Nestled among the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in northwest
Connecticut, the roughly 4,000 residents of the town of Washington play
host to the Nutmeg State Half Marathon & 10K, a relatively new
race on the state's road race calendar that marked its fifth annual
running in the spring of 2011.
With a course that unfolds through one
of the state's most picturesque towns that typifies New England-style
scenery, this race takes runners through the town and along country
roads through rolling hills, farmland and land preserves.
The race -- the event's full title is the Nutmeg State Half Marathon
& 10K Eco-friendly Charity Race -- is probably best described
as an out-and-back course whose start and finish lines lie within a
stone's throw of one another, with the starting line on School Street
and the finish line on River Road. From the start near Washington
Primary School, runners follow Bee
Brook Road nearly three miles northward all the way to the intersection
(and the race's first turnaround point) with Litchfield Turnpike.
they turn around and head all the way back down Bee Brook Road to near
the start, runners then turn north and head up Calhoun Street to Ives
Road. After running along Ives for a short stretch, runners hit the
second turnaround point, where they pivot and then run back southward
along the same road they've just run. Following the course Cook Street
as it turns into River Road, runners follow River all the way to Lower
Church Hill Road, where they hit the race's third and final turnaround
point and then begin heading back along River Road toward the finish
Weather & Climate
Located in western Connecticut, about 90 miles from New York City, the
town of Washington Depot typically experiences mild to cool (and
sometimes cold) weather conditions in the mid-spring season, with
relatively even precipitation throughout the year. In April, average
monthly temperatures range between 57°F and 32°F, while
rainfall totals average around 4.2 inches for the month.
To reserve your spot in the spring 2011 running of Washington Depot's
annual Nutmeg State Half Marathon & 10K, register online at Active.com
Half Marathon Course Map
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