UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Thursday, June 4, 2020 – Sunday, June 7, 2020 • Simsbury, CT • Course Map

Note: The 2020 race is a virtual event. Registration is open to new runners. Details are included below.

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 UConn Health Half Marathon (knonw as the Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K & 5K through 2019) race is set for its 18th annual running this year, an event that draws more than 2,000 runners each spring.


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.

Courtesy Hartford Marathon Foundation

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 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.

Up for a challenge? Sign up for the Iron Horse Challenge and run the 5K, 10K, and half marathon in one weekend. You’ll receive a special challenge ribbon on your finisher medal and bragging rights.

Courtesy Hartford Marathon Foundation

Courtesy Hartford Marathon Foundation

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 mild to moderately warm weather in June, a month that has brought record temperatures as low as 37 degrees (in 1986) and as high as 101 degrees (in 1952).

  • June average low temp: 53ºF
  • June average high temp: 76ºF

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the UConn Health Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

Your Choice

Course Time Limit

No Course Limit for 2020

Fees

  • $45 and up for the half marathon
  • $45 and up for the 10K
  • $45 and up for the 5K
  • $45 and up for the Iron Horse Challenge

Registration

To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of Simsbury’s UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at HakuApp.com here.

Official Race Website

www.hartfordmarathon.com


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