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.

WE EQUIP GIRLS WITH SKILLS TO LEAD HEALTHY, JOYFUL LIVES
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.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Global Running Day celebrations

Global Running Day - we couldn’t think of a more perfect day to kick-off celebrations for the 25th running of the Eversource Hartford Marathon!  This Global Running Day (Wednesday, June 6), we will use all of our energy and rally together to foster our love of running to benefit local kids.

Specifically, we’re asking for you to join us by donating $5 to help send a Parkville Community School 3rd grader in Hartford to the Charity 5K at the Eversource Hartford Marathon on October 13.  For $15, you can send one student to the event! There are two ways to celebrate:

Donate online HERE and run anywhere you want on June 6.  You’ll be emailed the link for a downloadable bib to show that you supported sending a student to the race!
  • Take a selfie with your downloadable bib, share it with us on social or email it by June 7 for a chance to win a 25th running prize package (race entry, training shirt and commemorative pint glass). 

Join us for a free fun run at Thomas Hooker Brewery at Colt on Global Running Day, June 6.  Make your $5 donation online here or on-site on June 6, you’ll get a special event bib customized by Parkville students (limit 100)
  • Guided group 5K runs along the river in Hartford (various pace groups) starting at 6:00 pm
  • Delicious, ice cold Hooker beer and food for purchase after the fun run
  • Preview NEW 25th running training shirt and commemorative pint glass, available for purchase
  • Raffles for free race entry, shirts and glasses
  • Take a selfie at the event, share it with us on social or email it by June 7 for another chance to win a 25th running prize package (race entry, training shirt and commemorative pint glass).

Plus – throughout Global Running Day, get 30% off of all Eversource Hartford Marathon race merchandise in our SHOP, just use code MARATHON30 at checkout.

Thank you for supporting local kids and joining our Global Running Day celebrations!

Together, we can help kids to be healthier, happier and become lifelong runners.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Simsbury Art Show Turns Heads

We love Simsbury for its charming town center, quaint shops, wonderful restaurants and, of course, the great space to hold a race! If you're coming to town for the Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on June 3, don't miss the latest attraction, the Simsbury Art Trail!
Shaping Up by Seward Johnson © 1987

The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc.


Walk down any Main Street and you’re likely to see people doing ordinary things: reading a book, walking the dog, relaxing on a bench. But you'll need to look a little closer in Simsbury, many of these “people” are actually lifelike bronze sculptures created by artist Seward Johnson. "Life In Simsbury: A Public Art Trail" has been brought to town by the Chamber of Commerce and consists of 32 sculptures, which are sponsored by local businesses.

The statue by Abigail’s Grill depicts a man with a cigar reading an actual oversized menu from the restaurant. The Simsbury Historical Society is sponsoring a statue of Claude Monet standing in front of a painting showing some of the society’s buildings. 

The artist has created 400 sculptures that have been placed on Main Streets across the country and the world.

"Hosting an event of this magnitude requires an incredible commitment from the entire town and everyone has rallied behind it," said Lisa Gray, Executive Director of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, "We are so appreciative of the companies and individuals who have already invested in making this what is sure to be one of the most popular cultural events in the region."

The goal of the art trail is to encourage more people to walk along Main Street and support local businesses. There are maps of the trail at each sculpture, and visitors are encouraged to touch, climb on and take selfies with the art works (#simsburyarttrail). The sculptures will be on display through September 15.

On June 3, the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring free guided tours of the art trail from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Three options will be offered: walk 2.2 miles of the trail and see 19 sculptures, bike 4.2 miles and see 22 sculptures or bike 17 miles and see all 32 sculptures.

On June 12, the Simsbury Free Library is holding an old-time ice cream social and Art Trail scavenger hunt from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Prizes will be awarded, and it’s free and open to the public.

For more information on these events, visit http://www.simsburyarttrail.com/.

 
My World by Seward Johnson © 1989 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New course hydration at 2018 half marathons

We’ve said it before and you’ll hear us say it again and again – proper hydration is vital for performance. 

Providing runner support on our courses is a responsibility we take very seriously. Every event distance page has a course amenities section that outlines exactly where and what that support entails.  We are pretty excited to be updating these hydration offerings for all of our 2018 half marathons, including this weekend’s MysticHalf Marathon & 10K.

Expect to see nuun electrolytes this Sunday in Mystic.  Fluid Locations will offer water & nuun electrolytes lemon+lime flavor in the following spots along the course:
  • Pre/Post Race
  • Mile 1.8
  • Mile 4.2
  • Mile 5.7
  • Mile 7.5
  • Mile 8.9
  • Mile 10.8
  • Mile 12.6


Sample nuun electrolytes flavors post-race in Mystic.
You’ll see the nuun team after you cross the Mystic finish line too.  Grab a sample packet and try other flavors or talk to their crew in the post-race area to get any questions answered and learn about the products. 
  

We’ll update our amenities listings for upcoming half marathons with details on the course offering, but expect to see nuun performance on course at the Eversource Hartford Marathon too.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Fun Run in Simsbury, May 24

Now in its 16th year running through the serene roads of Simsbury, the Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K and 5K on June 3rd has a distance for everyone and offers a great family fun day for spectators too. Join us in a free course preview fun run with Team HMF on Thursday, May 24, at 6:00 pm. Sign-up form and details below!

The 4-mile fun run will cover a portion of the course along the trail. Team HMF co-captain Susan Rubenstein will lead. Following the run, all are welcome to join the group at Iron Horse Pub for happy hour.



Meet Susan
Susan Rubenstein has been a resident of Simsbury for over 30 years and is a co-captain of Team HMF. She fell in love with Simsbury at first sight, decided to raise her family there and finds its scenic roads, flowered bridge, farms and beautiful trails have only added to her love of running. After many years, many miles and many races, Susan still enjoys weekly runs with friends and loves how Simsbury has kept its beauty and charm as it has grown into a thriving community.

Susan enjoys working and teaching in Simsbury at one of the local gyms and has made a career in health and fitness with her business, Yoga Be Fit. She coaches runners, volunteers for Girls on the Run, teaches town employees and local residents in various fitness classes and supports runners’ training.

As the first Mother/Daughter team for the Team HMF ambassador program 4 years ago, Susan shares her love of running with her daughter, Elanna. Together they are seen at many HMF races running, volunteering and sharing time together. When Susan's daughter Mindy visits from NYC, the three of them always find a race they can enjoy together. Susan lives in Simsbury with her husband, Kenny, and two dogs, Rudy and Delilah.

“Nothing is better than bonding with your kids through the love of running.”

Course Preview Fun Run
Sign-up HERE (please fill out in advance)
Date: Thursday, May 24
Time: 6 PM
Location: Simsbury Meadows, meet by the playground area (near the start line for the Amica Half Marathon, 10K, 5K)
Distance: 4 miles on the trail at Iron Horse
Parking: Public parking is available off Iron Horse Blvd

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

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tip of the Month: Mix it Up!


We are driven to increase running miles when training, but it’s important to mix up workouts to help improve race day performance. Coach Caitlin Roston from soundRUNNER explains what cross training is and why alternative forms of exercise can make us better runners.


Cross Training for Runners from soundRUNNER

What is cross training for runners?

It’s a day where you focus on another fitness activity, such as spin class, bootcamp, HIIT or going to your local gym for a lifting session, and give yourself a break from pounding the road. Most running plans call for at least one day of cross training per week.

Why is cross training important to add to your running plan?
Cross training reduces injury, helps with recovery and builds muscle. For example, spinning is low impact on the body and knees, but it builds up the slow and fast twitch muscles in your legs, works your lower back and abdominals and strengthens your knees. As a runner you already have so much wear and tear on the knees, so spinning gives them a break while improving strength, speed and aerobic power.

Why do we need cross training?
Many runners fail to use their glutes and hamstrings when they strike and push off from the ground due to underdevelopment. Adding 1 or 2 days of cross training into your running plan allows you to build stronger glutes, hamstrings, quads, knees, hips and ankles.
Cross training does not slow you down as a runner, but helps increase your speed, strength and endurance. If you are looking to improve your fitness or just want to mix up your workouts, add a cross training day and enjoy the results!



Thanks to our friends at soundRUNNER for providing this guest post. We'll be bringing you tips here on the blog every month from experts in the community - please comment below what you want to hear about.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

We're Back! Navigators Stamford KIC IT Races


We're excited to be back in the saddle in Stamford, officially!! It's been six years since HMF last produced the Navigators Stamford KIC IT Races and we've been asked to bring our organizational expertise, dedicated staff and love of triathlon back to benefit this great event, a major fundraiser for Kids in Crisis.

Be ready to experience some HMF updates – our operations team has tweaked the Olympic and Sprint tri courses, particularly the bike portion, to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. We hope your experience with us exceeds expectation. Safety is our top priority in all events we produce, and multi-sport races like triathlon present varying levels of complexity when it comes to smooth operations...and then there's the kids triathlon: crazy, hectic, but super fun rallying fierce little ones to achieve their goals.

It's a big weekend all around - June 23 and 24. The kids triathlon kicks off Saturday morning for 6 to 15 year olds to swim, bike and run their way to an outstanding personal achievement. This kids-only event is timed and race distance varies by age to offer a great opportunity to introduce children to the sport of triathlon.


A family 5K follows later that morning with packet pick-up for Sunday's triathlon races on Saturday afternoon. The day will also serve as a 40th anniversary celebration for Kids in Crisis. Expect kids activities, live music and a family festival.

The Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons kick off early Sunday morning, starting and finishing on Cummings Beach. This race is truly unique in that it offers athletes of every age the opportunity to compete and fundraise for the cause, providing free event registration to those that commit to and secure fundraising levels. Proceeds benefit the incredible local work of Kids in Crisis, Connecticut's only free, round-the-clock crisis counseling center and emergency shelter for children newborn to 17.


If you can't join us in Stamford, you can still fundraise for this great cause here: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/navigators-stamford-kic-it-races. A great race in a great place for a great cause, HMF is proud to be part of the action!