This is part of a series of posts from my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states.

I ran the Stratton Faxon Half Marathon in Fairfield, Connecticut in June 2008.  This was actually Runner's World magazine's race of the month for that year and month.  I had high expectations for this race since I had already been to Vermont and absolutely loved it. I know not all of the New England states are exactly the same, but still I was excited about going there.  While this part of Connecticut is beautiful, I didn't find the same draw that I did to Vermont.  For the race, we ran past some stately homes in nice neighborhoods and along the water (Long Island Sound) with a finish at Jennings Beach, but in general I didn't find the course very interesting.  There wasn't really anything that made it stand out from other races other than the fire trucks at the end.

From my post-race notes:

"Ran along water for portion of course (started and finished at a beach).  Hillier than expected also hot and humid.  Nothing outstanding either way about race, other than finished just past fire trucks (race benefits firefighters in area).  My finish time was 2:00:36."

http://www.fairfieldhalf.org

This was originally posted on my blog at runningtotravel.wordpress.com.  Check it out plus other race posts and travel posts!