Connecticut – The Hartford Marathon

Picture 072The ING Hartford Marathon is a marathon close to my heart.  Having grown up in East Hartford and coached the run/walk Hartford Marathon Foundation training group, I know the course well.  I ran the Hartford Half Marathon in 2008 as my very first half marathon.  I have run the Hartford Full Marathon in 2009 (I used it as a training run and only completed 22 miles), 2010, and 2011.

It is a scenic, relatively flat course that is run along the Connecticut River and through Hartford, East Hartford and East Windsor suburbs.  If the weather cooperates, runners are treated to the beautiful colors of a New England Autumn.

Picture 083Tips for the Running the Hartford Marathon:

  1. Prepare for the Weather:  Autumn in New England can change day by day.  We can have a hot Indian Summer day or it could be blustery cold.  Prepare by checking and rechecking the weather leading up to the race.  I recommend gloves for the cold Autumn mornings and sunblock for the bright sun!Picture 074
  2. Park Close:  Free parking is located one block south of Bushnell Park (race headquarters) in State of Connecticut parking lots along Capitol Avenue.  It is easy to park and take a potty break prior to getting to race start.  It is also easy to leave your extra clothes in your car rather than use bag check.
  3. Carry What You Need: There is a course limit of 6 hours for the full marathon. If your pace will be slower than 13:30 minute/mile, be prepared and carry your own fluids and energy gel with you throughout the race.

More information about the race, registration and spectator information can be found on the Hartford Marathon Foundation website.

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