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Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay

Saturday, April 13

Can you beat the train?

CHR's Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay

The 2024 Steam Train Half Marathon & Relay will take place on Saturday, April 13 at 10am! Registration is open on RunSignup. Spectator tickets are available for purchase on Essex Steam Train & Riverboat.

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

Race Day Schedule

  • 8:30am: Day-of check-in begins
  • 10am: Race kicks off
  • 11:15am: Relay exchange at Deep River Landing
  • 12pm: After-Party at Surfridge Brewing Company (6 Main Street, Building 3, Essex)
  • 12:30pm: Awards Ceremony 

Early Packet Pickup

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

Special for CHR Employees

Register for the Virtual Half Marathon for only $25 on RunSignup! Registration includes a t-shirt, bib, and finishers medal. 

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 2023-2633

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Featuring photos from Scott Kruitbosch and Noella Barone


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Featuring photos from Sara McIngvale

Thank You To Our 2024 Sponsors!

Phil Tarsinis Logo
Mutual of America Logo
Howard and Ann Orr Logo
Heather Gates
CHR Executive Management Team

Do you have additional questions? Please contact us at