Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Meet Junior Team HMF 23/24

We want to mark this Giving Tuesday at HMF by sharing gratitude to the community for what you have already provided to help bring our non-profit mission to life.  A highlight for us is your support of the HMF Susie Beris, MD, Youth Running Program and being able to announce the new Junior Team HMF members for 23/24, please meet them below.

When it comes to giving, it’s the participants who give us inspiring reasons that bring purpose and meaning to what we strive to do every day. And, the partners that enable making the mission a reality with the support of volunteers who help see it all through.  Also, the many donors who further the positive impacts of our work, on behalf of charity organizations as well as our in-house youth programs.

Our ability to support free and low-cost opportunities for youth is powered by donations within the registration process or as one-time contributions and by grants.  A few highlights of what your giving has enabled so far in 2023 to help build a love of running among youth:

·       Over 1,000 students in grades 4-8 participated for free in the HMF FitKids in School program, training for 5 weeks and then supported with a Final Mile celebration

·       Uniforms are being provided through the High School Program to ensure local cross country and track athletes with limited means are able to feel pride and be recognized as a unified team among peers and competitors

·       Nearly 1,200 children aged 2-11 participated in low-cost HMF FitKids races at our events, providing opportunities to celebrate their efforts for achieving shorter distance goals

·       More than 1,500 youth participated in reduced price 5Ks and 10Ks on our schedule, a chance to run/walk and compete while enjoying an experience with friends or family

·       The second class of Junior Team HMF this week welcomes 25 members, many we will see on Sunday at the CLA Blue Back Mitten Run.  Please give them a high five!


Alyssa Behnke  //  Haddam Killingworth Middle School  //  7th

Hazel Cuomo  //  Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Middle School (Bloomfield)  //  6th

Emma Dean  //  Pearson School (Winsted)  //  6th

Siri Denni  //  Martin Kellogg Middle School (Newington)  //  8th

Ava DiBella-Mills  //  WAMOGO Middle School (Litchfield)  //  7th

Tucker Ferretti  //  John Winthrop Middle School (Deep River)  //  8th

Faye Fischer  //  Amity Middle School (Bethany)  //  7th

Julia Fletcher  //  St. John Paul The Great Academy (Torrington)  //  6th

Deacon Gascon  //  Tolland Middle School  //  8th

Nate Glidden  //  Tolland Middle School  //  8th

Natalie House  //  Sage Park Middle School (Windsor)  //  7th

Sydney LeBlanc  //  Smith Middle School (Glastonbury)  //  7th

Caitlin Leska  //  Dodd Middle School (Cheshire)  //  8th

Lyla Lopez  //  John Winthrop Middle School (Deep River)  //  7th

Emily Lund  //  William J. Johnston Middle School (Colchester)  //  6th

Brennan McAvoy  //  Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School (MA)  //  8th

Tatum Milanese  //  Torrington Middle School  //  7th

Cormac Neely  //  Suffield Middle School  //  7th

Payton Oler  //  Homeschool (North Granby)  //  6th

Stephen Quealy  //  East Hampton Middle School  //  6th

Nathan Settevendemie  //  Mabelle B. Avery Middle School (Somers)  //  7th

Ivan Shapiro  //  Tolland Middle School  //  6th

Mia Shea  //  Sage Park Middle School (Windsor)  //  7th

Violet Spooner  //  Tantasqua Regional Junior High School (Fiskdale, MA)  //  8th

Colton Strong  //  Horace W. Porter School (Columbia)  //  6th

Iain Verbickas  //  Torrington Middle School  //  8th



Thank you, thank you, thank you!  We appreciate your continued support and hope you have a blessed holiday season.


Donations can be made to support HMF youth running programs at any time through the year HERE

Members of Junior Team HMF 2022/2023

Thursday, August 24, 2023

2023 Inspiration Team at the Eversource Hartford Marathon


It's an honor each year to be able to share the amazing stories of the Inspiration Team at the Eversource Hartford Marathon.  This has become one of our favorite annual traditions, putting the spotlight on a small group of incredible people in hopes of encouraging others. We only wish we could highlight more of you, there's no end to your inspiring feats and we truly appreciate you sharing them with us.

Please look for stories to come and profiles of each member of the team in the race Insider's Guide published in September.

2023 Inspiration Team Selected for

Eversource Hartford Marathon & Half Marathon


East Hartford, CT – August 2023 - The Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) announced the honored participants chosen to represent the 2023 Inspiration Team at the 30th running of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon. The eleven members of the team represent the types of resilience, motivation and kindness found within the running community and those that have made the race tradition so special since its inception in 1994. Inspiration Team members will be participating in the 26.2 mile marathon, 13.1 mile half marathon or the 3.1 mile 5K on race day, October 14, 2023. 


“Each year, the Inspiration Team provides us the opportunity to highlight a sampling of some of the most incredible people that have overcome obstacles, risen to challenges or found ways to give back and honor those around them,” said Josh Miller, President of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. “We are honored to be marking our 30th running milestone this year and look forward to celebrating the achievements of all the participants who will cross the glorious finish line under the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch on race day.”


2023 Inspiration Team members:

Rachel Berkowsky, Windham - Half Marathon

Rebecca Boncoddo, Mansfield - Half Marathon

Christina Carmon, Windsor - Marathon

John Garde, Westfield (MA) - Charity 5K/volunteer

Ron Gold, Saddle River (NJ) - Marathon

Debra Lombardo, Waterbury - Charity 5K

Jose Lugo, Hartford - Half Marathon

Erin McDonald, Waterford - Charity 5K

Steph McKenna, Ellington - Marathon

Anthony Rykowski, Naugatuck - Marathon

Jennifer Zarrilli, Wallingford - Half Marathon


Members of the 2023 Inspiration Team will be profiled within the Eversource Hartford Marathon Insider’s Guide and receive complimentary race registration, the PRE Perks hospitality experience, finish line hospitality access and custom event apparel.  The inspiration team concept was initially developed by the Hartford Marathon Foundation in 2011 and has been celebrated annually since.


Learn more about the Eversource Hartford Marathon events, register now or sign up to volunteer at www.hartfordmarathon.com.  



Monday, May 22, 2023

Meet the Official Charities of the 2023 Eversource Hartford Marathon

Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon
Official Charities to Raise Funds and Awareness at 30th Running

More than $8.9 million has been raised for community causes through the event

The Hartford Marathon Foundation is proud to launch a robust Official Charity partner program for the 2023 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon, Team 26.2 Relay and Charity 5K. The 30th running of the premier marathon event in Connecticut will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023, providing 25 Official Charities an opportunity to rally participants, supporters and volunteers to raise funds and awareness.

Official Charities support community and philanthropic initiatives across the region, offering participants a built-in platform to bring deeper meaning and greater positive impact to their race. Companies and organizations also have a variety of opportunities to engage in the event and support charity. The unique HMF Community Partner Program provides event visibility and employee engagement benefits while also directing a donation to an Official Charity of choice.  

2023 Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon Official Charities:

Achilles International-Connecticut Chapter

Alzheimer’s Association

American Cancer Society

American Red Cross

Arthritis Foundation

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford

Chrysalis Center, Inc.

Connecticut Children’s Alliance
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Donate Life Connecticut

Elbowbumpkid Inc. & JDRF

For All Ages

Girls on the Run Greater Hartford

Healing Meals Community Project

Hospital for Special Care

Joe Andruzzi Foundation

Megan Schulman Memorial Foundation

Operation Paws on the Ground

Postpartum Support Intl, CT Chapter
Ron Foley Foundation
Salvation Army Greater Hartford Division

Susan G. Komen New England

Team M.A.D & Jordan Porco Foundation

The Riley Farm Rescue

Tighed Together

“We are excited to celebrate our 30th running with a strong line-up of Official Charity partners that support meaningful causes and initiatives to benefit our community,” said Josh Miller, President of the Hartford Marathon Foundation. “We encourage event participants and local companies to get involved with charity partners on race day, their efforts amplify an incredibly positive day for the greater Hartford region, made possible through the support of Eversource and our generous sponsor partners.”
More than $8.9 million has been raised for charity through the event since its inception in 1994. Last year’s Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon generated an economic boost of $6.1 million for the community.

Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon registration is open and the 2023 HMF race calendar is available at www.hartfordmarathon.com.  For more details on the HMF Community Partner Program, contact deb@hartfordmarathon.com.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

We’ve moved – what you need to know

Welcome to the Hartford Marathon Foundation in East Hartford – we’re excited to see you here!  Our new space is located right on the East Coast Greenway and just down the road from trail system access along the river, a perfect fit for us.

What it means for you:
Don’t show up in Glastonbury to pick up your race packet for Mystic this weekend or UConn Health in a couple weeks, we definitely won’t be there.  Our new office space in East Hartford is on Goodwin University property, giving us great access to their facilities to host pick-ups and other small events, here’s what’s coming up and where:
Mystic Half Marathon & 10K packet pick-up
Thursday, May 18, 4-6:00 pm: Goodwin University, Riverside Drive, East Hartford (near the corner of Ensign Street)
UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K & 5K packet pick-up
Thursday, June 1, 4-6:00 pm: Goodwin University, Riverside Drive, East Hartford (near the corner of Ensign Street)
Global Running Day – NEW!
Wednesday, June 7, 5:30 pm: Stop by for giveaways and say hello, then head out for a fun run along the river on your own time or with a group. Sign-up coming soon (free event).
Somewhere between the O’races in March and the Middletown event, we made this move and are still settling in. Our office address is copied below, so if you are headed to pick up an award in person or have some other reason to visit, put that in your GPS please.  Our phone numbers and emails are all unchanged.




Look forward to seeing you soon!

Thursday, March 9, 2023

HMF Can expands in the community

As we start out the race season, we're excited to share some updates to our HMF Can initiative, which always kicks off strong with the four-event series of O'race 5Ks in March.

Thanks to your generosity, HMF Can has thrived through the years, giving back in real ways to the communities we run in. With the premise that together, we can make a bigger impact, HMF Can has rallied race participants to donate non-perishable foods or other supplies to support community food pantries and local agencies since 2015.

For the past few years, those efforts have been amplified through our partnership with Stop & Shop, helping to bring awareness as well as recognize and thank race participants for their donations. Everyone who donates at the March races can pick up a free reusable shopping bag with thanks from Stop & Shop. Those that donate at the O'races will also be eligible for an extra token of thanks, one gift card will be raffled off from each of the following partners at their respective races: Sauced at Kinsmen, Courthouse Bar & Grille, Five Churches by the Bay, and Trinity Health Of New England Orthopedics (entry to Middletown 5K).

New this year, HMF race participants will have the opportunity to contribute to support the needs of students through school pantry programs in select communities, kicking off on Sunday, March 19, at the O'Hartford 5K. The Stop & Shop School Food Pantry Program has expanded to more than 165 schools across five states, with Hartford Public High School joining earlier this year.

Hartford Public High School "Grub Pub"
The Grub Pub aims to bridge the hunger gap during the evenings and weekends when students do not have access to school meals. Providing access to nutritious options and basic necessities to students and their families during off-school hours has improved student mental health and alleviated financial strain on families.

The food pantry will also be used to help students learn critical job roles. Students will help stock shelves, manage food inventory and run the pantry while serving the community.  

Stop & Shop associates will be on site at O'Hartford to support the drive and volunteer their time to show their thanks to you. Let's all step up in a big way to make this a great contribution for the students!

HMF Can initiatives in 2023
Please join us in donation drive efforts at all of the following HMF Events. Check Final Instructions emails (also posted on event Web sites) during race week for details on any specific needs indicated by the beneficiaries:

  • O'Shenanigans 5K: Bread for Life
  • Courthouse O'Putnam 5K: IHSP - Daily Bread
  • O'Niantic 5K: Gemma E. Moran United Way - Old Saybrook Schools
  • O'Hartford 5K, presented by Trinity Health Of New England Orthopedics: Hartford Public High School "Grub Pub"
  • Middletown 10K and 5K Run/Walk: Amazing Grace Food Pantry
  • Burlington to Collinsville Classic 10K: Canton Food Bank- Trinity Episcopal Church
  • Mystic Half Marathon & 10K: Gemma E. Moran United Way of Southeastern CT
  • UCONN Health Half Marathon, 10K & 5K: Hartford Public High School food pantry, summer food service
  • L+M Hospital Summer Stride: Three Rivers Community College food pantry
  • Thirsty Thursday 5K, presented by Stanley Black & Decker: Capitol Community College food pantry
  • Old Wethersfield 5K & 10K: TBD
  • Surftown Half Marathon, Relay & 5K, presented by Westerly Hospital: Jonnycake Center of Westerly, RI
  • Blue Back Mitten Run: Town That Cares Fund (hats, scarves mittens etc.)

Thanks to your continued efforts and generosity in joining us in the race against hunger!