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Can you hear the train again? CHR is once again a beneficiary of the annual Steam Train Half Marathon and Relay!  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26. It will start from the Essex Station and traverse through the picturesque towns of Essex and Deep River, following the steam train. Runners will be challenged to beat the steam train on its 2-hour and 15-minute journey through the towns.

This event is the only half marathon in the U.S. that races against a steam train and organizers with Team Making a Difference (MAD) are once again expecting a fantastic turnout.

Now’s a good time to get on board!

  • Registration is open so you can sign up to run the full 13.1 miles or split the course on a relay team. Many training schedules recommend following a 12-week plan to prepare for a half marathon so there is still time to get ready for Oct. 26!
  • Not a runner? You can join a fantastic group of volunteers and help out that day. Please contact Simone Singh to learn more:
  • You can also choose to watch the event from the comfort of the Essex Steam Train. This is a great option for families.
  • Lastly, if you can’t join us in person, please donate to support CHR:

Hope you can join us. Team MAD is a volunteer-led organization that has been incredibly generous to CHR. We deeply appreciate their support and are so grateful to be part of this exciting event again this year!



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