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Expect West Hartford Road Closures Saturday as Half Marathon Runs through Town

Hartford Marathon Foundation
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The Eversource Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

By Ronni Newton

The Eversource Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K kick off in Hartford’s Bushnell Park at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, and even if you are not joining the tens of thousands of runners who will be pounding the pavement for as many as 26.2 miles, you may still be impacted by the race.

Residents need to be aware that several major roads in town will be closed temporarily on Saturday morning because approximately six of the half marathon race’s 13.1 miles wend through West Hartford, and there will be thousands of half marathon runners on the route. Click here for a complete PDF map of the half marathon course.

West Hartford road closures will begin at 7:30 a.m., and roads will open and close on a staggered basis as the race proceeds through town. Impacted streets include Park Road, Whiting Lane, South Quaker Lane, South Highland, Boulevard, North Quaker Lane, Fern Street, Trout Brook Drive (Northbound lanes), Albany Avenue between Steele Road and Trout Brook (Eastbound lanes), Steele Road, and the interior of Elizabeth Park. All roads in West Hartford should re-open to traffic by 10:30 a.m.

A complete map of West Hartford road closures impacted by the half marathon can be found in PDF form below.

Runners love the support of cheering spectators, and several ideal spots to watch the half marathon race can be found within West Hartford. The half marathon’s official “cheer zone” is at mile 8.5 of the race, at The Mercy Community’s St. Mary’s Home at 275 Steele Rd. There is plenty of accessible parking on area side streets.

There is also a cheer zone at “Munchkin Mile” in Elizabeth Park (around mile 9), and closer to mile 10 – when the half marathon runners really start getting tired and need crowd support – near the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, is another great spot to watch and cheer.

If you’re one of the estimated 65,000 people heading into Hartford to participate in race day activities or headed through the area for other reasons, be aware that the full marathon route will impact traffic in Hartford, East Hartford, and South Windsor. Be sure to check the Hartford Marathon website for additional information about road closures, parking, and CT Transit updates.

For full details about all of the events taking place on Saturday, visit the event website.

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