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While the virtual races will take place wherever participants choose to run, they are encouraged to celebrate socially distant finish line moments with the Mobile Medal, a 3D structure making stops across popular CT running spots this week:

  • Thursday, October 8, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in front of Fleet Feet Sports, West Hartford
  • Friday, October 9, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Glastonbury Center
  • Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am – 10:00 am in Bushnell Park, Hartford
  • Saturday, October 10, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm near the Performing Arts Center in Simsbury
  • Sunday, October 11, 9:00 am – 11:00 am in Bushnell Park, Hartford

Participants receive digital event experiences, including race bibs, finisher certificates, custom race day playlists, verified results submissions, as well a custom finisher medal and commemorative technical shirt, thanks to the support of sponsor partners led by Eversource.

Competitive runners and those looking for some extra motivation can select one of three multi-distance challenges in the Sam Adams Challenge Series and receive a special custom finisher medal for their challenge.

The interactive new digital RUNetwork platform provides an outlet for the community to connect, hear candid insights and conversations with industry experts, and access gear and goods for their race weekend.  Highlights of programming include:

Diversity & Inclusiveness in the Sport of Running: Thought-provoking discussion featuring insights from Maria Solis, founder of the global Latinos Run platform, and World Mountain Running Champion Joseph Gray, founder of Project Inspire Diversity

2020: What Could Have Been: Compelling insights from 2-time Olympic Team USA member Donn Cabral, ESPN insider Patrick Steigman and Hartford Athletic midfielder and former Yale University student-athlete Nicky Downs

Race Directors Crystal Ball: Projections from race directors of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, ToughMudder, Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, and Eversource Hartford Marathon moderated by the president of Running USA

New England’s Finest 5K Throwdown highlights from the live race event

A curated culinary exploration of Connecticut’s first-ever food hall with recipe demos and local flavor features at Hartford’s new Parkville Market

“Even though Eversource Hartford Marathon race week feels different this year, the energy and excitement of the community coming together for a purpose to help others encourage and inspires us,” said Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation and Race Director of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon. “Every single person involved is making a positive difference with their participation, and we encourage them to visit area restaurants and businesses to support local like they would this week any other year. We have worked hard to create special experiences like Step One Day, the Mobile Medal, and the RUNetwork digital platform to help everyone feel connected and ready to take on their goal, whether it’s 3.1 miles over the weekend or the 4-race Grit & Gutsy Challenge.”

“The Eversource Hartford Marathon is persevering through these unprecedented times by finding creative ways to give runners the opportunity to participate,” said Eversource Chairman, CEO and President Jim Judge. “We couldn’t be prouder to be the title sponsor of this prestigious road race that supports local non-profit organizations. Hundreds of our employees share that sentiment and will be lacing up their sneakers to hit the pavement in this year’s virtual event with hundreds more cheering them on from afar.”

Registration is still open at  Follow the conversations on Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @RunHMF, or Instagram at HMF_Events.


About the Hartford Marathon Foundation

The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to create and manage fitness events that inspire people to be healthy and fit.  Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon Foundation organizes more than 30 annual athletic races, including the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon, and training programs for youth runners.  For more information, visit and on Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @RunHMF and Instagram at HMF_Events.

About Eversource

Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2020 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies and the #1 utility by Forbes and JUST Capital. Eversource transmits and delivers electricity to 1.25 million customers in 149 cities and towns, provides natural gas to 237,000 customers in 74 communities, and supplies water to approximately 198,000 customers in 52 communities across Connecticut. Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 8,300 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, the company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally-recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit, and follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on our water services, visit