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Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon 2024 in Albany NY: Race Details & Local Guide

Looking for fun April half marathons in New York State? The Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon 2024 on Saturday, April 13, is a premier event featuring a thrilling point-to-point downhill course on a fast surface. Find out why you should add this spring race to your calendar, and then plan your trip to Albany NY today.

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Set Your PR at the Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon

Debuting in 2019 with over 2,500 participants, the Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon has undergone improvements, including updates to the final 2 miles of the course for enhanced speed and efficiency.

The race features a USATF certified course (NY22022JG) that starts at Stephen P. Wallace (New Scotland Town) Park and ends at Jennings Landing in Albany on the Hudson River.

Run through Voorheesville streets for ~2 miles, then enjoy 9 miles on the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, before concluding with a final ~2 miles on the rail trail connector to the Hudson River bike path.

Starting at 423 feet of elevation and maxing at 513 feet .42-mile in, it then drops 500 feet down to an elevation of 13 feet at the end.

It's the perfect spring half marathon to set your PR!

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  • Start Location: Wallace (New Scotland) Town Park, 148 Swift Rd, Slingerlands, NY 12159
  • Finish Location: Jennings Landing (Amphitheater), 1 Quay St, Albany, NY 12207


  • Saturday, April 13, 2024
  • 8:30AM: Race Start

Entry Fee Schedule 

  • $90 in March
  • $99 in April

See the latest details about registration:


Portable toilets are located at each water stop.

Water Stops:

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There are 6 water stops. It is recommended and encouraged that you run with your own water carrying device. (ie. Bottle, pack, etc.)

If you use a cup provided on the course, please dispose of it in a nearby garbage can after the water stop. Alternatively, carry it with you until you reach the next water stop or garbage can.

Race Amenities:

Participants will enjoy a range of amenities, including:

  • Free bus ride to the start line from the finish area
  • Live tracking every 5K
  • Your name printed on the bib
  • Post-run meal
  • Complimentary beer at the finish, courtesy of Fort Orange Brewing
  • Live music
  • Free race photos
  • Gear check
  • Finisher's medal
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Parking/Starting Line Transportation:

Parking is not available at the start line or within 1 mile of it.

Participants are encouraged to park at the ParkAlbany Riverfront Garage by the finish line and utilize the free bus service to the start. Buses run continuously from 6 AM until 7:15 AM.

Note the following:

  • No bus service after 7:15 AM
  • No bus service after the race

Dropping off near the start line is discouraged but allowed, with details TBD based on demand. Pets and strollers are not permitted on the race course.

2024 Charity of Choice:

The South End Children's Cafe (SECC) is the designated nonprofit organization benefiting from the event. SECC's mission is to impact food security, address food equality and food justice, enhance academic success, and positively influence the physical and mental health of children by offering free, healthy meals along with various support services.

Book Lodging For Your Race Weekend

Planning to stay overnight in the Albany area for the race? Here are some excellent lodging options to choose from.

Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel

The Desmond Hotel, near Albany Airport and Wolf Road, offers upscale accommodations with 322 renovated rooms. Their list of amenities includes Mr. D's Restaurant, an indoor pool, a fitness center, free Wi-Fi, parking, and a 24-hour shuttle.

The Morgan State House Inn

The Morgan State House Inn provides guests with the ultimate urban inn experience in Albany. This is a restored 1884 mansion with signature beds, modern amenities, and tranquil spaces. The Inn is conveniently located near major attractions, and it's the perfect place to rest up.

The Microtel Inn

Stay nearby in Latham at the Microtel Inn by Wyndham Albany Airport. This hotel is well known for offering comfortable and affordable rooms, as well as a free continental breakfast each morning. You're sure to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for your race.

Where to Eat in Albany

Few appetites rival that of a long-distance runner, so check out some local fare or celebrate with a pint of your favorite beverage at these Albany dining spots.

City Beer Hall

At the City Beer Hall in downtown Albany, savor locally sourced, seasonal cuisine like buffalo chicken meatballs and smoked cauliflower steak. Pair your meal with a refreshing selection from 20 rotating beer and cider taps and an extensive can/bottle list.

Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen

Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen is located in Albany's Warehouse District. Enjoy fresh, locally sourced cuisine, craft beers, and live music in a cozy indoor setting or on spacious outdoor patio. It's the perfect place to celebrate your race weekend. Visit their website for details!

El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant - Hamilton Street

El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, on Hamilton Street, serves traditional Mexican and Spanish cuisine inspired by the owners' hometown and other Mexican states. Cheers to finishing the half marathon with over 80 tequila selections and house-made Sangria.

Enjoy Activities in Your Down Time

The Capital Region is busy year round, but April offers longer days and sun to increase its historic and cultural charm. Visit some local hotspots during your half marathon trip.

Explore the Empire State Plaza

Take a stroll around the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany and enjoy the iconic architecture amidst different state agencies. If you have the time, check out the New York State Museum or other parts of the plaza.

Stop In For a Fresh Local Cider

Completing a half marathon is the perfect justification for a cold pint. Thankfully, Nine Pin Ciderworks is right in the heart of Albany with 9 premium and limited batch ciders made from 100% local New York apples and fruit. Check out their website and relax with a refreshing premium cider.

Take a Walk Down Lark Street

Lark Street in Albany is a cultural hub filled with restaurants, cafes, galleries, and boutiques that offer endless things to do, especially with the warmer spring weather. Shop, dine, and explore the "Greenwich Village" of the Capital Region.

The Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon is a fantastic chance to experience one of Upstate New York's best races. Register now, and make a full weekend of it in Albany!

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