23rd Annual Run to the Rock

5K - 10K - 1/2 Marathon

                      Run to the Rock 1/2 Marathon

The 1/2 Marathon begins at DCR Myles Standish State Forest, the largest publicly owned recreation area in Southeastern Massachusetts.  The area offers visitors a wide range of activities including camping, hiking, biking trails, swimming and canoeing.  It is also home to our local Boy Scout camp, Camp Squanto. 

The 1/2 Marathon is USATF Certified - Certification #12012JK

                                Course Information

8 Water Stops

1 Gel Stop

2 Gatorade Stops

Porta Potties 

3 hour time limit  

See the FAQ section of the website for details 

                                   The Course

The first 6 miles of the race take place within the State Forest.  You begin at College Pond and head into the forest via Lower College Pond Road.  The first 2 miles are closed to traffic, giving race participants time to spread out and find their pace.  You'll pass camping areas and ponds as you make your way through this area.  After looping through the quiet roads of the forest, you will have a brief run along Long Pond Road and then spend the next 6 miles along the back roads of Plymouth passing by open fields, farms and country stores.  The final mile + takes you down the main road through town, through Stephens Field to run along the water, past the marina to finish in front of Plymouth Rock.

Course Map

HILLS:  Please be sure to look at the course map and elevation profiles for this course.  It is not flat and you may want to consider some hill training for it or train on the actual course.  It's a fun, challenging course but you should be prepared to run hills. 

GPS Coordinates for College Pond

Lat: 41.87185449291162 Lng: -70.66191913964235

                               Parking and Shuttles

Parking for the 1/2 Marathon is available at the finish line - Plymouth Rock (60 Water Street on your GPS will get you there). Shuttles will begin departing from the waterfront at 6:30 am.  If you have not pre-registered or picked up your number, please take one of the earlier shuttles.  The last shuttle will depart from Plymouth Rock at 8:00 am. 

Parking at College Pond:  If you choose to drive yourself to the start and park at College Pond you must be able to finish the course in under 2 1/2 hours and be on a shuttle bus by 11:30 am.  The College Pond lot has limited parking and the gates will be closed at noon.  Once the gates are closed you will not be able to get your car out of the lot.  If you plan on staying in Plymouth Harbor after the race it is recommended that you park in the harbor, not at College Pond.

Please refer to the "Parking Info" tab on our website for detailed parking information in downtown Plymouth or visit their website at http://www.parkplymouth.com.  Please do not park in any location that is not public parking for the race (ie: restaurants, etc).

                                  Registration Fees

Online registration - $55.00

Mail-in registration and On-Site Registration - $65.00

IMPORTANT: If you have registered for the 1/2 Marathon and wish to change distances to the 5K or 10K, you need to notify us of the change and be issued a new bib. Bibs are race specific so all results will be incorrect if do not run with one that corresponds to the race you participate in.

As a reminder, all registration fees are non-refundable.

Bag Check

Bag check will be available at the starting line.  A race vehicle will drive all checked bags to the finish line for you to pickup there.  Please do not place any valuables in your gear check bag.

                                         Directions

From the South:

  • Route 3 North to Exit 3
  • Left off exit onto Clark Road
  • Right onto Long Pond Road
  • Long Pond Road for approximately 2 miles to entrance to Myles Standish State Forest/Alden Road
  • Alden Road for 1.75 miles and stay to the right of the V onto Lower College Pond Road

Follow Lower College Pond Road to the right for approximately ½ mile and the parking lot is on your left

From the North:
  • Route 3 South to Exit 5
  • Right off exit onto Long Pond Road
  • Follow Long Pond Road 3.7 miles to entrance of Myles Standish State Forest/Alden Road
  • Alden Road for 1.75 miles and stay to the right of the V onto Lower College Pond Road
Follow Lower College Pond to the right for approximately ½ mile and the parking lot is on your left

From the West:

  • Route 495 to Exit 2
  • East on Route 58/County Road
  • Follow Route 58 for 2 ½ miles to intersection with Tremont Street
  • Stay to right onto Tremont Street for .8 miles
  • Take a right onto Cranberry Road/Entrance to Myles Standish State Forest
  • Follow Cranberry Road 2.73 miles to Ranger Station
  • Take a left onto Lower College Pond Road

Lower College Pond Road 3.2 miles to  College Pond Parking lot on right