Essex Labor Day Half Marathon and 10K

ESSEXHALF_LOGOAfter a long hiatus, the Essex Half Marathon is coming back and is now the Essex Labor Day Half Marathon!  Join us for a scenic 13.1 mile out-and-back as we say "so long" to summer or sign up for our flat-and-fast 10K option.  The race starts at Essex High School before bringing racers to the country back roads of Essex.  At mile 4, runners will encounter a one mile incline and leg burn while trying to conquer Curve Hill. Runners will feel the comfort of the dirt roads as they run their way up and down the hills of Lost Nation Road. The half turn-around spot is the end of Lost Nation Road, at the intersection of Old Stage Road.  Runners will continue back on Lost Nation Road before cruising down Lamore, back onto Colchester Road to Old Colchester Road, towards the finish. Racers will hear the roar of the crowd cheering as they sprint to the finish with their friends, loved ones, and fans to cheer them on.  The cutoff time for this event is 3 hours. The Essex Half Marathon is a certified course.  Certification code VT12012JK 

2021 Registration Dates

Registration Type Half Distance 10K Distance
Regular Registration- 7/6-8/15 $55.00 $35.00
Late Registration- 8/15-9/4 $65.00 $45.00
Day Of Registration- 9/5- 7:15-8:00am $75.00 $55.00

Essex Half Marathon and 10K Map

With your registration you will receive:

  • T-shirt (shirts guaranteed for registration before July 1st; subject to availability afterwards)
  • Water and fuel stations on course
  • A finisher’s medal
  • Chiropractors for post-race stretching
  • A  post-race meal & snacks
  • Free parking

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Volunteers Needed!
Want to join in the fun, but don't consider yourself a runner? Join as a volunteer. Our dozens of enthusiastic volunteers help make the race possible by assisting with check-in, monitoring the course, and handing out water/race fuel. Register to volunteer below. 

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PACKET PICK UP:
Saturday, September 4, 12–4pm, Fleet Feet Sports, 77 Pearl Street, Essex Junction
Sunday, September 5, 7:15–8am, Essex High School Ice Rink
Race Day registration will be limited to 50 first come, first served spots

RACE START: 8:30am

TIME CUTOFF
This is not a walking event! To ensure the safety of our runners and volunteers and to re-open closed roads, there will be a time cut off of three hours. If a runner hasn’t reached the 7 mile mark by 10 a.m., we cannot guarantee support through the remainder of the course–meaning aid stations will close and you will not be officially timed. Runners may be asked to remove themselves from the course.

DRIVING & PARKING
The start of the race is in front of the Essex High School and is about a 3 minute walk from registration. The address is
2 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452. There is plenty of parking at the EHS parking lot.

BAG CHECK
Yes, there will be a bag check set up in the Essex High School Ice Rink. After the race bags will be available at the same location. Note: We are not responsible for lost or damaged property.

WATER STOPS
There will be five water stops, located approximately at 3 miles, 6 miles, 7.75 miles,9.75 miles and 11 miles.

PORT-A-POTTIES
In addition to bathroom and locker-room facilities at Registration, near the Start, and Finish area ,there will be two port-a-potties located near the turnaround area at the end of Lost Nation road.

POST RACE PARTY & AWARDS
Runners will enjoy a variety of delicious food and drink items at the post race party which runs from 10am-12pm. There are awards for top overall finishers, female and male, as well as age group winners. Awards go three deep, with 10-year age groups increments. You must be present to receive your award (awards will not be mailed out afterward).

TIMING
 This race will be chip timed by 802 Timing.


FAQ’s
  Can I run or walk with a baby jogger or dog?
No dogs or strollers are permitted. You will be disqualified

Can I run with headphones or ear buds? For safety reasons, we discourage the use of headphones on the course. Try to use this as an opportunity to have a conversation and to run with some new friends.

Can I reserve a shirt in a certain size?
If we receive your registration with shirt size indicated before July 1st we will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note that it may not be possible to switch shirt sizes.

Can I get a refund if I register but don't run?
For a refund, EJRP must be notified by July 1st. Refunds distributed will be assessed a $10 administrative fee. There will be no refunds after July 1st.

What will the weather be like?
The average weather in Vermont in July is around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. We suggest you keep an eye on the forecast and plan accordingly. The race goes on rain or shine!

What distance is this race?
The Half Marathon is 13.1 miles long and will take runners on a lovely dirt road section before bringing runners back along a rolling country road. The 10K is 6.2 miles and runs along the EHS track and paved roads only. Both course will be well-marked.

Are walkers allowed?
This is not a walking event! To ensure the safety of our runners and volunteers and to re-open closed roads, there will be a time cut off of three hours. If a runner hasn’t reached the 7 mile mark by 10 a.m., we cannot guarantee support through the remainder of the course–meaning aid stations will close and you will not be officially timed. Runners may be asked to remove themselves from the course.

Where can I stay?
There are several excellent places to stay in the Essex Junction/Burlington area.

Can I view the course before the race?
Yes. The course may not be marked until the morning of the race, but runners are more than welcome to follow the map and go out on their own.

Where are the best locations for spectators?
The best places to cheer on your friends and loved ones on during the race will be at the start and finish at the Essex High School or at the turn around section at the intersection of Lost Nation and Old Stage Road.

What are the parking accommodations?
There is plenty of parking at the EHS parking lot.

Is there a Transgender Participation Option?
Athletes will be allowed to register and participate in any EJRP running event with the gender by which they identify.
Athletes who are using the Essex Half Marathon to qualify for other USATF-sanctioned events will be asked to comply with the current IOC transgender policies at the time of the competition.

Will there be bag-check facility?
Yes, there will be a bag check set up in the Essex High School Ice Rink. After the race bags will be available at the same location. Note: We are not responsible for lost or damaged property.

Where is the start and how do I get there?
The start of the race is in front of the Essex High School and is about a 3 minute walk from registration. The address is
2 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452.

Where are the Water Stops?
There will be five water stops, located approximately at 3 miles, 6 miles, 7.75 miles,9.75 miles and 11 miles.

Okay, so now that I’m hydrated, where are the port-a-potties?? 
In addition to bathroom and locker-room facilities at Registration, near the Start, and Finish area ,there will be two port-a-potties located near the turnaround area at the end of Lost Nation road.

Is there a time limit for the Half Marathon?
Yes, to be fair to our race marshals and water stops, the official end is 3 hours.

Where does the race finish? 
The finish line will be at the Essex High School.

Will there be an after-race celebration? 
YES! Runners will enjoy a variety of delicious food and drink items. The post race party runs from 10am-12pm.

Are there awards for top finishers?
Yes, there are awards for top overall finishers, female and male, as well as age group winners. Awards go three deep, with 10-year age groups increments. You must be present to receive your award (awards will not be mailed out afterward).

Can I take a shower after the race?
Yes, we have a limited number of showers available at the High School Ice Rink in the locker rooms.

How is the race timed?
 This race will be chip timed by 802 Timing.