Friday, December 2, 2016

HMF Frequent Miler sign-up deadline

If you haven't signed up yet for the 2016 HMF Frequent Miler rewards program, the deadline is Monday, December 5! Sign up here.

All registered Frequent Milers were sent an email Friday, 12/2, to the address they registered with.  You can check the status of your eligible 2016 races through your ChronoTrack account, details available here.  Note - we track your events through your email address so it must be consistent for all the events you ran in 2016*.

Bottom line, you get cool stuff for running with us!! Check out the details below and be ready to redeem rewards in early 2017.  We'll send you an update email once all eligibility is verified (expected in January).

Frequent Miler Program Rules & Details
You must enter your name and email exactly the same way on both the sign-up form and on all race entry forms to ensure points are captured correctly.

You must register for Frequent Miler program by December 5, 2016.

You must be a registered participant in at least five HMF events in 2016 to earn the points per mile.

Promotional race entries (giveaways or comp entries provided through HMF or HMF partners) do not count toward event or points per mile credit.  

The following races do not apply to the Frequent Miler Program: Zero Prostate, Mahoney Sabol, CT Race in the Park, Rentschler 5K, Achilles Hope & Possibility, Pumpkin Run, and Norwich Winterfest.

Points are based on RUN miles only. (so, a triathlon will count for the number of miles in the run portion only).

Points can only be used within the Frequent Miler Shop within the designated time, to be determined and provided to all participants in advance.  

Points may not be transferred.

*If you have previously unsubscribed from HMF emails we are unable to confirm your registration to the Frequent Miler program.  You must allow emails from us to get the details on the program or we can't reach you!!  

Friday, November 18, 2016

#runHartford photo contest winner

We had a great time re-living the 2016 Eversource Hartford Marathon through your photos and #runHartford posts!  We spend our race day focused on the details and logistics, seeing the event through runners’ perspectives is very rewarding.  

We are thrilled to share the great story of the randomly selected winner of the #runHartford photo contest.  Big congratulations to Beth-Ann Aversano!  She wins automatic 2017 HMF Frequent Miler status and will be running 5 events for free with us in 2017 (reminder to sign up for the 2016 program by December 5 to cash in on your own Frequent Miler rewards for 2016!).  

Check out Beth-Ann’s amazing race day experience in her words below.

Running the half marathon was a big deal that day.  Not only was it my VERY first half marathon but it was also my 45th Birthday! 

I have always been an athlete: rock climbing, cross fit, yoga and running short distances.  Then I found the love of distance. 

I joined the Run 169 Towns Society two years ago and started running more all around the state.  But I felt it was time to go farther.  Then, the Hartford Marathon Foundation schedule comes out and the Eversource Hartford Half is ON my Birthday!! It was a sign.  I registered for the Progressive Series and started to train.  I made a shirt to wear the day of the race, and my goal was to finish under 2 hours.

The morning of the race I was SO excited!  The people, the crowd, the coming together with thousands of runners to finish a goal!  I felt alive and so energized the whole race. As mile 11 came I was tired but as I passed each new person yelling "Happy Birthday" or "you got this”, I could only keep going! 

I saw on my watch that my goal time was achievable and I was going to finish under 2 hour.  Then...I came around the corner and the Arch was so large above me (I felt so tiny).  As I ran down under the Arch I heard nothing but cheering and the bells chiming and horns!  My throat knotted up, tears were inevitable at that point and it took all I could not to sob across the finish line with my mouth gaping open! 

I finished - I trained and finished.  I turned 45 and completed a goal I never thought I would do or love to do.  The people are what make this race!
My plan as I finished the half was to run the the full in Hartford and make it my first again.  I will be running the 2017 Eversource Hartford Marathon!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Freedom Run 5K in New Britain

Active duty military and veterans are invited to run with Hartford Marathon Foundation for free at the Freedom Run 5K on November 6 at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. 

Request your free registration by November 2 by emailing, please allow three days to receive your unique comp code. Note, complimentary entries are limited to 50 and provided on a first-come, first served basis (military ID required at bib pick-up). 

This event will honor the service of veterans, active duty military and the families that support those who serve. Complimentary entries are provided with the support of Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness, an Oak Hill Center.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Win five free HMF events in 2017

Thanks so much for making the 23rd running of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon such a great day.  Share your race moments – and get a chance to win free race registration for five HMF events in 2017!

Just tag your favorite race photo with #runHartford on our Facebook page or to @runHMF on Twitter (if you’re not on social, email it to us on

One randomly selected participant who shares their race picture by October 15 (11:59 pm EST) will win HMF Frequent Miler status for 2017, including five free race registrations.

Free registration package includes the following five Hartford Marathon Foundation events: choose 2017 Eversource Hartford Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K plus choose either the O’race Trinity 3-race series OR the Riverfront Scramble 3-race series plus one additional 5K or 10K of your choice!

If you haven’t signed up for the 2016 HMF Frequent Miler program yet, get details here to learn how running with us through the year will earn you more cool swag!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Extra perks for runners!

We appreciate all that our race sponsors do to help us improve runner experiences at the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon.  With Mazda as the official vehicle of the race through our participation in the USA TODAY Sports Active Alliance marathon series, there are some cool perks that owners of Mazda vehicles can take advantage of.

Pre-Race Stretch/Mini Massage
When picking up race bibs on Thursday or Friday at the Total Fitness Expo, Mazda owners can stop in the Active Alliance booth to receive mini massages – perfect for helping you loosen up for race day!  

Race Day Parking
Mazda owners can park their ride for free at One Financial Plaza in Hartford (see parking map for location and direction details).  Spots will be pre-paid for Mazda vehicles on race morning.

If you’re not a Mazda owner, come find out what it’s like to be one! Test drive a Mazda vehicle during expo hours outside the front of the XL Center. 

Check back on the blog for more perks announced through race week – and thanks for running with us!

Total Fitness Expo fundraising for kids

While you are at the Total Fitness Expo, take two minutes to do some good for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, thanks to Total Fitness Equipment, a great local company and sponsor of the expo.

Throughout the Expo on Thursday and Friday, hop on a piece of equipment for two minutes at the Total Fitness Equipment booth to earn a 50 cent donation to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  You’ll be guided on how to use the best in fitness equipment and help a great local cause. 

Fundraiser demos will be available on:
            Cascade Indoor Cycles/Spin Bikes
            Helix Lateral Trainer
            Precor Elliptical or Treadmill

You can also participate in any one of multiple mini-sessions to raise donations at the Expo.  5-minute sessions will be offered including Spin class, HITT class and Helix lateral training classes.  Meet the experts and ask your cross-training questions to Pete Asadourian, Owner of Future Fitness Sport Specific, and Gina Valles, instructor and owner of Gina’s Total Fitness.

Rowing Races with Trinity College 
Watch some amazing local athletes on Friday from 11:30AM-1:30PM at the Expo when Trinity College men’s and women’s row teams compete in mini-races using WaterRowers.  Learn technique, get instruction and watch the competition, all in the name of a good cause.

And, don’t forget to participate in the raffle for a free Cascade indoor bike!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Get your spectators rallied!

They’ve supported you through the training and are going to be cheering you on at the Eversource Hartford Marathon, so let’s help spectators make the most of enjoying your race day too.

Make sure to provide them the link to the “Finding Your Runner” blog, it details all of the tips on where to be and how to get there on the half and full courses.  And, best for spectators to download the mobile app and set up athlete tracking early – it can take up to 48 hours to set up tracking.  

NEW this year – PowerStation Events Final Turn

A great new area for spectator celebrating, PowerStation Events Final Turn will be set up on the corner Pearl and Ford Streets.   With its own stage and entertainment, the Final Turn will provide a huge party area featuring live music from the band Kick.

Spectators can get their cheer cards and re-fuel to help keep up enthusiasm and support runners to the finish.  The Final Turn will host Food Trucks for spectators, featuring:
-Frankie’s - Hot dogs, fries, onion rings, etc.
-The Comfort Zone Food Truck - “Gourmet” soft pretzels and more
-The Sloppy Waffle - Sweet breakfast treats
-Dee’s Flavors - Latin/Spanish dishes