Hartford Marathon brings a day of races and road closures to Connecticut Saturday

All you need to know about traffic detours, CTtransit disruption and more as the Eversource Hartford Marathon runs through Connecticut Oct. 8.

Whether you’re looking to put rubber on the road, are already looking forward to that 8lb. bag of Epsom salts or simply want to get around town, the Eversource Hartford Marathon will shake up the streets this Saturday.

Participants can choose between the full 26.2-mile event, a 13.1-mile half-marathon and a charity 5K. There’s also a team relay option where teams of 2-5 can run the full marathon in legs.

The running — and brisk walking — kicks off around 8 a.m. at the front lawn of the state Capitol. Participants with disabilities start at 7:55 a.m. The 5K starts at Washington and Buckingham Streets at 8:01 a.m. and a children’s run starts at 9:30 a.m.

Each year, the Hartford Marathon Foundation chooses runners who are giving back to their community to be a part of the Inspiration Team.

Each year, the Hartford Marathon Foundation chooses runners who are giving back to their community to be a part of the Inspiration Team.

Contributed Photo/ Hartford Marathon Foundation

It’s not too late to register either. Online registration runs until 5 p.m. Friday. In-person registration and packet pickup goes until 9 p.m. All packets must be picked up before race day. There will be no registration or packet pickups on race day. Participants must be at least 16 to enter the marathon, 12 for the half marathon or relay and 5 for the 5K.

The marathon will take participants through East Hartford along the Connecticut River, then through South Windsor for a more rural glimpse of New England, before ending at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park.

Spectators can watch from along the route. The Eversource Hartford Marathon Foundation said you can catch great views at the Founder’s Bridge as the race heads out of Hartford, around mile 8 in West Hartford and at the finish in Bushnell Park. 

Road closures will begin at 7:30 a.m. and open around 2 p.m. Travelers can expect delays on these roads:


Pearl Street, Ford Street, State Street, Founders Bridge, Asylum Street, Broad Street, Farmington Avenue, Capitol Avenue, Sheldon Street, Prospect Street, Park Street, Van Dyke Avenue, Washington Street, Laurel Street, Weston Street, Rev. Moody Overpass, Market Street, Elizabeth Street and Oxford Street.


Park Road, South Highland Street, Boulevard/South Quaker Lane, North Quaker Lane, Fern Street, Troutbrook Drive, Albany Avenue (between Steele Road and Troutbrook Drive) Steele Road and Elizabeth Park.


Founders Bridge, East River Drive, Hartland Street, Meadow Street, Pitkin Street, South Prospect Street, Main Street, Carroll Road and Silver Lane Extension.


King Street and Old Main Street.


CTtransit and CTfastrak bus service in Hartford and East Hartford will see disruptions during the event.

All bus stops in downtown Hartford on Main Street between South Green and Church Street will close at 5 a.m. There will be a temporary bus stop on Church and Main streets. CTfastrak service will operate on Spruce Street at Union Station and Sigourney Street Station. More details can be found online.