Have you ever wanted to ride your bike with a couple hundred friends in the hours before the Eversource Hartford Marathon kicks off? Join me for the new Hartford tradition, Pedal to the Medal! We launch at 3:30 am at the marathon’s starting line, and ride the course until 6:30 am. A portion of registration fees goes to BiCi Co., Hartford’s only educational bike store.

Onesies, costumes, and bright lights encouraged! Helmets required.

If you’d like, ride the route and then run the race – It’ll be a double medal day!

Happy meddling!

Founder & Chairwoman of Pedal to the Medal


An early morning bike tour of the Eversource Hartford Marathon route! Enjoy 26.2 miles starting in front of the Capitol and ending at the grand finish line under the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch by Bushnell Park. Registered ride participants will travel as a group through downtown Hartford, along the river in East Hartford, then loop out to South Windsor before heading back to Hartford to collect the coveted inaugural race finisher medal.

At the starting line of the Eversource Hartford Marathon, 210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

P2M parking is available at 340 Capitol Avenue surface parking lot (GPS location 334-370 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06115). Note: Extensive road closures around Bushnell Park starting at 7:30 am.


Online registration will be open until 240 rider capacity is reached. Once capacity is reached, no further registrations will be accepted.

There is space for 240 riders. All riders must be registered.

Participant Requirements:
Course Limit: 3 hours. All participants must be able to ride the course at a minimum speed of 6:45 minutes per mile (9 miles/hour) and complete the course by 6:30 am.

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

Athletes 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 11: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm – XL Center
(1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103)

Friday, October 12: 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 3:30 am sharp. All riders must start at this time.

Riders must obey traffic laws and rules of the road, and must stay within the capsule created by safety vehicles. Roads will be open to traffic. Ride aware at all times.

Lead riders will maintain approximately 10 mile per hour pace for the duration of the ride.

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 no longer be part of the ride.

The ride will follow the Eversource Hartford Marathon course, with a few alterations:

    • Mile 5.5 & 25– Riders will use the East Coast Greenway to cross the Connecticut River
    • Mile 26 – Riders will complete the ride via Atheneum Square, Gold Street, Trumbull Street, Jewell Street to Trinity Street

Click here for Turn by Turn Description
Click here for Eversource Hartford Marathon Course Map


No rollerblades, skateboards, or motorized vehicles. No dogs. No unregistered participants. Headphones discouraged.


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.


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:

  • Blue Earth Compost
  • Cara Paiuk Photography
  • Caroline Finnegan
  • Cathie Cannon
  • Chaleen Abely
  • Chuck Joseph – ShopRite
  • Cope Family Foundation
  • David Borawski
  • Evolution Pilates of South Windsor
  • Frank Tavares
  • Get Baked Bakery
  • Hanging Hills Brewery
  • Herb Singleton
  • Hog River Brewery
  • Jackie Mandyck
  • Joe Barber
  • John O’Donnell
  • Karen Tomasko
  • Kevin Sullivan
  • Labyrinth Brewing Company
  • Leslie Paguada
  • Margo Lynn
  • Mari Firkatian
  • Pamela & Guy Morrison-Wolf
  • Patrick Cruess
  • Paul Spirito
  • Pedal Power
  • Peter Gladis Consulting
  • Rich Hollant – CoLab
  • Robert J. Koury, CPA
  • Sara Bronin
  • Scott Franklin
  • Seth Max
  • Steve Bush
  • Susan & Ron Smith
  • Target
  • The Gamester Family
  • YUPntwk

Support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts
Department of Economic & Community Development