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Hartford Marathon Reviews
4.9 Stars from
By MEB about 2016
Great race on a relatively flat course, good race support and nice scenery.
If you have someone for race support have them stand at mile 12, once you pass they can walk across the street to meet you at mile 22. They'll be able to walk to mile 12 before you arrive and walk back from mile 22 to the finish line before you get back.
Great small city race. Good fans, great post race food and course music.. Easy to get to-can walk to hotel, start line, parking.
By e.g. about 2014
Excellent race from soup to nuts. Everyone and everything was awesome. I would do it again. Friendly, fun, and professional.
easy to get to. Easy to do.
By ty about 2014
Great scenery, organization, food and BEER!!!
By DP about 2013
Very well organized. Option to have bib, shirt, and bag for checking clothes on race day sent to you in advance for nominal fee. Great food and drink at finish. Good Gatorade, water, and Gu service on route. A great value for the $. Also nice that it's on the holiday weekend, so you have more time to travel and recover, even if getting there on Friday from anywhere in the tri- state area will test your patience.
Mostly flat. Ramps and bridges are the only real hills. Most hotels offer late checkout, so you can grab a shower after the race without staying an extra day. Don't wait too late to check bag. There was a huge bottleneck during the last 30-40 minutes before the start. The half and full marathons start together and split after a few miles. Be careful not to get caught on the wrong side of the street at the split. I almost got stuck on the half marathon side.
Lots of parking right near the start. Some is free. Most is not. Expect to pay $10 for the open lots nearest the start. Some service stations at same location also offer $10 parking. City Steam brewery was a post- race hit. Kids liked the science vented. Bring your bib for a discount.