Connecticut > Lightfoot Sam Elpern Memorial Half Marathon
Norwalk, CT • Saturday, September 15, 2012 • Course Map
The final race in a series of six races hosted each year in this coastal Connecticut city by the locally based Lightfoot Running Club, the Sam Elpern Memorial Half Marathon usually sees 200 or more runners cross the finish line each year on a course that unfolds through shaded residential neighborhoods along the area known as the Merrit Parkway.
Runners start the out-and-back loop course for the race at Norwalk's Fox Run Elementary School, just off Fillow Street, at 8:00 AM (all races in the Lightfoot Runners' Summer Series -- which start in June and include a 3-mile, 5-mile, 7-mile, 9-mile and 11-mile race leading up to the half marathon in September -- begin at 8:00 AM). From there, the course takes runners onto the occasionally hilly roads just west of downtown Norwalk, a city of roughly 85,000 where the Norwalk River empties into Norwalk Harbor and Long Island Sound.
The course is a double-loop route that first heads south from the school toward the campus of Norwalk Technical Community College, where it heads straight through the campus and then toward West Norwalk Road. The next few miles along West Norwalk Road and Old Rock Lane feature the race's longest uphill stretch, which still unfolds mostly gradually over the next few miles -- runners will repeat this uphill on the second loop of the half marathon.
The only significant difference between the first and second loops of the race occur just before runners reach the half-way point of the race -- on the first loop, runners will bear to the left and continue on Ponus Avenue toward Ponus Ridge Middle School and Oak Hills Park Golf Course; while on the second loop, they'll bear to the right on Fox River Road, and head back toward the school for the race finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled near the coast along the southwestern corner of Connecticut, just over an hour's drive from New York City, Norwalk typically sees September temperatures that average between 76°F and 54°F, while rainfall totals average nearly 4.9 inches for the month, making September the city's wettest month of the year. On the day of the race (Sept. 15), the average high is 77°F and the average low is 54°F.
View the race route map for the Sam Elpern Memorial Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the late summer/early fall 2012 running of Norwalk's Lightfoot Sam Elpern Memorial Half Marathon, register online at RaceIt.com.
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