HALF MARATHON

The UConn Health Half is a flat, looping course through the charming Farmington River Valley community of Simsbury, Connecticut. It starts on Iron Horse Boulevard steps from the Simsbury Performing Arts Center with an 8 mile loop before passing by the finish area and heading back out for 5 more. Both loops travel along the base of the Metacomet Ridge and feature panoramic views of Talcott Mountain, the Farmington River, sprawling farms, and the iconic Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge. USATF Certified Course.

COURSE

Course Map

SOCIAL DISTANCE RACING:
HMF continues to closely monitor best safety practices for outdoor events and plan race details following state and local guidelines. Currently, face masks are not required at outdoor events in Connecticut. If race modifications are required, details will be updated on site pages and via email to all registered participants..

EVENT RECORDS:
Male: 1:09:43 – set by Andrew McCann in 2021
Female: 1:16:57 – set by Annmarie Tuxbury in 2021

Course Suitability for Disabled Athletes:
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RACE START

The race start will consist of one corral with “Self Seed” pace per mile signs to assist with participant spacing.

The Half Marathon will start on the west side of the median on Iron Horse Boulevard, near the entrance to the Simsbury Performing Arts Center and adjacent to the finish line. It will then merge with the 5K race about ¼ mile in and both races will run together for roughly 2 miles.

DIVISIONS & AWARDS

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.

DIVISIONS:

  • Top 3 Overall Male and Female
  • Male Age Group – 12-14 and 5-year age groups 15-80+
  • Female Age Group – 12-14 and 5-year age groups 15-80+
  • Clydesdale (men 200+lbs.)
  • Athena (women 150+lbs.)
  • Non-Binary More…
  • Disabled Athletes More…

AWARDS:

  • Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in each Division
  • Overall awards based on gun time, all others awarded on chip time
  • No “double dipping”
  • To collect an award after race day, click here

COURSE LIMITS

Course limit is 3 hours for the UConn Health Half Marathon. To finish within these time limits you must maintain a pace of approximately 13:44 minutes per mile. Half Marathon runners must pass the checkpoint at the 8.2 mile mark within 1 hour and 55 minutes. Runners over this time will be directed to withdraw or run unsupported. More…

PACE TEAMS

Learn more about ProHealth Physicians Pace Teams, a free service available to help athletes achieve their goal times. More…

COURSE SUPPORT

MARKINGS:

  • Yellow signs with blue arrows mark all turns
  • All mile points are marked on the road and with signs
  • Clocks & timing mats at finish line and along the course

AMENITIES:

  • Fluid Locations (Water & Nuun Sport Lemon Lime flavor)
    • Pre/Post Race & every 1 to 2 miles along the course
    • Open cup service, handed out at arms length
    • Elongated water station layout to prevent participant congestion
    • Participants are encouraged to carry their own fluids
  • Portalets located along the course
  • Medical personnel
  • Event alert system notifications in the pre-race area and at water stations along the course. More...

NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE

No dogs (service dogs must be identified as such at all times). No unregistered runners or walkers. Headphones discouraged. No bicycles, baby joggers, rollerblades, skateboards, or motorized vehicles.

Baby Jogger/Strollers are NOT permitted in the half marathon race but will be allowed in the 10K and 5K races, please see details on the stroller policy HERE.

  • OUR RACE IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROSITY OF THESE PARTNERS