This festive family 5K tradition is back, welcoming runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to celebrate the season as a community. The 3.1 mile road race winds through West Hartford neighborhoods, lined with homes decorated for the holidays and festive shop windows. Bring the kids to participate in the HMF FitKids run- a ½ mile or one mile dash to Blue Back Square.

NEW this year, the race falls in the middle of the 12Ks of Christmas holiday challenge! Use the Mitten Run to earn miles for Day 5 of the 12 day goal – whether tackling the challenge with a team or taking it on solo, participants in the 12Ks can decide their goal and keep motivated to earn those eggnogs and holiday treats! Plus, everyone who participates in 12Ks of Christmas and Blue Back Mitten Run will receive $5 in holiday bucks to spend in the Shop!

All Mitten Run participants receive a warm knit beanie. High-fives from Santa, hot chocolate and holiday cookies await finishers for post-race merriment in Blue Back Square.

Please help support neighbors in need to stay warm this winter – donations of NEW mittens, gloves, scarves and hats are being collected for The Town That Cares Fund, a program of the Town of West Hartford’s Department of Human and Leisure Services.

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HMF continues to closely monitor best safety practices for outdoor events and plan race details following state and local guidelines. Currently, face masks are not required at outdoor events in Connecticut. If race modifications are required, details will be updated on site pages and via email to all registered participants.