Monday, February 20, 2017

Team HMF 2017

We know the running community is full of amazing and inspiring athletes, but you continue to wow us year after year!   

Thanks to everyone who took the time and effort to apply to Team HMF 2017, it was quite an incredible field.  We're excited to share the roster of team members.  Please join us in congratulating these athletes as they work to encourage and support local running and runners this year.

Team HMF 2017:

Aimee Bouchard, Springfield, MA
Salena Chatman, Middletown, CT
Amie Conner, Wethersfield, CT
Jeanne Corey, Winsted, CT
Hannah Hayes, Springfield, MA
Robyn Hollister, Glastonbury, CT
Katie Kowalski, Guilford, CT
Peter Lee, Avon, CT
Brad Magyar, Enfield, CT
Kim Marchand, Winsted, CT
Katie Martin, Middlebury, CT
Ryan Morgan, Wethersfield, CT
Tulsi Patel, Berlin/Storrs, CT
Carlos Quiles, New Britain, CT
Mayra Rivera, Hartford, CT
Mena Shehata, Rocky Hill, CT 
Tracey Sondik, Bolton, CT
Lisa Wawrzynowski, Newington, CT
Tom Zukowski, Enfield, CT
Elise Kennedy, Middletown, CT – HMF FitKids ambassador

Team HMF 2017 Co-Captains:

Marty Maldonado, Unionville, CT
Susan Rubenstein, Simsbury, CT
Chris Trotta, Longmeadow, MA

The new members will join a growing group of active Team HMF ambassadors in their involvement at HMF events and throughout the running community.  We thank them for their continued support:

Sarah Bourdeau, East Haven, CT
Marc Cerrone, Pomfret Center, CT 
Stacey Clark, East Berlin, CT 
John Coppola, Middletown, CT 
Alberto Cortes, West Hartford, CT 
Nichole Donzella, Windsor, CT 
Stephanie Gagliardi, East Hartford, CT 
Sue Hayes, Newington, CT 
Scott Hollister, Glastonbury, CT 
Wendy Ku, Farmington, CT 
Tony Labriola, Southbury, CT
Adam Lippencott, Hartford, CT 
Kimberly Markey, Kensington, CT 
Elizabeth Mashiak, Middletown, CT 
Kristina Miner, Newington, CT 
Katie Ouellette, Barkhamsted, CT 
Diane Perry, Bloomfield, CT 
Eric Pouliot, Fiskdale, MA 
Elanna Rubenstein, West Hartford, CT 
Kevin Vallez, Ellington, CT 
Jesse Wanzer, Glastonbury, CT

Thursday, February 16, 2017

O'Hartford Craft Brew Pub

Beer – so refreshing after a great run!  We’re kicking up our beer game at the O’Hartford this year with help from our friends at Small State Great Beer.

A new post-race experience, the O'Hartford Craft Brew Pub in Bushnell Park will feature four Connecticut breweries offering on-tap selections.  Huge IPA fan?  Love a dark beer?  You get to choose!  Each runner can select their free beer of choice included with registration, beer tickets also available for purchase on site by spectators/runners for $5 (21+ with ID only).

If you’re interested in a real taproom beer tasting experience, order a pass to the exclusive Flight Deck!  Choose four beers for sampling and take home the four commemorative 4 oz glasses and the custom-made beer paddle they’re served on.  The Flight Deck is a heated tent limited to 125 people only, order in advance to secure your spot, $20 each.

Learn more about the brews and breweries making the first-ever O'Hartford Craft Brew Pub a post-race experience not to miss:

O’Hartford 5K & Wee Mile is all about the Irish party: beer - see above!  Festive music. Great food - race participants get authentic, delicious Irish Beef & Guinness Stew with vegetarian/Gluten-free Potato & Cheddar Soup option.

Hungry spectators can also nosh in the park, a selection of food truck vendors will be on site, including Frankie’s (hot dogs, fries, onion rings) and more!

Race start is 12:30 pm for the kids and 1:00 p.m for the 5K.  We’ll open the Craft Brew Pub at noon for those who want to carbo-load before the race.  It stays open until 2:30 pm.

Bring a friend – they’ll thank you!