HMF brings the 2nd annual Pedal to the Medal to Hartford during the early, early hours of October 10th with an entirely new bike route – along the CT Fastrak bus lanes! That’s right, this year, we’ve moved the ride to a completely closed course where riders can travel at their own speed, fast or not-so-fast.

The ride begins at 3:00 am and ends at 5:00 am. It starts and finishes at the Eversource Hartford Marathon iconic finish line under the Memorial Arch at Bushnell Park and travels on the CT Fastrak from Hartford to New Britain and then back to Hartford. The ride totals 18.8 miles of no cars, just lighted bikes and costumed riders.

Come join the fun! Registration is $55.00 (plus processing fee) and a portion of the proceeds benefits BiCi Co., Hartford’s educational community bike shop.

Better yet, help fund the Pedal to the Medal. Reach out to Chion Wolf, founder, for details.


Online registration will be open until 350 rider capacity is reached. Once capacity is reached, no further registrations will be accepted.

There is space for 350 riders. All riders must be registered.

Participant Requirements:
Course Limit: 2 hours. All participants must be able to ride the course at a minimum speed of 6:00 minutes per mile (10 miles/hour) and complete the course by 5:00 am. Riders that fall behind the SAG vehicle will be turned around at the Cedar Street Station and directed to return to Hartford to meet the time requirement.

Minimum age: 14 years old

All participants (parent/guardian if minor) must sign a Hartford Marathon Foundation waiver form and show a Photo ID to pick up ride packet.

Fee: $55 per rider

Participants are required to wear certified helmets at all times. Helmets cannot be modified.

Bicycles must be outfitted with working head lights and tail lights.

Participants who do not meet these requirements will not be permitted to start.


All participants must show a Photo ID to pick up race packets (parent/guardian of minors must show ID).

Thursday, October 10: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – XL Center
(1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103)

Friday, October 11: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm – XL Center
(1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103)

NO Race Day Registration or Bib Pickup

Note: To designate someone to pick up another rider’s race packet, designee must bring a hard copy of this signed permission slip (included at the bottom of the Running Event Waiver) and a copy of rider’s photo ID. Photocopies or phone pictures of photo ID will be accepted.


Ride start time is 3:00 am sharp. All riders must start at this time.

Riders must obey traffic laws and rules of the road. Police will assist with safe passage of cyclists at major intersections. Ride aware at all times.

This is a controlled ride, not a race! Although there is no capsule this year, ride aware throughout.

Official bib number must be visible at all times. Riders not wearing a bib number will jeopardize the safety of the event and the possibility of it continuing in the future.

Reflective vest or similar reflective apparel must be worn by the rider and visible throughout the ride.

Riders falling behind the trail safety vehicle will be turned around on their outbound trip at the Cedar Street Station.

The ride will start and finish at the Eversource Hartford Marathon Finish Line on Trinity Street. The route will take three quick turns on Hartford streets and then enter onto the CT Fastrak busway. It is a straight ride to New Britain Station before turning around and returning to Hartford.

Click here for cue sheet.


No dogs (service dogs must be identified as such at all times). No unregistered participants. No headphones. No rollerblades, skateboards, or motorized vehicles.


All participants receive a commemorative finisher’s medal at the finish of the ride.

Services provided during P2M: Along the course we will provide bike repair, medical services, police and volunteer support.


  • Long Sleeve Cotton Shirt ($28 + tax, available in Registration and in the HMF Shop)
    Pickup at Expo or HMF Merchandise Tent on race day


The Hartford Marathon Foundation has an emergency texting service in place to be used ONLY in situations such as event delays, cancellations or other emergencies.

If we have last-minute event changes, we will text pertinent instructions/updates. NOTE: We never use this information for anything other than real emergencies.

Sign up today – text PEDAL2MEDAL to 84483


A portion of the proceeds from Pedal to the Medal will be donated to BiCi Co. in Hartford.

BiCi Co. was created by the Center for Latino Progress to provide an opportunity for hands-on bicycle education and service learning projects for 30 summer youth interns. It grew from there to include DIY repair hours, teen Earn-a-Bike courses, among other offerings. BiCi Co. is committed to meeting the need for bicycle-centered programs to serve Hartford’s strong need for efficient, inexpensive and safe transportation. Bicycles offer healthy transportation while for engaging youth — providing miles of opportunity. Learn more…


Pedal to the Medal is only possible through the generosity of these great, local people and companies:

The MorningStar Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

  • Jamie McDonald
  • Joe Barber
  • Maki Law
  • Rona Gollob
  • Marge Morrissey
  • Barbara David
  • Bike Walk CT
  • Margo Lynn
  • MakeHartford
  • Connecticut Public Broadcasting
  • Republic of Linden
  • The Betty Knox Foundation
  • The Cope Family Foundation
  • Patrick Cruess