Two elite programs are available for athletes of the Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon:

  • New England’s Finest (NEF) recognizes talented runners from New England/New York and provides exclusive prize money, travel, pre- & post-race hospitality and activities throughout the weekend.
  • Eversource Hartford Marathon Elite Program is available for runners who live outside New England/New York, and includes complimentary entry into the event. (TEMPORARILY POSTPONED FOR 2021)


To apply to the NEF, runners must achieve the following finish times between October 2018 and July 2021.

Marathon (Open): Men 2:30, Women 2:55
Half Marathon (Open): Men 1:10, Women 1:20

Marathon (Masters): Men 2:40, Women 3:05
Half Marathon (Masters): Men 1:15, Women 1:25


Elite runners from New England or New York (determined by the state in which runners are registered to vote) can be recognized by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and New England Runner magazine as New England’s Finest runners and provided with these program benefits:

  • Complimentary race entry for athlete
  • Additional prize money above standard awards. New England’s Finest bonus money corresponds to the finishing place of program participants. Details…
  • Personalized race bib
  • New England’s Finest runner bios and photos in a special supplement in the September 2021 edition of New England Runner magazine.
  • Special assistance from Elite Athlete committee, including fluid placement on course, pre-race support, escort to race start
  • Access to the Elite Athlete Tent for you and one (1) companion at race start/finish (massage, refreshments, facilities)

To apply, athletes must complete the following form by July 17th, 2021. Spots are limited. After all submissions have been received, the Elite / NEF Committee will come to a decision shortly after. All athletes will be contacted regardless of the outcome of their submission.

Approved NEF applicants then must confirm participation, complete the NEF Questionnaire and return it with a brief running resume/biography to the HMF Elite Coordinator by Sunday, August 8, 2021. Race registration will be online for all NEF athletes after acceptance into the program.