Thousands of people are expected in Hartford this weekend for the Sandy Hook Run for Families, a special race to honor the lives of the 20 first graders and six staff members who were killed in the school shooting on Dec. 14.
To accommodate the crowd and the large race course, several streets will be closed on March 23:
- Asylum Avenue, from Cogswell to Ford streets, 10 a.m. to noon
- Asylum Street, Main to Trumbull streets, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Buckingham Street, 10 a.m. to noon
- Capitol Avenue, from Trinity to Laurel streets, 10 a.m. to noon
- Church Street, from Trumbull to Main streets, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Elm Street, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Farmington Avenue, Laurel Street to Asylum, 10 a.m. to noon
- Ford Street, 9 a.m. to noon
- Jewell Street, Ford to Trumbull streets, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Laurel Street, 10 a.m. to noon
- Main Street, Pearl to Asylum streets, 6 a.m. to noon
- Main Street, Asylum to Church streets, 9 a.m. to noon
- Main Street, Pearl to Buckingham streets, 10 a.m. to noon
- Pearl Street, Lewis to Ford, 8 a.m. – to noon
- Pratt Street, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Trinity Street, closes Friday, March 22 at 11 a.m. until Saturday, March 23 at 3 p.m.
- Trumbull Street, Pearl to Jewell streets, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Trumbull Street, Asylum to Church streets, 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Washington Street, from Russ Street to Capitol Avenue, 10 a.m. to noon
During the run, all CTTRANSIT bus stops in downtown Hartford will be closed.
Downtown bus stops for all routes will be on both sides of Main Street between Trumbull and Pleasant (Ann) streets.
All Downtown CTTRANSIT bus service will be affected by detours and delays between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.
In particular there will be no service along the following routes:
- Main Street between Trumbull and Charter Oak
- Asylum Street between Main and Cogswell
- Capitol Avenue between Main and Sisson
- Farmington Avenue between Woodland and Broad
On Saturday, the Star Shuttle will begin operating at approximately 3 p.m., when the race ends, and will continue service until midnight.
The race was originally planned for Danbury, but it was moved to Hartford because the response was so overwhelming.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation is hosting the race and it will be held at 10 a.m. on March 23.
Those who cannot physically attend, but still want to participate in the run can register as a “Virtual Runner.”
The fee is $25 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under. One hundred percent of registration fees will go toward The Sandy Hook School Support Fund to support all of those affected by the shooting.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation is asking for support to assist with volunteers, sponsorship and in-kind donations of products and services.
You can find more information about the race on the Hartford Marathon Foundation Web page or the foundation’s Facebook page.