Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.8
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4.8
The Redding Road Race – A Run for the Cows begins and ends at stunning New Pond Farm in West Redding, Connecticut with a starting time of 8:00am for the half and 8:35 for the 7 miler. All races are on bucolic country roads that have runners passing a horse … MORE
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    cJaxrun45 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Beautiful area, you start at a farm running through a field, pass a golf course, go into a park. It's very organized and great donuts when you're finished. MORE

    Beautiful area, you start at a farm running through a field, pass a golf course, go into a park. It’s very organized and great donuts when you’re finished.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    RunnerGirlKT FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was a fun race, even if it was raining the whole time and beyond hilly. I mean...15 hills in total and they all sucked. Coming from about an hour … MORE

    This was a fun race, even if it was raining the whole time and beyond hilly. I mean…15 hills in total and they all sucked.

    Coming from about an hour away, I picked up my race swag and bib before the race on race morning. The system was streamlined and runners got a nice tech tee and a smattering of other goodies including a cowbell and license plate frame with the race logo.

    The race starts and ends at New Pond Farm, so there literally are cows! The course was open, but there is very little traffic in Redding on a Sunday morning so that was no issue. The course itself is primarily on roads, but there are a couple of stretches of trails. That being said, they are very groomed and trail shoes are not remotely required. There are some nice views of back country Redding and one backyard even contained a curious emu wondering what all the humans were doing.

    The race offers an early start for the half marathon as well as 7 mile and 5k options (you can also do the Mighty Cow Challenge and do both the half and 5k if you’re crazy and fast enough).

    The race medal was quite large and nice, being provided by GoneForARun.com, and the post race spread of food included soda, fruit, donuts, etc.

    But did I mention the hills? I mean they were killer. Definitely throw in some hill repeats and weight training if you want to get competitive with this one because by the time I was on hill 13/15 the words “you have got to be effing kidding me” (effing being replaced by expletives) definitely came out of my mouth.

    Oh and race photos are free!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    M_Sohaskey May 29, 2019 at 7:46pm

    My brother-in-law is from Redding, and his parents have been urging us to come run this one for a few years now. But they didn't mention the hills! Good thing… MORE

    My brother-in-law is from Redding, and his parents have been urging us to come run this one for a few years now. But they didn't mention the hills! Good thing you trained in Central Park 😁. That said, this does sound like a beautiful course, and who doesn't appreciate a good emu sighting on race day? Though hopefully no one made the organizers regret handing out so many cowbells 😬. Well done Katy, and thanks for your thoughtful review! LESS

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    New favorite race! I ran the "Mighty Cow Challenge," which was a 5k immediately followed by the main half marathon race. It was the first time I have ever run … MORE

    New favorite race! I ran the “Mighty Cow Challenge,” which was a 5k immediately followed by the main half marathon race. It was the first time I have ever run more than the half marathon, and I was a little injured. Thanks to the community, amazing runners and race organizers, I STILL enjoyed the race more than ever!

    Upon packet pickup, I was blown away by the beauty and serenity of New Pond Farm. “Run for the Cows” is no joke! The race is literally surrounded by dairy cows and begins and ends on the farm, with the last few meters through a barn and across a grassy yard.

    I enjoyed the rural beauty of the course, as we passed ponds, woods, small waterfalls, and creeks. It was almost pretty enough to distract me from the rolling hills of the course! What makes this race stand out is the obvious dedication and passion from the race director. There were SO many signs, all of which made me laugh and made it a very fun time. Categories of signs included: cows, hill marker (identifying how many of the 15 major hills runners had left), mile markers, inspirational quotes and more.

    For a small race (capped at 1000 runners this year), it was EXTREMELY well organized. I was even able to grab a bagel and water before starting my race, which was unexpected and awesome. There were masseuses available after the race, as well as a small but sufficient first aid tent. Post-race food was pizza, bagels, baked goods, and fresh milk and chocolate milk from the farm! Highly recommend!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Charlie467 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race was generally a delight. It would have been enough to get one of my best-looking and favorite race shirts I have, but it's got many more things going … MORE

    This race was generally a delight. It would have been enough to get one of my best-looking and favorite race shirts I have, but it’s got many more things going for it. The scenery is gorgeous – rolling hills through lush green Connecticut countryside. Course is quite challenging, more so than I expected. Lots of distance options – 5K, 7 miles, 13.1, and 16.2 (“The Mighty Cow” – the 5K plus the 13.1, at least in 2017 when I did it), and a kids’ 1K or 1 miler, I forget which. The race start was a short loop in a grassy area which was narrow, slow and crowded, but the rest of the race was more spacious – on pavement, except for about 1 mile later in the race which was on trail. Weather was excellent, still cool for spring. Expo and race organization and refreshments and other swag (besides the awesome shirt) were excellent.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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