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SEP15
Sam Elpern Half Marathon
Norwalk, CT, United States

The final race in a series each year in this coastal Connecticut city, the Sam Elpern Memorial Half Marathon usually sees a few hundred runners cross the finish line each year on a course that unfolds through shaded residential neighborhoods along the area known as the Merrit Parkway.

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Sam Elpern Half Marathon

Fox Run Elementary School, 228 Fillow St, Norwalk, CT 06850, USAView event
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The final race in a series each year in this coastal Connecticut city, the Sam Elpern Memorial Half Marathon usually sees a few hundred runners cross the finish line each year on a course that unfolds through shaded residential neighborhoods along the area known as the Merrit Parkway.

$25
Sam Elpern Half Marathon
MAY5
Redding Road Race
Redding, CT, United States
4 reviews
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Redding Road Race

101 Marchant Rd, Redding, CT 06896, USAView event
4 reviews
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  • Did the event in 2018

    This is a must do.
    The course is remarkably picturesque.
    The course is not grueling, but somewhere between undulating and difficult.
    This isn't a PR course, but enjoy it for the community support and for the fun of running.
    very well marked.
    The ONLY. ONLY draw back is the parking.
    The entrance / exit to the farm is across the race course (finish line is at the barn and the runners come down onto the farm across the entrance. I wouldn't change the course, but rather see if there is a parking solution with the fire department and using their property at the base of the hill.
  • Did the event in 2017

    I love this race! I’ve run it four times - half twice, 7 miler twice. Pros: so much great swag. Amazing after party. Scenic course with good aid stations. Challenging hills. Easy parking. Good crowd support especially towards the finish. You get to run through a barn!Cons: only one I can think of it’s not great for a PR attempt and it could be hot
  • Did the event in 2017

    If you love a scenic, hilly, course this is the race for you.
    I ran this race for 3 years. The issue became travel time. It is far from where I live. So I decided not to run the race in 2018. If you do not sign up as soon as the race opens you most likely will not be able to participate in this event. There is a limit to the number of runners and it is very popular. (Also it is a great price for the quality of the swag and food).
    There is room on the farm for parking. Make sure you know what areas are blocked off, have water, or dips (you can end up with car issues). You will be parking in the fields for the cows so watch out for the cow pies that are all over the place.
    There are many options to choose from when sign up (7-miler, Half and Mighty Cow (16.2 miles- 5K and half). Each group has its own starting times. There is a fun run for the little kids. The farm has many animals out so get there early and walk around.
    You start off the race by running a loop around the farm and then you end up on the roads. The first several miles there is more down hills than up. Once you hit mile 4 that all changes. And so does the terrain. You will run on dirt roads with rocks (not gravel). You will be going up and down hills. There are farms so you will experience the lovely smells of the animals. Along with this there was limited port-a-potties along the course.
    As for the aid stations there was water and Gatorade. At mile 11 there is a candy station and cold sponges. One year an aid station ran out of cups. I carry water so it did not impact me. The volunteers are polite and cheer you on.
    At the end of the race you turn off the road, run through the barn, make a right and have a little elevation to the finish line. In 2016 there were issues with the chips and some people (including me) did not get an official time. (I was upset that race director did not fix this or offer something to the runners impacted by this. We had to go back and look at videos and pictures to estimate my time.)
    After the race there is a lot of food to eat. Pizza, donuts, bananas, soda, water, other goodies, etc. You do get a finisher's medal, tech shirt, lunch bag, hat, and other swag. People who place in their divisions, and overall, get awards.
    I would recommend this race if you want a challenging, but fun, race. Just be prepared because the weather could be hot and humid or rainy.
Redding Road Race
SEP14
Gulf Beach Half Marathon
Milford, CT, United States
3 reviews
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Gulf Beach Half Marathon

561 Gulf St, Milford, CT 06460, USAView event
3 reviews
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  • Did the event in 2015

    The communication for the race could not have been better. The race director was constantly providing updates on their Facebook page and sending emails weeks leading up to the race. Some smaller races do not have this communication so it was great to see that everything was already very organized.The race was scheduled to start at 8:00am so I arrived by 7:00am to make sure I had enough time to pick up my bib and prepare for the race. Make sure you get there early to find parking. It was already very crowded when I arrived an hour before the race. Bib pick up was easy-peasy and only took 2 minutes.Let's discuss some of the pros/cons of the race:Pros
    Communication - As I mentioned before, great pre-race, race day and after-race communication. Couldn't have asked for anything better
    Water Stations - There were plenty of water stations along the course (I believe 6 in total). I didn't have to stop for water since I had my Nathan handheld with me, but there were plenty of volunteers to hand out water and Gatorade. They also had volunteers handing out GU along the course which I thought was great (even though I don't use GU). Most races only have GU available at one station but this race had it available at multiple locations.
    Community Support - Since this race goes through Milford, many residents came out to cheer us on. It was really heart-warming to get high-fives from children and cheers and thumbs up from adults. Sometimes that support is really needed and I needed it a whole bunch!
    Goody Bag/Race Shirt - This is the first race goody bag I have received where I will actually use everything. Also the race tech shirt is sleeveless!
    Bathrooms - Luckily I didn't have to use the bathroom but I didn't see any lines, which is always a good thing.
    Medal - You know I'm all about the "bling-bling" and this medal didn't disappoint. It's very fitting that the medal is a scull because I felt like death during and after the race.Cons
    Course - The race course was okay but there were certain areas where someone could/should have been directing traffic. I didn't feel comfortable running on a two-way traffic road with cars to my back. Most drivers were nice but some were assholes.
    Finish Line - Okay. I know the beach is great and all, but finishing a race on the sand is just evil. Granted it was only the .1 of the race that was on the sand, but it was brutal. I was so worried about twisting my ankle. I can barely run on solid ground so running on sand was not for me lol.
    Post-Race Food - This is just a personal preference since I prefer bagels and fruit at the finish. This race offered Subway sandwiches, chips and a cookie after the race. I'm not a huge fan of deli meat, but I did like that they had a somewhat healthy option available.
  • Did the event in 2014

    Right off the bat I have to say, I loved this race!! I didn’t quite know what to expect going into this but everything about this race was an absolutely amazing time. The course of the race is simply beautiful, starting and finishing right on the waterfront in Milford, and taking runners all along the Connecticut shoreline and through some really beautiful neighborhoods.Being mid-September and starting early in the morning, the temperature was definitely cool, and the winds blowing off the ocean only made things colder. But once the race got underway, it was a perfect temperature.The crowds for the race were ideal for the roads that the course took runners on. Crowding was definitely not an issue, except for one narrow passage through a small bridge overpass, but runners were very careful of one another.Not enough can be said about how great this course was. If you’re looking for a fast, flat and scenic course, this is it! The course takes runners down through the beaches of Milford right on the boardwalk, which gives a great view of the water for a good portion of the course. Being an out-and-back, runners get to experience the view twice, which make the course twice as nice.The finish line takes runners right on the beach, which was a bit unexpected especially when pushing a stroller, but still a really scenic and very original finish line. And the finisher’s medals leave nothing to be desired with their unique designs and themed rope ribbons. And the long sleeve tech shirts had a great design and were a really great quality. Parking for this race can be a bit tough, so leave yourself plenty of time to make sure you don’t miss the start of the race. This is definitely a race that is not to be missed!
  • Did the event in 2014

    I think this is the fastest half marathon course in Connecticut. I have done this half marathon three times. The course starts outside the entrance to Gulf Beach, and takes you past beautiful waterfront views. Portions of the course run on the actual boardwalk, which is actually very soft on your knees and feet. The course is an out and back with just two minor hills each way, and is otherwise flat. The roads are open to traffic, but there is little road traffic on the course until you come back to finish. The last .1 is on the beach, which can either be packed down or very loose depending upon the weather and when you finish.The race is typically pirate themed. Why? Look out at the small island you'll see from the beach. That's Charles Island. There's historical speculation that Captain William Kidd may have buried some of his treasure there when he visited Milford in 1699. The medals and shirts have changed each year so far, and are always really cool. The race is organized by a local club called the Shoreline Sharks, and their members put on excellent events. Post-race food is typically cookies and sandwiches provided by a local Subway. With a 3:30 time limit, the race is also walker-friendly (and those at back of the pack will be supported).Advice: get there early for parking. There's only one main road in and out to get to the beach (start/finish area), and traffic can back up. Also, although they have both beach bathrooms and porta potties, the lines get long.
Gulf Beach Half Marathon
SEP22
Ridgefield Pamby Motors Half Marathon
Ridgefield, CT, United States

The Pamby Ridgefield Half Marathon is beautiful race featuring classic fall New England scenery. The race is beginner-friendly, and contains some of prettiest roads in Fairfield County! The race starts on East Ridge Road, just above the The Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield, with a few gradual climbs to keep you honest. It then settles into a nice rolling course that winds through southern Ridgefield for two loops that showcase some of the flattest miles in the town. With a fast downhill into downtown Ridgefield and back to the Boys and Girls Club, you're sure to finish strong and smiling!

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Ridgefield Pamby Motors Half Marathon

41 Governor St, Ridgefield, CT 06877, USAView event
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The Pamby Ridgefield Half Marathon is beautiful race featuring classic fall New England scenery. The race is beginner-friendly, and contains some of prettiest roads in Fairfield County! The race starts on East Ridge Road, just above the The Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield, with a few gradual climbs to keep you honest. It then settles into a nice rolling course that winds through southern Ridgefield for two loops that showcase some of the flattest miles in the town. With a fast downhill into downtown Ridgefield and back to the Boys and Girls Club, you're sure to finish strong and smiling!

Ridgefield Pamby Motors Half Marathon
NOV17
BROOKHAVEN TRAIL HALF MARATHON and 5 MILE
1 reviews
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BROOKHAVEN TRAIL HALF MARATHON and 5 MILE

Brookhaven State Park, 2500 William Floyd Pkwy, Ridge, NY 11961, USAView event
1 review
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  • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

    This is a great race!!! Very well organized and clearly marked course with a lot of support on the course. I highly recommend this race.
BROOKHAVEN TRAIL HALF MARATHON and 5 MILE

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At 13.1 miles, a half marathon is long enough to test even the strongest runners, but short enough for almost anyone determined to conquer their next challenge. We have a jam-packed calendar of half marathons taking place up and down the country — from big ballot events to local community races and spectacular trail runs. Get involved and conquer your next challenge.

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A half marathon is a fantastic event for those new to running to really push themselves, or as a great warm up event for those ready to tackle a full marathon or even an ultramarathon

What is the distance covered in half marathon?
The half marathon is one of running`s most popular distance - a half marathon is 13.1 miles (or 21.1km).
What is an average time for a half marathon?
Breaking 2:00 (9:09 per mile pace) is a common goal, and that time is considered a respectable half marathon time among runners. The average times for half marathons in the U.S. in 2015 were 2:04:00 for males and 2:22:21 for females.
What is the half marathon world record?
The world record for men is 58:23 for men and 1:04:52 for women.
How long does it take to train for a half marathon?
If you are working with a training plan you can achieve a half marathon in 8 weeks.
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