Connecticut > Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Simsbury, CT • Sunday, June 2, 2013 • Course Map
Part of a series of more than 20 running events hosted throughout the year around Connecticut and Rhode Island by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, the Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K & 5K race is set for its 11th annual running in northern Connecticut in 2013, after last year's race saw more than 2,000 runners cross the finish line in all three races combined.
Runners start the double-loop course for the race in Simsbury, a rural suburb of the nearby state capital Hartford, where historic farmhouses, rolling country roads and huge, green farm fields marked off by wire and wooden fenceposts lie just outside this historic town's downtown area. The course takes runners through mostly rural terrain, over the country roads and paved running, walking and biking paths that meander alongside and across the Farmington River here.
The half marathon -- like the 10K and 5K races, which are run simultaneously with the 13.1-mile race -- starts off in Simsbury on Drake Hill Road, and from there takes runners first by Drake Hill Park and then over the bridge that crosses the Farmington River onto Riverside Road. There, runners turn right and head south, making their way down to East Wealogue Street, where they turn left and head north until they meet up with Terry S. Plain Street.
The next stretch of the race features some of its most scenic stretches, alternating between tree-lined roadways and wide-open farm fields -- and are no doubt part of the reason why famed Runner's World magazine columnist Bart Yasso selected the Iron Horse Half Marathon a few years back as one of his favorite races across the country.
Runners will make their way around a counter-clockwise loop around Pharos Farm and then back south again along Terry S. Plain Road, all the way back down to Riverside Road, where they'll cross the bridge back over the river and head through Simsbury and past the starting line a second time.
The course then heads north through town, beginning the second of the two loops that take runners back across the Farmington River again and over to Terry S. Plain Road again, which they'll follow this time all the way back into Simsbury for the race finish line.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the central northern Connecticut, about 12 miles northwest of Hartford and roughly 130 miles northeast of New York City, Simsbury typically sees June temperatures that average between 57°F and 80°F, while rainfall totals average just over 3.8 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (June 2), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 77°F.
View the race route map for the Iron Horse Half Marathon
7:30 AM for the half marathon, 10K and 5K
10:30 AM for the kids' fun run
$50 for the half marathon, if registered by January 27, 2013
$60 between Jan. 28 - March 31
$70 between April 1 - May 26
$80 on May 27 and after
To reserve your spot in the late spring/early summer 2013 running of Simsbury's Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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