Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
2020 Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon
to be Staged as Communitywide Fundraising Movement
Race events will take place virtually from October 8-11
The Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) will create a large-scale community movement this October to raise funds for local charities and bring thousands together virtually for a shared purpose. The 2020 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon will take place from October 8 through 11 as a virtual event and include a new 10K race distance, the 5K race and three new multi-distance race challenges to engage widespread participation. Every dollar in registration fees will be donated through the new HMF GIVES initiative to benefit the event's official charities, which support urgent local needs.
In consideration of financial hardships many are experiencing, registration will be $25 for all individual race events. The fee - a steep discount from traditional race events - was set to encourage participants who are able to donate further and to support local business with purchases of goods and services around the event.
Through the financial support of sponsor partners led by Eversource, all race participants will still receive a finisher medal and long-sleeve technical shirt to commemorate their race. While the event will be virtual - meaning all participants run their race at a location of their choice - participants will receive training support materials and event experiences digitally, including race bibs, finisher certificates and custom race day playlists. Participants also have the option to submit verified results following their race and appear in race results online.
Competitive runners and those looking for some extra motivation can elect one of three multi-distance challenges in the Sam Adams Challenge Series: the Tenacious 2 (5K and 10K), the Driven by Purpose 3 (5K, 10K, half marathon) or the Grit & Gutsy 4 (5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon). Participants who opt to add a challenge ($10 fee) will receive a special custom finisher medal for the challenge.
“While it's not possible to stage the Eversource Hartford Marathon in the exact same way this fall, it remains crucial for this cherished race tradition to have purpose and benefit participants, charity causes and the local economy as it has for the last 26 years," said Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation and Race Director of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon. "We are committed to making this an amazing experience that is uniquely special for the unprecedented times we're in. We will continue to give runners and walkers of all ages, experiences, backgrounds and abilities positive goals to aspire to, we'll support them along their journey and celebrate them for their achievements. Every single person involved will know they made a positive difference by participating in the 2020 Eversource Hartford Marathon."
“As our communities continue to face unprecedented challenges during the pandemic, we’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Hartford Marathon Foundation for our seventh year of this signature event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to empower local non-profit organizations,” said Eversource Foundation President Theresa Hopkins-Staten. “Our employees are looking forward to coming together virtually to give back to the organizations that are there for our customers and communities, now more than ever, and to celebrate the achievements of all the athletes participating.”
HMF consulted state and local officials and event safety and medical experts at length and assessed multiple event scenarios to align with current COVID-19 public safety protocols and anticipated considerations for the fall. The community fundraising movement and virtual races ensure the health of participants, volunteers, spectators and partners remains top priority and that public safety and medical resources will not be diverted for a live event should urgent COVID-19 response needs surge in October.
Please visit www.HartfordMarathon.com, Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @RunHMF or Instagram at HMF_Events to learn more.
About the Hartford Marathon Foundation
The Hartford Marathon Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to create and manage fitness events that inspire people to be healthy and fit. Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Hartford Marathon Foundation organizes more than 30 annual athletic races, including the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon, and training programs for youth runners. For more information, visit http://www.HartfordMarathon.com and on Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @RunHMF and Instagram at HMF_Events.
Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in ’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2020 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies and the #1 utility by and . Eversource transmits and delivers electricity to 1.25 million customers in 149 cities and towns, provides natural gas to 237,000 customers in 74 communities, and supplies water to approximately 198,000 customers in 52 communities across Connecticut. Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 8,300 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, the company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally-recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit , and follow us on , , , and . For more information on our water services, visit .
CJ Public Relations
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
We are overwhelmed with gratitude! Thanks to your generous donations, the UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K and 5K generated $33,115 to support our local healthcare heroes. The donation to the UConn Health COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund supports continued efforts to provide medical equipment and needed supplies.
A portion of each of the 1,272 participant registrations was donated to the fund, and many individuals made additional donations or bypassed their shirt and medal swag to double their donation. In addition, many participants rallied fundraising efforts from their friends and family.
The single largest fundraiser, who raised nearly $3,000, took the opportunity to mark his retirement from the University of Connecticut by participating in the UConn Health Half Marathon to support the cause. Meet Professor Hedley Freake.
Meet Professor Hedley Freake
For 32 years, Professor Hedley Freake has been a valued member of the University of Connecticut Department of Nutritional Sciences. The scientist and Fulbright Scholar recently spoke by video at the commencement ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources after a long career of student-focused teaching. Professor Freake has also worked toward improving general education programs and served multiple terms on the University Senate.
I have enjoyed thinking about the big picture and how we make a better institution. I thought about diversity, equity and inclusion and was spending time to advance programs in those areas.
As his retirement approached and the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way that the end of his tenure could be celebrated, Professor Freake saw information on the UConn Health Half Marathon that piqued his interest.
People want to do things in conjunction with the pandemic and Black Lives Matter. We're all thinking about the important issues and what kind of society we want to be living in and there are events (like the race) that can bring people together for the common good.
The marathoner waited 30 years between his first 26.2 at the London Marathon at the age of 30 (which he ran in an impressive 3 hours and 9 minutes) and his next at the Hartford Marathon. Professor Freake met his wife, Elizabeth Huebner, in London. In 1983, they moved to her hometown of Minneapolis before settling in Connecticut five years later when Hedley joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut.
As a child I wasn’t an athlete of any kind. I grew up in London, liked to play football and cricket, but wasn’t really an athlete at all. As I was approaching my 30th birthday in 1981, there was an article in the Sunday Times of London about how to train for a marathon in 26 weeks, couch potato to marathon runner.
Coming up on his 60th birthday, Professor Freake's family thought it was time for him to do another marathon, which he obliged on the agreement that his sons would run the race in Hartford too. With a little help and coaching, he learned about smart ways to approach running a marathon at 60 years old.
The Hartford Marathon Foundation's signature event spurred a renewed interest in marathons and he also began running with his three sons, Duncan, Matthew and Jacob. His Hartford Marathon in 2011 qualified Professor Freake for the Boston Marathon, which he ran in 2013. He finished shortly before the bombings that rocked the running world and the city of Boston. He decided to run it again in 2016 after qualifying when running the Philadelphia Marathon with his son, Matthew.
He's trained for other races and encountered some common injuries that have hindered marathon plans. At age 69, he feels running a half marathon is straightforward and enjoyable.
Running is for pleasure, I never worried too much about racing. When doing races of that distance the achievement is to go out there and get a process going, get into a rhythm and pace where your body feels good.
Professor Freake had never run the UConn Health Half Marathon but felt it was a good way to mark the end of this era and raise a little money for the pandemic response.
We couldn’t agree more. Thank you, Hedley, for your selfless efforts and congrats on a great race!
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Dr. Andrews, who see patients in Primary Care, also serves as Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency and in a typical year, celebrates between 30-40 residents completing the residency program in the spring. This year, she is trying to arrange a drive-in graduation for residents to be recognized by name and hear their faculty cheer them on as they end their special training.
It's such a huge achievement, the residents put off their "real life" for so long to go through this special training preparing them to provide such an important social service to the general population. It's one of my favorite times of the year - we know where they’re going to start the next phase of their life and we’re extremely proud.
The season is especially bittersweet with COVID-19 impacts for her family as her son celebrates his senior year and graduation from high school.
It's surreal to see patients struggling at work, and then come home and feel so distraught about my son not having prom, graduation or any of the iconic senior experiences like senior prank or senior skip day. I've watched him and his friends wallow; they deserved that time. There have been times in history when kids had to grow up a little faster, we know it will be ok in the end, but it’s so hard for them to miss what they earned.
Dr. Andrews ran track in high school and felt comfortable with short distance running. She feels long distance was and still is mentally challenging but comes with a great secondary benefit for stress relief.
I love my job, but it can be difficult to share bad news with patients. I don’t want to take that bad news to the next room and the next patient or take it home to my family. People process that in a lot of different ways. I can go on a run, think about things from the day I need to work through. But once I get to a certain distance, running also helps me put those thoughts to the side and just focus on the challenge of the run.
Dr. Andrews teaches as part of the residency program for internal medicine, sees patients in Primacy Care and also does research in chronic pain care. The last couple months have changed her day-to-day work experiences, which she anticipates will have long term impact.
One great thing about UConn Health is that the doctors who see patients have a role in administration and in making decisions. It makes my job special and a little different than in many other places I could work; it means I can affect healthcare for the betterment of all patients, not just my own.
The public immediately thinks of medical needs of patients who have COVID-19, but many roles for medical professionals are now behind the scenes. Some of Dr. Andrews' leadership duties were re-assigned and her skills were needed in outpatient primary care to make sure the most vulnerable patients weren't getting lost in the situation of the pandemic.
As doctors, we learn to be competitive to be the best we can for our patients. In running, I set goals for myself; it’s about me being better one day to the next.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Jocelyn was about 12 years old when she started running with her dad, who was in the military and ran for his physical training. She ran cross country and track through school and after college began racing half marathons. She worked up to her first full marathon in 2010, training with her sister-in-law to complete 26.2 miles in Burlington, Vermont.
As mom to two boys, ages 5 and 7, Jocelyn feels half marathon training works better for her life now. She ran the UConn Health Half Marathon last June after racing the half marathon in Mystic the month before. It wasn't until after the Surftown Half Marathon and the fall running season that she started experiencing pain.
What started as mild lower back pain and pain in her legs got increasingly worse. She consulted with her colleagues and discovered she had a disc herniation. After undergoing physical therapy and injections to ease the pain, Jocelyn reached the point where she could barely walk, never mind run or exercise, and faced having spine surgery herself.
In late March, as the country began shutting down to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Isaac Moss, chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and a spine surgeon at UConn Health, performed discectomy surgery on Jocelyn.
The team was absolutely incredible. Being on the patient side, the care I received was amazing and I can't thank Dr. Moss and nurse practitioner Shantay Wells enough for relieving the unbearable pain I felt.
Returning to work at the end of April after three weeks of recovery, Jocelyn's day to day is very different right now. Patient care has been handled primarily through telephone visits and the clinic just opened the week of May 18; but her perspective is very different as well.
I feel like I understand my patients and what they go through so much more now having done it myself. When they describe their symptoms, I can reassure them about how they can improve and deal with their injuries.
The UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K and 5K is Jocelyn's hometown race. She competed in the half in Simsbury last year and loves the course, event set-up and how family-friendly it is for her husband and sons to cheer her on. This year's race will feel different for Jocelyn, and not just because it'll be a virtual challenge.
I used to think that if I ever couldn’t run, I wouldn’t know what I would do. But going through this experience, I realize I’m ok to take it easy, run for fun and do shorter races to get back out there.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Shoes designed for running have much more padding than regular shoes and flex in the way runners need them to flex. Running shoe models are designed for the three different foot types: neutral arch, low arch, and high arch. Running shoes provide structure and cushioning and have seamless construction to eliminate points of rubbing that can lead to blisters.
As a walker, should you wear running shoes? The answer depends on how many miles you walk at a time. Walkers need less cushioning than runners, so you can wear a lighter shoe that still provides adequate cushioning. Walkers can benefit from wearing running shoes, especially those who walk for over one hour or are looking to transition to a run/walk program.
Did you know that choosing the correct shoe starts with determining your foot type? Dr. Katherine Coyner, an orthopedic and sports medicine physician from UConn Health and team physician for the UConn Huskies, explains in her article titled “Finding the Right Running Shoe”.
As you progress in your training, you’ll learn which shoe brands and styles work best for you. With the guidance of an experienced sales person, trained in fitting shoes, you’ll not only enjoy your runs but avoid injury too. Two popular running stores in CT are Fleet Feet in West Hartford and soundRunner in Glastonbury. They are known for their experienced staff members and carry a wide variety of shoe brands, clothing, and accessories. On-line ordering, curbside fittings and pickup are currently available. Both stores plan to reopen on May 20. Check their websites or call for more details.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Meet "The Running Obstetrician"
For Dr. Christopher Morosky, OB/GYN, running has provided an ideal fitness routine that can be squeezed into the busy schedule of a doctor, teacher, researcher and father of three. With just a pair of running shoes and a decent day, Dr. Morosky can clear his mind and bring things into focus.
Labor and Delivery doesn't get put on hold during a pandemic. Dr. Morosky continues to see patients in the office for prenatal care, ultrasounds and non-stress tests. Like so many others that keep the hospital running, he's performing his usual duties but also changing and adapting to meet the needs of this crisis. He credits his colleagues with creating effective new workflows, safety procedures and modified plans for patient care to support patient needs in new ways.
Many precautions are being taken to keep moms, babies and staff as safe as possible. These necessary changes have had an impact on the real-life connections that expectant families can typically make around this special time. Patients cannot bring any visitors with them to office visits, and they are limited to just one support person at the hospital for delivery (the same person can stay but not leave and return).
We understand the impact this has - the many missed special moments for family and friends. I have seen the amazing flexibility and sacrifice of our patients to change their hopes and expectations of office, hospital and birth experiences to keep everyone as safe as possible. We’re trying to make some accommodations, we feel it’s really important for women to have that birth support, and it’s also important for the family member or spouse to experience the birth.
Dr. Morosky feels grateful to be able to take care of these patients. Supporting them through the momentous occasion of childbirth during the COVID-19 pandemic only strengthens his gratitude to do this job everyday.
UConn Health is a teaching hospital and Dr. Morosky also thrives in his roles as educator and researcher. But just like the changes for elementary, middle and high school learning, the medical school also had to adapt its curriculum to an online format and temporarily halt medical students' clinical rotations.
No matter how good a video you produce, it's a challenge to teach how to deliver a baby without being at the bedside. But I am confident that the modifications we are creating at the medical school will allow our students to return to the clinical environment fully prepared to jump right in.
The accomplishments of graduating medical students and residents were celebrated differently this past weekend through online ceremonies, but with the same degree of excitement and respect for their hard work and commitment. Dr. Morosky's congratulations video sums up his well wishes to his students and his enthusiasm for UConn: https://youtu.be/5p54Ti3odYo
Chris is training to run for his fellow healthcare heroes in June. He'll be running the UConn Health 10K with a few of his favorite running partners, his kids.
It is extra special to reach the finish line with your kids. Now that they're getting a little older, they are beating me there!
Registration in the UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K & 5K virtual race June 4-7 will support the UConn Health COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. For information or to register, please visit the RACE INFO page.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Just two months later though, Kevin suffered a massive cerebellar stroke and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at UConn Health in Farmington. The outlook was not positive. A blood clot had traveled to his brain and broke into three pieces, causing three simultaneous strokes. The severity of swelling in his brain upon his admittance raised grave concern about the need for surgery.
But that didn't end up happening. Kevin credits his recovery on the commitment and well-coordinated team efforts of the highly effective doctors and nurses who excelled in a very time-sensitive and high stress situation.
Dr. Mason Leeman-Markowski, Neurology, led the coordinated efforts and treatment to reduce the swelling on his brain. Kevin's team also included Dr. David Choi, Neurosurgery, who monitored hourly neurological exams to ensure Kevin didn't experience decreases in mental capacity. Dr. Andre Kaplan, Nephrology, monitored sodium levels and kidney function, which was being severely impacted by the treatment that was required to reduce his brain swelling.
Kevin spent nine days in the ICU with his family by his side, day and night. His team of doctors and nurses became an extension of his family, championing Kevin's recovery with thoughtful care and attention.
"I will forever be grateful for the tremendous care I received at UConn Health. They operated as a team and remained focused on my well being. But it's not just the doctors who went above and beyond - the ICU nurses responsible for administering medicine kept me focused and motivated to make it to the next day and meet my next milestone."
Kevin fondly recalls his ICU nurse, Christian Tuesta, who stayed with him during procedures, always provided a positive presence and consistently made timely jokes to bring light to a dark situation. Dr. Perez, who oversaw the ICU team, worked to keep Kevin's vitals stable, allowing the stroke treatment to be effective.
"When I walked out of the ICU, I don't know who was happier for me - my UConn Health team or my family."
With an alarming history of clotting on his father's side, Kevin was proactive about his health to be "ready to fight" if any hereditary issue came up. Kevin had no previous issues, but his father had a pulmonary embolism at 42 years old and a pacemaker inserted at UConn Health in December 2019 by Dr. Heiko Schmitt, Cardiology. Dr. Schmitt thoroughly evaluated Kevin and continues to closely monitor him to determine if the family history of heart conditions could have caused Kevin's stroke.
Kevin credits the unrivaled level of expertise at UConn Health with his success, walking out of the ICU in January and supporting him back to a normal life. He returned to his job as Vice President & Counsel for Pratt & Whitney and has since joined the Board of Directors of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.
Two years after pushing his now 4-year-old-son Liam in a stroller through Simsbury in the 10K race, Kevin will run the UConn Health Half Marathon. His training is well underway and he even has his race route planned.
"The mission of HMF resonates with me and it has throughout my life. I'm incredibly honored to be in a position to participate in the UConn Health Half Marathon as my first race after my stroke. It may be virtual but it's still very meaningful for me."
Thursday, March 5, 2020
For 2020, we endeavored a more thorough review of athlete race shirt options and enlisted runners from the HMF community to drive the decision. We appreciate the time and honest assessments provided by our shirt testers, who represent a cross section of shapes, sizes and preferences. We asked them each to wear, wash and work-out in eight different shirts from 4 vendors and provide specifics on their likes, dislikes and experiences.
Based on that feedback, a new shirt vendor has been chosen for 2020 events. Greenlayer's 100% polyester knit microfiber shirts with wicking technology offer comfort and resilience (plus they are available in a ton of great colors!).
The quick-drying fabric moves moisture to the surface to evaporate to keep you dry and cool. The light weight performance fabric is highly breathable and helps regulate body temperature (for those extra-sweaty PR races).
In terms of fit, the Greenlayer shirts are less form-fitting than previous HMF race shirts. Women’s fit shirts have a V-neck and the short sleeves are still a bit cropped, men’s fit shirts have a crew neck. As always, we welcome participants to choose whatever fit they feel most comfortable in and will continue to offer shirt size exchanges IF there are extra shirts available after race start - we just hope you won't have to!
If getting a shirt size is important to you, please register early! Size requests are only guaranteed 21+ days before an event.
Please view the size chart to determine your ideal fit.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Karen Bertasso, Albany, NY
Heidi Caldwell, Craftsbury, VT
Ellie Pell, Ithaca, NY
Ellie Pell earned her Olympic qualifying time last year when she took third place at the Eversource Hartford Marathon.
A Connecticut running sensation, Tuxbury is a member of the Woodbridge Running Company, Milford Road Runners and a graduate of Northwestern Regional High School. She claimed a victory at the 2018 Eversource Hartford Half Marathon and was named 2018 New England Runner Magazine New England Runner of the Year.
Elizabeth Ryan, San Diego, CA
This Farmington, CT, native took the win at the Eversource Hartford Marathon in 2016.
Everett Hacket, Hartford, CT
Brian Harvey, Cambridge, MA
Sean O’Connor, West Hartford, CT
Jonathan Phillips, Boston, MA
Tim Ritchie, Northampton, MA
David Sinclair, Truckee, CA
Christopher Zablocki, Phoenix, AZ
Zablocki, an Essex, CT native and Xavier High School grad, holds a 2017 Eversource Hartford Marathon first-place title in addition to countless wins in races across the state.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
- Transfer must be requested no later than the day before packet pick-up for the event. Request must be handled online.
- Access your “Participant Account” in haku or via the link in race registration confirmation emails to initiate a Transfer.
- Click the Transfer button and follow the prompts. Remember - participants are not transferred until confirmation email is provided by haku!
- A fee will be applied, based on event distance:
- 10 Mile or less = $10
- Half Marathon / Triathlon = $20
- Full Marathon = $25
If the swag for the event being transferred is a shirt, size requests cannot be accommodated for the new participant if made after the deadline (which is listed on each event's "Swag" page under the "Runners" menu). However, we will try our best to get you into that shirt! Size exchanges can be requested on site after the race whenever inventory allows.
If the new registrant wants to use a transferred race bib to run a different race distance, a request for race distance change can be made, assuming the distance is not sold out (Race Distance Change rules will apply).
AS ALWAYS - you can defer race entry if you’d rather save your registration credit and use it toward a future HMF event. Just make sure you request your deferral at least 14 days before the event; a nominal fee will be applied for this service.
As a non-profit organization, we direct registration dollars right back into the race experience, so please remember that registration for HMF events is still non-refundable.
We look forward to seeing you out there this year – visit hartfordmarathon.com to plan your 2020 race calendar!
Friday, February 14, 2020
As part of our Lucky Friday 5K Training Tips, we’re sharing our best advice each week to get you prepped for our annual series of four back-to-back 5Ks in March.
This week, it’s all about the courses. Become familiar with the route ahead of time and you’ll get the boost in confidence and extra insights you need to guarantee a top o’ the line race experience.
O’Shenanigans 5K, March 14: Work the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail! You’ll hit the car-free, pedestrian zone around mile 1.5 on a gradual uphill. Then, pick up the pace and prepare for a fast downhill to the finish. MAP
Courthouse O’Putnam 5K, March 15: Start out slow to save energy for the second mile. You’ll face two challenging hills in this section of the route, with the steepest just after the 2 mile mark. Have no fear – the last mile is all flat straightaways and downhill. MAP
O’Niantic 5K, March 21: Here’s your competitive edge: get yourself in a good position by the 1.5 mile mark, when you’ll hit some quick turns and narrow roads as you wind through the Cove neighborhood. MAP
O’Hartford 5K, March 22: The good news: there’s only one significant hill during the second mile of the race. Conquer the peak at the 2 mile mark, then use the downhill in Colt Park to get back on pace. MAP
Follow us on Facebook to get a new Lucky Friday 5K Training Tip every week!
Not registered for the series yet? Our annual O’race 5Ks are all about fun, friendly competition, food and fantastic post-race parties to remember! For more information on each race or to register, head to hartfordmarathon.com.