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September 14, 2024

2024 Gulf Beach Half Marathon & RRCA Eastern Region Championship

Gulf Beach Recreation Area • 550 Gulf St. MilfordCT  06460 Organized by Shoreline Sharks

About this event

2024 ROAD RUNNERS CLUB OF AMERICA
EASTERN REGION CHAMPIONSHIP HALF MARATHON


"The Half Marathon to do in Connecticut"
voted by Active.com users

THE COURSE

Run along the beautiful beaches of Milford featuring the Silver Sands State Park Boardwalk. This is a PR Course like no other. This race has sold out before.

The flattest and most beautiful Half Marathon in CT.

Gulf Street is closed for the start of the race but other roads are open to traffic. We have police or volunteers at most intersections along the course.

USATF Certified Course #CT19028JHP


Aid stations: miles 2.75, 4.75, 6.75, 8.75 & 10.75 stocked with Water & Gatorade Endurance.

Bathrooms & Porto-Lets at the Start / Finish as well as Miles 3, 4.5, 8.5 & 10.

This race starts at 7am to avoid the heat!

Half Marathon course including elevation on Strava

Venue: Gulf Beach & lot 635 Gulf St. Milford, CT. 06460
Plenty of parking in the beach lots and on-street. See map below.

 

THE ENTRANT STUFF

Men's and Women's cut Short Sleeve Tech T-Shirts for all entrants.

Custom Finisher medals for all Finishers.

Water, Gatorade Endurance, fresh bagels and bananas at the finish line for Finishers.

Custom pint pilsner glass awards to the top 3 Men and Women overall and in every 5-year division (from 5 years old to 80+).

FREE downloadable Race Photos by EliteFeats. 

TIMING AND RESULTS

Transponder Timing and Results for gun time and net time.

Results will be live streaming and texted and emailed to you once you finish.

CUTOFFS AND EARLY STARTS

Half Marathon Time cutoff is 3:30.

Those who plan to run a 2:45 to 3:30 Half Marathon MUST start at 6:30am. Simply approach the timer and let him/her know. He/She will manually add you in. You will be official.

NOTE: Early starts are only for those who will do a 2:45-3:30 range half marathon. We can't have anyone else go early. You will be DQed if you start early and finish faster than 2:30.


WHAT IS A RACE SERIES STREAKER?

Since 2014 we have offered a challenge to all who would like to accept. Finish all 3 of our 2024 Half Marathons (The Savin Rock Marathon counts too) and we give you a FREE custom Shoreline Sharks Race Series Streaker Hoodie.

1. 3/23/2024 The Savin Rock Marathon or Half Marathon
2. 5/23/2024 The Hamden Hills Half Marathon
3. 9/14/2024 The Gulf Beach Half Marathon
You can register on-line or race-day, it does not matter. Finish all 3 and you’ve got it! We will be handing the Hoodies out at the Rail Trail 10K on 10/5/2024 or the Shoreline Turkey Trot 5K on 11/28/2024 or you can pick it up from us in North Haven. We will no longer be shipping them, unfortunately.

SPECIAL 3-HALF MARATHON ENTRY TICKET THAT SAVES $10 PER RACE

THE HISTORY

2011: The inaugural race had a 5K as well.
2013: The 5K was moved to another date.
2019: The Half Marathon course was USATF certified.
2020: Covid19 cancelled OUR 10th Annual race.
2021: The 5K made its last appearance with the Half Marathon

2023: The Race was the RRCA Half Marathon State Championship

2024: The race is the RRCA Eastern Region Championship


PRICING STRUCTURE

12/1/2023 - 3/14/2024 $70

3/15/2024 – 9/12/2024 $75

9/14/2023 Race Day (possible but not guaranteed) $80 Cash, Checks, Venmo, PayPal only. No cards.


TRANSFER & DEFERRAL INFO

You may TRANSFER your registration to another athlete until 8/14/2024 for $25. *This is done by you on-line through Active* THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE. NO EXCEPTIONS.

You may DEFER your entry to the 2025  Race until 8/14/2024 for $25 (via email to Defer@ShorelineSharks.com) We will confirm via email. Print that email and have it when you come in 2025. You will register in-person, pay $25 and sign the waiver on Race Day. You are guaranteed a spot. THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE. NO EXCEPTIONS.

NO REFUNDS /NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL ASKING FOR AN EXCEPTION FOR ANY REASON.
ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS AT ALL FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER.

If we postpone an event due to uncontrollable circumstance as we had in 2020, we will always honor your registration with a race in the future but we do not refund.

*Active.com offers an insurance plan for a fee but we are not involved with that.


RACE DAY

Saturday 9/14/2024
5:45am: Registration / Bib and Shirt Pickup Opens
6:30am: Early Starters Go (Those who need 2:45 - 3:30)
6:45am: Registration / Bib and Shirt Pickup Closes
7:00am: Half Marathon Starts
8:20am: First Finishers for the Half Marathon
10:00am: Final Finishers of the Half Marathon, Race Venue Closed

Gulf Beach (Goodie's)
635 Gulf St. Milford, CT. 06460

Bring photo ID


TRAVEL AND HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Air Travel
Milford, Connecticut can be accessed easily from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT. (64 Miles away) as well as JFK International Airport (71 miles away) and LaGuardia International Airport, (65 miles away) both in Queens, NY.  Bradley will be MUCH easier to fly through and travel to and from the race venue, but the tickets may be more expensive. Recently Tweed Regional Airport has offered flights from various cities so check them out too. Tweed is less than 15 miles from the venue.

Hotels
The closest (2 miles from the venue) hotels to stay in for the Gulf Beach Half Marathon are:
Hilton Garden Inn 291 Old Gate Ln. Milford, CT. 06460 Phone (203) 783-9988

Hyatt Place
190 Old Gate Ln. Milford, CT. 06460
Phone (203) 877-9800

 

PARKING
We have the permit to park in the Resident Only lots for the day.  There are 300 spots there at the venue.  There are hundreds more spots on side streets that are legal and within 1/4 of a mile.  Please do not park where it is prohibited!  You risk being ticketed and towed.

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Location

Gulf Beach Recreation Area

550 Gulf St. MilfordCT  06460

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