Take a New England foliage tour through the quaint town of Amherst, into quiet residential roads and along the Norwottuck Rail Trail. Race start is on Massachusetts Ave at the heart of UMass campus. A quick right turn brings runners through the town center and past eclectic and unique shops and businesses. After a quick two miles on Route 116, runners turn left onto Shay Street and head toward South Amherst Common before turning left onto the Norwottuck Rail Trail. A right turn off the rail trail will bring runners onto S. East Street before a steady climb to Cushman Common. A downhill approach throughout UMass brings runner to the finish at Haigis Mall.

Event Records:
Male: 1:15:08 – set by Marc Rabasco in 2019
Female: 1:21:04 – set by Colleen Chase in 2019

Course Suitability for Disabled Athletes:
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Pace leaders are a free service available to help athletes achieve their goal times. More…


This event is timed by Bay State Race Services and uses the B-Tag timing system (timing chip is attached to the back of the race bib). Please wear the race bib on the front of the shirt.


  • Top 5 Overall Male and Female
  • Male Age Group – 12-14, and 5-year age groups from 15-80+
  • Female Age Group – 12-14, and 5-year age groups from 15-80+
  • Clydesdale (men 200+lbs.)
  • Athena (women 150+lbs.)
  • Disabled Athletes More…


  • Commemorative Awards & Prize Money to the Top 5 Overall Male & Female: $250, $150, $100, $75, $50
  • Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in each Division
  • Prize money awarded on gun time, all others awarded on chip time
  • No “double dipping”
  • To collect an award after race day, click here


Course limit is 3 hours for the Amherst Half.  To finish within these time limits you must maintain a pace of approximately 13:44 minutes per mileMore…


  • This race is timed using the B Tag Chip system. The official timer is Bay State Race Services
  • Fluid Locations (Water & Nuun Sport Lemon Lime flavor)
    • Pre/Post Race
    • Mile 2.9
    • Mile 4.5
    • Mile 6.0
    • Mile 7.4
    • Mile 9.1
    • Mile 10.1
    • Mile 12
  • GU Energy Gel: Start Line
  • Portalets: Pre/Post Race & along the course
  • Entertainment: Pre/Post Race & along the course
  • Medical personnel
  • Event alert system notifications in the pre-race area and at water stations along the course. More...


No dogs (service dogs must be identified as such at all times). No unregistered runners or walkers. Headphones discouraged. No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, or motorized vehicles.

Baby Jogger/Strollers are NOT permitted in the half marathon race but will be allowed in the 5K race, please see details on the stroller policy HERE.