Running through New Haven: Conquering the Faxon Law Half Marathon

Pre-race selfie with friends

One of the things I wanted to complete for the longest time during my time at Yale was the Faxon Law Half Marathon. Even though I frequently run around New Haven and have participated in several races, I have always wanted to complete the half marathon since I believe that running is one of the best ways to experience a city and connect with its people. Since my residential college, Timothy Dwight, sponsors runners to run the road race, this year, I finally mustered up the courage to compete in the race.

Completing the Faxon Law Half Marathon during Labor Day is no small feat. Although the race is known for its flat course (it hosts the USA Track & Field American 20k National Championship), it is also known for the unforgiving heat of late summer. Starting and ending at the iconic New Haven Green, the race is just two blocks from Timothy Dwight College, which is not only convenient for Yale students participating in the race but also convenient for eager spectators.

Walking to half marathon race
Walking to the starting line with friends

Although I had to wake up a few hours earlier than usual, I was surprisingly alert the morning before the race. After making sure I was fueled, hydrated, and had an upbeat playlist ready, I walked to the starting line with my friends who were also participating in the race.

Starting line for half marathon Starting line for 5k race
Starting line photos … there were so many people participating in the race

Once the race started, my nervousness cleared up and I was energized by the burst of adrenaline. From the cheery crowds, live music, and the drive from other runners, I quickly cleared through the course. The first few miles of the race were exciting with the energy from the crowds and runners and were filled with familiar faces since they took place on Yale’s campus. Eventually, as I ran through the Westville neighborhood and East Rock Park, I realized that there was and still is a lot of New Haven that I have yet to explore.

Although I admit to having walked some parts of the race and slowed down significantly in the latter half of the race, I am proud to have completed the course. The race is not only a test of physical endurance but also a testament to the power of community support. Once I crossed the finish line, I was able to be reunited with my friends, and with Labor Day meaning no classes, I had the rest of the day to relax and celebrate.

post race ice cream post race bread
The best part of races are the post-race treats!

If I could, I would run the Faxon Law Half Marathon all over again. Even though walking was difficult for the next few days, starting the semester with this incredible accomplishment in the books is a great way to start the upcoming academic year.

Running action picture
Me smiling through the pain in the last 100 meters