Friday, August 17, 2018

Congrats to the 2018 Aiello Inspiration Team!

Thank you all for submitting your incredible stories, we are excited to share them as we get ready for the 25th running of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon on October 13.  The Aiello Inspiration Team represents just a small sampling of the amazing individuals in the local running community; we want to encourage everyone to share what you've shared with us!

Post a photo of you running a past Hartford marathon event (include the year!) on Instagram with #runHartford25 or post on our HMF Facebook wall with #runHartford25 for a chance to win Eversource Hartford Marathon prize packs. Contests end next Friday, August 24.  Not on social?  Email a photo to and we'll share it and enter you into the random drawings.

The 2018 Aiello Inspiration Team highlights inspiring individuals who have some meaningful history with our signature annual event. They shared heartening stories on the varying reasons they first signed up for or have run multiple Hartford marathon events - for loved ones who have passed away, for weight loss and health, to overcome illness or difficult times. Their strength, courage and spirit show that there’s so much more to race day in Hartford than crossing the finish line.

2018 Aiello Inspiration Team:
     Matt Arcata, Rocky Hill, CT – Charity 5K
     Julie Filippone Aresco, Middletown, CT – Marathon
     Tom Buckley, Avon, CT– Collar Crew
     Cat Carter, South Windsor, CT– Half Marathon
     Tim Foley, Mystic, CT – Half Marathon
     Bonnie Lambiase, Marlborough, CT - Marathon
     Kiran Majmudar, Enfield, CT – Marathon
     Mark Mogensen, Trumbull, CT – Half Marathon
     Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch, Glastonbury, CT – Half Marathon 
     Laura Roix, Manchester, CT – Charity 5K

Look for their stories within the Eversource Hartford Marathon Insider’s Guide in your race packets and at the Total Fitness Expo on October 11 and 12.  The Hartford Marathon Foundation is joined by Aiello Home Services, sponsor of the team, to recognize these awesome individuals.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Women's Triathlon Update

The Women’s Triathlon has been a cherished tradition for us to produce for the past 12 years. The event truly has a unique vibe that inspires many women to push their own limits and achieve new goals for themselves in a supportive environment. We know some of you have been involved for years and we appreciate your participation and volunteerism to make this event happen.

To be completely clear – we would be thrilled to continue to produce this event for years to come. We announced earlier this year that the 2018 Women’s Triathlon would be the last and if all things remain unchanged, it will be. Losing a title sponsor was a major financial blow to a race that has seen continued dwindling participation year-to-year. Maybe it’s the sheer volume of triathlon opportunities available or that many past participants see the event as a bucket list item to check off and move on from – but participant numbers are crucial to maintain a race.

All of our best intentions and everyone’s love for this race does not pay the bills to produce it – more than anyone, we wish it wasn’t that way. But YOU can be part of the solution to keep this race going!!

Step 1) Participate!!! Register now! Get a relay team together if you’re not up for a solo race. Do the Aquabike if you’re sidelined from running right now.

Step 2) Spread the word! Tell everyone about your experience and why this race is meaningful to you. Encourage them to participate.

Step 3) Share business ideas! Do you work for a company that supports women’s health or is interested in marketing to women athletes? Own a small business that wants to be involved in a community event? Know of a company that would be a perfect fit to get involved in the post-race party? Sponsorship comes in all different ways and we know this event would make a great community piece for so many companies – help us find new supporters!

We do hope there can be some kind of future for this race, but the costs have to be covered somewhere. Beyond the obvious costs of safety/security, participant amenities and services, Winding Trails Camper Fund donation and medals, shirts etc. we also have a significant amount of professional staff required to safely produce a triathlon.

Anytime we make the difficult decision to take a race off the schedule, we first look for all other options and assess opportunities to maintain it. We welcome you to join us in these efforts in one way or another and appreciate your support of this great event.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Women’s Fun Run in Old Wethersfield, August 14

Join in the excitement for the upcoming Old Wethersfield 5K & 10K with a free fun run for HMF Girl Squad and fellow female runners! The run starts at 6:00pm on Tuesday, August 14. The 3-mile route through beautiful Old Wethersfield will end with well-deserved ice cream for purchase (cash only!) at Main Street Creamery. Team HMF ambassador, Amie Lugo, will lead. Sign-up form and details below!

Meet Amie
Amie has lived in Wethersfield since 2012 with her husband, Luie, and 5lb dog, Pumpkin. She started running in 2010 and became a Team HMF ambassador in 2015. Initially she started running to lose weight, and in the process of losing 100lbs she found her love for running.

Since then, she has completed a variety of distances including a marathon and sprint triathlon. The Wethersfield 10K is one of her favorite races and this will be her 4th time running it. Amie enjoys encouraging new runners and helping to motivate all the back of the pack runners.

Women’s Fun Run
Sign-up HERE (please fill out in advance)
Date: Tuesday, August 14
Time: 6 PM
Location: Main Street Creamery, 271 Main Street, Old Wethersfield,
Distance: 3 miles
Parking: Street parking available

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Runners Honor Roll - Find Your Name!

Runners Honor Roll is coming to a town near you!  Find your name based on the race year(s) you ran an event at the Hartford marathon and take your photo with your finish time.  Then, collect freebies such as DD cards from Dunkin' Donuts, DICK's Sporting Goods $10 coupons, silver cowbells and Eversource goodies, and earn chances to win free race registration and commemorative 25th running swag.

This mobile tribute is traveling the region now to build excitement for the 25th running of the Hartford Marathon in October.  The colorfully wrapped vehicle will include names of all 194,370 participants who have crossed the magnificent finish line in Hartford since 1994.

See where you can catch Runners Honor Roll in a town near you, more locations will be added throughout the summer – check back often!

Saturday, August 18: Dragon Boat Festival, Hartford (Riverfront Recapture), 10am-4pm
Wednesday, August 22: Travelers, Hartford, noon (re-scheduled due to weather)
Thursday, August 23: Riverfront Scramble #3, Hartford, evening
Saturday, August 25: Old Wethersfield 5K & 10K- Packet Pickup, Glastonbury, early evening
Sunday, August 26: Old Wethersfield 5K & 10K, Wethersfield, morning
Thursday, September 06: Imagine Main Street, Manchester, evening
Friday, September 07: Women's Triathlon / Surftown Packet Pickup, Glastonbury, early evening
Saturday, September 08: Women's Triathlon, Farmington, morning
Saturday, September 08: Surftown Half Marathon- Packet Pickup, Westerly, RI, early evening
Sunday, September 09: Surftown Half Marathon & 5K, Westerly RI, morning
Saturday, September 15: Youth Tri, Waterford
Thursday, September 20: Celebrate Amherst Block Party, Amherst, MA, evening
Tuesday, October 02: Eversource, Newington, day
Saturday, October 6: Park Street Parade, West Hartford, morning
Thursday, October 11: Total Fitness Expo, Hartford, all day
Friday, October 12: Total Fitness Expo, Hartford, all day
Saturday, October 13: Eversource Hartford Marathon, Hartford, all day

Runners Honor Roll is proudly supported by:

Friday, July 6, 2018

Share your story, in celebration of our 25th running!

We’re celebrating the 25th running of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and we want the party to be all about you!

What made you sign up for your first-ever Hartford marathon event? Why was it a goal in your life to run Hartford?  What compelled you to that first Hartford marathon starting line?  What keeps you coming back?  

Share your story with us or nominate someone for a chance to be a member of this year’s Aiello Inspiration Team, a small group of individuals who will get extra special treatment for the 25th running celebration.

How to enter:
Email us your story.  Whether you’ve only run with us a few times or it’s an annual tradition, we want to hear about you.  Email submissions will be accepted through July 15 to In addition to providing your story, please include as much of the following info as possible:
            -Event distances you’ve participated in at the Eversource Hartford Marathon (marathon, half marathon, Team 26.2 Relay, Charity 5K or Kids K).
            -First year you ran a Hartford marathon event
            -Where you’re from / currently live
            -Volunteer or other involvement you’ve had with the race

Feel free to share your favorite moments and photos with us via Facebook or Instagram too, just be sure to tag us and use #runHartford25 (submissions must be received by email for team consideration). We will contact everyone who submits a story by the end of July.

Up to 10 participants will be selected to represent this year's Aiello Inspiration Team.  Those chosen will be provided free race registration and a VIP race package at the October 13th Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon, including PRE Perks and a team shirt, courtesy of Aiello Home Services.

We can't wait to hear from you! Questions? Hit us up on social or via email.

The Aiello Inspiration Team is proudly supported by:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Free fun run in Bloomfield, 7/12

Join us in a free fun run with Team HMF on Thursday, July 12, to explore the running trails of Bloomfield in advance of the Achilles CT Hope & Possibility 5K & 10K on Sunday, July 22.

With 2.5 mile and 4 mile route options, the guided group run is great for varying paces to come together and enjoy a relaxing summer evening.  Following the run, all are welcome to stretch out and picnic while enjoying a family friendly concert at Town Hall Green at 7:00

Fun run details below (sign up in advance for the run HERE). Meet your local guide, Diane Perry!

Diane has had a true love and passion for sports, health and fitness since childhood. She started running in 2014 and became a Team HMF ambassador in 2015.  Through running, Diane has the opportunity to help motivate others to live healthier lives and realize fitness goals. She enjoys encouraging new runners and finds great joy and reward in pacing 5K and half marathon races, helping others attain the absolute glee of accomplishing a goal they trained for.

Recently, Diane adopted her 5 yr old Black lab mix, Karlie, and they enjoy running intervals or short runs together to supplement their daily 5 mi walks.  When not with Karlie, you can find Diane running and volunteering for many HMF races, at our HMF Girl Squad events or at many group runs around Hartford, West Hartford, Bloomfield and Glastonbury areas.

"Running makes me feel strong, capable and humble all at the same time. I can be better than I was yesterday and know that I will be stronger tomorrow than I am today. Most importantly, I'm constantly learning from the running friends and the community and feel fortunate to be a part of it, welcoming newer runners! "
Course Preview Fun Run
Sign-up HERE  (please fill out in advance)
Date: Thursday, July 12
Time: 6 PM run start
Location: Meet at Bloomfield Town Hall 
Distance: 2.5 and 4 mile runs (out and back routes)
Parking: Available at Town Hall

Water and cups will be available for runners, no other amenities provided.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Rock the Red for Girls on the Run

The Red Dress Run (July 14, 2018) is a wonderful tradition celebrating women’s fitness. What better way to bring more purpose to this cherished annual event than to support girls in achieving lifetime health and wellness for themselves.

We are proud to partner with Girls on the Run, Greater Hartford for this year’s Red Dress Run 5K walk/run. Your donations will help get their program into two more local schools this fall. Girls in grades 3-8 that go through the 10-week program are taught about core principles to help them grow into strong, confident young women: Confidence, Character, Care & Compassion, Connections, Competence and Contribution.

Adolescence can be tough. During these years, girls face social pressures, relationship challenges and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be.  By nurturing girls' overall wellness - physical, emotional, social and spiritual - we help girls to be intentional with their decision making, build healthy relationships and be comfortable in their own skin.

Your generosity and donations are greatly appreciated – please consider running on July 14 and raising donations for them or donate directly HERE. 

The girls are not simply asking for your donations.  They have put their time, efforts and heart into swag to be enjoyed by all race participants!  Girls in the program have hand-made all of the custom finisher bracelets and a team of girls will be participating on race day!

Run, walk,volunteer or donate on July 14 – all experiences and ages are welcome to participate in a welcoming race environment that supports women, fitness and strength.