Monday, October 6, 2014

NU Hartford race week festivities begin!

Ahh..race week!  Just as everyone in our office is sleep deprived and running on caffeine, we are happy to feed off the excitement of everyone around us.  T-minus 5 days and there's a lot going on! We're making the NU Hartford Marathon celebration last longer with events to participate in for days.

We've got Girls Night on Thursday at 7 pm.  An open discussion with the legendary Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, and Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run.  These women have empowered generations of women to become runners, let them inspire you.

The Health & Fitness Expo at the XL Center on Thursday and Friday is the last opportunity for registration and packet pick-up.  We know you know, but we have to tell you again - you CANNOT come down on race day and run if you haven't registered or picked up your race bib by Friday at 9:00 pm.

The Expo will feature about 70 booths with the latest in running technology, sports apparel, training tips, lots of free samples, and health and nutrition products.  We also have the Great Swag Giveaway, gift certificates and prizes being raffled throughout the day.

People can come down to learn more about the race courses and get tips from the experts - we have a free Health & Performance Symposium with Hartford Hospital.  

On Friday, we will have Yoga in the Park for Runners at Bushnell Park at noon.  A great drop-in yoga class hosted by Downtown Yoga. 

New this year we have One Mile Friday, presented by Stanley Black & Decker.  This evening shake-out run will help prep you for race day.  If you're not running Saturday, you can catch a little of the NU Hartford excitement Friday night running through downtown.  You have to register, and all participants receive a fluorescent hoorag and a cold brew from the Harpoon Beer Garden, which is open from 6-8pm. 

And we have to get everyone carb loaded for race day.  The Pasta Supper at The Hartford Club.  Come on down, seatings starts at 6:30.  There's a great menu with several pasta dishes, including a gluten-free and veggie option, fresh salad, artisan breads, delectable dessert and beverages.

Ready yet?

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