Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A little something extra

The NU Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon is our baby, it’s where it all began 20 years ago. Each year, we try to improve or add a little something extra to take care of you, the loyal runners. Some things you might notice right away, some are behind the scenes – but all efforts are made to live up to our motto: 
You run – we’ll take care of the rest. 

We’re working full speed to make it all come together as smoothly as possible for the 15,000 or so we expect to cross the finish in a few days.  Whether you’ve run Hartford before or this is your first, we want you to enjoy everything we have to offer, here are some highlights!

Psyching Team - If you have any concern about your mental game, let the Springfield College Running Psychology Team help.  They will be wearing blue team hats at the Expo, on the course and post-race. The team is available to provide performance enhancement strategies for goal-setting, positive self-talk, energy management, relaxation techniques and positive affirmations to help you feel your best and ready to race!

Freedom Point, presented by Bank of America - Offers special services for active military, reservists, National Guard, veterans and their families. Just show military ID to get in and enjoy some pampering

Chapter 126 Challenged Athletes Zone - This gathering place for disabled athletes and their guides is wheelchair accessible, allowing athletes to store regular wheelchairs and stage their racing chairs.  We will have handicapped accessible portalets, baggage service as well as refreshments for athletes.

Pace teams - Pace leaders are offered for the NU Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon to help you achieve your goal time, 3:20 to 5:45 for the full and 1:30 to 3:00 for the half.  They will wear yellow pace shirt and be holding their pace signs for the start.  You can see photos of pace leaders and learn a little more about their pacing style and race day strategy through the pace team program link.

HMF FitKids - Children aged 2-11 can get in on race action! Distances are offered from 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile and mile and each child gets this cool Super Kid cape!  Race starts at 9:30 am!

Gear Check - We've also got the bag check at the Bushnell to drop your stuff in the clear bags provided with your packet.  Please do NOT leave any bags unattended or carry baggage with you!

Technology tools - Don’t forget to plug in and stay connected with the new NUhartford app.  This will direct you on everything you need to know for race week.  You can also sign up for Athlete Tracking services , when you cross the start, points on the course and finish updates will automatically be sent to your designated social networks or via Text message.

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