Happy Wednesday! I hope that you are all having a great week so far. It’s a short work week for me as I’m flying down to San Antonio on Friday, so I’ve been super busy. How come the shorter weeks always feel like the longest?!
Today I thought that I would share with you my favorite races in Connecticut. I know that Connecticut isn’t exactly a vacation destination state, but if you’re looking to run a race in every state you eventually have to come here 🙂 While I definitely haven’t run every race in Connecticut, the list below is based on personal experience and feedback from my running friends.
This fall race takes place in Hartford, CT and has something for everyone! There’s a kids race, 5K, half marathon, marathon and marathon relay. For the longer races you run through neighborhoods in Hartford and West Hartford. The elevation chart isn’t too bad for this race (peaks below 200 feet) and it’s touted as a BQ qualifier. I haven’t run this race (hopefully in 2020) but I have numerous friends that have done the half marathon and marathon and they have nothing but positive things to say about the race. For an added bonus, October in Connecticut is usually pretty decent weather wise.
this race also takes place in October in Norwalk, CT. you get a little bit of everything on the course – running downtown by building, scenic views and running through neighborhoods. The course has a generous time limit and the race organizers wait until every last person crosses that finish line! I’ve done the half marathon twice (recaps here and here). Although my experience this year wasn’t great due to stomach issues, I would still totally recommend the race. It’s a little challenging with some hills and inclines but the post race party makes up for that because it has tons of food and drinks, including pizza and beer.
This race takes place in early June in Fairfield, CT. It’s not the easiest course but it’s also not super challenging either. I think the best part about this race is the crowd support and the fact that you get to run through really pretty neighborhoods. The post race party is great because it’s on the beach. It’s a really happy/chill vibe and a good amount of food to pick from. I’ve done this race a few times (recaps here and here) so I probably will not run it again, but it can be a great race if it’s not too hot!
This race takes place in September in Milford, CT. I’ve only done this race once but I clearly remember all the amazing views of the water that we enjoyed on the out and back course. Also it’s pancake flat so great for a PR!
Have you run any races in Connecticut? If so, which ones are your favorite?