Eversource Hartford Marathon kicks off on Saturday

The capital city has been gearing up to host thousands of runners from across the country.
Published: Oct. 7, 2022 at 6:49 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 9, 2022 at 12:02 AM EDT
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon returns Saturday.

The capital city has been gearing up to host thousands of runners from across the country.

Runners started picking up their race gear Thursday ahead of the big day. Inside Bushnell Park, several vendors have already set up shop, ready for the influx of customers.

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Some people come to participate, others come to cheer, and all come to support great causes around the community.

Aside from running, a big focus of the day is safety. Officials and community members from Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford, South Windsor and the State of Connecticut come together to produce the 26.2-mile marathon, 13.1-mile half marathon, charity 5K and team 26.2 relay race.

Another highlight is on charity. Each year, thousands of runners commit to fundraise on behalf of several different causes.

The Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon returns Saturday.

Jason from North Carolina says he is running for his father who passed away from Alzheimer’s. His goal is to run fifty half marathons in fifty states, all the while raising money for his charity Run4Papa.

Walkers were also encouraged to participate in the charity 5k and join a fundraising team through the official charity program or choose a charity of choice to represent on race day.

To date, $8.5 million has been raised for local and national charities through the event.

“I run because of my niece,” said Patricia Vega-Dones, Manchester runner. “My niece passed away in 2019 of leukemia. My brother and I were training in 2019 for the full marathon and she passed away in August. In October, we ran for her. And every year we want to continue to run not only for her but also for her but all the kids, cancer patients.”

A couple of runners have already come through. Here is a list of half marathon winners:

For the men’s race:

1. Benjamin Decker

2. Ezra Mutai

3. Alex Norstrom

For the women’s race:

1. Annmarie Tuxbury

2. Regan Rome

3. Katie Kellner

Here is a list of marathon winners:

For the men’s race:

1. Everett Hackett

2. Ruben Sanca

3. Eric Ashe

For the women’s race:

1. Alexandra Niles

2. Jenna Gugliotti

3. Val Curtis

More information on road closures can be found here.

To learn about the race itself, head to the Hartford Marathon Foundation’s website here.

The Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon returns Saturday.
The capital city has been gearing up to host thousands of runners from across the country.
The Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon returns Saturday.