Spectators

HM_spectators_horns_cowbellsFAMILY REUNION AREA

Confirm a post-race reunion plan before the race begins! Plan to meet in the family reunion area in Bushnell Park where large alphabetical signs will be prominently displayed.

36 BANDS ON COURSE

As if the scenery wasn’t enough, the 36 musical acts along the course will help the runners finish their race! With so many bands, groups and solo artists, everyone is bound to find their beat.

BEST PLACES TO WATCH YOUR RUNNERS

The Start - Capitol Avenue

Enjoy the pre-race activities and the spectacular Race Start.

Cheer Zones

Along the course, Cheer Zones have music, fun and plenty of free cheering gear waiting for you.  Cheer Zones located at marathon mile 4, 6 & 25; half marathon at mile 8.5.

Marathon Mile 4, 6, 25

Riverfront Plaza at the Founders Bridge
From here, you can view your marathon runner three times on the course! Cheer them on at mile 4 on the riverfront path, again at mile 6 as they leave the city on the bridge and finally, encourage them to finish strong as they cross back into the city at mile 25. This location is a Cheering Zone and is located just a half-mile from Bushnell Park.

Marathon Mile 8

Great River Park in East Hartford is a beautiful waterfront park and great location to cheer on the runners. 6 blocks from the start including the Founders Bridge Pedestrian walkway.

Marathon Mile 20 “The Wall”

Old Main Street, South Windsor
“The Wall.” It evades easy definition, but you know it when you see it—or rather, hit it. It usually happens around mile 20. Your pace slows, sometimes considerably. Some runners say that it feels as though their legs had been filled with lead quail shot. Others can’t feel their feet at all. Thought processes become a little fuzzy. Muscle coordination goes out the window, and self-doubt casts a deep shadow over the soul. Runners sure need cheering spectators here! Easy access from I-91N onto I-291.

Half Marathon Mile 8.5 "The Mercy Community"

St. Mary’s House, 275 Steele Road, West Hartford
With the overwhelming support from St. Mary’s Home, we have moved the Cheer Zone to their campus! Plenty of parking on the side streets off of Steele Road.

Half Marathon Mile 10

Elizabeth Park, Asylum Avenue, West Hartford
Cheer on your runner amidst the flowers in the spectacular Rose Garden and surrounding formal gardens.