Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT
Start Time: 8:00 AM
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The ING Hartford Half Marathon starts with the Marathon in front of the CT State Capitol. After one mile, the Half quickly turns south, away from the marathon, to tour attractive sections and neighborhoods of Hartford and West Hartford including vibrant Park Street and over a mile of the famed Elizabeth Park.
The ING Half-Marathon course will split from the marathon at mile 1, at which time half marathon runners will head towards West Hartford.
|Half Marathon Map - Course Map
Map will print on one page (8 ½ x 11).
The Half Marathon course is a USA Track & Field Certified Course #CT10022JHP
Click here to read information regarding course length for USATF certified courses.
Click here to see a video of the course.
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Click here for detailed pace team information.
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Click here for detailed course support information.
Male: 1:05:24 - course record set by Derese Deniboba in 2010. 1:03:37 - event record set by Ako Benedict in 1996
Female: 1:11:32 - course record and event record set by Kim Smith in 2010
What is the competitive race walk division all about?
The ING Hartford Half Marathon racewalk division is a monitored event. Athletes who select this category must comply with the racewalk rules.
If you plan on casually walking the Half Marathon route, do not enter the Race Walk Division - enter the open division of the ING Half Marathon.
Definition of Race Walking:
|Race Walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs. The advancing leg must be straightened (i.e., not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the leg is in the vertical upright position.
Judges on the course will be looking to see if the athlete:
1- has a bent knee any time between heel strike to when the leg is directly underneath them. (The leg must be straightened)
2- Is off the ground. (The lead leg must touch down before the rear foot leaves the ground so at no point are both feet off the ground.)
In layman's terms - A racewalker can not run, he/she must straighten the leg at the knee as the heel contacts the ground. Race Walking has rules to differentiate it from running. If you are in the Race Walk division it is not OK to run any portion of the race.
If the judges agree that an athlete is in violation of the rules, the athlete may be disqualified from the racewalk division.
Wikipedia also offers a good description for race walking.
Prizes: Merchandise prizes to top three male and female finishers.