HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – On Saturday morning, thousands of runners will flock to the capital for the Eversource Hartford Marathon race.
Officials in Hartford held a press conference on the matter on Friday at 11 a.m.
The gunshot sounded at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Several road closures will be in place before and during the Eversource Hartford Marathon.
Information on road closures can be read here.
Preparations for the marathon and other event races were nearing completion by Friday morning.
Runners said they were more than ready to hit the curb after a virtual race last year.
Seven thousand participants are expected.
As always, runners collect their bibs and bags in advance and are then ready to run. There is no pickup on race day.
Some modifications have been made to promote safety during the race.
Starting corrals have been set up to divide runners into groups according to pace and to encourage social distancing.
Additionally, organizers built elongated hydration stations to avoid traffic jams while runners refuel.
Also new this year is a different course that “features the revitalized Hartford and East Hartford shores with stunning views of the Connecticut River and the classic New England charm of Old Main Street, South Windsor”.
Organizers said they were eager to see it all unfold.
“It’s a different year, but boy, the level of excitement is so high because people just waited,” said Elizabeth Cowles, of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. “Last year we did it virtually and it was a wonderful virtual charity event, but there’s nothing quite like being in Hartford on race morning.”
Of course, this is a huge event that benefits the city of Hartford.
“This is a very important event for the City of Hartford. It brings people downtown. It gets people from across the state and region and across the country and the world to run, ”said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.
They even have a candy stand, with sweet treats and flat soda.
The festivities begin around 8 a.m., depending of course on the start time of the corral. Fans are encouraged to come down and show their support.
Another exciting thing is happening for the first time this year. The Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation is considered an official charity by the Hartford Marathon Foundation, and several members of the Channel 3 team are running the race in honor of this charity.
For more information on the Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation, Click here.
More information can be found on the Hartford Marathon Foundation website here.
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