SPECIALLY DESIGNED COURSE! The UConn Health Half Marathon 2021 course will be modified, but returning participants will enjoy a familiar route. The flat, two-loop course begins and ends at the Simsbury Performing Arts Center.


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: 1:09:43 – set by Andrew McCann in 2021
Female: 1:16:57 – set by Annmarie Tuxbury 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 – 12-14 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.)
  • 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 3 hours for the UConn Health Half Marathon.  Course limit is based on the start time of the final start wave. To finish within these time limits you must maintain a pace of approximately 13:44 minutes per mileMore…


Start Waves:
Start waves are designed to adhere to state guidelines surrounding public events. Registrants must submit an estimated finish time during the registration process and these times will be used to seed runners. To minimize congestion, waves will be assigned chronologically, from fastest to slowest. Start waves will be limited to 150 runners each and will start 2 minutes apart, for a total of five (5) waves over 10 minutes. All participants are required to be at the race start area prior to the start of the first wave at 7:30 AM.

All participants will be notified by email the week of the race with their start wave time – requests to change start waves will not be accepted.

On race day, you must start your race during your selected start wave.


Course Markings:

  • Yellow signs with blue arrows mark all turns.
  • All mile points are marked on the road and mile signs at each mile.
  • Timing mats at the halfway mark (6.55 miles).

Course Amenities:
Minimal on-course hydration will be provided. Please consider carrying your own fluids. Bottled water will be available in the pre-race area for those that would like to carry it, in addition bottled water will be handed out at the finish line. Additional smaller plastic bottles will be available for pickup every 5K along the course. Garbage receptacles will be available at every mile marker, please dispose of your trash at these designated locations and help us keep Simsbury beautiful!

  • Medical Personnel
  • Portalet Locations:
    • Start
    • Mile 6
    • Finish
  • Event alert system notifications in the pre-race area and at water stations along the course. More...


For those interested in a challenge beyond the in-person half marathon can register for the Hybrid Iron Horse Challenge! Participants will run or walk a virtual 5K and a virtual 10K anytime between 12:00 AM on Thursday, June 3rd and 11:59 PM on Sunday, June 6th and then submit these efforts into their haku participant account by 11:59 PM on Monday, June 7th. Registered in-person half marathon participants on Saturday, June 5th in Simsbury, will have their time automatically added to their virtual 5K and virtual 10K times at the end of the virtual results submission window to create their Iron Horse Challenge result. In-person half marathon times may take until Tuesday, June 7 to display in haku participant accounts. Visit the Virtual Race page to learn more about virtual races submissions.


UConn Health Half Marathon participants can get real-time athlete updates. Athletes or spectators can follow along and receive real-time updates with course time and pace from the 6.55 mile split and at the finish line. Details on how to sign up will be emailed to all participants race week.


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.