Two thousand runners laced up for the annual Mystic Half Marathon on Sunday morning.
Runners experienced the scenic coastal views of the marathon trail, which went through downtown and along the shoreline.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation said word of the beautiful course got out after last year's race.
"It sells out almost immediately so the people who are running it are really excited they got into the race. The course goes by Mystic Seaport, ends right at Mystic Aquarium, and runs along the beautiful Mystic River," said Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.
The beneficiary of the race is the Rotary Club of Mystic. Last year, they raised $30,000 and all those funds go to supporting causes along the shoreline.
"It's a wide variety of causes. Scholarships, our local food banks, Coogan Farm, which is just a few miles down the road, and literally dozens and dozens of organizations will benefit from this money we raise, so it's very exciting," said Rhona Heyl, of the Rotary Club of Mystic.
"It's good. It's very hilly. I ran it faster than last year, but it's beautiful. You get to see all the parts of Mystic, but it's definitely a difficult course," said Megan Papp, women's half-marathon winner.
"My family is from this area so I've run around these roads before but never the course, and it was really nice, made it go by a little bit faster," said Emily Zaccardi, women's 10k winner.
Channel 3 is a proud sponsor of the marathon.
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