If you’re looking for something to do on Labor Day, you can head to New Haven on Monday. Each year, the city comes together for the New Haven Faxon Law Road Race.
Road racing is a 45-year tradition in New Haven. It is also home to the US 20K Track and Field Championship with a purse of over $40,000.
Runners from all over the country run in a half marathon, 5K or the signature 20K.
On Monday, around 4,500 runners are expected. Among them are former champions and six American Olympians.
Just over 100 runners are over 70 this year.
The event will also honor two former 20k champions and America’s fastest female marathoner.
“And you can expect to see the New Haven Green in a way that you’ll never see it other than on race day. And another thing that I’m really proud of, besides having, you know, d ‘great vendors and entertainment and music and families, you know, cheering on their loved ones. It’s also been the greenest year we’ve had, sustainability-wise with the products we use for the No plastic bags, we have biodegradable cups, we have compostable towels and paper products that we have collected, gently used running shoes that we can send to Africa,” Faxon Law Group Comm said. Director Christina Acampora.
The kids run starts at 8:10 a.m. on Monday and the half marathon, 5k and 20k start at 8:30 a.m.
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker will be in the running to run his 12th 20K.