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