  • Friday, September 30th 6-9PM, Southampton School, 141 Narrow Lane. Southampton
  • Saturday, October 1st 6-7AM, Southampton High School
  • Can I have a friend pick up my packet?– Yes, provided that person has a copy of your valid ID.
  • At what time does the race begin? –Both the Marathon and the Half begin at 8 am. The 5K begins at 8:15.
  • What should I do if I get injured?– All injuries are different but most importantly, rest is key. If you only missed a few days and a few miles you may be able to just continue with your workout. However, if the injury is a little more serious you may need to cut down the mileage or maybe even reconsider your commitment to the marathon. Pool workouts are a great substitute to running if the injury is not as severe and weight training and yoga also help. Make sure you consult a physician for all injuries.
  • Can I switch from the full Hamptons Marathon to the Half-Marathon?-You may switch races, space permitting, until September 10, 2016. All requests must be made by email to info@hamptonsmarathon.comand are subject to a $10 change fee.
  • Can I switch from the Half-Marathon to the Full? –As long as space permits, you may switch from the half-marathon to the full. All you have to do is email us at info@hamptonsmarathon.com. Regular race fees still apply.
  • What should I do if I am injured and will not be able to compete?-We regret that entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE under any circumstances, even if you cancel due to injury, even with a doctor’s note. New this year, we will permit official bib transfers. If you need to transfer your bib, please email diane@hamptonsmarathon.com before September 10, 2016. In the event that you are not able to participate, entry fees for the 2016 race will NOT transfer to the 2017 race or any race thereafter. Runners who are entered in the 2016 race but cancel/defer by September 10, 2016, will be eligible for guaranteed discounted entry into the 2017 race. Any deferrals AFTER September 10th, for any reason, will constitute forfeiture from the race; there will be no deferrals/rollovers issued under any circumstances after September 10.
  • How many runners are in each race?-The races split out at about 25-30% marathoners to 70-75% half-marathoners. For 2016, we expect to register 2500 runners total for both races, so approximately 600-700 will be marathoners, with the rest in the half-marathon.
  • Tell me about the post-race party, and can I purchase tickets on race day?– We are hosting a post-race party and awards ceremony in Southampton Village. Details will be available this summer
  • How long do I have to complete the Hamptons Marathon?– The Hamptons Marathon course will be open for 6 hours. After 6 hours, runners still on the course will be allowed to finish but there will be no course support available- so plan your hydration accordingly. The finish line will be open for 6 hours.
  • How long is the Half-Marathon open?– The Hamptons Marathon & Half finish at the same place, so the course and the finish line will be open for 6 hours.
  • Will I be the only one finishing after 6 hours?– No! The last several years we have had a few runners finish outside of the 6-hour margin.
  • Is there a qualifying time? –There is no qualifying time required for the marathon or half-marathon.
  • Can the Hamptons Marathon be used as a Boston qualifier?– Yes. This is a USATF Certified course. For details on BAA requirements, please click here: Boston Marathon
  • Can I walk?– Yes.
  • How is the race timed?– The Hamptons Marathon together with Finish Line Road Race Technicians will be using the gold standard ChronoTrack Systems™ B-Tag™. The B-Tag is a single-use RFID tag that participants have on their race bib to record their time. The B-tag is easy to use and is far lighter and less intrusive than other timing tags and chips, it can be used in all weather conditions, and is disposable after the race. The B-Tag records your time at the start, at the finish line and at splits during the race.
  • Can I wear an iPod?– As Race Directors, our most important job is to make sure you are safe and have a great race. If you can’t hear the directions being given by our staff, we can’t do our job. If you want to run with music, please keep the level low enough that you can hear people around you.
  • Is there parking near the race start or should I take a taxi? –There is limited, permitted parking at Southampton High School and close be at Southampton Hospital. Parking permits are available with race registration and both are fundraisers for the school and the hospital. The Hamptons Marathon, together with the Hampton Jitney, will provide free shuttle buses from the Cooper’s Beach parking lot, off Meadow Lane in Southampton, to Southampton High School and back after the race. Shuttle reservations can be made in August.
  • Are there good spectator viewing areas? Where? – Family and friends are welcome to join runners on the shuttle to the start/finish line. We will have a list of the best spectator spots available this summer.
  • How should I find accommodations? – Our travel partner, Running Away – The Active Travel Company for Runners is delighted to assist you with all your travel needs, including hotel reservations, flights, rental cars, and transportation for the upcoming Hamptons Marathon. Please email Matt or call 877-544-AWAY (2929) to speak with a travel consultant.
  • How many water stations are there on the course?– There are 22 water stations on the course. In addition, there will be Gatorade available at every other water station. We will have Gu at mile 17.
  • What should I eat before the race? –You should certainly eat before a race but in terms of what and when, every runner is different. Training is about all aspects of the race- running, of course, but also testing out your clothing, experimenting with your pre-race meal, finding the hydration and nutrition plan that works best for you during the race. Try different meals during practices, typically the longer ones and find out what works best for you.
  • I did not get a number but I would still like to participate in some way. How can I help out?-If you want to learn about volunteer opportunities, email volunteers@hamptonsmarathon.com. You are guaranteed entry to the 2017 race if you volunteer on race day.