Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Collinsville Fun Run, Thursday May 2

Preview next weekend’s Burlington to Collinsville Classic 10K course with a free fun run on Thursday, May 2, at 6:00 pm. Sign-up form and details below!

The 4-mile preview run will follow the quiet and serene multi-use trail and will be led by Jeanne Corey and Kim Marchand of Team HMF. After the run, join them at Lisa’s Crown & Hammer for food and drink specials - because every good run deserves a happy hour!

Meet Jeanne & Kim
Jeanne works full time at Travelers Insurance Company and part time on weekends as a marathon coach for Fleet Feet for the past 6 years.

"I love coaching new runners and sharing my experiences and lessons learned throughout the years. I’m looking forward to meeting and running with everyone. Please make sure to let us know if the race will be your first time running this distance!"

Kim works full time as an Electrical Contractor and on weekends he is also a coach for Fleet Feet’s marathon training program.
"I’ve been running since 2004 and completed a variety of distances. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone at the course preview run and hearing your stories. I’ve run this race the past 3 years and would love to answer any questions you may have on the race or logistics."

Course Preview Fun Run
Sign-up HERE (please fill out in advance)
Date: Thursday, May 2
Time: 6 PM
Location: Burlington to Collinsville Classic 10K finish line (near the bridge on the multi-use trail off Depot Street in Collinsville).
Distance: 4 miles on the multi-use trail.
Parking: On-street parking is available in Collinsville, there’s also a dirt lot near the trail entrance and a paved lot at Town Hall

Water and cups will be available for runners, no other amenities provided.
Please note if you plan to register for the Burlington to Collinsville Classic 10K, we expect to sell out before race day. Everyone who registers by April 27 will have their bib mailed to them!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Spring training: tips, plans, upcoming events

Training for a race this spring? Have you considered movement screening to test your fitness level?  Are you tailoring your training plan to suit your lifestyle?

Check out the video below - Chaz from soundRUNNER provides some great tips on how to prepare for your upcoming training cycle and what questions to think through to help get yourself race ready.

FREE training plans available on our site HERE

Upcoming spring races:

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Run for Good

You hear us talk through the year about various charity and community organizations that are affiliated with our events – we’re very proud of those relationships.  As a non-profit organization ourselves, HMF has a unique opportunity to help other non-profits use our events as their awareness campaigns and fundraising platforms.  Groups can focus efforts on recruiting and organizing a team, communicating with potential volunteers and donors and driving awareness for their mission - we focus on race logistics so they don’t ever have to. We can offer group registration discounts, packet pick-up and special accommodations on race day, depending on the group size. 

This model has been expertly executed by Gilead Community Services, an incredible mental health services organization based in Middletown.  For the sixth year, they participated in our 2019 Harvard Pilgrim Middletown 10 Mile & 3.5 Mile race events with their own theme of “Run for Every 1” to raise awareness about mental illness and the number of people impacted.
A group of more than 500 came together as Team Gilead last week in an initiative to bring their clients, staff and the community together and encourage conversations about mental health.

Through the event, more than $47,000 was raised to provide quality mental health services to people living in Middlesex County. Funds raised include a grant secured through the Peach Pit Foundation.

Gilead Community Services coordinators hosted group training walks and runs in advance of the race and created a race Web site to share stories. They set up a Crowd Rise fundraising page to enable Team members to easily collect donations. 

About 100 Gilead clients were among the 450 who participated in the walk or run on race day, a big feat for many who have limited physical activity.  Team Gilead engaged community runners or walkers too, including groups from Middletown High School, Middlesex Community College and Wesleyan University.  Additionally, almost 100 Team Gilead volunteers provided support on the race course Sunday and cheered on participants.

To learn more about how your organization can use an HMF event to help further awareness for your cause, please see our RUN FOR GOOD page or email us at