For the last five summers runners have loved this out and back course, with a loop in the middle, and we are gearing up for a bigger and better race in 2017! The race starts at Essex High School before bringing racers to the country back roads of Essex. At mile 4, runners will encounter a one mile incline and leg burn while trying to conquer Curve Hill. Runners will feel the comfort of the dirt roads as they run their way up and down the hills of Lost Nation Road. The turn-around spot is the end of Lost Nation Road, at the intersection of Old Stage Road. Runners will continue back on Lost Nation Road before cruising down Lamore, back onto Colchester Road to Old Colchester Road, towards the finish. Friends, loved ones, and fans will be cheering as runners sprint to the finish. The cutoff time for this event is 3 hours. The Essex Half Marathon is a certified course.