Monday, May 9, 2022

Official Charities of the 2022 Eversource Hartford Marathon

 

Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon Official Charities to Raise Funds and Awareness this Fall

More than $8.5 million has been raised for community causes through the event

May 9, 2022, Glastonbury – The Hartford Marathon Foundation proudly announces the 16 Official Charity partners of the 2022 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon, Team 26.2 Relay and Charity 5K.  Through their participation in the premier annual fall event on October 8, 2022, Official Charities will benefit worthy causes in the community by rallying participants, supporters and volunteers to raise funds and awareness.

Official Charities support community and philanthropic initiatives across the region, offering an opportunity for individuals as well as companies to make their event participation have deeper meaning and greater positive impact. 2022 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon Official Charities:

Achilles International-Connecticut Chapter
Healing Meals Community Project
Team M.A.D & Jordan Porco Foundation
Hospital for Special Care
Chrysalis Center
Circle of Care
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Donate Life Connecticut
For All Ages
Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Girls on the Run Greater Hartford
Operation Paws on the Ground
Ron Foley Foundation
Salvation Army
Susan G. Komen New England
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut

Companies and organizations also have a variety of opportunities to engage in the event and support charity.  The unique HMF Community Partner Program provides companies with event visibility and employee engagement benefits while also directing a donation to an Official Charity of their choice.  

“Each year, we are inspired by our participants who make their race even more meaningful by supporting one of the worthy causes in our Official Charity program," said Beth Shluger, President and CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation.  "We are grateful for the continued support of Eversource to enable this valuable tradition, helping to empower community partners to keep up their incredible work in the community.”

More than $8.5 million has been raised for charity through the event since its inception in 1994. Last year’s Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon generated more than $326,000 for charity and $4.8 million in economic boost for the community with a scaled back production hosting 6,000 race participants.

The 2022 race calendar is available and registration is open at www.hartfordmarathon.com.  For more details on the HMF Community Partner Program, contact beth@hartfordmarathon.com.

About the Hartford Marathon Foundation
A nonprofit organization founded in 1994, the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) mission is to promote healthy living through fitness and physical activity for people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, gender identities, orientations and experience levels, and to use HMF events to support charity, sustainability, tourism and economic growth in communities. Located in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Foundation organizes more than 30 annual races, including the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon and youth training programs. For more information, visit www.HartfordMarathon.com and follow on Facebook at HMF Events, Twitter at @runHMF and Instagram at HMF_Events.     

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Rocky Neck Relay course info from an insider

An active member of the running community and experienced local coach, Chaz Koch is providing his inside scoop on the new Rocky Neck Relay event. Chaz is also part of Operation Paws on the Ground, the event charity partner and a wonderful local cause to get to know!
 
By Bjturon - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,  
Tell us about the courses, what can we look forward to?
Rocky Neck State Park is built to hold relay and endurance style events and I could not think of a better way to highlight all the park has to offer than HMF’s Rocky Neck Relay. 
 
The main loop around the perimeter of the park and campgrounds is approximately 2.5 miles and offers every type of scenery you could ask for. The blend of road and trail routes is a unique quality, for every mile of road to enjoy there’s an equally beautiful, peaceful section of trail.   
 
The road loop is paved and well maintained. The trails offer twists and turns that keep you focused on your surroundings while traversing the landscape. Gentle rollers and ocean breeze set the scene for the countless species of wildlife you can encounter along the trails. 
By Carole J. Buckwalter - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
 
You’ll have the chance to cheer on teammates and other competitors from multiple spots on the course. Or you can take a break and go dip your toes in the water!
 
How does Operation Paws on the Ground benefit the local community and how can participants get involved?
 
On average in the US, 22 veterans commit suicide and over 1,800 dogs are euthanized daily. Both of those statistics are absolutely unnerving.
 
The mission of Operation Paws on the Ground (OPOG) is to help create healing bonds between veterans and rescues, ultimately saving one veteran, one dog and healing 2 hearts at a time. As a veteran and rescue parent, Operation Paws on the Ground speaks to me on a number of levels. I have experienced firsthand the healing and the bond that takes place between vets and dogs that have been through a trauma.
OPOG
 
It costs approximately $3,000 for Operation Paws on the Ground to pair a veteran and rescue dog. We are asking teams to fundraise a minimum of $500 to help sponsor future pairings - for every 6 teams that meets the goal, we can bring another veteran and rescue together to help each other heal. 
 
On top of being part of that important journey, teams that fundraise $500 or more will receive a custom OPOG hoodie for each member.
 
Check back for video previews and more to come on the Rocky Neck Relay courses soon! Secure a spot for you or your team now at Rocky Neck Relay.
 


 


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

New non-binary division

To further our commitment and mission for HMF Events to be inclusive to all, we're happy to provide new registration options to better reflect the diverse individuals participating in races.  Starting with 2022 events, the option for non-binary or "prefer not to say" are within what has traditionally been offered as male or female categories.

All participants will continue to be included and displayed within overall results.  With the updated options, those selecting non-binary will also be viewable as a division with participants eligible for non-binary division awards.  Those that select "prefer not to say" will be included in overall results but not eligible for division awards.

Runner up in the non-binary division in Sunday's Resolution Run 5K, Jess Reed of Southington shared their thoughts on the experience:

Jess Reed, right

I think it's awesome that HMF now has a non-binary gender option when registering for races.  In the past - I've often felt that I've had to misgender myself when registering for a race, by only having male or female to choose from. For some people having to pick either male or female can cause dysphoria.  I think it's wonderful that HMF is being inclusive and is encouraging diversity.

At Sunday's race, there were two non-binary people who raced and were division winners, and I hope that number will continue to grow as more people see that there is a non-binary division being offered. 


We appreciate the feedback from our community to make this change happen and we welcome participants in the division in future events!