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Blue Back Mitten Run 5K

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This festive family 5K tradition welcomes runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to celebrate the season as a community. The 5K winds through West Hartford neighborhoods, lined with homes decorated for the holidays and festive shop windows. Bring the kids to participate in the HMF FitKids run- a ½ mile or one mile dash to Blue Back Square. #MittenRun

Please help give back to the community that has opened their streets for participants. Donations of new mittens, scarves or hats will be collected on race day. This year, we’re asking you to “stuff the mittens” with a small cash donation (checks also welcome and made payable to The Town That Cares Fund, a program of the Town of West Hartford’s Department of Human and Leisure Services.)

How to enter the Blue Back Mitten Run 5K

  1. 5K

    Run 5km
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  2. HMF FitKids Run

    Run 0.5mi
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Blue Back Mitten Run 5K routes


Course starts on Burr Street and ends on Isham Road near the gazebo in Blue Back Square. The course is a single loop along the residential streets of West Hartford with a mixture of flats and deceiving rolling hills.

Strollers are allowed on the course. Please line up at the rear of the starting area.

Event Details

What’s Included
All participants receive a warm knit beanie. High-fives from Santa, gourmet hot chocolate and holiday cookies await finishers for post-race merriment in Blue Back Square.

This event is timed by Bay State Race Services and uses the B-Tag timing system (timing chip is attached to the back of the race bib). Please wear the race bib on the front of the shirt.


Top 3 Overall Male and Female
Male Age Group – 9 & under, and 5-year age groups from 10-80+
Female Age Group – 9 & under, and 5-year age groups from 10-80+
Clydesdale (men 200+lbs.)
Athena (women 150+lbs.)
Disabled Athletes


Commemorative Awards to the Top 3 in Each Division
Overall awards based on gun time, all others awarded on chip time
No “double dipping”
The Hartford Marathon Foundation is a volunteer-driven organization. Thanks to the support of over 3,500 volunteers each year, the HMF has been able to promote health and fitness through organizing multiple fun-filled community events over the past 20 years. Each volunteer offers unique characteristics and energy, positively impacting the lives of others. It is simple; our organization wouldn’t be here without volunteers.

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