Overall Rating
Overall Rating (12 Reviews)
4.1
(12 Ratings)(12 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.4
SCENERY
2.8
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4.3
#RunHartford. The Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon is the biggest race day in Connecticut, featuring a distance for everyone and a positive experience awaiting. Join runners, families, charities and volunteers to come together in an inspiring display of community spirit. Enjoy a top-notch experience, from expo to post-race party: A … MORE
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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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    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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    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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    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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    mikeyseymour REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I have completed 6 different marathons and this is my PR. Here is what I liked about the race: it is relatively flat for New England. There are still some … MORE

    I have completed 6 different marathons and this is my PR. Here is what I liked about the race: it is relatively flat for New England. There are still some hills, but they are manageable. The start and end are in a nice park in downtown Hartford. This made logistics easy as we got a hotel downtown and had an easy walk to and from the race (both for runners and family). The course has a long out and back stretch which allows you to watch the really fast runners on your way out, then cheer on the slower runners on your way back. The end of the race is quite awesome. You run under an iconic arch (the arch is also what the medal looks like) with lots of screaming fans and pretty flowers lining the streets (didn’t notice them as a runner, but they look nice in the pictures).

    The parts that are not as exciting: the course is nothing special. Some of it is through some sparsely populated suburbs which is pleasant enough, but nothing to write home about. I like races where I get a feel for the region from my run, but this race could be anywhere, as there wasn’t much distinctly Connecticut or New England about it. Downtown Hartford itself is a bit of a ghost town on the weekend. It was vibrant on race day and so quiet the next day.

    Overall I am glad I ran the race. I traveled from Boston so it wasn’t too far for me. I wouldn’t travel across the country for this race, but as a short weekend getaway, it certainly fit the bill.

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    [email protected] REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The Hartford Half Marathon is by far the largest half marathon in Connecticut, and is the class-act, top race in the state. This is what I could call the "old … MORE

    The Hartford Half Marathon is by far the largest half marathon in Connecticut, and is the class-act, top race in the state. This is what I could call the “old faithful” race- I know it is always going to be an excellent experience. The organizers, HMF, put on an incredible event. Parking is extremely easy nearby (park near the Bushnell for free if you get in before 6:30). The course is closed to traffic and has ample water stops. The spectators and volunteers are amazing. The course can be fairly hilly, but it is pretty, especially your trip through the park before heading back to the finish. The half and full marathons are on separate courses except for just under the first mile and part of the last mile. The post-race area is huge with good food, free massage and stretching, and lots of vendors. Definitely recommended for 50 staters. Please note for those doing the full marathon, the time limit is very strict as they need to reopen the city streets. Definitely do not try the full if you cannot make the time limits.

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    omnirunner FIRST-TIMER '12

    My 2012 Hartford Marathon was an experience. You can read my blog post for all of the details, but I was the last runner to cross the starting line. Hartford … MORE

    My 2012 Hartford Marathon was an experience. You can read my blog post for all of the details, but I was the last runner to cross the starting line.
    Hartford is a very well organized race and I fell in love with the Hartford Marathon Foundation that day. They manage many races in CT throughout the year and they are pros.
    Everyone talks about the medals that Hartford gives out. My medal from 2012 was awesome and the 2014 medal had a Beatles theme, I believe it was their 25th year.
    The moment I arrived in Hartford I felt welcomed. It was such a friendly environment and that race day will always hold a special place in my heart.
    This race even makes an effort to be environmentally aware. Regretfully, this is a rare feature at any race.
    A great fall marathon in a great New England city!

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