In 2013, approximately fourteen bands (including bag pipes and DJs) will line the 20K course. 5K runners will enjoy the music of four bands. Runners, in the past, have enjoyed the bands and more bands are planned in the future. A "spirit" contest encourages the runners' enjoyment of the race. The large crowds, posters and music generated by the contest are greatly appreciated. 20K runners will pass the New Haven Green (the start and finish location) at the 7 mile mark which is filled with excitement and enthusiasm from spectators watching the race.