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OCTOBER 24, 2017

This Saturday, October 28, marks the first Essex Steam Train Half Marathon and Relay, benefitting CHR, the state’s most comprehensive non-profit behavioral healthcare agency. Runners will race against the train along a scenic 13.1 mile course while their families and friends can cheer them on and relax from the comfort of the steam train.

What: Half Marathon where hundreds of runners will race against the Essex Steam Train. This is the only half marathon of its kind in the country and has attracted runners from throughout the U.S. In addition, the event will benefit a local non-profit, CHR.

When: Saturday, October 28

Where: The race begins and ends from the Essex Steam Train Station on 1 Railroad Avenue in Essex, CT. The start time is 7:30 a.m. The steam train will return to the station at approximately 10:45 a.m.

Who: The event is the brainchild of Team Making a Difference (MAD), a volunteer-led organization that raises money to help local charities through road races. This year’s beneficiary, CHR, provides a range of expert services to help children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by mental illness, addiction or trauma. In recent years, CHR has introduced new programs to help clients adopt healthy lifestyles through exercise, wellness, primary care and nutrition programs.

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