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Pumpkinhead Half Marathon And Festival

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Racing Toward First-Ever Pumpkinhead Half Marathon/5K at Eliot Festival Days

Pumpkinhead, the beer that plans on making Eliot famous through the establishment of the Pumpkinhead Half Marathon as part of their 39th Annual Festival Days festivities. Shipyard Brewing Company also announces an unprecedented early release of Pumpkinhead to coincide as a celebration of the brand-new half marathon.

Pumpkinhead will expand its place as a major part of the Maine outdoor running season through the Half Marathon/5K & Festival on September 28. Shipyard Brewing Company has already become well known for its participation in the Beach to Beacon, The Old Port Half Marathon, and Trail to Ale.

Just miles north of Kittery, Eliot sits along the Piscataqua River. The historic town is an ideal host for the road race not only due to seven miles of riverside frontage but also because first-rate sporting events can economically stimulate an area that’s already welcoming to further local development.

“The added benefit of launching the Pumpkinhead Half Marathon is that Eliot sits at the center of New England and runners or supporters can get here from Boston or Portland in less than an hour,” mentioned Forsley. “Thanks to close border access, after the inaugural runners can have a brew or burger in Eliot, then have a nightcap in New Hampshire.”

“What Shipyard discovered many years ago is that Eliot is a beautiful spot in northern New England to host a larger event since not nearly enough people have gotten a chance to discover it yet,” said Shipyard Owner Fred Forsley. “We hope and are planning for thousands of new visitors to the area that might otherwise stay on I-95.” As with the 5K, the starting point for the half marathon will originate from the Eliot Fire Department and meander northeast through rolling hills — then eventually back toward town center along a picturesque span of the Piscataqua riverfront. Shipyard’s own post-race Festival Days entertainment will be hosted at their local Brew Pub and Restaurant at 28 Levesque Drive in Eliot until 6pm.

Proceeds from the Eliot Festival Days’ 27th Annual 5K race will go to End 68 Hours of Hunger, a not for profit that assists food insecure families in local communities. The backpack program helps ensure that eligible school-aged kids get assistance during the time from Friday lunch to Monday morning breakfast. For more information click here.

Discounted entry for the Pumpkinhead Half Marathon ends on August 15.

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