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.
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.
Runners, Are You Ready?
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 along the entire 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 keeps runners coming back year after year.