The Charity 5K at the Eversource Hartford Marathon encourages runners and walkers to participate with a purpose! Register to run or walk the 3.1 mile course with the option to join a charity fundraising team through the Official Charity Program or choose a charity of choice to represent on race day.

The Charity 5K starts near the iconic Bushnell Theater, travels through downtown Hartford, past City Hall and the historic Wadsworth Atheneum, then makes its way by the iconic Connecticut State Capitol building, before finishing under the awe-inspiring Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch! The course is certified by USATF. Certification #CT23021JHP. Read more about why GPS readings may measure differently here.


Course Map

Male: 14:51 – set by Kemal Birhanu in 2019
Female: 16:14 – set by Angelia Rafter in 2022

Course Suitability for Disabled Athletes:
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The Charity 5K will start on Capitol Avenue in a separate location from the marathon and half marathon, east of the Bushnell Theater between Clinton St and West St., and consists of one corral with “Self Seed” pace per mile signs to assist with participant spacing.

All participants are required to be in the race start area prior to race start. RACE DAY SCHEDULE


Walkers welcome! The course limit is 1 hour and 20 minutes for the Charity 5K. To finish within these time limits, runners and walkers must maintain a pace of approximately 27 minutes per mile. More…



  • All 5K directional signage will be marked in RED
  • All mile points are marked on the road and with signs
  • Clocks at finish line and along the course


  • Hydration (Water Only):
    • Pre & Post Race and along the course
    • Open cup service, handed out at arms length
    • Participants are encouraged to carry their own fluids
  • On Course Entertainment
  • Portalets: Pre/Post Race
  • Medical personnel
  • Event alert system notifications in the pre-race area and at the water station. More...
  • Injured runners – injured runners will be transported either to the Medical Unit at the finish line or Hartford Hospital (emergency phone: 860-545-5000). All runners are asked to help by reporting injuries or downed runners to fluid station personnel or route monitors along the course.
  • Drop out runners – runners unable to finish the race may stop at any water station along the course for assistance. Sweep vans pick up runners when possible and drop them off at the finish area. If you drop out of the race, remove your B-Tag and dispose of it before crossing the finish line.


This event is timed by Granite State Race Services and uses the B-Tag timing system (timing chip is attached to the back of the race bib). Please wear the race bib on the front of the shirt.


  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Male Age Group – 9 & under, and 5-year age groups from 10-80+
  • Female Age Group – 9 & under, and 5-year age groups from 10-80+
  • Clydesdale (men 200+lbs.)
  • Athena (women 150+lbs.)
  • Nonbinary/Genderqueer More…

  • Physically Challenged
  • Push-rim wheelchair (no awards in the hand-crank division)
  • Visually Impaired/Blind Runners division


  • Prize Money to the top finishers. More details…
  • Monetary awards based on gun time, all others awarded on chip time
  • Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in Each Division
  • Overall awards based on gun time
  • Division awards based on net time
  • No “double-dipping”
  • To collect an award after race day, click here


No dogs (service dogs must be identified as such at all times). No unregistered runners or walkers. Headphones discouraged. No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, or motorized vehicles.

Baby Jogger/Strollers are NOT permitted on the marathon and half marathon race courses, but will be allowed in the 5K race, please see details on the stroller policy HERE.


Stay tuned! Entertainment details coming soon…