Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K

Saturday, October 9, 2021 • Hartford, CT • Course Map

The vibrant colors of fall are on display for runners, walkers and relay participants all through Connecticut’s capitol city at the Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon, formerly known as the Greater Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon.


Set for its 26th annual running this year, the race features a mostly fast and flat course for the half marathon, with just a couple of significant hills along the country roads just outside town and the neighborhoods in the city’s west end, and a long riverfront stretch of the race along the Connecticut River that flows through Hartford.

All of the races in the event — which includes a full, 26.2-mile marathon, the 13.1-mile half marathon, a team relay, a 5K race and a “Kids K” race — start and finish near downtown Hartford’s State Capitol Building. From there, the course follows what can be described roughly as two different loops through the city.

The course starts off with regular turns on the tour of downtown Hartford before heading north through along Market Street into the North Meadows neighborhood. Runners will pass the Xfinity Theatre before turning onto Weston Street and then into Riverside Park.

Courtesy Hartford Marathon Foundation

The park connects the course to the Riverwalk, which leads runners south along the Connecticut River. This section of the course features part of a sculpture walk inspired by the life and legacy of former president Abraham Lincoln. (There’s also an audio tour if you want to check out the full tour after–or before—the race.)

The course exists the Riverwalk into the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood and makes a loop through the neighborhood before crossing the Connecticut River into East Hartford.

The race course turns around almost immediately after crossing the bridge and takes runners to the Riverfront, but this time to the east side. After about a mile along the Riverfront, the race course follows a big sweeping loop along Willow Street, Main Street, and Pitkin Street before crossing the Founders Bridge again.

The race course then follows a big sweeping loop around Silver Lane, Main Street and Pitkin Street, taking runners all the way back to the Founders Bridge for the run back over into the western part of the city.

Courtesy Hartford Marathon Foundation

After returning to downtown Hartford, the course is in the home stretch, with the course taking runners straight ahead along Pearl Street before turning onto Trinity Street and into Bushnell Park.

The finish line takes runners through Hartford’s Memorial Arch inside the park, and after the biggest hill of the race in crossing the Founders Bridge, the last mile into the finish is flat.

Courtesy Hartford Marathon Foundation

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the geographic center of the state, about 120 miles from New York City, Hartford tends to experience mild to cold weather in the mid-fall, as October has brought record temperatures as low as 18°F (in 1940) and as high as 89°F (in 1959).

  • Oct. 9 average low temp: 41ºF
  • Oct. 9 average high temp: 64ºF

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Hartford Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

8:00 AM

Course Time Limit

  • 3 hours – half marathon
  • 6 hours – full marathon

Fees

  • $85 and up for the half marathon
  • $105 and up for the full marathon
  • $35 and up for the 5K

Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of the Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K race, register online at HakuApp.com here.

Official Race Website

hartfordmarathon.com


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3 comments… add one
  • Patty Griffiths July 25, 2021, 12:16 pm

    It says the half marathon time limit is 3 hours but the results show lots of people going over that time. If I usually do 3:10 to 3:20, would I be okay?

    Reply
  • Carlos April 30, 2021, 7:43 am

    Is the Hartford marathon going to be virtual or in person come this year 2021

    Reply
  • Wesley Breaux September 9, 2017, 4:09 pm

    What? Please tell me there will be a 5K race in Htfd., Ct.

    Reply

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