The City of New Haven

2021 – Our 44th Race
New Haven will host the 2021 USA 20K Championship.  An anticipated crowd of over 7,000 racers will be on the starting line on Labor Day in New Haven. You can count on the 2021 race being the largest and most exciting one in the event’s long history.

Our 44 Year Sponsor
The City of New Haven has sponsored our event from its inception and has provided many in-kind services to the race. Cooperation with the race has spanned five administrations and 44 years. Many members of city government have and still do serve on the New Haven Road Race Board of Directors.

New Haven is at the transportation crossroads of New England. It is Connecticut’s arts and entertainment capital. Coupled with an array of excellent restaurants and diverse sporting opportunities, New Haven is the ideal host for any event.

A reasonable drive from either Boston (140 miles) or New York (75 miles), New Haven is a transportation hub of the Northeast. At New Haven, I-91 (Hartford, Springfield and western New England) meets I-95. Railroad service is provided by Amtrak and Metro North. The city is also home of Tweed Airport, a rapidly expanding facility providing direct flights to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore giving travelers access to every airport in the U.S.

New Haven is also the educational capital of Connecticut. Downtown New Haven is the home of Yale University. Several stretches of the race course are lined by Yale buildings, noted for their distinctive architecture. Within 5 miles of Yale are the campuses of the University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, Quinnipiac College, and Albertus Magnus College. Four theaters featuring award-winning Broadway plays, as well as world-premier productions, are located in New Haven. Many of the world’s most popular plays, including My Fair Lady and Oklahoma, made their debut in New Haven. Toad’s Place, a local rock music club, is where many national acts perform.

The city also has a deep athletic tradition. The New Haven Open at Yale, played in the world’s third largest tennis stadium, features many of the best female tennis players. Built nearly 100 years ago, the Yale Bowl, which seats nearly 70,000, is an architectural marvel studied by many stadium architects. In 1995 the Yale Bowl was the central facility for the Special Olympics World Games and was home of the New York Giants in the 1970’s while the Meadowlands complex was being built. New Haven also hosted many minor league baseball teams. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Yale University has hosted the IC4A cross-country and outdoor track championships.

The city is home of many fine international restaurants. Many claim the world’s best pizza comes out of either Pepe’s or Sally’s brick ovens. Tony and Lucille’s is often credited with creating the calzone. Louie’s Lunch offers a one-of -a-kind hamburger and has a reasonable claim to be the originator of this sandwich.

Each year we like to honor the dedicated runners that have participated in every 20K race since the event began in 1978.  Look for them in yellow bibs!

Rick Conte 53
Peter Halsey 56
Jim Kennedy 59
Mark Martin 73
Charles Matassa 61
James McCormack Jr. 62
Peter Sanchez 69
Walter Messersmith 64
Kenneth Ritt 54
Stephen Praskiewicz 67