Welcome, Runners!

Running the Litchfield Hills Road Race is to not just run a race, but to experience the culture of our cherished town of Litchfield, CT. The course itself is a scenic tour of some of the best sites in New England.

ALWAYS the second Sunday in June; cannon goes off promptly at 1:00 p.m. Sleep in!

Look for our Fast Track runners' kiosk to check your time!

IMPORTANT DATES & INFO FOR RUNNERS!!

2020 RACE DATE JUNE 14th

In order to have your name and bib # listed in our race program, registration must be received by May 11th!

In order to be guaranteed a dated shirt in your requested size, your registration must be received by May 22nd.

All registrations received AFTER May 22nd will receive a NON DATED, tech T runner shirt. This includes day of registration WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON JUNE 6th!!

DAY OF REGISTRATION; cash or check only; numbers may be limited - no guarantee of  available numbers. Registration tent opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 12:30! 

DO NOT MAIL IN APPLICATIONS AFTER JUNE 1st! THEY WILL NOT BE PROCESSED!

EARLY PACKET PICKUP!!

Want your packet early? Runner packets will be available at Sportsmen's, 725 Bantam Road, Bantam on Friday, June 12th (10:00 to 5:00) and Saturday June 13th (9:00 to 4:00). Sportsmen's: 860.567.3167.

NOTE!!! If your registration is not received by June 1st you cannot participate in early packet pickup!!

IMPORTANT INFO FOR ELITE ATHLETES!!

To be considered for complimentary race entry and travel reimbursement, arrangements must be made in advance of race day with our Elite Athlete Coordinator.  If you feel that you would qualify for these considerations, please email your qualifications to info@lhrr.com and we will contact you within 24 hours.  Please note that there will be no travel reimbursement for athletes who have not made prior arrangements with our Elite Athlete Coordinator

While running the Litchfield Hills Road Race, you will experience a variety of changes in terrain (a historic town center, quaint side streets, dirt roads, trails through the woods, Chickadee Bridge) and many entertaining amenities hosted by our neighbors who live along the course. 

The best little race you’ve never heard of.
— Runner's World Magazine
 

Local runner Robin Dobos gives us a tour of the race and explains what Road Race Weekend means to the residents of Litchfield.

Runners, Are You Ready?

Gallow's Hill

We aren't going to sugar coat it, Gallow's is a intensely steep hill right at the beginning of the last mile of the race, almost like a cruel joke. It's been rated #8 by Runner’s World Magazine in their list of the greatest, most daunting hills in U.S. races. It's the hill that made Olympian Bill Rodgers shift to ninth gear!

MICROWAVE MILE

Very appropriately named for the fact that by the time most runners reach this stretch, the sun is at it's peak intensity. But don't worry, there is plenty of water available and if you are feeling especially courageous (insane? stupid?), some of the sideliners may offer our adult runners an ice-cold beer.

Cheers, to the Brave Souls who RUn.

Litchfield resident's know the course is brutal and will reward you greatly for participating. You'll find spectators grouped along much of the course who cheer you on, offer to cool you down with their garden hose, and even perform live music for you as you run by. It's this kind of hospitality, focus on traditions, warmth, and instantaneous friendships that keep runners coming back year after year.