Essex Steam Train Half & Relay

  Start time: 7:30 AM
  Essex, CT
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  • Road Relay
  • 21.1K / 13.1M (Half Marathon) — Road Run

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Essex, CT


The Steam Train Half Marathon and 2 person relay is the only road race against a steam train in the United States of America. Runners race the train while families and friends can ride the train and cheer on the runners as you leave the station together, again at the relay exchange point, and finish line... that is unless your runner gets there first!

Half Marathon & Relay
October 28, 2017

Race Start
7:30 am

6:00 am

Half Marathon 13.1 Miles
The starting whistle is at 7:30 am! The staring line will be right next to the Essex Steam Train, and both runners and the train carrying your family and friends will be leaving with you!
The Essex Steam Train will begin its journey along the Connecticut River towards the Deep River Landing, as runners head out on a route through the charming Colonial town of Essex and along the Connecticut River during the peak of New England's fall foliage season.
Runners will see their family and friends again at the Deep River Landing right on the Connecticut River before racing that train back to the station in under 2 hours and 15 minutes. Every finisher will recieve a medal, but only those who beat the train will recieve a soon to be coveted "I Beat the Steam Train" whistle! As for the runners that do not beat the train in time; you will instead recieve the cheering support at the finish line from all the family, friends, and race spectators that rode the tracks for your race!

The Relay Race
There are not many Half Marathon Relays, and none like this one. Each relay team is comprised of two runners. The first leg starts at the starting whistle at 7:30 am sharp, as you leave from the station with the train carrying friends, family, and your relay teammate!
(Leg 1) The first leg of the race is 7.9 miles through the charming Colonial town of Essex, soaking up views of beautiful fall folliage and the Connecticut River. The first runner will then pass the baton to your teammate at the Deep River Station. Then you will ride the train back to the station where your teammate will hopefully be waiting for you.
(Leg 2) The second runner will be leaving the station at 7:30 am sharp with the half Marathon and your teammate. Only... you will be on the train. You will ride to the Deep River Station where you will wait patiently to begin your 5.2 mile run back to the finish line at Essex Station where you will recieve both of your team's finisher medals!

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