Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay

Saturday, April 13, 2024 • Essex, CT • Course Map

Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay in Essex, CT

I’m not sure there’s a more unique calling card for a race than the one offered by the Essex Steam Train Half — that when you’re out on the course, running your 13.1 miles, you’ll race an actual, live steam train that will be chugging its way toward the half-way turnaround point (as shown in the photo below).

You’ll start the out-and-back course for the race in Essex at the Steam Train & Riverboat station, which is part of the Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park that is home to the 1892-era train, on which tourists can take a 12-mile, 2 1/2-hour tour of the area.

From there, you’llmake your way through downtown Essex — along Prospect Street and Main Street, where you’ll run a short out-and-back that takes you to the Essex Town Dock, which overlooks the Connecticut River and Middle Cove.

After that, you’ll head north through less developed areas, all the way toward Deep River Landing, which lies also along the river. All during this time, the train will be slowly chugging northward along the Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park Trail, to meet up with you at Deep River.

Once you make the turnaround at Deep River Landing, you’ll head back south again, along Essex Street and Book Hill Road, and later onto Dennison Road and Main Street, back toward the train station for the race finish.

Runners at the starting line of the Steam Train Half Marathon in Essex, Connecticut.

Race Weather & Climate

Essex is a charming town located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, situated in the central part of the state. It’s approximately 12 miles from Middletown and offers residents a tranquil New England-style lifestyle with connections to neighboring towns and the Connecticut River.

In Essex, CT, on April 13th, you can expect an average high temperature of around 58°F and an average low temperature of approximately 38°F. This time marks the early spring season, with gradually warming temperatures and a chance of occasional showers. April typically sees an average rainfall of about 4 inches for the month.

Steam Train Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Steam Train Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

8:00 AM

Course Time Limit

3 hours

Race Fees

  • $85 for the in-person half marathon
  • $40 for the virtual half marathon


To reserve your spot in the spring 2024 running of Essex’s Steam Train Half Marathon, register online at here.

Steam Train Half Marathon Race Website


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