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!


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 15th.

All registrations received AFTER May 15th will receive a NON DATED, tech T runner shirt. This includes day of registration WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.


Want your packet early? Runner packets will be available at Sportsmen's, 725 Bantam Road, Bantam on Friday, June 8th (10:00 to 5:00) and Saturday June 9th (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!!

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!


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.