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Preparations underway for Saturday's Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon

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Organizers began setting up for the Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon on Monday. (WFSB photo) Organizers began setting up for the Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon on Monday. (WFSB photo)
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Runners and fans are less than a week away from the Eversource Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k.

Preparations began Monday in downtown Hartford as crews worked to set up platforms and fences.

Pre-race festivities actually began on Sept. 25 with the event’s “One Mile Friday.”

Race-week got underway on Tuesday with the Hartford Marathon Foundation FitKids in School event at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.

The Total Fitness Expo is slated for Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Runners and fans alike can look for their favorite Channel 3 personalities as racers pick up their bibs and shirts.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday is the Girls Night with Another Mother Runner at The Hartford Club.

Then at the Wadsworth Atheneum at 7:30 p.m., runners can check out Transcend, a new film featuring the world’s greatest marathon runners.

On Friday, the expo continues. Race packet pickup also continues from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It’s runners’ last chance to get their numbers.

A host of symposiums are also scheduled for racers, including Matters of the Heart, Muscles and Marathons, Heat and Hydration and Running Pain Free.

The day caps off with a 6 p.m. pasta supper at The Hartford Club.

Race day is Saturday and kicks off with gear check at Bushnell Park. Runners can check their gear starting at 6 a.m.

All three races begin at 8 a.m. The wheelchair start time is 7:55 a.m. The starting line for the marathon and half marathon is on Capitol Avenue and Washington Street. The 5k starts at Buckingham and Washington Streets.

The HMF FitKids Run is slated for 9:30 a.m. at Elm Street and Pulaski Circle in Bushnell Park.

Race organizers said there will be 35 bands along the course with live music to keep runners moving.

For more information about the events, click here.

There are a number of race day road closers. Drivers can find the list and schedule here.

Channel 3 is a proud sponsor of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon.

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