Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Race Season Countdown is ON!


We’re counting down to open registration for 2015 events this Friday!  Everyday this week, we will highlight a group of 2014 events in photo slideshows to help spark your race-day memories and show those looking for some new experiences and challenges what HMF has to offer. We will give away a FREE registration to someone who comments on the blog (below) this week. 

Today – we’re talking multi-distance events and our big announcement – the new CTfastrak 15K and Relay on Sunday, May 3!  This race will run along the smooth new bus route from New Britain to Hartford and offer 2 or 3 race legs for running with a team or the 15K for those going it solo.  Details will be posted soon – mark your calendars!  We're also working on a new half marathon in southeast CT for June 28, stay tuned in January for details.

The Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon and Legends 4-Mile is coming back for it’s second year in downtown Middletown on Sunday, April 12.  Check out highlights from last year’s inaugural run:


The typically sold-out Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon, 10K and 5K will run through the gorgeous town of Simsbury on Sunday, June 7. Don’t wait to register for this one!   Enjoy race photos from 2014:


The Old Wethersfield 5K and 10K is a great PR opportunity, flat and fast with serene surroundings.  This year’s race will be Sunday, August 23.  Check out last year's highlights:


And last but certainly not least, another runner favorite that typically sells out in advance, the Surftown Half Marathon and 5K in Westerly, RI, offers the best ocean views, quaint beach roads and a blast of a post-race party!  Sunday, September 13 - it’s on in 2015!


Comment below on which of these events you'd like to win free registration to and why, and please make sure you include your name in the comment! One randomly selected person will win just for commenting - you can submit your comment anytime until 11:59 pm Friday, 12/19.  Check back tomorrow for another day of race recap and giveaway.

57 comments:

  1. One of the very best locations for a half! We've raced in every Surftown half! Best wishes for many more races in the future!

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  2. I love the Amick Iron Horse half, I've done it twice and the scenery is just beautiful. Plus getting to see horses and ducks along the route is awesome! Great race, definitely one of my favorites!

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  3. I love that these are ALL on Sundays, when I can race and not miss practice. Thank you, HMF!

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  4. Surftown is on my list of must do races. All my friends rave about it, definitely a PR course!
    Eric Gruettner

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  5. Surftown - one of my all-time favorite races! Love the course, and the always stellar HMF organization.

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  6. Amica iron horse. The last time I ran it it was stopped due to heat. I would love to do it again in hopefully better conditions!
    Thanks - sheri pastor

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  7. Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon to avenge 2013's heatwave and 2014's personal blisters at mile 8. Giddy up!

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  8. Middletown half - would love to run a new race/town next year. I have enjoyed running many of your races in the past several years and am looking forward to more in 2015!

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  9. Ironhorse, it's my hometown race!

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  10. 2014 restarted my running obsession. One of the best things I did was volunteer at almost every HMF race I ran. It was almost as much fun as my PRs at the races. Almost. Can't wait to see what 2015 holds!

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  11. Absolutely loved the Wethersfield 10k, a PR course for sure. I'd love to add any of the other HMF races to my list for 2015!

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  12. I ran Surftown last year and loved starting the day with a beach sunrise! Hoping to run again in 2015.

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  13. I would absolutely love to run the scenic Amica Iron Horse Half Marathon!! After running the Hartford Half Marathon for the first time this past October, I know the HMF knows how to put on a race! The rain did nothing to dampen the dispositions of the fabulous volunteers or the post-race amenities/activities. Cheers to making 2015 another year of HMF racing and fun!

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  14. The race that I am really looking forward to in 2015 is the Amica Iron Horse. It was my first half and holds a special place in my heart. I had to pull out of this race last year due to hip tendonitis so I am especially focused on staying healthy for this June race!

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  15. Marking my calendar for all of them! Thank you HMF for hosting the best races for the entire family!

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  17. Iron Horse is one of my favorite races. Great atmosphere and a beautiful course! Plus, the most yummy grilled cheese ever!!!

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  18. 15k would be a new race distance for me-I would love to try it out with HMF first! Always great events!

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  19. Looking forward to a 15k! So excited for the 2015 race season! The Middletown half was a great challenge, and Surftown is always beautiful. Thanks for the great races, HMF!

    -Chelsea Curreri

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  21. Middletown Half, please!
    -Kristina Rath

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  23. I'd love to run the 15K only because of the course. I think it will be interesting to experience a race on the busway especially with all the news coverage about the project.
    - Gladys Alcedo

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  24. I'd love to try the Middletown half. I hear the hills are tough. Sounds like a good test.

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  25. i would love to win a free registration to the surftown 5k in westerly rhode island- it was my PR 5k this year and i'd love to run another PR on the course in 2015!

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  26. Looking forward to running Middletown...excited to hear more about the 15K and the new half!

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  27. I'd love to win an entry to Surftown in 2015! I was signed up to run the half in 2014 but I was sidelined due to a foot injury. Instead I signed up to volunteer and had such a great time cheering on all the 5k and half marathon participants. I'd love to make a return this coming year and take it on as I had originally planned to! - Kathleen Lafferty

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  28. I would love to win an entry to the Harvard Pilgrim Middletown Half Marathon. I was supposed to run my first full marathon this year in Hartford but was too ill and had to pull out. My training took a hit because I was unable to run for over a month. I am just working my way back now and I think Middletown would be the perfect place for my first half marathon of the year in my training for my first full in Hartford in 2015 -- Alice Bishop

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  29. I would like to RUN THE BUSWAY! I work at the Capitol in Hartford and saw this pass through the legislature. I'm ready to run it now! Marie Schweitzer

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  30. I would like to do the 15k. Excited for some new longer distance races!
    Jennifer Yeomans

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  31. I loved the views at surftown half but am really excited to hear more about the half being planned in SE CT
    -amy oliveira

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  32. I wanna Fastrak! Love the idea of the busway. Interested in this race since I heard about it on Hartford Marathon Day (although I thought it had an April date.) I'd also like to volunteer (publicity, sign-up?)

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  33. I would love to do the Old Wethersfield 5k because I have never done that one.

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  34. I would love to run the Middletown Half. It would keep me motivated to run during the winter, and my nephews could come watch me on a (hopefully) gorgeous spring day.

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  35. Completed Harvard Pilgrim, Surftown, and Hartford Half in 2014. Looking to register for the Hartford Marathon in 2015.
    - Frank Galvan

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  36. Last year I ran the Legends 4 miler but would love to bump it up a notch and do the half this year instead. :)

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  37. Iron horse half marathon is on my to do list for next year. It will be a great follow up race after boston.

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  38. I would love to run the Hartford Full and Surftown. Last year I got injured 4 days before Surftown and could not run. I volunteered instead due to my injury. I would love to run it and the Hartford Full this year.

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  39. I am hoping to run the Surftown Half - love the smell of the ocean! :)

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  41. Can't wait to register for Iron Horse! My hometown race and I've never run it. Last time I registered for this one, I tore my ACL during training. I'll hope for better results this time.

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  42. I would love to win an entry to the Amica Iron Horse Half! I ran the last one as my first half marathon and enjoyed hearing my name announced as I finished. I got married two months ago (in Simsbury!) and would love to run the Amica Half in 2015 and hear my new name announced as I cross the finish line!

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  43. The Fastrak 15k sounds great. It's nice to see longer distance races being offered. Keep up the good work. Your events are always so much fun.

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  44. I would love to try the 15k. I haven't run a race of that distance before and it sounds like a unique one to try!

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  45. The legends 4 mile. I've never done a 4 miler race before, and I live in Portland so it seems like a great race for me! -Michelle Farella

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  46. I'm so excited to see the CT Fastrack race. It inspires me to step up my "winter" training so I can be ready to make the jump from running 5Ks in 2014 to the 4 miler (in Middletown) to 9+ miles at the top of my running season. My longest run in practice to date has been only 8.2 miles. I'm nervously excited! Perhaps I can win a registration to CT Fastrack to ensure I don't get nervous and back out.

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  47. The idea of a brand new race is music to an athlete's ears! I would love an entry to the CT Fastrak15K.

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  49. Now that is great news dear, I really enjoy these events in New York and I always try not to miss them. Anyway can I also join you for this event, I really wish to be on this event. Please reply soon.

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