The Rocky Neck Runfest combines three different race opportunities in one incredible venue along the beach and trails of Rocky Neck State Park. Explore the natural beauty on well-marked roads and trails, including the Bride Brook salt marsh, the historic stone Ellie Mitchell Pavilion and the Four Mile River tidal area. Ideally set up in a central location with high-energy atmosphere for relay exchanges, participants and spectators can gather, cheer, refuel and easily access the nearby finish line. The post-race party is one not to be missed with live music, hot bRUNch from Flanders Fish Market, and incredible camaraderie.

Choose an adventure:

  1. Rocky Neck Relay: Each member of the 3-person team takes on one road 5K and one trail 5K with a break in between rotations. A centrally located exchange zone lets team members relax, refuel and cheer others when not in their run rotation. All teams cross the finish line by the beach.
  2. Rocky Neck 30K: Solo adventure with 5K rotations of road and trail courses for a total of six legs, approximately 18.6 miles. The early spring adventure will test endurance with a beautiful, challenging trail venue complimented with the road course in and around the campground area.
  3. Rocky Neck 5K, trail OR road: Both offer picturesque views of Rocky Neck State Park and a stunning finish overlooking beautiful Long Island Sound. The trail 5K is part of the USATF-CT Mountain, Ultra and Trail (MUT) race series.

All participants will earn a long sleeve technical shirt and custom designed finisher medal.

NEW IN 2024: Take on the Spring Hustle to enjoy some extra motivation through the season! Choose the distances to personalize a challenge plan and achieve three race finishes in this new challenge (walker-friendly!). Start with the Middletown 5K or 10K on April 7, then choose any distance in Rocky Neck on April 21; and at the UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on June 1 to crush the Spring Hustle and earn the special finisher medal. DETAILS


The charity partner for this event is Operation Paws on the Ground. Consider making a donation or run, walk or volunteer with their group and join them in their mission to support the beneficial bond between veterans and canines. DETAILS