Saturday, March 24, 2018 • West Haven, CT • Course Map
Set for its 8th annual running under its relatively new name — after being run in previous years as the Shoreline Sharks Half Marathon, for the locally based running club that organizes the race each spring — the Savin Rock Marathon & Half Marathon takes runners for nearly a third of the race along the shoreline of Connecticut’s Long Island Sound coastline.
The race typically draws between 400 and 500 runners in both races combined each year — including between 250 and 300 finishers in the half marathon — for a race that follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes on the Savin Rock Trail, named for the famous rock here that sits out on a peninsula that juts out into the sound.
From there, the race route follows a counter-clockwise loop through West Haven, which lies just a few miles south of New Haven, mostly through its residential neighborhoods and city parks.
Runners will get to see the water for both the opening mile and the final 2 1/2 miles of the race, as the course starts off by heading east along the Savin Rock shoreline trail and then heads onto Beach Street, taking them along the beachfront and then into Morse Park.
The final couple of miles feature the longest scenic stretch of the race, when runners leave Jones Hill Road about half-way between miles 10 and 11 and head onto Ocean Avenue, following the curve of the land back toward the beach and the shoreline trail.
Just before reaching the finish line, runners make a quick detour out onto the narrow peninsula to see the rock for which the area and the race is named, out in the sound just beyond the edge of the shore.
After that, runners have only about a half-mile left to make it back toward the Savin Rock Conference Center and the beachfront trail area, where the race finish line lies.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the Long Island Sound coastline of southern Connecticut, about 40 miles southwest of Hartford and roughly 75 miles northeast of New York City, West Haven typically sees cold to occasionally cool weather in March — and usually a little snow — during a month that brings average temperatures between 28ºF and 46ºF.
- 2017 Savin Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Savin Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Savin Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Savin Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Savin Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Savin Rock Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Savin Rock Half Marathon Results
Course Time Limit
- 5 hours for the half marathon
- 6 hours, 30 minutes for the full marathon
- $60 – $70 for the half marathon
- $85 – $95 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the spring 2018 running of West Haven’s Savin Rock Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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