Start Seeding

Saturday - October 10, 2015


Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT

Start Time:  8:00 AM (Wheelchair Start: 7:55 AM)

Application Period for Seeded Start will close on Sept 1, 2015.

Runners who can document a performance better than or equal to the qualifying times noted below may enter a request for seeded position in either the Half Marathon or Marathon. Seeded runners will be granted entry to the front race corrals at the starting line immediately behind the elite runners, which will position them to cross the starting line before non-seeded runners. It is estimated that 10-15% of the race field will consist of seeded runners.

Requests for seeded start are submitted in conjunction with online registration. Please click the Register Now! button to start your online registration and apply for a seeded start.

Application must be made before September 1st and acceptance is subject to verification by the Hartford Marathon Foundation. Those individuals whose applications are accepted for seeding will be mailed a postcard after September 20, 2015. This postcard grants entry into the seeded corrals on Race Day. No postcard = No admittance.

To qualify for Marathon seeding, runners must have completed a marathon after January 1, 2014 and before September 1, 2015 under 3:30.00.

To qualify for Half Marathon seeding, runners must have completed a half marathon after January 1, 2014 and before September 1, 2015 under 1:45.00.

Questions & Answers

Do seeded entrants receive a complimentary entry?
No. You must be a paid registered participant in the Full Marathon or Half Marathon to qualify for a seeded number.

When will I know if I have been issued a seeded number?
A postcard will be sent to accepted athletes after September 20, 2014. Please provide an up-to-date address to receive a postcard.

Can I get seeded for the full marathon based on my half marathon time?
Yes. If you have completed a half marathon under 1:38.00 you may qualify for marathon seeding.

Can I get seeded for the half marathon if I have never run a half marathon before?

Can I get seeded for the half marathon based on a qualifying marathon time?

To apply for a seeded start:

Applications for seeded start can only be made during the race registration process. All applications must include a link to the runner's qualifying race results. Failure to provide a link to the qualifying race time will result in an incomplete application which cannot be processed.