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Overall Rating (25 Reviews)
4.2
(25 Ratings)  (25 Reviews)
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    ljd13 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This is a nice race, pretty, partly along the Connecticut River. Mostly flat. Good race support, swag and after race festivities. Parking is a bit tricky but we were able … MORE

    This is a nice race, pretty, partly along the Connecticut River. Mostly flat. Good race support, swag and after race festivities. Parking is a bit tricky but we were able to utilize a parking garage close to the start/finish line.

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    yma98 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The half and full run the first 11 miles together...over 7000 runners. Probably wouldn't have been my first choice for a CT race if I wasn't visiting local family. (I … MORE

    The half and full run the first 11 miles together…over 7000 runners. Probably wouldn’t have been my first choice for a CT race if I wasn’t visiting local family. (I would have preferred one on the shoreline.) For a city race though, I appreciated the riverwalk section, the city streets and the finish through the arch at Bushnell Park. Great volunteer course support. Nice medal and shirt too!

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    venator12 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Awesome, well organized run for the number of participants. This half was the largest I ran this year and one of the most well organized. The start and finish are … MORE

    Awesome, well organized run for the number of participants. This half was the largest I ran this year and one of the most well organized. The start and finish are extremely close to each other and the course winds you through the city and past some great old time architecture, over some highways and along a river for a bit. Aide stations are frequent, the crowd support was awesome. The finish line is at the famous arch and is lined with mums and has a ton of post race stuff to do. The medal was great too. This years was of the arch w/ mums and is a great memento to hang on your wall.

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    sftblleco13 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    HMF Events always puts on a solid race event. Plenty of port-o-potties, great race support throughout, and I never felt like I was lost (back of the pack runner here). … MORE

    HMF Events always puts on a solid race event. Plenty of port-o-potties, great race support throughout, and I never felt like I was lost (back of the pack runner here). Nice medals and long sleeve shirts. Awesome post-race party with beer garden and live band. They changed the course since I last ran in 2018, and it’s much more scenic along the river.

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    demman1024 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The thing that stands out most for me about this marathon is the volunteers! They were plenty and awesome! From the water stations to the volunteers on bikes, they were … MORE

    The thing that stands out most for me about this marathon is the volunteers! They were plenty and awesome! From the water stations to the volunteers on bikes, they were the best! The course was beautiful, I thought, with some water, some green, and some lovely homes to look at while we were running. I’m glad I chose this race for my Connecticut marathon!

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    Tohler FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great medal Awesome volunteers who cheered the entire course Great course. Not many hills. Loved seeing different parts of the city. Ran thru east Hartford and downtown. Police did and … MORE

    Great medal
    Awesome volunteers who cheered the entire course
    Great course. Not many hills.
    Loved seeing different parts of the city. Ran thru east Hartford and downtown. Police did and awesome job with traffic control

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    erbVanZan FIRST-TIMER '21

    Although I didn’t have the time I would’ve hoped considering it was not a difficult course, I enjoyed the entire race. I had recently come off a completely downhill course … MORE

    Although I didn’t have the time I would’ve hoped considering it was not a difficult course, I enjoyed the entire race. I had recently come off a completely downhill course and I think my muscle memory made me start out slower than I usually do and I then continued to run slower(I’ve never been able to do negative splits.lol) But this race was so enjoyable. Great swag, fun but (covid) small expo, organized start, top notch volunteers, great water stops, road closures, and the finish is epic! They had a spread out finish area, and a nice drawstring bag for our post race food so you weren’t grabbing things off tables. And the post race band was really good, (I did come in early enough to catch their last few songs). They had an alternative to beer which always makes me happy. One other surprise I figured out while running through the residential section 18-24 was that mailboxes had a bag with a cowbell so residents could cheer us on! I figured it out that those who weren’t home the bells were still hanging (and filled with rain water). What a cool idea! The community embraces this race. And of course the medal is beautiful too.

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    jfickler FIRST-TIMER '21

    Awesome vibe, LOVED running the first 12 miles throughout the city and on the water. Really fast course in the beginning. Not the biggest fan of the second half as … MORE

    Awesome vibe, LOVED running the first 12 miles throughout the city and on the water. Really fast course in the beginning. Not the biggest fan of the second half as it was an out and back and on a very busy road. Great finish regardless under the arch way! Big party afterwards, really great time!

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    Starts and finishes in the city of Hartford, first to run along the river and then into some surrounding communities. All in all a good race, plenty of support aid … MORE

    Starts and finishes in the city of Hartford, first to run along the river and then into some surrounding communities. All in all a good race, plenty of support aid stations and spectators. Had a great time

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    hollymiller604 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Bottom Line: Nicely organized race and pretty course. Expo: We parked in a parking garage across from the expo to keep it easy. We paid to park but I don't … MORE

    Bottom Line: Nicely organized race and pretty course.

    Expo: We parked in a parking garage across from the expo to keep it easy. We paid to park but I don’t recall it being much. The expo was small but very organized. My boyfriend even remarked that it was one of the most organized expos we have attended.

    Pre-Race: The communications were very detailed and timely. We stayed in West Hartford and I was dropped off at the starting area about an hour earlier than start time and there was no traffic. The staging area was slightly confusing but there were a lot of signs and volunteers there to help. Tons of port-a-potties 🙂

    Corrals: There are two different start lines, one for the 5k and the other for the full and the half. Again, there is clear signage so it’s not a problem. One minor thing here, I didn’t realize you needed a special sticker on your bib if you planned on running faster than an 10 minute mile? They block off that corral and you can only enter if you had that sticker. I wasn’t the only person who missed that detail. Not a big deal but I did spend the first mile weaving in and out of people.

    Course: I really enjoyed the course. There were a good amount of spectators and most of the course went through beautiful neighborhoods. The first few miles were a little sketchy but made for good entertainment 😉 There were ample water stops and I liked how they had cyclists on the course that were there to assist you if you needed water or GU. Great idea! The finish line was spectacular. You finished under the arch and the last 100 meters of the course was lined with mums.

    Post Race: The race offered gear check, but it was executed very poorly. Due to rain the morning before the race, they moved the bags inside a building but the pickup table was located outside. So the volunteers (who were lovely!) had to go from the table, up a step of stairs, into the building, and it took several minutes to get your bag. Again, not a huge deal but something to be aware of. I would have ditched the bag but I wanted my stuff back 🙂 I didn’t partake in the festival because I celebrated at my family’s house, but it seemed like people were having fun.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this race and will be back once my 50 state goal is done 🙂

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 28, 2020 at 2:23pm

    Thanks for your excellent review, Holly! There aren't many compelling marathon options for 50 Staters in Connecticut, so you've really helped me better understand Hartford and what it has to… MORE

    Thanks for your excellent review, Holly! There aren't many compelling marathon options for 50 Staters in Connecticut, so you've really helped me better understand Hartford and what it has to offer. The bike patrol is a great idea — the volunteers in Des Moines do something similar, and it's a highlight of race day there as well. Congrats on crossing off Connecticut, and we hope you'll continue to track and share your progress on your 50 States Map here on RaceRaves. Be well, keep running strong, and here's hoping we're all able to continue our 50 States quest soon! 🤞 LESS

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    bertman65 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Aid stations are fairly close together, between 1-2 miles apart, so I did not carry water. The course is relatively flat except for mile 2 and 26. 26 is a … MORE

    Aid stations are fairly close together, between 1-2 miles apart, so I did not carry water. The course is relatively flat except for mile 2 and 26. 26 is a killer as you cross back into the city. Crowd support is minimal, a lot of the race is an out and back in East Windsor through residential neighborhoods. The finish area and mile 27 beer garden were quite nice.

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    kellyscott8 FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was a nice little race. The race organization was great, it was easy to get to the start and the start of the race went smoothly. The course itself … MORE

    It was a nice little race. The race organization was great, it was easy to get to the start and the start of the race went smoothly. The course itself was pretty boring. There were a couple hills on the course, but for the most part the race was flat and fast. The only part of the course that I didn’t enjoy was from about mile 9-17 was. It was a long out and back and though it was fun to see the fast runners go by it lasted for a really long time and became more discouraging the further out we got.

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    Baroquen131 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was my CT race and I'm totally ok with having chose it. Lots of positives: Nice, easy course. The weather was great (cloudy in the 50s). The downtown part … MORE

    This was my CT race and I’m totally ok with having chose it.
    Lots of positives:
    Nice, easy course. The weather was great (cloudy in the 50s). The downtown part of the course was scenic, but a long stretch mid-race was largely forgettable. Crowds were good, and encouraging, especially at the finish. Plenty of aid stations and port-a-pots. Expo was fine. Long sleeve shirt was nice, not particularly garish. Medal was also nice, nothing too crazy nor oversized. After-race party was also pleasant – lots of space, still food and beer available for us slow marathon folk, even after the 1/2 marathon finishers had made their way through.
    Not many cons:
    The starting corrals were a little cramped, especially with last minute arrivals pushing up through the crowd from the back. (Maybe get there a little earlier?) Food offerings after the race were not particularly impressive, (though I liked the rice mix better than I thought I would). Expo was a little on the small size?
    Downtown Hartford was interesting. No problems, but not particularly amazing compared to some other cities/states I’ve visited. (However, I’m not sure the other CT marathon offerings would have been better?). I stayed at a hotel near the start/finish area so it was very convenient. Not a particularly flashy hotel, but again, solid with no problems.
    Overall – it was a pleasant weekend. Race organizers did a great job pulling off a very nice fall race.

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    sharney FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran this half marathon for my Connecticut race in trying to complete the 50 States. The race is very well organized, cool expo the day before, good post race … MORE

    I ran this half marathon for my Connecticut race in trying to complete the 50 States. The race is very well organized, cool expo the day before, good post race food, overall great production. I didn’t expect the elevation of the course to hit me as hard as it did. I definitely wished I had done more hill training in preparation for this race (I did none). Nothing overly daunting, but frequent enough that I think it affected my time.

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    todd17406 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Very nice way to click CT off your state list. Pros: fast course Very well supported with Police at every major intersection. Ample (almost too many) aid stations with Nuun … MORE

    Very nice way to click CT off your state list.
    Pros: fast course
    Very well supported with Police at every major intersection.
    Ample (almost too many) aid stations with Nuun and Water
    Very organized from registration, packet pickup, and post party.
    Cons: just a few….I normally run in the 3:30s. My friend in the 3:20s and we were forced to start with the 10 minute mile group because they had our starting stage area roped off unless you had a ‘B’ on your bib? Kinda frustrating and unnecessarily crowded at start because of this.
    Felt the finishing food was a little lacking. Loved the Hot Rice cups and Sam Adams stand though! Overall a very nice experience and a good way to click CT off your state list!

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    I have run the half in the past and loved all of the bands. This year it was cold and rainy, and the bands did not show up. That made … MORE

    I have run the half in the past and loved all of the bands. This year it was cold and rainy, and the bands did not show up. That made it for long stretches of houses and no people, no music and no scenery. That was tough.

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    BrooklandRunner FIRST-TIMER '17

    I was pleased with my effort. I was able to run a negative split on a warm day. It was in the 60s so I forgot about trying to break … MORE

    I was pleased with my effort. I was able to run a negative split on a warm day. It was in the 60s so I forgot about trying to break 3. I ran a strong second half. The course and volunteers are great. I enjoyed it!

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    jeannecorey64 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I love this marathon for so many reasons. The logistics, the expo, the course, post race festivities, volunteers, crowd support to name a few. I have paced this marathon 5 … MORE

    I love this marathon for so many reasons. The logistics, the expo, the course, post race festivities, volunteers, crowd support to name a few. I have paced this marathon 5 times. The first year I ran it I Boston Qualified. The course is not difficult and the crowd support is fantastic. The race is seamless with logistics from getting there, communications, water stops, nutrition and safety for all runners. I can’t wait to run it next year!

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    donnanash REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is a great race for first timers. Very well organized and not too big to be intimidating. Love the Saturday morning race! Scenery is not the best. MORE

    This is a great race for first timers. Very well organized and not too big to be intimidating. Love the Saturday morning race! Scenery is not the best.

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '17

    Hartford Marathon was my 48th state and 54th marathon. Strangely I don’t have a lot to say about it because it was pretty even keel; well organized and not really … MORE

    Hartford Marathon was my 48th state and 54th marathon. Strangely I don’t have a lot to say about it because it was pretty even keel; well organized and not really any cons, but also not a super exciting or scenic race. The weather ended up being pleasant after a threat of rain; it was overcast and relatively cool until I finished so that was nice though if you were out longer than 3:45 it probably got a bit warm in the sun. But it was the coolest race I’ve run in months. As far as the race weekend here are my thoughts:

    Pros:
    -It was the 24th year so they know what they’re doing in terms of organization and course.
    -Well-marked course.
    -Spending a few extra bucks gets you priority parking near the start/finish and a warm indoor area with refreshments and real bathrooms.
    -One start/finish area makes logistics easy.
    -Half and full runners start together but the two races break apart very early which I loved. Eased congestion on the roads and there’s no dramatic break at mile 12.5 when they all run to the finish and we keep going.
    -Very nice medal and good shirt.
    -Decent course but nothing to write home about. Modest hills and the typical mix of city, suburb, and country scenery. Typical city marathon course.
    -Abundant aid stations. I thought they were supposed to be every two or more miles apart but it seemed like they were more frequent than that.
    -Good post race area with beer and food, chocolate milk, and entertainment. Festive.
    -You can get marathon seeding based on other results.
    -Cool finish under the iconic arch near the Capitol.
    -Started on time.
    -Good communication.

    Cons: Not a lot of these
    -Expo was lackluster. I’m not an expo person, and actually I had my packet mailed to me so I only went to exchange my shirt for another size (they ran small). Strange packet pickup process. Kind of dark setting.
    -Lots of relay runners sprinting past at various points. Not a fan of relays!

    Again, there’s not a lot to rave about and not a lot to complain about. It’s well-done and a decent course. The swag is very good and you can trust that the RD has a well marked and organized event planned. In other words, it’s a solid marathon. I’d definitely recommend it, especially for fifty staters.

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