Friday, September 16, 2016

Helping community at the Eversource Hartford Marathon

Runners are generous and dedicated, often racing on behalf of other people and causes.  More than $6.35 million has been raised through the Official Charity program at the Eversource Hartford Marathon since 1994.  We know that many of you run for other causes too, and we want to give you credit for those efforts!!  Please left us know if you’re running for charity on October 8 so we can add your efforts to the total for 2016, it’ll just take a moment to sign up here.

There are many ways that runners can help others on race day, it can be as simple as a box of pasta and couple cans of soup!

Through the generosity of runners at HMF events, more than 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food was donated to local food banks through HMF Can race-day collection trailers in 2015.  

You can help make an even bigger impact in 2016!  Please bring non-perishable food donations to benefit FoodShare of Greater Hartford.  Collection bins will be located at the Total Fitness Expo in the XL Center from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 6, and Friday, October 7.  Race day collections will also be taken at bins in Finish Line Expo at Bushnell Park.

Jean Machine
The pink jean machine is back at the Finish Line Expo in Bushnell Park!  For every $10 donation, get a new pair of Authentic Amethyst jeans, available in many styles for men and women.  100% of proceeds benefit Foodshare of CT and the CT Food Bank as part of the Food for Fashion initiative in partnership with Big Y World Class Market and their annual Sack Hunger program.  Cash only donations are accepted with no limit (until supplies last).

Clothing Donation
Those layers of clothes tossed aside on race morning don’t go to waste either! Big blue Goodwill collection bins will be placed near the start lines for donations.  Clothes along the course are also collected - last year, 1,700 pounds of clothing from race day was distributed to local charities.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Train smart to get race ready!

Six weeks to Eversource Hartford Marathon race day!!  

While every runner may have different race goals for their 26.2, 13.1 or 3.1 miles, there are some training principles that can help everyone get stronger in the final weeks.

From Jeff Galloway, the knowledgeable running legend and coach, “How to Double Your Endurance in 6 Weeks” shares strategies for making your miles count and explains how slowing down can help build you up.

The Runner’s World story, “Late Entry”, addresses getting back into race shape within 28 days of training.  Author Liz Plosser provides tips for 5K runners, half marathoners and the few people that could tackle the marathon with a short training window.

If you’re really considering marathon training in 30 days, check out the fitness check-list that Marathon Basics put together before taking the plunge!

Ideally, you should be comfortable with long runs of 7-8 miles with 6 weeks to go if you're considering the half.  If you’re not up to that distance yet, consider running the marathon team relay with friends - you can take multiple legs so you’re running more than a 5K but not pushing outside your training too far.  If you really want that half distance, see what Competitor’s "Ask Mario" has to say about that.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Defensive Awareness & Practice for Runners

Runner safety is top priority at our races, but most of us have thought a little harder lately about personal safety running out on the road on our own.  You know the obvious and have read the tips (and if you need a refresher, Runner’s World has useful info here).

If you’re interested in self-defense, we have a great opportunity for the HMF community to get some practical and hands-on strategies.  On September 6th, Sensei Darin Reisler at Plus One Defense Systems in West Hartford is hosting a FREE seminar “Defensive Awareness and Practice” for HMF runners.

You must RSVP here for this session (limited to 60 participants).

Defensive Awareness and Practice 
September 6th, 2016
6:30-7:30 PM

Sensei Darin Reisler

This seminar will provide the student with the basic foundation for self-defense practice.

The participant will be introduced to several major martial arts styles, including Muay Thai, Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Jujutsu, Aikido, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and Kung Fu. Physical defense philosophies and strategies will be taught.

The seminar is hands-on.  Students will learn and practice practical self-defense strategies, concepts and techniques - be ready (and dressed) to work!

Plus One Defense Systems
9 Tolles Street
West Hartford Ct 06110

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Frequent Miler Village in Bushnell Park

If you’re not signed up for the 2016 Frequent Miler program yet – you should be!!

We love our Frequent Milers and want to give you a little extra something at our biggest event of the year.  Introducing Barnum Financial Group Frequent Miler Village at the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon on October 8.

Enjoy an exclusive area to meet up, access port-a-potties designated for member use only and get baggage check in Bushnell Park just for Frequent Milers!

How to get in:
In order to be eligible for the Frequent Miler Village, you must be:
·      Signed up for the Frequent Miler 2016 program by August 31
·      Registered for Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon by August 31
·      Be registered for a minimum of five Hartford Marathon Foundation events in 2016 (any event in the 2016 season qualifies)

**9/21/16 UPDATE**  

All eligible Frequent Milers will receive an invitation via email in September to reserve their spot in Frequent Miler Village - no need to RSVP, your name is on the guest list if you got the email confirming your eligibility.

You can visit the Barnum Financial Group booth at the Total Fitness Expo Thursday or Friday to check-in and pick up your entry wrist band (to save time checking in to the Village on race morning!).

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Meet the Red Dress pace leaders

There are many cool things about the Red Dress Run - it’s one of only two races we produce each year that is exclusively for women. This year, we’ve got another great line-up of swag for runners, including adorable "running chick" t-shirts, unique finisher bracelets and tons of goodies at the post-race party.  

We also are bringing back something we introduced last year, the first time we ever offered pacers at a 5K.  A group of volunteer pacers from Team HMF will help you reach your race goal, whether it’s crossing in a certain time, finishing your first 5K or simply having a blast with supportive and motivating women all around you.

Look for them before the race, and learn a little more about them below.

Pacers - Red Dress Run for Women, presented by UnitedHealthcare

Pacing at 8 minutes per mile (mpm) – Elizabeth Mashiak & Kristina Miner 
Pace strategy, according to Elizabeth: "Keep the pace consistent. A huge problem some people run into is starting off too fast then burning out before they get to the finish"   

Kristina’s running tip "When it starts to hurt, think about your eye focusing on my eye lashes (which clearly never hurt), my attention is on something positive and I stop focusing on what hurts"

9 mpm – Ryan Morgan & Stacey Clark          
Stacey’s race motto "Stick with it, be persistent, be insistent."

10 mpm – Diane Perry & Katie Ouellette
Susan & Elanna Rubenstein,
mother-daughter pace team!
Group pace strategy - "We're going to resist the urge to race out at the start and try to settle into a nice groove so we hit a perfect 10:00 pace for our splits. With two pacers, we will have a pacer stop at water breaks and one that continues on pace"

11 mpm – Elanna & Susan Rubenstein
Why Elanna feels Red Dress Run is so unique "Nothing is more empowering than being inspired by other women! I know so many people that make Red Dress Run their first 5K and come back year after year!”

Wise words from Susan "Have a goal but remember to enjoy the experience along the way. Be proud of yourself for just lacing up your sneakers and running"

12 mpm – Steph Gagliardi & Chris Trotta
Tip from Steph "Running with friends has always helped me in achieving my own running goals...Having a support system is really key with staying motivated”

Wise words from Chris (the ONLY male at Red Dress Run) "Enjoy every moment, even the ones that don't seem enjoyable, they are the ones you are going to look back on and realize how awesome you are!" 
Helping the back of the pack finish – Kimberly Markey & Amie Comer
Group pace strategy “Lead by walking a slow and steady pace of 16-minutes/mile, adjusting accordingly not to leave anyone behind. We will talk and encourage all to keep moving forward while having fun."

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

2016 Aiello Inspiration Team honors volunteerism

Volunteers are truly at the heart of our events.  The amazing people that give of their time and efforts inspire us all to do better and be better.

We're calling for applicants to the 2016 Aiello Inspiration Team at the Eversource Hartford Marathon. We are looking to honor those who volunteer in their communities - whether volunteering for charity, mentoring, donating time to community services or supporting Eversource Hartford Marathon as a race week volunteer - we want give these superstars the VIP treatment.

Do you know someone who fits the bill?  Nominate them by July 8 here!  Check out more information about the application process below.

Hartford Marathon Foundation Seeks Nominations of Outstanding Volunteers, Runners for Aiello Inspiration Team at Eversource Hartford Marathon

The Hartford Marathon Foundation is calling on athletes and volunteers who offer their time and efforts to various community causes to submit an application for the Aiello Inspiration Team at the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon.  The selected team members will represent runners in the event who also serve their communities and, new this year, the team will include outstanding volunteers at the Eversource Hartford Marathon.

The inspirational and motivating race day runners and volunteers will represent the best examples of dedicated service to community groups and causes. Candidate submissions must reflect the ways in which the individual has been positively linked to these initiatives.

Applications will be accepted from runners and race day volunteers of any age or skill level participating in the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon, on Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Hartford, CT.  Participants can nominate themselves or others who they feel represent these inspiring qualities.  

Aiello Inspiration Team members will be provided with elite level benefits during race weekend including:
·      Custom event apparel 
·      PRE Perks package and race registration for runners  
·      Special perks package for volunteers
·      Complimentary hotel stay (for those 60+ miles from Hartford)

All team members will also be featured in various race promotions and publications and at the Total Fitness Expo during race week.

Nomination forms are available on the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon Registration Tab under Aiello Inspiration Team. Nominations will be accepted through July 8.  A panel committee will review applications, and winners will be notified in late July. 

“Volunteers are invaluable to the Hartford Marathon Foundation and at the core of what makes the Eversource Hartford Marathon a success year after year.  We are delighted to include athletes who volunteer and race week volunteers in this year’s Aiello Inspiration Team and we look forward to reviewing the nominations,” said Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation and Race Director of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon.
“It’s an honor to continue supporting the great tradition of the Aiello Inspiration Team and bring well-deserved attention to athletes and volunteers that make positive contributions to their communities, causes and charitable organizations,” said Michael Jezouit, President of Aiello Home Services.

The inspiration team was introduced in 2011.  Aiello Home Services signed on to support the Aiello Inspiration Team in 2013 to help recognize the many amazing personal journeys and experiences that compel individuals to take part in Hartford Marathon Foundation events.

The event has received national recognition for its commitment to providing all runners with exceptional services, including award-winning post-race food and top-notch entertainment.  Extensive efforts to offset the environmental impact of the event have earned the Eversource Hartford Marathon recertification at the Gold level by the Council for Responsible Sport.  A repeat recipient of recognition by the Road Runners Club of America, the Marathon has earned Regional Championship and National Championship status. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Join HMF Girl Squad!

The HMF Girl Squad has formed to bring women together to train, encourage and help each other as they prepare for the Eversource Hartford Marathon this fall.  It's FREE for women of all ages and abilities!! Register here today and then find the group on Facebook to join the conversation!

Top 10 Reasons to join the new Girls Squad:
·       Tried-and-tested girl advice.  Sports bras that don’t chafe. The perfect shoes (for running, rocking out or relaxing).  Shorts that don’t bunch. It’s near-certain that someone on the squad has been there, done it and can give you the lowdown.
·       All for one.  Like Bobby’s baseball team or Suzy’s swim club, joining the squad makes you part of shared fun.
·       De-stress time. Run it out together…job stress, needy kids, home projects, chores to do.  Leave it all behind for an hour (or two) without guilt.
·       Safety in numbers – Not sure about running a new trail solo or branching outside your route for more miles?  The squad will connect you with others to run with where and when you want.
·       Pacing for and with others.  Find joy in helping others along and find someone to help you reach new pace goals. 
·       Well-stocked runs.  Whether it’s non-greasy suntan lotion, the water bottle you left on the counter at home or a tampon - someone will have extra. (For some reason, guys never have the essentials)
·       Expand the network. Looking for a job? Need a weekend sitter?  Want recommendations for reliable house cleaning? Someone will probably know someone (who knows someone, who knows someone). Our loyalty runs deep.
·       Cheering squad.  More people to celebrate with you or help pick you up when this are getting you down.
·       Sweat, spit, pee in the woods.  None of us glisten, we’re all runners!!
·       Girls Rule. We share a collective pride in the ability to do it all.