The Eversource Hartford Marathon is back! On October 8th, Downtown Hartford will be filled with runners, family members, friends, and local spectators to celebrate the city’s biggest event. Look no further for race details, each race’s routes, and the best places to eat and drink during marathon week!

Photo By: Hartford Marathon Foundation (@hmf_events) • Instagram photos and videos

Where Can I Sign Up?

Interested in lacing up those sneakers? There’s still time! Online registration closes on October 5th, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation has a race for everyone! Choose between the full marathon, the half, the 26.2 relay, and the 5K! Register here!

Age Requirements: 

  • Marathon: minimum 16 years of age 
  • Half Marathon or Team Relay: minimum 12 years of age  
  • 5K: minimum 5 years of age 

Where and When Do I Pick Up My Race Packet?

Race Packet Pick Up and the HMF Fitness Expo takes place on October 6th, from 4:00pm–7:00pm and October 7th, from 12:00pm–9:00pm at the XL Center. After you pick up your gear, make sure to check out the vendors and exhibitors that can help you prepare for race day. Remember, there are no pick ups or registration on the day of the race.

Where and When Does Each Race Start?

7:55am: Marathon/Half Marathon wheelchair athletes 
  • Capitol Avenue at the CT State Capitol Building front lawn
8:00am: Marathon/Half Marathon/Team 26.2 Relay 
  • Capitol Avenue at the CT State Capitol Building front lawn
8:00am: Charity 5K
  • Washington Street and Buckingham Street 
9:30am: Eversource Hartford Marathon FitKids Run 
  • Elm Street at Pulaski Circle (East of Bushnell Park)

Where Can I Grab a Bite to Eat and Drink?

Looking to carb up before the big race? Searching for some food and drink while your racer prepares for the race? Click the links below to check out some awesome restaurants in the city and what specials they have for you this weekend!

Thursday, October 6

Friday, October 7

Saturday, October 8

Sunday, October 9

What Other Events are Taking Place During Marathon Week?

Pre-Race Party on Pratt
Thursday, October 6th from 4:00pm–8:00pm

The Pratt Street Historic District is celebrating racers during packet pick up on Thursday, October 6th! Racers and their families can head over to Pratt Street for live music by The Mancini’s, food specials, family-friendly games, and a free drink for each racer that shows their bib at Vaughan’s Pub or Sunberry. Head on down to @prattstreethartford to join in on the block party!

Eversource Hartford Marathon Post-Race Party in Bushnell Park
Saturday, October 8th from 8:00am–2:00pm
  • Athlete Food Tent (8:00am–2:00pm—All athletes can refuel with fresh eats!
  • Mile 27 Beer Garden (9:00am–2:00pm)—enjoy ice cold beer from Samuel Adams, Truly Hard Seltzer, and Angry Orchard Cider, all while listening to live music at the Bushnell Stage. Each athlete (21+) will get one free beverage! 
  • Awards—Top overall finishers will receive awards at the finish line on Trinity Street directly following their race. All other award recipients can pick their prizes up at the Results/Awards Area in Bushnell Park.
  • Charity Village (all day long) check out the official charities of the Eversource Hartford Marathon.

Hartford Athletic vs. Oakland Roots SC at Trinity Health Stadium
October 8th at 7:00pm

Hartford Athletic’s final home match of the season takes place in the evening right after the Eversource Hartford Marathon! Hartford Athletic is a great place to bring your family and friends who supported a racer in the morning. The biggest bonus—it’s $2 beer, $1 hot dog night! You can purchase tickets here.

What Amenities Does Hartford Marathon Foundation Offer for Racers and their Families?

  • Baggage Check at the Bushnell Center for the Performing ArtsFree baggage check is available for all registered athletes, starting at 6:00am. All items must be picked up by 2:30pm.
  • Pace Teams—ProHealth Physicians Pace teams will be available for the Marathon and Half Marathon. The leaders will meet at the starting line 15 minutes prior to race start.
  • Pre- & Post-Race Stretch—Head to Bushnell Park before and after the race to join in on a group stretch led by Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network. 
  • Athlete Tracking—Want to track your family and friends while they are running? Head to the HMF website to sign up for athlete tracking. 

We can’t wait to see you on race day!

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