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Fall Foliage ½ Marathon & 5K

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Distance Half marathon

About Fall Foliage ½ Marathon & 5K

Be a part of this beautiful day as participants run through historic downtown Rhinebeck and journey to the shores of the Hudson River in neighboring Rhinecliff.

Timed to start just weeks before — and serve as the perfect tune-up run for — the famed New York City Marathon just a couple of hours down the highway in early November, Rhinebeck’s Fall Foliage Half Marathon makes its annual running this fall along the streets and country roads of this small village that lies along the Hudson River.

Both the half marathon and the 5K race follow out-and-back courses that are set to start and finish near the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, which lies just off Mulberry Street and Platt Avenue.


Half Marathon

  • 21.097km


  • 5km


Award Medals

All half marathon finishers will receive a medal. Prize Money, Overall Awards and Age Group Awards will be available for both races.

Maximum Time

Time limit of 3:30 for the half marathon. After that time the clock will be kept running but there will be no additional course support available. There is no time limit for the 5K, which will finish in the same spot as the half marathon.


There is parking available on site The Dutchess County Fairgrounds, and in town at the Municipal Lots. Please arrive for the races no later than 9:30 AM. We encourage people to arrive early.


ARE Event Productions will be providing chip timing using disposable B-Tags.

Fall Foliage ½ Marathon & 5K Route Map

Fall Foliage ½ Marathon & 5K Route Map


Dutchess County Fairgrounds



Both the half marathon and the 5K race follow out-and-back courses that are set to start and finish near the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, which lies just off Mulberry Street and Platt Avenue.

From there, the 13.1-mile race route will follow what is mostly a counter-clockwise loop route from the center of the town out into the rural farm fields that lie just north of the village of Rhinebeck, which is home to just over 3,000 residents.

The first 3 1/2 miles of the course are really the flattest of the race, as runners start out by heading east along Rhinecliff Road, right on Mill Street and then right on Mill Road, which starts the stretch that takes runners south from the village and into the countryside.

The changing colors of the leaves and the trees will make the early and middle parts of the course some of the race’s most scenic, as runners head south along Mill Road and then turn left around the mile 3 marker onto South Mill Road.

Between miles 4 and 5, runners experience the race’s first real hills, the first of a number of mostly gently rolling hills they’ll encounter over the next few miles. After about a mile and a half along Hook Road, runners then turn right onto Cove Road, where they begin a loop that will take them near the shoreline of Vanderburgh Cove.

When South Mill Road meets back up with Morton Road — just as runners are making their way between mile markers 7 and 8 — runners then start the stretch that takes them closest to the banks of the Hudson River.

The stretch along Rhinecliff Road leads into the village of Rhinecliff and a brief loop along the town streets there, passing by the Amtrak station that looks out onto the water. A couple of quick turns in Rhinecliff put runners onto Ryan Road, for a mile-long out-and-back stretch back into the countryside.

The final, home stretch of the race takes shape once runners make it back to Rhinecliff Road, where they turn left and then head east along Rhinecliff Road, all the way back to the library for the race finish line. Proceeds promote the efforts of the race’s beneficiary, Riverkeeper, a New York-based organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.