Thursday, January 22, 2015

HMF Triple Half Challenge

With the new Mystic Half Marathon (May 31) and the return of the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half (April 12), we’re ramping up half marathon offerings to reach more great places across the state.  From lush rolling hills to quaint maritime village to downtown city streets, these races show off the best of what running in Connecticut offers.  

We want to keep giving you more reasons to race and create bigger and better ways for you to show for it:


Introducing the HMF Triple Half Challenge of 2015!
Register for the program and race these three designated HMF half marathons to earn an exclusive HMF Triple Half Challenge jacket and the official Triple Half finisher’s medal.  And, get discounted pricing off the combined entry fees!
·      April 12th Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon
·      May 31st Mystic Half Marathon
·      October 10th NU Hartford Half Marathon 

It’s simple to take part in the HMF Triple Half Challenge – just click the option for the Triple Half program within registration through any one of the participating events.  You will be registered for all three events at the same time, save some money and earn your jacket and medal!  If you have already registered for one or two of the participating race events, please contact registration@hartfordmarathon.com to add the Challenge to your entries.

Please note, you must register for the first event (Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon) by April 12 to be eligible for the Triple Half Challenge, there are no substitutes. 

Your Triple Half finisher medal and official jacket will be waiting for you at the finish line of the NU Hartford Half Marathon on October 10th.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"New England Double" Marathon Package


We cherish the role of producing the go-to CT marathon for 50-staters, of being a bucket list race for local runners and of hosting many long-time repeat participants whose Hartford Marathon medals highlight their bling collections.   But we also like hitting the road to enjoy New England running outside of our great state!

In New England, we can enjoy variety in race venues within relatively short travel times.  This year, we’re helping you get there.  Together with RunVermont, producers of the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon, we are offering the first-ever "New England Double" package.   

Through this unique partnership announced today, runners can earn the “New England Double” distinction by completing the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon on May 24, 2015, and the NU Hartford Marathon on October 10, 2015.  Those who register and finish all 52.4 miles will receive a special New England Double Medal (in addition to earning event finisher medals) and a finisher’s hat.

The New England Double program will get you access to both marathons with $10 off each event when you register through the program between February 2-15.  Participants in the Double will also enjoy race day perks in a designated location at each event. 

New England Double medals and hats will be available for program participants to pick up in Bushnell Park after they finish the NU Hartford Marathon.  


Register for the package through hartfordmarathon.com or runvcm.org.  


Thursday, December 18, 2014

NU Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon sale pricing through Jan 1

Although race registration has been open for the 2015 NU Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon (October 10), we didn’t want to leave our signature shindig out of the season preview party this week!  Register here by January 1 to get special sale pricing.  We’re giving away one NU Hartford Half or Hartford 5K registration in comments below.

Enjoy photo slideshows from race day, One Mile Friday, the HMF FitKids in School Final Mile celebration and our special event with the legendary Kathrine Switzer, Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker and special HMF guest Colleen Alexander.


NU Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon
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One Mile Friday, presented by Stanley Black & Decker
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HMF FitKids in School Final Mile Event
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Girls Night: Powerful Stories from Fearless Women
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Comment below sharing your 2015 NU Hartford goal, one randomly selected person will win NU Hartford Marathon or Hartford 5K registration (please note marathon registration not included in promotion).  You can submit your comment anytime until 11:59 pm Friday, 12/19.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

5Ks and Frequent Milers in 2015


The 5K - a great distance for beginners, casual runners looking to keep fit and competitive racers alike.   We’ve got 15 of these 3.1 milers on the calendar for next year (not including those that are associated with multi-distance events like Surftown and NU Hartford).  Learn more about changes and promotions to come and don’t forget to post in comments below to win free registration to any HMF 5K.

Because many of our 3.1 mile events are associated with great causes and community partners, many participants don’t even realize the event is HMF produced or that there’s bound to be another one just around the corner.  In 2015, look for the new "What’s Your Next Race?" promotion to learn more about upcoming events similar to those you’re already running.  We are also expanding our HMF Frequent Milers program, details to be announced early next year.  We've also got great training programs in store for beginners, so encourage a buddy to come along and share your love of running!

We have two popular 5K series coming back in 2015, kicking off the season with the three O’races.  These fun and festive 5Ks will provide another trinity medal opportunity to boost your bragging rights in March.   
Courthouse O’Putnam 5K, Sunday March 15
O’Niantic 5K, Saturday March 21
Max’s O’Hartford 5K, Sunday March 22


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The Riverfront Scramble series will offer another big bling opportunity for those that participate in all three of these Hartford 5Ks:
Thursday June 25,  Thursday July 23 and Thursday August 20

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A great environment for beginner and competitive women runners, Red Dress Run for Women, presented by UnitedHealthcareSaturday July 11, is set is beautiful Elizabeth Park in West Harford.  A great opportunity to run with a group or in mother-daughter teams, the photos from this year will speak for themselves!
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The final race of our season is another family fun West Hartford tradition.
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Other 5Ks we’re offering in 2015 include:
CT Race in the Park (New Britain), Saturday May 9
Corey's Catsup & Mustard 5K Run & Charity Walk (Manchester), Saturday June 20
The Rentschler Airfield 5K (East Hartford), Thursday July 16
Pumpkin Run/Walk (Higganum), Sunday October 25
Freedom Run 5K (Hartford), Sunday November 8
Norwich Winterfest 5K, Saturday, November 28

Comment below on which of these events you'd like to win free registration to and why! One randomly selected person will win just for commenting - you can submit your comment anytime until 11:59 pm Friday, 12/19.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Try a Triathlon or Duathlon in 2015

Today we are revisiting great moments in Triathlons and Duathlons to tempt you to add something new to your race goals for 2015. And, we are giving away a tri or du event registration this week in comments below!

Many in the HMF community are hesitant to expand outside running – until their first multi-sport race experience.  If you’re unsure about it, a great way to introduce yourself to triathlons and duathlons is to participant in one as part of a team.  Our multi-sport races also offer options to combine two parts of the event so you can start with what you're most comfortable, observe the transitions and talk to participants after the race before taking it on solo.   

The line-up for 2015 has a lot to offer for various experience levels.  Get a glimpse of the HMF duathlon and triathlon experience in these photos to learn more and comment below on why you already love multi-sport races or why you want to try one in 2015:

Ten Penny Ale Shamrock Duathlon & 3.3 Mile Run (Glastonbury), Sunday May 17
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Litchfield Hills Olympic Triathlon (and Duathlon and AquabIke), Sunday, July 19
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Niantic Bay Triathlon & Aquabike, Sunday, August 2
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Women’s Triathlon (Farmington), Sunday August 30
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Comment below on why you already love multi-sport races or why you want to try one in 2015.  One randomly selected person who comments this week will win a free registration to an HMF multi-sport race (you can submit your comment anytime until 11:59 pm Friday, 12/19):

Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Race Season Countdown is ON!


We’re counting down to open registration for 2015 events this Friday!  Everyday this week, we will highlight a group of 2014 events in photo slideshows to help spark your race-day memories and show those looking for some new experiences and challenges what HMF has to offer. We will give away a FREE registration to someone who comments on the blog (below) this week. 

Today – we’re talking multi-distance events and our big announcement – the new CTfastrak 15K and Relay on Sunday, May 3!  This race will run along the smooth new bus route from New Britain to Hartford and offer 2 or 3 race legs for running with a team or the 15K for those going it solo.  Details will be posted soon – mark your calendars!  We're also working on a new half marathon in southeast CT for June 28, stay tuned in January for details.

The Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon and Legends 4-Mile is coming back for it’s second year in downtown Middletown on Sunday, April 12.  Check out highlights from last year’s inaugural run:
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The typically sold-out Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K and 5K will run through the gorgeous town of Simsbury on Sunday, June 7. Don’t wait to register for this one!   Enjoy race photos from 2014:
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The Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K is a great PR opportunity, flat and fast with serene surroundings.  This year’s race will be Sunday, August 23.  Check out last year's highlights:
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And last but certainly not least, another runner favorite that typically sells out in advance, the Surftown Half Marathon and 5K in Westerly, RI, offers the best ocean views, quaint beach roads and a blast of a post-race party!  Sunday, September 13 - it’s on in 2015!
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Comment below on which of these events you'd like to win free registration to and why, and please make sure you include your name in the comment! One randomly selected person will win just for commenting - you can submit your comment anytime until 11:59 pm Friday, 12/19.  Check back tomorrow for another day of race recap and giveaway.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Runners...take your mark, get set - SHOP!

T-minus three days until holiday shopping season pandemonium…fear not, runners are prepared!

Your race training will give you an edge in the sprint for the last Elf on the Shelf. Your endurance work will help you schlep across the lot in sub-zero temps hauling more bags than are in Santa’s own sleigh. And, those extra miles you ran just for fun will help keep holiday cookies and spirits from invading your waistline.

If your shopping pursuits lead you to Amazon.com, you can support the Hartford Marathon Foundation just by doing what you’re already doing! HMF is now an official AmazonSmile charitable organization, which means that for every purchase you make on Amazon through smile.amazon.com, 0.5% of the purchase price will be donated to the Hartford Marathon Foundation.

It’s the exact same prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to HMF when you log in through smile.amazon.com, select us a your charity and make your normal purchases. Use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile; your shopping cart, wish lists and account settings are also the same.

Because we produce events, many people don’t realize how donations benefit a non-profit like HMF. Entry fees only cover about 75% of event costs. We depend on sponsorship and donations to provide the balance. Our youth programs, beginner training programs and charity partners as well as the communities our events take place in depend on this support.

Why support HMF?
Our youth programs are either totally free (like the HMF FitKids in School program which serves nearly 4,000 students and is completely supported by grants and donations) or just about free (the cost to participate is less per child than it costs us for the entry - any child under the age of 18 pays only $10 to run any FitKids event or HMF 5K).

Ever participate in our beginner 5K training programs? It costs participants $3 a week to get off the couch and start running. We don’t want price to be anybody’s excuse not to get fit with us, and donations help us fund these programs.

Of course, nothing we do could be accomplished without volunteers. From training coaches and race day volunteers to youth program supporters, volunteers are the reason HMF can produce all these events. These volunteers are dedicated to helping our non-profit organization succeed!

Thanks, as always, for your incredible support. Happy shopping!