The 10th annual Roxbury Marathon will be staged Dec. 14 starting at 8:30 a.m. over a challenging course featuring both paved and dirt surfaces.

More than 100 entrants had registered at at last report. Cost is a non-refundable $15.

Erick Johnson, who grew up in Newtown and now lives in Alaska, won last year's 26.1-mile jaunt with a clocking of two hours, 58 minutes and 38 seconds.

The top overall male and female finishers will each receive a plaque.

There will be an early-bird special for runners who will take five and a half or more hours to finish the course. Those runners can begin at 7:30 a.m. from near the Hurlburt Community Park at 18 Apple Lane.

Running bibs for all runners will be available at the community park at 6:50 a.m.


The Roxbury road race series, which hosts the marathon, welcomed 95 runners Nov. 9 for the 10th edition of the Roxbury Half-Marathon.

Jeff Sheldon, 33, of Southbury, and Sara Belles, 32, of Brookfield, captured respective men's and women's laurels for the 13.1-mile event.

Sheldon, a former two-time season champion in the weekly Roxbury series, was clocked in 1:23:17.

Eric Krebs, 44, of Roxbury, was the runnerup in 1:25:47.

Belles was sixth overall in 1:33:11.

The Roxbury series is set to resume Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. with a 3.52-mile run including a trip down the long hill on Hemlock Road.

There will be no entry fee.

For information, email Scott Benjamin at or call 203-837-9999, ext. 19825.