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Hartford Marathon

Hartford, CT


Race Dates

2017: Saturday, October 14, 2017
2016: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.70
Course Score: 98.70

Race Size

2016: 1,816 Finishers
2015: 1,914 Finishers
2014: 2,421 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 13.1%
2015: 14.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Hartford Marathon is a mostly flat course that loops through downtown, suburban, and industrial areas. There are a few miles along the Connecticut River.

The first 6 miles travel on paved paths in Hartford's riverfront trail system. Miles 7 through 25 of the course are across the Connecticut River and runs through rural farmland. The course returns to the city at mile 25 and heads directly to the finish at the Memorial Arch at Bushnell Park.


Marathon Rankings

The Hartford Marathon was the 51st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 52nd largest in 2015.

Last year 13.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 14.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Hartford Marathon the 126th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 94th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 98.70 ranks it as the 228th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Connecticut.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Hartford Marathon a PR Score of 98.70. This PR Score ranks it as the 168th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Connecticut.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 101 feet (30m)
Min Elevation: 6 feet (1m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Hartford Marathon

4.9 Stars from 7 Reviews



review of 2016 Hartford Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great race on a relatively flat course, good race support and nice scenery.

Race Tips

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.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We arrived from the east at 7:00 AM and didn't encounter any traffic.



review of 2016 Hartford Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Well organized. Good post race finish area (one of the best I have seen). Flat, good markings.

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Get to parking areas early and then relax.



review of 2016 Hartford Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2016 Hartford Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great small city race. Good fans, great post race food and course music.. Easy to get to-can walk to hotel, start line, parking.

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2014 Hartford Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Excellent race from soup to nuts. Everyone and everything was awesome. I would do it again. Friendly, fun, and professional.

Race Tips

easy to get to. Easy to do.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2014 Hartford Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great scenery, organization, food and BEER!!!

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2013 Hartford Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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.

Race Tips

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.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

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.



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