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Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay 2024 A Success!

Saturday, April 13

Thank you to our sponsors, runners and volunteers!

CHR's Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay

The 2024 Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay will take place on Saturday, April 13 at 10am! Spectator tickets are available for purchase on Essex Steam Train & RiverboatRace information can be found on RunSignup.

Proceeds will benefit Community Health Resources (CHR), an essential behavioral healthcare provider, as well as three local nonprofits: the Essex Public Library in Essex, the Deep River Fire Department, and The Nest Coffee House / A Little Compassion Inc. 

History of the Steam Train Half Marathon

The Steam Train Half Marathon and Relay is the only road race in the country where runners try to outrun a century-old Steam Train. Originally founded by Team Making a Difference (MAD), the Steam Train Half Marathon brings friends and family members from across the country together each year to support CHR. Learn more about the history of the event here. 

Event Information

Race Information

  • Packet pick-up will be available the day before and day of the race:
    • Early Packet Pick-Up: Friday, April 12 from 11am-1pm at Marathon Sports in Old Saybrook 
    • Day of Race Packet Pick-Up: Saturday, April 13 at Essex Steam Train starting at 8:30am
  • Spectators can ride along on the steam train for $25; tickets may be purchased via Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s website

Race Day Schedule

  • 8:30am: Day-of check-in begins
  • 9:45am: Relay second-leg runners board train; First-leg runners line up at the starting line
  • 10am: Race kicks off and train leaves Essex Steam Train
  • 10:20am: Train stops briefly at Deep River Landing to drop off second set of relay runners
  • 10:25am: Train departs Deep River Landing, heading North
  • 11:25am: Train will return to Deep River Landing / pick up first set of relay runners
    • Train will remain stationary at Deep River Landing from 11:25am – 11:55am
  • 11:30am: Doors open for the after-party at Surfridge Brewing Company (6 Main Street, Building 3, Essex)
  • 12:20pm: Train arrives at Essex Steam Train
  • 12:30pm: Awards Ceremony

Early Packet Pickup

Friday, April 12, 11am-1pm at Marathon Sports, 238 Main St, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

After-Party at Surfridge Brewing Company 

Join us for food, refreshments, and live music after the race! The full menu will be available. Music will begin at 1pm.

  • Time: Doors open at 11:30am
  • Location: 6 Main Street, Building 3, Essex (next door to the Essex Steam Train)
  • Parking: Following the race, we request that anyone staying for the after-party move their cars next door to Surfridge Brewing Company (the Witch Hazel Works Factory lot). 

CHR Employees

To sign up for the Steam Train Staff Challenge, please email Eliza Patterson at


To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, review our sponsorship flyer and contact Eliza Patterson, CHR’s Development and Communications Manager, at


To learn more about volunteer opportunities, view our listing on VolunteerMatch or contact Eliza Patterson, CHR’s Development and Communications Manager, at

A special thanks to the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat for their continued support of our event!

Check Out Photos from the 2023 Steam Train Half Marathon

CHR Steam Train Half Marathon and Relay 2023

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Featuring photos from Scott Kruitbosch and Noella Barone

Steam Train Half Marathon and Relay

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Featuring photos from Sara McIngvale

Thank You To Our 2024 Sponsors!

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Heather Gates
CHR Executive Management Team

Do you have additional questions? Please contact us at