Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Need to know for HMF Challenges

We love to motivate our runners and sweetening the reward for reaching race goals.  With seven Challenges available in the 2017 schedule, we’re hoping everyone can find something that encourages them to further greatness.  
Check out the goods you’ll earn and please review details and requirements for each Challenge (subject to updates, so check back as those events get closer!).


You may participate in more than one HMF Challenge but you may NOT use one event for more than one Challenge (i.e. you can participate in Trinity Challenge and Half Marathon Fanatics, but you may not participate in Half Marathon Fanatics and Connecticut Double since both events end in the Eversource Hartford Half.

No event substitutions allowed. If you wish to participate in the Half Marathon Fanatics and upgrade to the Eversource Hartford Marathon in place of the Eversource Hartford Half Marathon, you may do so within registration.

Follow instruction on the Challenge page for registration requirements to guarantee your participation and swag. We cannot guarantee swag/rewards if you did not register properly.

If you participate in a Challenge event using a comp/free entry, please register and pay for the Challenge as directed and then contact with confirmed comp entry info to be refunded for the specified event.

If you participate in a Challenge event using a comp/free entry, you will be responsible to pay a portion of the swag fee (based on set criteria) i.e. pacers receiving free entry to Half Marathon Fanatics events are eligible to participate in the Challenge but will be charged a nominal fee to cover swag costs.

Medals/swag must be picked-up in the post-race area at the last event in the challenge (specified below).  If you do not pick up on race day, you may pick up in the HMF offices or you can opt to have it shipped for $8.  Please confirm pick up or shipping within 2 months.


O'race Trinity Challenge and Lucky Challenge 
An Irish-themed medal masterpiece, your 3 or 4 medals will link together to form the Challenge prize medal.  Plus, Lucky Challenge participants earn a custom pint glass to be picked up after O’Hartford on March 19. 

Half Marathon Fanatics – DEADLINE March 19 (or when a race sells out)
In addition to earning medals for each of the 4 half marathons and a series medal, Half Marathon Fanatics will also be rewarded with a high quality custom backpack for their running gear.  Medal and bag to be picked up in the Bling Ring after the Eversource Hartford Half Marathon on October 14.

Connecticut Double – DEADLINE April 30 (or when a race sells out)
You will be provided with a FREE training guide to help you train from the Mystic Half Marathon to complete 26.2 at the Eversource Hartford Marathon.  Participants earn medals and shirts for each event and a flashy series medal, to be picked up in the Bling Ring after the Eversource Hartford Marathon.

10K Challenge – DEADLINE May 3 (or when a race sells out)
After earning three unique medals in beautiful destinations around the state, participants will pick up their series medal in Old Wethersfield on August 27.

Progressive Challenge – DEADLINE June 14 (or when a race sells out)
Participants will get a FREE training plan to lead them from 5K to 10K to half marathon.  At the end of the quest, pick up a newly designed series medal in the Bling Ring at the Eversource Hartford Half Marathon on October 14.

Grand Slam Scramble Challenge – DEADLINE June 27
Add this newly designed huge series medal to your collection.  You’ll earn themed race swag at each event and then collect the big bling after the last Riverfront Scramble on August 24.

New England Double 
Register separately through each event page and add the option for the Double. Participants will pay a $20 series fee and earn a series medal and a high quality technical vest, to be picked up after the second race they complete.


  1. Hi Beth,
    I would like to sign up for the HM Fanatics.. but since all the events are two hour plus driving distant for me.. I am wondering if the race day packet pickup will be available for all the 4 races?

  2. I've already signed up for 3 of the half's on their own, can I still participate on the Fanantics bling if I sign up for the one not signed up for yet?

  3. Hi would like to sign up for the HM Fanatics but not able to do the Harvard Half, is there another race I could do instead?