Hartford Marathon plans to welcome 65,000 people to the capital

The Eversource Hartford Marathon. (WFSB file photo)

The Hartford Marathon Foundation said more than 65,000 runners, volunteers and spectators are expected to participate in the biggest race day in the state.

The Eversource Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

The day marks the 23rd running of the event.

The start time for the marathon and half marathon takes place in front of the Capitol at 8 a.m. with the wheelchair start at 7:55 a.m. The 5K race starts around the corner at the intersection of Washington and Buckingham streets at 8:01 a.m. The HMF FitKids races start on the east side of Bushnell Park by the Pump House at 9:30 a.m.

HMF said its crews have been working on preparing the courses.

“When the race signs and banners start going up, everyone across the greater Hartford region can feel the excitement," said Beth Shluger, CEO, Hartford Marathon Foundation and the event's race director. "We are proud that this race pumped an estimated $13.6 million of economic value to the region in 2015 and has always focused on charity, volunteerism and the positive mission of supporting health and wellness."

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There are a number of events leading up to the race itself.

On Thursday, a celebration of pioneers of women's running with running legend and author Amby Burfoot is scheduled. It's called Girls Night: Powerful Stories from Fearless Women. It's a free event, but an RSVP is required.

Also beginning Thursday is the Total Fitness Expo. More than 50 exhibitors will provide a look at the latest in running technology. They'll also give tips and expertise. It runs through Friday,

Race packet pickup will also be available at the expo.

Then on race day, spectators can enjoy a new cheer zone at mile 25. It'll feature live music, food trucks, cheer cards and cow bells.

There's also the finish line expo that includes athlete food, massages, awards and the Harpoon beer garden.

There's still time to register.

For more information, head to the HMF website here.

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