Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
3.2
(6 Ratings)  (6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
2.8
PRODUCTION
3
SWAG
2.5
From 2004-2010 years this race was run as The Shoreline Sharks Half Marathon. The race was renamed in 2011, honoring the great venue that we have. Since 2011 this race is open to ALL! This is just too good to keep to ourselves! Roads will be closed and The Savin … MORE
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    sftblleco13 FIRST-TIMER '22

    If you're looking for a challenge, this is a good one. The course starts out nicely along the shore with pretty views of the ocean, turns into a hilly city, … MORE

    If you’re looking for a challenge, this is a good one. The course starts out nicely along the shore with pretty views of the ocean, turns into a hilly city, and finishes back along the shore. Keep in mind none of the roads are closed, so there are plenty of cars whizzing by. Aid stations are in really busy places. The first one we had to cross to the other side of a busy street, the second one was in the parking lot of a ballpark, and the third was in the middle of a busy roundabout. There were not enough portlets at the start line, and that line got really long. Race shirts were a nice high vis orange tech tshirt. Medals were small and pretty boring. Food at the finish consisted of quartered bagels, cut in half bananas, water, and gatorade.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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    pleegenes FIRST-TIMER '21

    With so many races being cancelled in 2021, I was grateful to have this race. There wasn't much communication from the race committee in the weeks leading up to the … MORE

    With so many races being cancelled in 2021, I was grateful to have this race. There wasn’t much communication from the race committee in the weeks leading up to the race which worried me that it may be cancelled. The course is a double loop, with a variation of hills and flat and not well-marked. The race guidelines informed runners that it was their responsibility to know the course. I drove it the day before but on the second loop I ran a block longer than the race course but fortunately a runner saw me and called me back. As you ran through the city, the shoulders were narrow and you were running with traffic. Cars came very close to the cones and there weren’t any signs that I noticed that cautioned residents that a race was in place. I didn’t feel safe. The only port a pots were at the start and halfway through, about 6 mile mark. Towards the end of the race, during the last 3 miles, I saw the cones being pulled up ahead of me. I saw a city bus almost clip a couple of runners ahead of me. The shirt was ok but the medal is really cute.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    1
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    2
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    March race was canceled/postponed in 2021. I had plans to be in West Haven so I ran the official course on my own. Walking distance from a few hotels, course … MORE

    March race was canceled/postponed in 2021. I had plans to be in West Haven so I ran the official course on my own.

    Walking distance from a few hotels, course was flat, mix of neighborhoods and ocean. Weather in March was perfect 40’s sunny. Many nice shops, restaurants, and historic places to visit.

    Shirt and metal were nice. Race folks were great to work with as well.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    seagroves87 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This race is normally in March but this year was changed to October due to Covid. I chose to run this race because it was a new state within driving … MORE

    This race is normally in March but this year was changed to October due to Covid. I chose to run this race because it was a new state within driving distance that was happening this weekend. There is a race day packet pick-up which is great since it is a Saturday race and Connecticut is about a 5 hour drive for me so I didn’t have to leave work early or pay extra to get my packet shipped (another reason I picked this race for Connecticut). I would have liked a little more pre-race communication such as when the race was officially approved, etc. but they did send an email the week before with all the important race info. I drove Friday night and stayed at the Hampton Inn in West Haven. It was nice and about a 5 or so minute drive to the start and a reasonable price. Packet pick-up was at the convention center. Due to covid we weren’t able to wait inside. It was a rainy day and the forecast looked terrible so most people waited in their cars. Packet pick-up was easy and included bibs and shirt. The shirt is a short sleeve tech shirt. It is nice quality and I like the design but it is white which is not my favorite color to run in. There were also plenty of porta potties with almost no lines out front. The race starts by the beach behind the convention center so close to the cars. Luckily the weather seemed to clear up just for the race. It was very rainy in the early morning but just drizzling at the start. The race has the same start and finish line and is a loop. Runners just lined up and went. I think some sort of signs to indicate pace or something could have helped spread us out more as this is a decent sized race with about 500 people but it spread out quick enough. The first 2 miles are lovely and along the beach and you are treated to very pretty views and very flat, fast running. Then you go through town. Town was much more mixed in terms of difficulty and scenery. The first two miles in town were flat. I was making good pace and thought I could potentially break 2:30 but this is a trick. The next 6 miles are super hilly. There was about 500-600 feet of elevation gain in this race which overall isn’t terrible but almost all of it was in this 6 mile stretch. Scenery here had some beautiful sections of fall foliage with changing leaves, some boring neighborhood sections and one very un-scenic short, industrial section around the mid point of the race. At mile 10 the race flattens out again and goes on the road next to the beach. I was able to have a fast last 3 miles. I didn’t even come close to 2:30 with the hills but the fast ending let me finish a few minutes under 2:45. I would say the overall difficulty is average but it is a strange course with half the race super easy and half the race super difficult. The course had aid stations about every 2 to 2.5 miles. Aid stations had water, gatorade, Gu (at just about all of them!) and lots of friendly volunteers. I’m glad I carried water since I personally like aid stations more frequent that this but it seemed enough in the cool weather. There were also accurate mile markers for both the half and the marathon. Course was mostly well marked and safe. It was on open roads. All intersections had arrows and most had police. Much of the road was coned off but a few sections were narrow and made it harder to pass people and some runners retreated to the sidewalk a bit. As long as you paid reasonable attention you should be safe and not get lost but I could see how a runner could miss a turn if they weren’t paying attention. For the half there was always runners running around me and there were some spectators. However as the marathon is 2 loops, I’m guessing the second loop of the marathon is more lonely and easier to miss a turn. At the finish line the announcer calls your name and you get your medal. It is a cute medal with a shark on it but the ribbon is plain. There was no food this year due to covid though that was mentioned in the email and I kept a granola bar in my car to eat when I finished. I also really lucked out with the weather as the rain picked up again after I finished but it was just a pleasant drizzle most of the race for me. Overall this was a solid race for Connecticut. It also has a 5 hour time limit for the half which makes it great for walkers. I wouldn’t go out of your way to do this race but if it works with your schedule it is not a bad choice for Connecticut.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey Nov 01, 2021 at 2:47pm

    Congrats on notching another state! And glad you escaped the downpour, a little rain's not a bad thing but a lot can get old in a hurry. I was surprised… MORE

    Congrats on notching another state! And glad you escaped the downpour, a little rain's not a bad thing but a lot can get old in a hurry. I was surprised you didn't have CT yet, and at the same time envious that you live in the Northeast where there are so many states within driving distance. The longer my own 50 States quest goes on, the bigger California seems to get! LESS

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    seagroves87 Nov 01, 2021 at 3:00pm

    Yes! It is nice to have so many states within driving distance. The pandemic made a few neighboring states hard to get as I am still missing Massachusetts as well… MORE

    Yes! It is nice to have so many states within driving distance. The pandemic made a few neighboring states hard to get as I am still missing Massachusetts as well (hopefully the Jingle Bell half will happen on Dec 5!). I rearranged my plans to get Maine next Fall but it looks like I will be flying everywhere after that LESS

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    SlowJuan FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a nice little 2-loop marathon through the town of West Haven, CT. The 2019 edition was characterized by overcast skies, chilly temps and 20+ mph gusts off of … MORE

    This is a nice little 2-loop marathon through the town of West Haven, CT. The 2019 edition was characterized by overcast skies, chilly temps and 20+ mph gusts off of Long Island Sound, so some strategic layering was required. Fortunately, you run right past your vehicle as you begin the second half of the marathon and can make a NASCAR-worthy pitstop to change out shoes or clothing. The portions along the Sound were very scenic with a running soundtrack of surf noise and seabird cries. The course segments through town along the shoulder of the road were hilly and a bit more stressful. I retreated to the sidewalks on more than one occasion, just to put a little distance between the traffic and me.
    If you’re on a budget and need a CT marathon, this is a good option. I would be remiss without making a microbrew recommendation. CT is thick with breweries, but be sure to check out Two Roads, the largest independent brewery in the state. And I really liked two of the smaller taprooms; Milford Point Brewing and Problem Solved Brewing. You just can’t go wrong with a post-marathon brew at a place called Problem Solved!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
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    3

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '18

    Savin Rock is a great little race to check off Connecticut. No frills. No surprises. The COURSE: There are some ugly hills. The course is a double loop. The first … MORE

    Savin Rock is a great little race to check off Connecticut. No frills. No surprises.
    The COURSE: There are some ugly hills. The course is a double loop. The first mile & the last 2 are along the waterfront with nice views. The rest is through the town/neighborhoods on roads with traffic. The police/volunteers did a good job of keeping us safe. The second loop was a bit lonely (as usual with double loops) and many of the volunteers/cops had disappeared. I didn’t have any trouble, but was uncertain at couple of intersections. There were scattered water stations and very few toilets.
    This was a quick in and out state for me. There’s not much touristy things to see there (IMO). The race itself was pleasant but I doubt I would make the trip to go back for this race.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
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    2

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