Saturday, October 21, 2023 • Northeast, CT
Tackle the Trail, a running race that has been held for 10 consecutive years, is one of northeast Connecticut’s most beloved and unique events. The peaceful atmosphere and stunning natural scenery provide a refreshing and rejuvenating respite from the city’s hustle and bustle, making it perfect for those seeking a tranquil running experience.
What sets Tackle the Trail apart from other races is its unique scenery and location. The course is a point-to-point race that starts in the beautiful town of Pomfret, where runners begin their journey through a mix of terrain. They begin on the flat Airline Trail before transitioning to a technical single track.
Along the way, runners can take in the unspoiled beauty of Connecticut’s hidden gems, including stunning covered bridges, serene rivers, and tranquil woodlands. The course also takes runners through several scenic landmarks, such as Culvert to Trail under Route 44, Pedestrian Bridge over Route 169, and Wright’s Crossing.
The race starts at Brooklyn Rd, Pomfret, CT, and finishes at the Hale YMCA, Putnam.
The course offers runners sufficient challenges, with a total elevation change of +350ft. Runners will cross town roads several times, including Culvert to Trail under Holmes Rd, Pedestrian Bridge over Needle’s Eye Rd, Culvert to Trail under Modock Rd, Culvert to Trail under River Rd, and Town Farm Rd.
With an exciting course like this, runners need to take note of one vital aspect: it can be wet. There’s one particularly wet portion (2/10ths of a mile) close to the end of the final leg.
Watch your footing when navigating the course here.
After crossing the finish line, you can join the post-race festival at the Hale YMCA. Celebrate your achievement with free beer, delicious food, and live music – and don’t forget about those massage sessions to help you loosen back up!
By registering for the Tackle the Trail Half Marathon, you can contribute to the growth and development of local students – all proceeds go toward Quinebaug Valley Community College.
Race Weather & Climate
Hampton is a quiet town situated in Windham County, Connecticut, located in the northeastern part of the state. It’s known for its rural ambiance, natural beauty, and proximity to state forests. Hampton offers residents a peaceful and countryside lifestyle with connections to outdoor recreational activities and tranquil surroundings.
In Hampton, on October 21, you can anticipate an average high temperature around 60°F and a low around 38°F. This falls in the midst of autumn when the days are cool and the nights are brisk. The average rainfall for this period is approximately 3 inches. Please note that localized weather conditions can vary.
Tackle the Trail Half Marathon Race Results
Tackle the Trail Half Marathon Course Map
See the race route map for the Tackle the Trail Half Marathon course map here.
The half marathon start time is 8:00 AM.
The time limit for the half marathon is 3 hours.
To reserve your spot in the 2023 Tackle the Trail Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.
- There is a $120.00 fee for the half marathon.
- There is a $120.00 fee for the marathon.
- There is a $225.00 fee for the relay team – marathon.
- There is a $70.00 fee for the 10k.