The Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon is a full-scale "major event" in the Capital of New York. It is a point-to-point downhill course on a very fast surface. It debuted in 2019 with over 2,500 registrants and is now faster than ever, taking advantage of recent updates to the final 2 miles of the course to reduce the number of turns and the paving of a brand new surface.
See photos and video here.
Saturday, April 13, 2024
8:30AM: Race Start
PPU will be offered on Thur (4/11), Fri (4/12), and race day (Sat, 4/13). Please take note of the LOCATIONS indicated below.
Please make every effort to get your packet BEFORE race day. Yes, someone else can pick it up.
|Thur, 4/13||5PM to 7PM||Jennings Landing (Race Finish)|
|Fri, 4/14||12PM to 6PM||Jennings Landing (Race Finish)|
|Sat, 4/15||7AM to 8AM||Wallace Park* (Race Start)|
*Remember, you can NOT park at the Start Line.
If picking up your bib on race day, please note that ONLY your bib will be available at the start line. If you ordered merchandise (or need to pick up anything else), you can get those items AFTER you finish.
Wallace (New Scotland) Town Park
148 Swift Rd
Slingerlands, NY 12159
Jennings Landing (Amphitheater)
1 Quay St
Albany, NY 12207
If you have run a half marathon since 1/1/2022 faster than the time indicated below*, you qualify for an elite (complimentary) entry. Contact us and include your name, your qualifying time, and a link to the results for that race.
Please note that to be eligible for prize money, you must finish in the top 3 within your category (Open/Masters) and have a performance that exceeds 80% age grade. Additionally, if a female participant AMAB desires to be eligible for prize money, we must be contacted in advance and we will provide a separate category, awarding the same monetary structure as the cisgender divisions, with the requirement that all finishers in this division exceed an 84% female age-grade.
In addition to a truly awesome experience, there's a lot included!
Coming in early 2024!
There is NO PARKING at the start line, nor within 1 mile of it.
The registration page asks for your expected method of getting to the start line.
Pets and strollers are not permitted on the race course.
Head to the Results section to also see photos and video from previous years.
We need help to make this race happen. Volunteers are primarily needed as course marshals, as well as helping with general staging. No prior experience is necessary.
For those unable to attend, you do have the option (after registering as an in-person registrant), to switch to be a virtual participant. This is done via your Registrant Portal.
For an additional $16, which can only be paid at the moment you create your registration, you can insure your registration. This provides for a NO QUESTIONS ASKED refund of your entry with a deadline of Wed, 4/10 at 11:59:59PM ET. The request must be made as an email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to that time. After 4/10 this insurance expires and refunds will not be granted.
There are no refunds. The only exception is if you purchase registration insurance (and then you are still subject to the deadline as explained above). If you do NOT purchase registration insurance, your entry is non-refundable. If you still desire some method to recoup some of your entry and you did not purchase registration insurance, you can try to find someone to transfer your entry to, as described below.
Note: Transfers do not count towards referrals.
Transfers are permitted through March 31. A transfer is when you officially give your registration to someone else by providing them with a code generated by ZippyReg from your Registrant Portal, linked in your confirmation email. (Get help here.)
By clicking a button, you permanently give-up your registration, generating a code that you can give to someone else to take that voided registration. The person replacing you then registers with that code, paying only the $15 transfer fee. If you desire to be reimbursed for any portion of your entry fee, this is arranged between you and the other person - it is fully independent of ZippyReg.com (our registration provider).
There are no deferrals. Consider either purchasing registration insurance or transferring your entry to someone else (described above) if you otherwise are unable to attend.
ARE Event Productions (the organization also directing the event) will be timing the race, providing live tracking (every 5K) & results. The results will include both GUN and NET time.
OVERALL - GUN TIME Basis - Cash Prizes & Bonuses
The Top 3 Male and Female finishers
The Top 3 MASTERS (Age 40+) Male and Female finishers (If within the Top 3 Overall, wins BOTH cash prizes.)
Please be present at the main stage at 10:30am for the awards ceremony.
All overall (cash) winners are included in their age groups. (There IS 'duplication'). As such, the results will accurately show everyone's placing in their division.
The Top 3 Male and Female finishers in each age group (based on NET time) will receive an award. Categories: 14-U, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+
All half marathon finishers receive a medal at the finish line.
Will be available early winter.
This FAST SURFACE & point-to-point DOWNHILL USATF certified course (NY22022JG) starts at Stephen P. Wallace (New Scotland Town) Park and finishes at Jennings Landing on the Hudson River. The first ~2 miles are on the streets of Voorheesville. The next 9 miles are on the gently descending paved path of the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail. The final ~2 miles are on the rail trail connector to the Hudson River bike path.
See the Spectator's Guide available here. (That is the 2023 version.)
Starting Elevation: 423'
Max Elevation: 513' at 0.42 miles
The race then drops 500' to a finishing elevation of 13'.
Portable toilets are located at each water stop.
There are 6 water stops. NUUN will be available at stops #3, #4, #5, and #6.
Stop #4 will have GU (Exact flavors TBD)
IT IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED AND PREFERRED that you run with your own water carrying device. (ie. Bottle, pack, etc.) This will reduce both physical and litter waste, along with enable us to better allocate event personnel to activities that enhance your experience.
If you DO use a cup you receive on the course, PLEASE either throw it in a garbage can that is placed shortly after the water stop OR continue to run with it packed into your shorts, etc. until you reach the next water stop/garbage can.
DO NOT LITTER.
|1||2.0||2.0||Pine St just prior to Voorheesville Ave|
|2||3.2||1.2||Rail Trail - Intersection with Hilton|
|3||5.7||2.5||Rail Trail - Kenwood Parking Lot|
|4||8.1||2.4||Rail Trail - American Legion|
|5||10.8||2.7||Rail Trail - Exit onto Route 32|
|6||11.9||1.1||South End Connector Trail under 787 by 4th Ave|
You must reach each checkpoint by the indicated cut-off time to remain in the race. Those behind pace will be driven back to the finish line by event staff.
|Location||Distance||Time of Day||Clock Time||Pace|
|Water Stop #3 - Kenwood||5.7||9:55am||1:25||14:54|
|Water Stop #5 - Route 32||10.8||11:15am||2:45||15:16|