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For Saturday's Hartford Marathon, expect 25,000 people – and road closures

Runners take off from the start line of the Eversource Hartford Marathon start line October 9, 2021.
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Jennifer Schulten / Hartford Marathon Foundation
Runners take off from the starting line of the Eversource Hartford Marathon start line Oct. 9, 2021.

Several roads will be shut down in Hartford Saturday for the Hartford Marathon.

There are three separate events: the marathon, the half-marathon and the 5K. This means people will be continually crossing the finish line between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the arch at Bushnell Park.

Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation, said they’re expecting 25,000 people all around the state Capitol Saturday, including participants, volunteers and spectators.

Volunteers will arrive before sunrise around 4 a.m. Saturday, and events will begin around 7 a.m.

“It’s just a glorious sight to see the sun rising, to see that many people, all excited, healthy, fit and there to celebrate the hard work they’ve put in to get to this point — to step off and run whatever distance they’re running that day," Shluger said.

It’s not too late to volunteer or sign up to run or volunteer. Registration for runners closes online at 5 p.m. Friday.

Learn more

For more information on participating, volunteering or road closures, visit hartfordmarathon.com.

Selected road closures
Organizers say access to central downtown Hartford will be limited from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Here are some of the expected road closures:

Interstate 84 eastbound
Exit 48B Capitol Avenue closed from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Exit 48A Asylum Street closed until 12 p.m.

Exit 53 East River Drive closed until 10 a.m.

Interstate 84 westbound
Exit 54 Founders Bridge closed until 2 p.m.

Exit 50 Main Street closed until 9 a.m.

Interstate 91 southbound
Exit 32B Trumbull Street closed until 9 a.m. Exit 31 State Street closed until 9 a.m.

Interstate 91 northbound
Exit 32B Trumbull Street closed until 9 a.m.

Route 2 westbound
Exit 2W Downtown Hartford closed until 2 p.m.
Exit 3 Pitkin Street closed until 2 p.m.

Route 44 eastbound in West Hartford from Trout Brook Drive to Steele Road closed until 10 am.

Route 5/15 northbound East River Drive will be coned by the East Hartford Police Department to allow right turns only.

Conlin Whitehead Highway inbound will be closed at Columbus Boulevard.
Source: Hartford Marathon

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