The Cheap Marathon |

Go the distance. Earn the jacket!

Complete at least 3 events totaling 26.2 miles to earn the Elliot Millennium Running Series Jacket. For complete list of events, rules and details, Learn More

Run more, run faster, score points!

The Points Chase is a motivational and competitive component to participating in our Signature events. For standings, rules and details, Learn More

The out & back course on the Derry & Windham Rail Trail will be 1 loop for the half marathon and 2 loops for the marathon.  This flat and fast course will be the perfect opportunity to run a PR!

USATF Certification/BQ:
Half Marathon – NH21002BK
Marathon – NH21003BK

Marathon Course time limit: 7 hours

Total Elevation Gain: 263ft (Half-Marathon) and 526ft (Marathon)

Event Details

DATE:  Saturday, April 6, 2024

TIME TRIAL START:   This event utilizes a Time Trial Start format.  The Derry and Windham Rail Trail is the perfect venue for a time trial start implementation in order to provide optimal race conditions for athletes looking for a BQ or PR!

  • Marathon Time Trail Start will begin at 7:30am with athletes starting 2 at a time every 7 seconds.
  • Half Marathon Time Trial Start will begin at 8:45am with athletes starting 2 at a time every 15 seconds.

Participants in each race are seeded fastest to slowest, based on pace data collected during registration. Each runner’s bib number has a Group # and Start Number (ie. Bib #101 is Group 1, Cone 01 – Bib #1250 is Group 12, Cone 50). Athletes are expected to line up with their respective  group or corral and stand by their matching cone. They will be ushered to the starting line, 2 by 2 in order to start at their assigned start time!


Available from 10:30am to 6:00pm on Friday, April 5th at the Millennium Running Retail Store (138 Bedford Center Rd., Bedford, NH)

Available starting at 6:45am at the registration tents located adjacent to the finish line in downtown Derry, NH.  (1 E. Broadway, Derry, NH). All participants will be provided a suggested bib pickup time corresponding with their personal start time.

Derry Rail Trail (1 East Broadway, Derry, NH)

Marathon runners should park in downtown Derry in municipal parking lots and street parking. Arrive early!  [Parking Map]

Half Marathon runners may use downtown lots, if available,   However, guaranteed remote parking with shuttle buses service to/from the Start/Finish is available from the Park n Ride (2 Garden Ln., Londonderry, NH) at Exit 4 off I-93. Buses will start at 7:45am and run continuously on the 9 minute trip. Last bus departs at 9:15am. Buses will load at Central St for the ride back following your finish.

Simply check your bag in the gear drop-off tent near the registration/post race area and pick it up after you finish. A gear check label will be attached to your bib to fill out and then attach to your bag.

Aid stations on route will be located approximately every 2 miles, and all will have Gatorade and Water available. Port-O-Johns will also be located at each aid station. Please note: all athlete nutrition beyond Gatorade and Water will need to be self-provided and all trash (including nutrition packets, cups, etc.) should be disposed of within 100 yards of each aid station.
Their locations are at the following mile markers:

Location Mile # (Half & Full)
Norton St. .25
Depot Rd. 3
Roulston Rd. 6.2
Depot Rd. 9.7
Norton St. 12.4
Norton St. 13.3
Depot Rd. 16.1
Roulston Rd. 19.3
Depot Rd. 22.8
Norton St. 25.5

Dasani water and Powerade provided by Coca Cola Northern New England, fresh bananas, Yogurt provided by Stonyfield Organic.

 Follow your favorite athletes live! You can track competing athletes by using the Millennium Running App. You will be able to see their progress as they navigate the course and cross over various timing spots.

Due to the nature of the out & back course on a rail trail, there are no spectators permitted along the course, except for 2 dedicated locations:  1) 13 mile mark (lap 1) and the finish line chuted and 2) the dedicated cheer area at the Windham Depot where marathoners will pass by at mile 3, 10, 16, and 20.   Travel to/from the Depot is not permitted via Windham Road due to road closures / delays at Rail Trail crossing.

RESULTS sponsored by xfinity
Live online results thanks to our friends at xfinity will be published exclusively on

RACE PHOTOS driven by AutoFair
Millennium Running is happy to provide FREE digital race photos from this event thanks to our friends at AutoFair. Photos will be posted online 2-3 business days following the event.

Finishers of the event will receive a link to their finisher video. The link will be emailed online 1-2 business days following the event.

Each finisher will receive a ribbon… That is right a ribbon!  After all, it’s the CHEAP Marathon / Half Marathon!

Digital awards will be emailed to the top 3 men and women in each race and  to the top 3 male and female in each 5-yr age group. (19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34 … 80+).

If traveling in from out of state, the Manchester – Boston Regional Airport is only 20 minutes from the Start/Finish Line in Derry, NH.    While there are no hotels within walking distance of the venue,. there are great hotels in downtown, Manchester, NH with great restaurants within a few minutes walk.   The course is a 20 minute drive from downtown Manchester. .

Should you wish to transfer to the virtual option, begin HERE by editing your entry. After triggering your edit entry link via email, please select “Change Category” button at the top of your entry. From there, you will complete and check out with a new registration and your existing entry will be removed. Be sure to complete and finish the check out of your new registration to finalize your transfer.

If you’d like to transfer your race distance between the full or half marathon, please email with your resquest.

If you’d like to transfer your registration to a new participant, begin HERE by editing your entry. After triggering your edit entry link via email, please select “Transfer Registration” button at the top of your entry. You may then enter the email address of the person who will be transferring into the event in your place. They’ll receive a link to register with your previous entry fee carrying over. Please note, there is a $10 transfer fee to complete this process.
Please read our Refund & Transfer Policy for full information. All swaps or transfers must be completed at least 1 week prior to event day.

Read a full list of General FAQ’s here.



Virtual Details

Race with us from where ever you are on whatever day & time that works for you before 11:59pm on April 8th.

It’s easy! On race week, we will be sending you a unique link via email to your RunReg entry that will allow you to submit your race results. Results must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, April 8th.

Official Results will be published exclusively on on Tuesday, April 9th. You have until 11:59pm on Monday, April 8th to submit your time using the unique link provided in your confirmation email.

Everyone wins their own virtual race!  As such, there will be no recognition of race times.

What about the Elliot Millennium Series and Delta Dental Points Chase?
Virtual registrants will earn miles towards the Elliot Millennium Series Jacket! However, no points will be assigned for the Delta Dental Points Chase.

Your registration includes…

• Cheapest entry fee ever!
• Finisher Ribbon
• Free Race Photos
• Finish Line Video

Official Charity Partner

Millennium Running takes great pride in not only producing the best events possible for our running community, but more importantly, we are proud to give back to our local community. To date we have distributed almost $1,000,000 to local organizations and charities through our Signature Events. The Cheap Marathon and Half-Marathon is proud to support the Derry Rail Trail Alliance, the Windham Rail Trail Alliance, and Special Olympics New Hampshire as our official charity partners for 2024.


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