Friday, August 24, 2018

Making your race mean more

We believe deeply in supporting local charities and causes.  Providing a platform to raise awareness and funds for other nonprofits has been a cornerstone to the annual Hartford Marathon since its inception in 1994 and within a few years, established a formalized Official Charity program to help to foster this activity.  Last year, we created the “David Polk Perpetual Award” (details below) to encourage all individuals who fundraise at the race for a cause to submit their info for an opportunity to earn an additional $500 toward their charity.

The 2018 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon has 22 Official Charities that welcome walkers and runners in the 5K, casual or competitive runners in all race distances as well as volunteers to participate on October 13.  These dedicated teams of participants pound the pavement leading up to race day to train and more importantly, to fundraise. The Crowdrise online fundraising platform allows Official Charities and other non-profit organizations involved in the race to solicit donations and start their own support team to follow their progress.

Please check out the variety of worthwhile causes and organizations to see if one motivates you to step up and help.  Consider joining their team as a runner, fundraiser or volunteer.

Official charities:

$500 more for your fundraising efforts
A founding board member of the Hartford Marathon Foundation, David Polk dedicated 23 years of leadership, stewardship and generosity. In his honor, the "Perpetual Award" will award the individual who raises the most pledges for charity with another $500 donation from HMF to their charity.  Note this is open to everyone participating on behalf of a certified non-profit charity organization, it is not limited to Official Charities.  The winner will be recognized publicly at the Finish Line ceremony of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and have their name inscribed on the perpetual trophy.

For consideration of this award, individuals MUST submit their information through THIS FORM by noon on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  The top fundraiser will be contacted by email on October 11th to coordinate the finish line presentation on race day.

Please contact with questions prior to October 10.


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  3. Running is great, not only for your physical health, but your mental health as well. GET OUT THERE!

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to raise funds (again) for Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc.