In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the 43rd Annual Faxon Law New Haven Road Race has become a virtual event during Labor Day Weekend (September 4th – 7th). Participants can register for the virtual half marathon, 20K, 5K, or Kids Fun Run, and participate at the time and place of their choosing.
The City of New Haven and the New Haven Road Race Board of Directors jointly decided the race cannot happen as it traditionally does on the New Haven Green. Michael Dolan, Race President, states “the decision to make the event virtual was not an easy one. We explored every option and carefully thought through new protocols, but in the end, we could not guarantee a safe event”.
Rick Fontana, Director of New Haven Emergency Operations and Race Board Member, adds “safety of all participants, volunteers, supporters and spectators is our number one priority. The event medical staff, police coverage, and safety measures have always been first rate, which adds to what makes the race such a wonderful annual tradition. We didn’t want to compromise that.”
Faxon Law New Haven Road Race is happy to have found an alternative to canceling the event. Joel Faxon, long time race participant and Faxon Law Group partner, agrees “the virtual race will be different, but still promote fun & family on Labor Day weekend while also giving back to our community.”
Participants will be mailed bibs and their custom road race shirts prior to the virtual event. Results will be self-reported and compiled into a race results database. Race organizers look forward to participants sharing their experiences on social media.