The Savings Institute Bank and Trust Presents the

WilliWhammer Half Marathon

The WillWhammer Half Marathon - Big-city perks with small town charm.

The WilliWhammer features these amazing amenities:

  1. Live social media split updates at three on-course locations!

  2. Professional race support provided by Natchaug Amateur Radio Club!

  3. Four great on-course water stops with Gatorade!

  4.   Designated last place finisher - no one finishes last!

  5. Walker-friendly, one hour early start available! Course closes at 12:30pm.

  6. Free post-race massage provided by Massage Envy!

  7. Free post-race physical therapy evaluations provided by Select Physical Therapy!

  8. Great post-race food boxes (with gluten-free foods)!

  9. Finishers’ pint glass!

  10. Four free beer samples (over 21 only) at the HopFest, a beer tasting hosted by Willimantic Renaissance, Inc.!


The course starts and ends at the Jillson Square in downtown Willimantic, with plenty of free, close parking. Runners will begin on Main Street and cross the Willimantic River on their way to Columbia and Lebanon. Leaving the road for a short time, participants will run the historic “Airline” rail trail for nearly a mile. Heading back into Willimantic, participants will run over the famous Frog Bridge and along Jillson Square in front of cheering spectators on mile 6, before heading to the West end of Willimantic. Leaving Willimantic again, runners will head North through picturesque pastures in Mansfield on miles 9 and 10. Mile 11 brings runners by the ECSU sports complex. Coming in flat and fast, miles 12 and 13 run South on Ash and Jackson streets, for a finish at Jillson Square.

Packet pick up will be held Friday April 25th, 2014, from 12noon to 6pm, at the Windham Recreation offices, Kramer Building, 322 Prospect Street, Willimantic. Packets may also be picked up on race day, between 8am and 9am at the main tent.

Additional sponsors:  Dominos Pizza, J&S Radio, Eldridge Auctions, Town of Windham, Bruce John Music

The WilliWhammer Half Marathon has SOLD OUT! As carefully as we have planned over the last year, the overwhelming response has exceeded our goals and even our wildest dreams for a homegrown, inaugural race. Two weeks ago, the committee realized that with around 50 spots left, we were getting close to selling out (could it possibly happen?). We immediately took to social media and the WilliWhammer web site to get the message out. We understand the disappointment of those who hoped to register in these remaining few days leading up to the race, or even on race day. Due to the number of amenities and volunteer resources, we can no longer accept registration of any kind – online or in-person on race day. We invite you to still take part on race day, by volunteering or cheering on your fellow runners. Thanks to everyone for the amazing outpouring of support, the WilliWhammer Half Marathon will be even bigger and better next year!

Course map.

Willi Whammer Parking map.pdf


Sign up to volunteer: We love helpful people. Or contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Alycia.


Questions? Email the Race Director, Marc.


For more information about visiting the Willimantic area, go to the Willimantic Downtown website.


SOLD OUT!



Saturday, April 26, 2014 9:30am

Thank you to our title sponsor, Savings Institute Bank and Trust and our other supporting sponsors.