Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay

Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay

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Great tips to prep for the Steam Train Half!!!
Want to break up the 13.1 miles between you and a friend? Check out the 2-person relay!! The first runner will run the 8 miles to the Deep River Landing, while their partner rides there in style on the steam train! But don't worry about being left out. The steam train will take the first runner to the finish line to cheer on their partner as the second runner finishes the last 5 miles and cross the finish line!

Need some extra motivation to get your team together? Now through Tuesday, you can save $15 each using the code TEAMSTEAM at registration. This code will only work for the two-person relay and ONLY until Tuesday, so throw some extra coal in the engine and register TODAY at https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain
Any word on dates for 2022?
The Fall In Love With Fitness Challenge, starts Monday, Nov. 15, and runs through Nov. 27 to get you through the Thanksgiving celebration. You will log each completed task into Run Signup and earn a custom badge for each challenge you finish as well as score some great swag! These activities are fun and challenging and designed to keep you motivated! Join the private Facebook Group and share updates and pics as you complete challenges. Plus, you get an awesome swag box!

This challenge is FREE with a suggested donation of $35. Funds raised support Community Health Resources (CHR), a leading behavioral health nonprofit in Connecticut that helps thousands of children, families, and adults find Real Hope for the challenges for Real Life. To learn more visit www.chrhealth.org.

REGISTER HERE & VIEW CHALLENGES! https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/FallIntoFitnessChallenge21

JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP HERE! https://www.facebook.com/groups/409812610647257

To make a donation, please visit https://www.chrhealth.org/donate/.
What a gorgeous week to run! You can find the race results here: https://runsignup.com/Race/Results/105088#resultSetId-234647;perpage:100.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Steam Train Virtual Half Marathon & Relay. Your support helps CHR, Bikes For Kids and the Essex Library! Also, many thanks to our generous sponsors!!!

We hope to see you next year, in-person, to race the train! For future event updates, please make sure to follow the official Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay page. Thanks!!
It's beautiful out! Join our Locomotion Fitness Challenge and take a wellness break. We are on day 4 of the challenge but there is still time to register and complete all 13.1 challenges for a chance to win a $150 gift certificate to Fleet Feet West Hartford. You also get awesome swag! Along with all that - taking a break outside is great for your mental health! Join us - https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/LocomotionFitnessChallenge

This event is free with a suggested donation of $35. Thank you for the support!

This event is part of the Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay virtual event series that benefits CHR, Bikes For Kids, and the Essex Library. Visit the page for more information.
Your time, your turf! Registration closes soon - don't miss out!

We've got an exciting virtual event for 2021 that includes a Virtual Half Marathon, Half Marathon Team Relay, and an Individual Half Marathon Relay. You've got 5 days to run 13.1 miles all in one go, collectively as part of a team, or spread it out and run a minimum of 2.62 miles per day. Submit your time and if it beats the train's time of 2 hours and 15 minutes you get a special commemorative train whistle!

Our pop-up store is NOW OPEN! You will be able to order your t-shirt and other swag or pick up your items. You will receive instructions after completing your registration. Thanks for the support!

Dates:
Virtual Half Marathon and Relay
April 8th – April 12th 2021

Virtual Half Marathon:
Take on 13.1 miles any time between April 8th and April 12th and upload your results.

Virtual Team Half Marathon Relay:
Grab a friend or several and take on 13.1 miles as a group.

Virtual Individual Half Marathon Relay:
Spread out the 13.1 miles over the 5 days of the challenge.

Sign up NOW! https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/VirtualSteamTrainHalfMarathonandRelay

This event benefits Community Health Resources, Bikes For Kids and the Essex Library!

Many many thanks to our generous sponsors and to all of the runners who have already registered! Your support helps keep this event going so we can race the train in person next year (fingers-crossed)!!!!

Visit the official Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay for additional updates.
For everyone who has signed up for the Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay - thank you! Just a reminder that you can pick up your swag box in-person at Fleet Feet West Hartford on Monday, April 5 from 5-7 p.m. and receive 10% off gear! If you have registered but have not yet ordered your swag box, make sure to do so!

Let's keep this awesome event going so we can race the train in person (fingers crossed) next year. Register for the half or fitness challenge or for more information visit www.chrhealth.org/special-events/.
Ready to run for some cash? Register for the Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay for your chance to win! A cash prize of $50 will go to top finishers in each age division, 39 and under and 40 and older, for men and women. To be eligible, runners must upload their final time from a GPS app or device such as Strava or Garmin watch to Run Sign Up. We will post instructions to upload soon. Stay posted! To register, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/VirtualSteamTrainHalfMarathonandRelay

Anyone registered for the Locomotion Fitness Challenge who completes all 13 challenges by the 20th will be entered into a raffle to win a $150 gift certificate to !!!
To register, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/LocomotionFitnessChallenge

This event benefits Community Health Resources (CHR), Bikes For Kids and the Essex Library.

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Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay
Here's a sneak peek at the Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay's finishers medal! To register for this event, go to https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/VirtualSteamTrainHalfMarathonandRelay.

For FAQs about this event, go to https://www.chrhealth.org/2021/03/16/faqs-about-chrs-virtual-steam-train-half-marathon-fitness-challenge-with-race-director-erin-keller/.

This event benefits CHR, Bikes For Kids and the Essex Library!
We have been getting some great questions about the upcoming Steam Train Virtual Half Marathon & Relay (and Fitness Challenge!). Check out the link below for answers and information. We hope you join us this April! Please share! The Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay benefits CHR, Bikes For Kids and the Essex Library!

https://www.chrhealth.org/2021/03/16/faqs-about-chrs-virtual-steam-train-half-marathon-fitness-challenge-with-race-director-erin-keller/
“Luck of the Irish” sale is happening now until the 19th! Register for the Steam Train Virtual Half Marathon & Relay for only $40. Click the link and use promo code STEAMTRAIN at checkout -> https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/VirtualSteamTrainHalfMarathonandRelay

To participate in the Locomotion Fitness Challenge or to sponsor this event click here - > https://www.chrhealth.org/special-events/

Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay benefits CHR, Bikes For Kids and Essex Library! Run, support and please share!

The Steam Train Half Marathon and 2 person relay is the only road race against a steam train in the

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04/29/2022

Congratulations Larissa Giordano!! You won “Adventures in Essex,” which includes gift certificates to Surfridge Brewing Co. East and Essex Chocolates, as well as to the Essex Indoor Golf Center, worth 2 hours in their simulator bay rental, and to the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat with the value of a railbike excursion for 4 people.

Thank you, again, to all of our runners and we hope to see you again in 2023!

04/25/2022

Attention Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay Runners! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in CHR’s 2022 Steam Train Half Marathon this past Saturday. We are so thrilled you all joined us in beating the train to raise money for Community Health Resources, as well as two local non-profits, the Deep River Fire Department and Connecticut River Museum. For our final drawing of the month, we will be giving away “Adventures in Essex,” which includes gift certificates to Surfridge Brewing Co. East and Essex Chocolates, as well as to the Essex Indoor Golf Center, worth 2 hours in their simulator bay rental, and to the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat with the value of a railbike excursion for 4 people.

• Surfridge Brewing Co. East is a new 10-barrel copper and brass brewery and full service kitchen in Centerbrook, CT. Surfridge was also the host of our 2022 Steam Train Half Marathon after-party!
• Essex Chocolates is a family-owned one-stop coffee, chocolate, and ice cream store located in Essex, Connecticut.
• Essex Indoor Golf Center, fully equipped with six state-of-the-art aboutGolf® simulators, is designed for golfers at all stages of their game. For family fun, they also offer a number of games such as mini-golf, skee ball, and corn hole.
• Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s railbike excursion is an 8-mile round trip adventure over moderate terrain from Essex Station south to Old Saybrook and returning to the Essex Steam Train, passing along the Preserve while enjoying the stunning New England weather.

We hope everyone has a great week! We will announce the winner on Friday.

04/23/2022

Congratulations Thomas Pennie!! You won A Day in Deep River, CT, which includes gift certificates to Anchor & Compass, Compass Rose, The Spot, and The Nest Coffee House / A Little Compassion!

To the rest of our runners – we will be announcing our grand prize giveaway on Monday!

Thank you so much to all the runners, spectators, families, friends, and volunteers that attended the Steam Train Half Marathon today! We hope you all had an amazing time and we are so grateful for your support.

04/21/2022

FINAL Packet Pick-ups are TONIGHT and FRIDAY from 4 to 6 p.m. at Deep River Roasters! As you know, there is no day-of registration for this event. Please note - registration is STILL OPEN... don't miss your chance to race the train! Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain.

Ride the train! To purchase tickets visit https://essex-steam-train-riverboat.myshopify.com/products/beat-the-steamie-saturday-april-23-2022-7-45-am.

Below are important updates for anyone who has registered.
For Saturday morning:
Everything about the half marathon is tied to the running of the historic steam train which will leave the station sharply at 8 a.m. We need everyone’s cooperation to ensure that runners and spectators who will be riding the train, are ready on time. Please follow the instructions below:

•For anyone who already has their bib, arrival time is 7 a.m. You can pick up your t-shirt and event mug at a designated table near the starting line.
•For anyone who made special accommodations to pick up your bib the day of, pick-up time is between 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m.
•If you are riding the train, you must bring your confirmation code to the Essex Steam Train ticket booth at 7:30 a.m. The final boarding call is 7:45 p.m. There will be a volunteer stationed there to answer questions regarding the event and route.

This event benefits the Connecticut River Museum, Deep River Fire Department, and Community Health Resources!

04/19/2022

Registration for the Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay is OPEN until Friday, April 22nd, closing at midnight! Don't miss your chance to run this exciting event and celebrate post-race at Surfridge Brewing Co. East starting at 11 a.m. for wood fired pizza, a raw oyster bar, beer, and live music featuring local band, Old Dog New Trick (ODNT)! All runners, spectators, and members of the public are welcome! The First 150 runners will receive Essex Chocolates samplers! Register here at https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain and receive a super soft event shirt, finishers medal, event mug, and if you beat the train... a whistle! Note, that there is no day of registration.

Cheer runners on and ride the train! To purchase your eTicket, visit https://essex-steam-train-riverboat.myshopify.com/products/beat-the-steamie-saturday-april-23-2022-7-45-am. Spectators riding the train will need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start to board the train. The train will take off promptly at 8 a.m.

Packet pick-up options this week at Fleet Feet West Hartford on April 20 and Deep River Roasters on April 21 & 22. Information can be found here - https://www.chrhealth.org/steam-train-half-marathon/.
If you need additional accommodations for packet pick-up or event questions, please reach out to [email protected].
This event benefits Connecticut River Museum, Deep River Fire Department, and Community Health Resources!

04/18/2022

Attention runners!! This week, we are giving away A Day in Deep River, CT, which includes gift certificates to Anchor & Compass, Compass Rose, The Spot, and The Nest Coffee House / A Little Compassion Inc.!

• Anchor & Compass, a locally owned business in Deep River, is one of the only stores in CT just for guys, and proudly offers the brands that Connecticut men are comfortable and familiar with.
• Compass Rose, Anchor & Compass’ sister store, is where you’ll find a fun and casual atmosphere with a variety of brands fit for everyday life in the lower Connecticut River Valley.
• The Spot, a family owned cafe in Deep River, serves high quality bubble tea and other delicious treats using natural ingredients. Come check out their warm and inviting atmosphere where they offer free wi-fi with charging ports, fun arcade games, and more.
• The Nest Coffee House / A Little Compassion Inc., a local coffee shop in Deep River, is a program of A Little Compassion Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of young adults with disabilities. The Nest is a place where young adults with disabilities gain work experience and confidence in a setting that is grounded in acceptance and support.

This Friday is the last chance to register for the race, taking place this Saturday, April 23, so don’t miss out! https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

04/15/2022

To register for the Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay, run to https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain?remMeAttempt=. The price is $85 and includes a super soft event shirt, finishers medal, event mug, steam train whistle, and the opportunity to race the Essex Steam Train! Registration CLOSES on Friday, April 22 at 12 p.m. **No day-of registration**.

IMPORTANT INFO for anyone who has signed up:
For anyone who has selected the mail-in option, your bib should arrive between April 16-April 21. Only bibs are mailed. Runners will need to pick up their shirt at a designated booth on race day. Please note, that there is no mail-in option for anyone who registers the week of April 18.

Packet Pick-Up: We are also offering two fantastic packet pick-up options:
• Fleet Feet West Hartford on Wednesday, April 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. And... feel free to join the Wednesday night fun run at 6 p.m.!
• Deep River Roasters in Centerbrook, CT on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22 from 4-6:00 p.m.
For directions, please visit https://www.chrhealth.org/steam-train-half-marathon/.
Ride the Train: Cheer runners on by riding the spectator train! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://essex-steam-train-riverboat.myshopify.com/.../bea...

Course Map: https://www.strava.com/clubs/864560/group_events/1126834...

Questions? Message us on Facebook or email our event Director at [email protected].
This event benefits Connecticut River Museum, Deep River Fire Department, and Community Health Resources!

04/15/2022

Congratulations Bryan Twomey! You won a gift card to Little House Brewing Company, a craft brewery located in the heart of downtown Chester, CT!!

To the rest of our runners – don’t miss out on the fun! Register before next Friday, April 22, for a chance to win next week’s prize: https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain. We will announce the next giveaway on Monday!

04/12/2022

Join us at Surfridge Brewing Co. East starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, after the Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay concludes, for wood fired pizza, a raw oyster bar, beer, and live music featuring local band, Old Dog New Trick (ODNT)! All runners, spectators, and members of the public are welcome! Surfridge Brewing Company is located in Building 3 of the Witch Hazel Works factory (6 Main St., Centerbrook, CT 06049), right next door to the Essex Steam Train. There is no entry fee; beer, oysters, and pizza will be available for purchase.

Parking is available at Witch Hazel Works immediately following the race. For those coming from the Essex Steam Train, please ensure your car is moved from the Essex Steam Train’s parking lot to Witch Hazel Works promptly after the race.

Questions? Message us on Facebook or email our event Director at [email protected]. We hope to see you there!!

04/11/2022

Attention runners!! This week, we are giving away a gift card donated from Little House Brewing Company, a craft brewery located in the heart of downtown Chester, CT! Register before this Friday for a chance to win! https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain

Not registered before this Friday? Not to worry! There will be other chances to win. Just make sure you’re registered to run before next Friday to win the corresponding prize.

04/08/2022

Registration for the Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay is $75 until Monday, April 11. This includes a super soft event shirt, finishers medal, event mug, and steam train whistle and the opportunity to race the Essex Steam Train! The price will increase to $85 starting Tuesday, April 12. Registration closes on Friday, April 22 at 12 p.m. To register go to: https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain?remMeAttempt=

IMPORTANT INFO for anyone who has signed up:

Mail-In Option: For anyone who has selected the mail-in option, your bib should arrive between April 18-April 21. Please note, that there is no mail-in option for anyone who registers the week of April 18.

Packet Pick-Up: We are also offering two fantastic packet pick-up options:
• Fleet Feet in West Harford on Wednesday, April 20 from 5-6:30 p.m.
• Deep River Roasters in Centerbrook, CT on Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22 from 4-6:00 p.m.

For directions, please visit: https://www.chrhealth.org/steam-train-half-marathon/.

Ride the Train: Cheer runners on by riding the spectator train! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at https://essex-steam-train-riverboat.myshopify.com/products/beat-the-steamie-saturday-april-23-2022-7-45-am?fbclid=IwAR369VoAIVCwEfJkmNHGq2evKmoSeMIdnG5TetWBbPGPAE0zZjG7oEMyDgE.

Course Map: https://www.strava.com/clubs/864560/group_events/1126834?new=true

Questions? Message us on Facebook or email our event Director at [email protected].

04/05/2022

Attention runners!! Starting this week, throughout the month of April, we will be holding weekly drawings for registered runners with exciting prizes donated by local businesses in Essex and Deep River, including Anchor & Compass, Surfridge Brewing Co. East, The Spot, Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, among many others! Each Monday we will announce the weekly prize giveaway, and on Fridays we will randomly select a winner from our up-to-date list of registered runners. The last week of the month we will give away our grand prize!

This week, we are giving away a gift card donated from Landing & Main Restaurant Deep River CT, a family owned and operated restaurant in Deep River, CT serving American classics with a twist. Don’t miss out on their award-winning lobster bisque!

Join the fun! 😊 Register before this Friday for a chance to win the Landing & Main gift card! https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain

Not registered before this Friday? Not to worry! There will be other chances to win. Just make sure you’re registered to run before each Friday of the month to win the corresponding prize.

04/01/2022

Today from 3 to 6pm we will be hanging out at sound RUNNER in Old Saybrook, CT! Come visit us to learn more about the Steam Train Half Marathon! You can also enter to win a CHR crewneck sweatshirt.

The race starts at 8 a.m. from the Essex Steam Train Station, 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, CT. To register, https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain!

Registration is $75 before April 8 and $85 after April 9. The Virtual Half Marathon is $40. Registration includes a super soft event shirt, finishers medal, event mug, and train whistle (for participants who beat the train!).

Spectators can ride along on the steam train for $25; tickets may be purchased through
https://essex-steam-train-riverboat.myshopify.com/products/beat-the-steamie-saturday-april-23-2022-7-45-am?fbclid=IwAR20mof0ARygzZXqazJXdV7xIiMCGAMQdxEciwCxRR2NVu3HHcgHfCWqYYU

Proceeds will benefit Community Health Resources (CHR), an essential behavioral healthcare provider that has been here for the community throughout the pandemic, as well as two local nonprofits: the Connecticut River Museum and the Deep River Fire Department!

Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay 03/21/2022

Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay

SPRING SALE | $15 OFF the Steam Train Half Marathon Relay until March 26th! Use the CODE FreshStart when you register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/CT/Essex/BeatTheTrain!

The race starts at 8 a.m. from the Essex Steam Train Station, 1 Railroad Ave., Essex, CT!

Registration for the relay is $60 until March 26th. Registration for the Steam Train Half Marathon is $75 before April 8 and $85 after April 9. The Virtual Half Marathon is $40. Registration includes a super soft event shirt, finishers medal, event mug, and train whistle (for participants who beat the train!).

Spectators can ride along on the steam train for $25; tickets may be purchased through https://essex-steam-train-riverboat.myshopify.com/.../bea...

Additionally:
• Health and safety measures will be in effect to allow for social distancing
• Runners are requested to wear masks in the corral starting area
• Pre-event registration is required
• Packet- picket up at Fleet Feet West Hartford on April 20th from 5-6:30 p.m. and Deep River Roasters on April 21 and 22 from 4-6:00 p.m. We also offer a mailing option for an additional cost.

Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay The Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay is on Saturday April 23, 2022. It includes the following events: Steam Train Half Marathon, Steam Train two-person Relay, and Steam Train Virtual Half Marathon.

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1 Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT
06426

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