New Bedford Fire Department
Blustery, windy and cold conditions are often in the air at the annual early springtime running of the New Bedford Half Marathon.
The race takes runners on a tour of this town that overlooks Buzzards Bay in the southern part of the state, not far from Cape Cod, and features both the natural beauty of New Bedford Harbor and Clarks Cove as well as the architectural beauty of the neighborhoods and city streets through which runners make their way through the race.
The course itself – which is a single loop that’s fast and made up entirely of paved city streets – offers a number of hills, with the two most significant hills around miles 3 and 12.
From the starting and finish line on Purchase Street, the race’s first few miles feature views of the New Bedford Harbor waterfront, and then the course turns westward back into the city, past sights such as Buttonwood Park and the city’s Whaling National Historic Park, which commemorates New Bedford’s importance as “the whaling city” during the 19th century.
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