Friday, January 29, 2016

Team HMF 2016

The off-season isn’t a quiet place in our office.   We’re working through lots of details … introducing new races and series, researching course tweaks, updating swag offerings, pouring over feedback from runners and race notes.  We like to think this fine-tuning and extra effort makes the difference in why you race with us time and again.

One of the programs that we’re currently updating is Team HMF, and we’ve had a number of inquiries about applications.  While you will see some new faces on Team HMF in 2016, we are not putting out an open call for applications this year. 

Instead, we’re focusing on how the team will support the local running community more.  We’re adding some new elements for the Team to help runners on race-day, whether it’s guiding warm-up runs or helping you prepare for course challenges and getting your mental game race-ready.    The Team will be present as we offer more free clinics and training opportunities to help you all interact and learn from each other’s experiences.

We’d like to hear your ideas as well – how can we, and the Team, go the extra mile for you?  Please share thoughts in comments below or send us a message via Facebook or Twitter to connect directly.

Those of you interested in being part of Team HMF in the future, rest assured we do plan to open up the field to new athletes in 2017.  We will be creating a more thorough and interactive application process to mirror the way the Team members engage in the running community.  Look for details at the end of this year’s season.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Frequent Miler Program - Rewards Time!

We have great participation in the new HMF Frequent Miler program for 2015, thank you!!  This is a new system, so please be patient as we help answer your questions and work through any minor kinks.

A few reminders for our participants.  All communication was sent to the email your registered for the program with, please make sure your receive our emails to that address.  Only run event miles are included in the points total you were emailed on Friday.  Triathlon points are based on the run portion only.  Miles earned through comped race entries are NOT included (log in to your Chronotrack profile to review your event registrations). 

Visit the Frequent Miler Shop link provided in your email to review and choose your own rewards based on your points earned.   You must fill out and submit the order form by February 6th.   These are all custom orders and will be placed together at that time.   Please expect 4-6 weeks for all orders to be fulfilled; details on shipping and free reward pick-up options outlined below.

DETAILS:
You must use all points within one transaction/order.  Earned points for miles DO NOT carry over to 2016.

You may only redeem rewards based on total points earned, there are no cash transactions allowed.

Only Frequent Miler members who previously signed up for the program and paid registration fees to race at least 5 events in 2015 are eligible to participate.

REWARD MERCHANDISE PICK-UP:
You may pick up reward merchandise at HMF offices in Glastonbury upon notification of order arrivals.

You may designate friends/family to pick-up merchandise for you at HMF offices in Glastonbury.  They will need to sign-off on the pick-up.

You can choose to ship your merchandise for a flat $5 shipping/handling fee (to be billed upon shipping).

Race registration rewards are only valid toward NEW race registrations, refunds will not be issued from registrations already finalized.  Race registration reward codes will be emailed the week of February 8, 2016 and must be used in 2016

2016 Frequent Miler Program

Missed out this year or want to join again in 2016?? There will be a separate program and sign-up for 2016 with information announced before the start of race season.  Please stay tuned for details!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thank you for a great 2015!

We were proud to hit many great milestones in 2015, including hosting more than 43,000 of you at 30 race events!!  As we reflect on the year and prepare for a busy 2016 race season, we have much to thank you for.

videoYour commitment to step up for charity and community was once again much appreciated. For the inaugural HMF Can initiative, runners helped raise more than 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food to donate to local communities we race in.  Of note, more than 900 pounds was donated to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry through the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon in April - reportedly their biggest ever one-time donation.  A 2016 goal has been set to collect 12,000 pounds, with your continued support.

By the numbers, Hartford Marathon Foundation highlights include
  • 43,097 motivated participants in 5K, 3.3 mile, 10K, 15K, half marathon, marathon and relay distances, as well as duathlon and triathlon events
  • 4,894 dedicated volunteers including groups 
  • 10,000 pounds of food donated through HMF Can
  • 42 charities supported by events (not including runners’ individual affiliations to charity)
  • 4,177 children participating in HMF FitKids program

But you’ve said it best through the year! In your words, hear a little more about what it meant to race HMF Events.  It’ll give you great motivation and us many reasons to keep trying to do more and better in 2016!

For more information on 2016 events or to register, please visit www.hartfordmarathon.com and be sure to follow on Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @runHMF and Instagram at HMF_Events

Happy New Year to all!!

This (O’Niantic 5K) was the best 5K I have run, despite the snow. Very well run and so much fun. I plan to run it next year as well!    -Crystal Huntoon

Yesterday I ran the inaugural Mystic Half Marathon. Just wanted you to know that everyone I came in contact with was friendly, helpful. The packet pickup was easy with no hassles. You have it all together with respect to organization, people moving, activities, etc.     -Kathy Mason, Salem, CT

This (CTfastrak 15K) race was phenomenal! The route was great, the event was well organized, the concept was creative. All in all, a great day. Thank you for consistently delivering events that are well-executed and entertaining...You certainly have a well-oiled machine.     -Michelle Kurnik

This was my first time running in the Red Dress Run in Elizabeth Park! Everything was perfect, the weather, the course, the volunteers and staff, and the signage...Special thanks for the tee shirt, and I especially love the necklace; I think it is a great giveaway idea!  Thank you for all.     -Barbara Kreitner

Can't say enough about what a great job everyone did in organizing this event (Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon). From registration to parking, bag drop and recovery, course management and security --- it was first rate.     -Ted Ruddock

My first 5K (Norwich WinterFest), loved the course, volunteers were great, fantastic organization, great atmosphere, totally loved everything, God willing I will be back next year.     -Barbara Batwala-Dune


Friday, December 18, 2015

Enhanced training programs with Fleet Feet


We are excited to announce a new partnership with Fleet Feet West Hartford as the exclusive run training partner for HMF Events in central Connecticut.  With new and expanded group training programs leading up to key events and series, we’ll support you to achieve your goal – and celebrate you at the finish line!
Custom Training for Halfs
Keep motivated through the winter with the 12-14 week half marathon training program that starts January 2 or January 16 and gets you to the finish line of the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half on April 3. 

Based on the principles of the Run S.M.A.R.T. Project, this coaching program is customized to your personal fitness level factoring your training goals.  The program incorporates the VDOT Running Calculator and interactive online calendar and running logs that you and your coaches track to keep you accountable and motivated.

5K Training 
With 5K group training programs starting January 9th and 10th to prepare for the March O’race Trinity Series events, Fleet Feet will be offering three different levels of training to suit every age and ability level. The 11-week training programs provide experienced coaches, camaraderie in a supportive group setting and training guides for each participant.  

The No Boundaries 5K - Intermediate level is great for those who have competed in 5Ks and are looking to run longer intervals during training or challenge themselves with new race goals.  

Be sure to encourage your non-running friends to consider a Walkfit or beginner No Boundaries 5K group to join you at the Courthouse O’Putnam, O’Niantic or O’Hartford in March.

Check back for more programs, or please feel free to connect directly via the Training Program Inquiry link if you are seeking a specific training program that you don’t find available.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

New England Double - #RunHartford and #RunVermont


We are excited to offer the Eversource Hartford Marathon as part of an enhanced "New England Double" 2016 marathon package, together with RunVermont, producers of the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon.  Please note, the registration process for the program has been updated.

Runners earn the “New England Double” distinction by completing the May 29th People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon and the October 8th Eversource Hartford Marathon.  Those who register for the program and finish all 52.4 miles will receive a special New England Double medal (in addition to earning event finisher medals) and a commemorative finisher jacket. 

Registration Requirements 
You must register for both events directly on our respective race Web sites and then simply choose the option to add the New England Double program within each event’s registration process.  Once you register for both events with the option, you’re in!

2015 New England Double finishers with their medals
Details
There are no event or race distance substitutions allowed.  You must complete both the People’s United Bank Vermont City Marathon and the Eversource Hartford Marathon to receive the New England Double medal and jacket.

Participants must register for the Vermont City Marathon before it sells out or by May 29, whichever comes first - don't delay if you want to run the Double!

New England Double medals and jackets will be available for program participants to pick up in Bushnell Park after they finish the Eversource Hartford Marathon on October 8. 

PRO Series: 5K to Half


Whether your goal is a first half marathon or you’re looking to improve time, our 3-race “PRO Series: 5K to Half” will help you achieve it - with some extra incentive!  Earn a commemorative series medal and get a free training guide for support (optional coached group training is also available).

Choose either the Red Dress Run for Women on July 9 or Rentschler Airfield 5K on July 14 as your first race.  You will then run the Old Wethersfield 10K with us on August 28 – this double-loop course is flat and fast, a great way to increase race mileage in preparation for your final race.  Follow our weekly mileage guide to help get you to the finish of the October 8 Eversource Hartford Half Marathon.

Registration Requirements - register here
You must register for the PRO Series: 5K to Half program to participate (do NOT register for events in the program individually). Simply click the option for PRO Series: 5K to Half registration within any one of the participating events and you will be registered for the program and all three events simultaneously.   

Details
  • You must register for the PRO Series: 5K to Half before the second 5K option on July 14 or before any of the participating events reach capacity, whichever occurs first. 
  • There are NO event substitutions allowed
  • 2015 PRO Series finisher with race medal
  • You may not combine promotional programs with overlap events – for example, you must choose between participating in the Pro Series: 5K to Half OR the Triple Half Challenge promotion.

There's also an an option to participate in a more robust group training program (fees apply), which provides experienced coaches, a supportive group environment and a training program shirt. Details on PRO Series group training will be provided shortly.

Collect your medal on October 8 – a festive finish line awaits you in Bushnell Park, with incredibly supportive crowds, great course amenities and a huge post-race bash!

New perks - O'race Trinity Series

2015 O'race Trinity Series
finisher medal!
The O’race Trinity Series, our first races of the 2016 season, offers some great new options for those who have earned the Trinity bling in the past or are looking to capture their first!  Register for the series here and complete the three O’races to earn event medals that link together forming the Irish flag - with a special Gaelic message! The festive St. Patrick’s Day themed race events are:

NEW perks!
Register for the Series by January 22 to receive personalized bibs for all three races!

Series participants will also be provided exclusive new race swag. Instead of receiving a beanie hat at each event, O’race Trinity Series participants earn a beanie hat at the Courthouse O’Putnam, socks at O’Niantic and gloves at O’Hartford.  We’ll deck you out in St Patrick’s Day-themed running gear (supplies limited, register early to secure your swag!).

O’Hartford VIP package option
And - new to the O’Hartford 5K, all race participants will have the option to purchase a convenient and comfy VIP race experience. For $30, participants will receive:
  • Secure baggage locker
  • VIP parking
  • Access to warm, indoor pre-race hospitality suite with refreshments

The VIP option can be purchased within the race or series registration process or added through the ShopHartford store if you choose to purchase after you have registered for the event (available until max capacity is reached).

Get your Irish on with us in 2016, and give yourself great motivation to keep up with winter training!  If you joined an O'race in 2015, see if you made the photo slideshow below! 

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