New Haven, CT: The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is excited to celebrate its 44th anniversary this Labor Day! The event takes place Monday, September 6 on the New Haven Green. The races consist of a half marathon, relay, 5K, Town Fair Tire Kids Fun Run, and the signature 20K. The Faxon Law New Haven 20K again hosts the USATF 20K National Championship. The race expects to feature a number of past champions and U.S. Champions. This year marks the 30th year a national championship event has been held in New Haven, making the race the longest consecutive USATF Championship race ever.
New this year, the post-race beer is locally sourced! East Rock Brewery, located about a mile from the start line, will be pouring beer on the Green! East Rock Brewery is also generously donating $1 to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen for every beer bought by race participants (who show their bib!) over Labor Day weekend. Packet pickup is at a new location! Friday-Sunday of Labor Day weekend, participants can pick up their bib and shirt at Corsair, the luxury apartment building in the East Rock neighborhood.
The race held a t-shirt design contest over the summer and the winner has been chosen! Grey Kupiec, long time road race participant and winner of the 2011 t-shirt contest, has designed the colorful, retro logo. The design will be featured on black technical running shirts for the first 3,500 registrants.
The event offers something for the whole family with the ACES Kids Fun Zone. Kids can enjoy clowns, outdoor games, local college & university mascots, and other fun outdoor activities on the New Haven Green.
2021 AVANGRID Green Initiative. The 2021 Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is going green again this year! In an attempt to reduce the race’s carbon footprint there are a number of changes being implemented this year including; 100% recycled paper for all printed race material and packet pick-up bags, biodegradable cups and trash bags, eliminate the use of plastic water bottles, electric or low emission lead vehicles.
After the race, participants are encouraged to buy tickets for the BAR New Haven After Party. For just $10 for 21+ and $7 for under 21 (must be accompanied by an adult), runners can sit back and relax from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at BAR New Haven. A ticket includes two slices of pizza and a beer for 21+. Tickets are limited.
The event is organized by JB Sports and a team of local volunteers who make up our Board of Directors. New Haven Road Race President, Michael Dolan states “We’ve been fortunate to continually grow and improve throughout our history. We are proud of the longevity of race and the opportunity to bring the race back in person after having to have a virtual event last year. The event’s success over the past 44 years reflects the support we receive from the City of New Haven, our sponsors and the local running community.”
The New Haven Road Race would not be possible without the support of Faxon Law Group, title sponsor since 2007. Joel Faxon, founding partner at Faxon Law Group, states, “We are honored to partner once again with this great event in the City of New Haven. The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is something our firm and the surrounding community are extremely proud to host each year. We are especially thrilled to support an event that donates thousands of dollars each year to local charities and uses the same platform and mission as our firm’s Community Builder—to empower, enrich, enlighten and engage each member of our community, bringing groups together for the greater good. It’s a legacy that we treasure on behalf of both our staff and our clients.”
As always safety of race participants and spectators is extremely important. All runners and spectators will be asked to wear a mask on the New Haven Green when if they are not running, eating or drinking. The race will have numerous safety protocols in place that will meet or exceed all State and local guidelines.
The event’s major sponsors include, Avelo Airlines, T-Mobile, McDermott Lexus, AVANGRID, ACES, Town Fair Tire, Corsair, Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists and the City of New Haven. To learn more about the event or to register, visit www.newhavenroadrace.org. Early registration is encouraged; event is limited to 6,000 entrants!