NEW RACE DISTANCE – The 8 mile course is a two loop race that first follows the Red Trail, which traces the border of Gay City State Park, then follows the White Trail, which zig-zags through the park’s interior. The course will start and finish in the upper athletic fields. Participants will begin by running the main road toward the park entrance and turn left to enter onto the Red Trail before reaching Route 85. This trail starts off narrow, but widens up about one mile into the course. Once the Red Trail is complete, runners will reenter the forest on the White Trail which begins as a wide access road with a few bumps along the way. About a mile into the race the trail narrows, be prepared to encounter more rocks and roots and a few down hills and climbs. After crossing the Blackledge River participants will climb the Blue Trail and then onto the road before finishing where they began.


Map – Gay City State Park

*Modified starting line will be implemented

Social Distance Racing:
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.

Event Records:
Male: 57:18 – set by Neal L. Hulstein in 2021
Female: 1:01:42 – set by Thea A. Cox in 2021

Course Suitability for Disabled Athletes:
Click here for more details.


This event is timed by Bay 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 – 12-19, and 10-year age groups from 20-80+
  • Female Age Group – 12-19, and 10-year age groups from 20-80+
  • Clydesdale (men 200+lbs.)
  • Athena (women 150+lbs.)
  • Disabled Athletes More…


  • Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in Each Division
  • All awards based on net time
  • No “double dipping”
  • To collect an award after race day, click here


Course limit is 2 hours and 24 minutes for the Summer Solstice Trail Run – 8 Mile Course. Course limit is based on the end of the race start window. To finish within these time limits you must maintain a pace of approximately 18 minutes per mile. Participants that do not pass the 5 Mile checkpoint by 1 hour and 30 minutes, will be directed to finish the race and will be moved to the 5 Mile results. More…


Minimal on-course hydration will be provided. Please consider carrying your own fluids and using your new AMPHIPOD HANDHELD WATER BOTTLE. Bottled water will be available in the pre-race area for those that would like to carry it, at mile 5, as well as at the finish line.

  • Start and Finish lines with timing mats
  • Medical Personnel
  • Portalet Locations: Start, Mile 5, Finish
  • Directional arrows and course marshals marking all turns
    • First Loop – Follow Red Arrows
    • Second Loop – Follow White Arrows
  • Event alert system notifications in the pre-race area and at water stations along the course. More...


Registrants must submit an estimated finish time during the registration process and these times will be used to organize runners at the start. All participants will be required to be at the race start area prior to race start.

All participants will be notified by email the week of the event with race start logistics and need to know updates.


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 8 mile, 5 mile, or 3 mile, please see details on the stroller policy HERE.