Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is the start/finish?

The race starts and ends at the Southampton Intermediate School, 70 Leland Lane, 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 a map of the course?

View the official 2017 Hamptons Marathon and Half Marathon course map by clicking the button below. An updated 2018 course map of the new and improved beachfront course will be posted soon!

When and where is packet pick-up?

Packet pickup–collecting your race number and swag bag– is offered several times for your convenience in the week leading up to the race. Packet pick-up times and locations will be posted closer to race day!

Can I have a friend pick up my packet?

Yes, someone can retrieve your packet for you with a copy of your ID. No, packets are not available outside of these times.

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 change my race distance?

Yes, you may change your race distance. There is no charge to change to a shorter distance, but you will be charged the difference in price if increasing your race distance. Race distances must be completed online prior to September 21, 2018. After that time, you may change your distance in person at the expo. Click Here to change your race distance.

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. Bibs may not be transferred from runner to runner.  You can defer your registration to next year’s race for $15 by completing the race deferral form here before Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

How many runners are in each race?

The races split out at about 25-30% marathoners to 70-75% half-marathoners. For 2017, we expect to register 2500 runners total for both races, so approximately 600-700 will be marathoners, with the rest in the half-marathon.

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. Finish line amenities are not guaranteed to be available after the cutoff time

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.

Can I walk?

Yes.

Will there baggage check at the race?

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 Wickapogue parking field to Southampton High School and back after the race. Here is a map of the parking options.

Is there an app for tracking?

Yes! More information on how to download the Live Tracking App will be available soon!

Are there good spectator viewing areas? Where?

Family and friends are welcome to join runners on the shuttle to the start/finish line. Here is a map of the best spectator spots.

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 will be plenty of hydration stations about 1.5- 2 miles along the course. There will be Sports Drink and water available at every hydration station. We will have Gu at one stop along the course. Stay tuned for the exact location of each hydration station!

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 diane@runthehamptons.com. You are guaranteed entry to the 2019 race if you volunteer on race day.