Along with a photograph and rank on their list, the magazine’s editors describe the Amagansett-based race as “one of the most scenic marathons in the world,” noting it “comes complete with a small-town feel, great organization and personal emails from the organizers leading up to race day.” Continuing, they say the marathon is often described as “tranquil and quiet,” making it a welcome contrast from top spots on the list, and add, “This is a must-run race for those looking to get away and enjoy a relaxing course.” After completing the 26.2-mile run, The Active Times says past finishers recommend enjoying a walk on the beach as a post-race wind down.
Other marathons on the list include the Wipro San Francisco Marathon at number 25, the ASICS City of Los Angeles Marathon at 20, the Disney World Marathon in Orlando, Florida at 15, the Wineglass Marathon in Corning, NY at 10, Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul, Minnesota at 5 and the New York City Marathon at number one. Rating was done by factoring course quality, fan enthusiasm, organization, size and the opinions of The Active Times readers.
The eighth Hamptons Marathon & Half was held on September 27, 2014 in East Hampton, and has sold out each year since its inception. The race donates net proceeds to local charities, and to date has donated more than $500,000 to the local East End community. The Hamptons Marathon and Bridgehampton Half-Marathon’s producers, Diane Weinberger and Amanda Moszkowski, have a firm commitment to their runners, as well as to their community, that has helped produce a manageably sized race of elite quality, and has also made the Hamptons Marathon & Half a “Race to Run” in Runner’s World Magazine.
For more information about the Hamptons Marathon, visit hamptonsmarathon.com.