The Dartmouth Natal Day Road Race has become a fixture of my racing season. This race is made up of a 2 mile loop and offers racers the choice of either doing a 2 mile or completing 3 loops and completing the 6 mile. The course scenery is amazing you will see everything that Dartmouth has to offer. You will run along one side of Sullivan Pond, through residential areas where its residence offer great encouragement to the runners and than you will finish up in Dartmouth's vibrant downtown. As this is where the start and finish are this area is always packed with spectators who's noise will help you climb the steady grade to the finish.
The elevation of this course is what I would describe as rolling, there are no great elevation changes and what changes there are are gradual in nature. The climb to the finish can be a little daunting when you are on your third trip up it but knowing that the finish is in sight and with the noise from the crowd you'll find the energy to make it.
If you are looking for awesome swag than this is not the race for you, this race is about much more than the swag. You receive a technical t shirt with your registration and there has been years when medals have been given out although this isn't always the case. I'm not sure how they decide whether to give out medals or not.
Last but not least I need to mention that this is one of North Americas oldest road race, 2016 will be its 110th anniversary and for a $20 registration you won't hear anyone there complaining.