2021 – a new year full of possibilities. It’s time to get back to it!

While we can’t predict exactly what the next 10 months will bring, we’re going to do everything in our power to be prepared and ready to offer an event that lives up to its tradition. We’re committing to keep charity purpose at the heart of the event and to embrace the community that has welcomed us on their roads for almost three decades.

We are planning for a limited capacity this year. Registration is now open for the 26.2, 13.1 and 3.1 mile distances; guarantee your spot in the limited field with assurance that your registration investment is protected. Register now and you have until June 1 to request a 75% refund of your registration (less processing fees) if for any reason you decide not to participate in the October 9 event. Those registered early (by February 28) have until June 1 to request 100% refund.

The temporary refund policy gives you a safety net while we move on race plans that enable us to keep our non-profit operations viable. We will hope for the best and will be prepared for many iterations of what the future could bring. Please check back for regular updates.


With a nod to the 27-year history of this momentous event in Hartford, the marathon and half marathon are both being planned along the 26.2 mile marathon course to ensure that even with capacity limits in place, necessary resources can be devoted to make it happen safely.

A 5K race is in planning as is a two-person relay option for the half marathon in lieu of our traditional marathon relay, which cannot happen due to transportation and exchange zone complexities. Look for details on those races to be updated by June 1.

Safety remains top priority, but there are so many details to be worked out that only time will bring definitive answers on. Expect staggered start waves determined by anticipated finish times. Course limits will need to adjust, everything from parking plans to pre-race prep areas will be overhauled. The HMF Fitness Expo and packet pick-up will be assessed in addition to roles of volunteers and opportunities for spectators.

A virtual race component will be introduced by June 1 to add a multi-distance challenge to race weekend and provide off-site race opportunities for virtual-only participants.

Official Charity Program

Welcoming individuals and groups to raise funds for charity through their participation in the Eversource Hartford Marathon is an important tradition that will continue to be honored in 2021. Since the event began in 1994, more than $8.2 million has been raised for charities, with significant coordinated efforts by non-profit organizations serving as Official Charities.

Please check back in early 2022 to apply for next year’s event.