Runners laced up their sneakers for the 'Step One Run' marathon Saturday morning in East Hartford.
The in-person 2.62 mile run was hosted by the Hartford Marathon Foundation to kick off it's larger scale movement happening in October. A series of fun run races were held today at Rentschler.
"There haven’t been many official races in a long time so it’s something that we all really miss,” said marathon participant Donn Cabral.
There were three 30 minute start wave windows: 10:30-11:00 a.m., 11:00-11:30 a.m., 11:30-12:00 p.m.
"Movement With Purpose" is the theme of this years race. The foundation is focused on getting community out and about. Today's event was to give runners a taste of what's come while also giving October virtual participants a chance to pick up their race packets.
It will include a new 10K race distance, the 5K race and three new multi-distance race challenges to engage widespread participation.
“We will still have a lot of people that have trained for the last several weeks and months and will take place in their event virtually but together," said Josh Miller Hartford Marathon Foundation Race Director .
All proceeds will be donated to charities, which support urgent local needs.