NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Thousands of runners pounded the pavement in New Haven on Labor Day.

The Faxon Law New Haven Road Race featured a 20K championship, a half marathon, a 5K and a 20K relay.

Monday's event marked the 42nd running of the race.

"This is a long race, most people don’t realize how long it is, so I’m proud of everybody that’s here," said Vicki Swan, whose daughter ran the half marathon.

The 20K race is a certified championship for USA Track and Field and attracts runners from all over the world.

"The more I do it, the better I get at it," said Liz Bottner, of West Haven.

Bottner, who is blind, ran with the Achilles team on Monday.

Sarah Bleicher and Geraline Csizmar helped guide her during the race.

"To learn how to guide, which just kind of means watching out, giving directions, looking out of things that they could trip on or we have to navigate around people," said Sarah Bleicher.

"Just cool to be able to help someone do something that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to do. They really do need to be able to see their course and I’m fully capable of doing that. So it’s just an awesome feeling," Csizmar said.

Most of the races began around 8:30 a.m. near the New Haven green.

The event also featured entertainment for children, including an inflatable fun zone and face painting.

An after-race party also took place at Bar with discounts on pizza and beer.

For more information, check out the race's website here.

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