Course Map

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.


New course in 2021! Charity 5K participants start on Buckingham Street (south of the State Capitol). The course heads to Park Street, where the neighborhood welcomes runners and walkers with cheering spectators and Latino music. Head back to Bushnell Park for a grand finish under the Memorial Arch.

Effective May 19, 2021, per order of CT Governor Ned Lamont, face masks will not be required at outdoor events in Connecticut. Keeping with state recommendations, runners, volunteers, spectators and staff will not be required to wear masks at any Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) event. We encourage those more comfortable wearing masks to continue to do so and urge unvaccinated participants attending HMF Events to wear a face mask for their own safety and for the safety of those who have vulnerable conditions or weakened immune systems. All participants are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of spacing from others not in their party at all times, and 12 feet of spacing while running.

Male: 14:51 – set by Kemal Birhanu in 2019
Female: 16:47 – set by Amy Nedeau in 2003

Course Suitability for Disabled Athletes:
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The 5K course limit is 1 hour and 20 minutes. Course limit is based on the start time of the final start wave. To finish within these time limits, runners and walkers must maintain a pace of approximately 27 minutes per mile. Official finishing times are recorded through 1 hour and 20 minutes. More…



  • All 5K course markings and signage are RED.
  • Mile markers at every mile.


  • ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing and Results.
  • Hydration (Water Only):
    • Pre & Post Race / Mile 1.7
    • Open cup service, handed out at arms length
    • Elongated water station layout to prevent participant congestion
    • Participants are encouraged to carry their own fluids
  • Entertainment, toilets, medical support
  • Event alert system notifications at the pre-race area & water stations along the course. 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 fluid 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.


Start Corrals:
Modifications to start procedures is the pivotal control point that enables social distancing throughout the entire race course, finish line area, and post event services.

Start Corrals will be implemented:

  • Start Corral assignments will seed similar paced participants together in the same corrals
  • Start Corrals will begin from fastest seed to slowest seed
  • Start Corrals to begin at a time frequency to support social distancing along the entire race course
  • Start Corral assignments will be visible on race bibs
  • Time allowed for all participants to cross the starting line increases by over 200%

Registrants must submit an estimated finish time during the registration process and these times will aid in seeding runners. All participants are required to be at the race start area prior to the start of the first wave.

All participants will be notified by email in advance of the race or during packet pickup of their start corral assignment – requests to change start corrals will not be accepted.

On race day, you must start your race during your selected start corral.


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


  • Prize Money to the top finishers. More…
  • 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


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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 in the marathon and half marathon races but will be allowed in the 5K race, please see details on the stroller policy HERE.