The Steam Train Half Marathon and 2 person relay is the only road race against a turn of the century 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!
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.
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Pre-Race Packet/Train Ticket Pick Up
The starting whistle is at 7:30 am! The starting line will be right next to the Essex Steam Train station, and both runners and the train carrying your family and friends will be leaving with you!
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!
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